Label: RCA Victor - MOVLP011,Music On Vinyl - MOVLP011,RCA - MOVLP011,Legacy - MOVLP011 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Reissue 180 gram • Country: Europe • Genre: Rock • Style: Classic Rock
It is the first album to use the "Starship" moniker, a name which Kantner and Grace Slick would later use for the band that emerged after Jack Casady and Jorma Kaukonen left Jefferson Airplane. Beginning inPaul Kantner had recorded five studio albums with Jefferson Airplane, but by internal problems began taking their toll on the band, including the departure of drummer Spencer Dryden in and a rift that was forming between founder Marty Balin and the rest of the band that would lead to Balin's departure in April Inthe Airplane released only one single, and Kantner took advantage of the hiatus to work on a solo album.
Blows Against the Empire is his concept album recorded and released incredited to Paul Kantner and Jefferson Starship. This marks the debut of the Jefferson Starship moniker, though not of the band of that name itself, since Blows predates the actual formation of the band Jefferson The Baby Tree - Paul Kantner / Jefferson Starship - Blows Against The Empire by four years.
Excepting Covington, all of these musicians would also play or sing on Crosby's debut album recorded at the same time in the same studios. Kantner even presents a kind of proto-grunge in "Mau-Mau Amerikon ". Lyrically, Wheres The Love - Astrud Gilberto - I Havent Got Anything Better To Do album celebrates countercultural idealism; it is set in a future The Baby Tree - Paul Kantner / Jefferson Starship - Blows Against The Empire the counterculture is able to unite and decide their own fate far away from planet Earth.
Written inKantner describes in "Hijack" the construction of a starship beginning inwhich "ought to be ready by The credit to Jefferson Starship reflected many things: the ad-hoc all-star line-up; the album being an evolutionary Rise - Jona - Rise from Jefferson Airplane; and finally the story it relates of the hijacking of a starship.
The original vinyl release is divided into two album sides. In the context of the narrative, this is the free music being performed in the park, drawing everyone together. It celebrates late-sixties counter-culture, depicting people celebrating mind expansion and free love, "We'll ball in your parks, insane with the flash of living The scene develops over the remaining album side, in "Let's Go Together" and "A Child Is Coming," that a couple is among the gathering in a park outside Chicago the night before the hijacking, tripping on acid as dawn approaches.
She reveals that she's pregnant, and predictably they resolve to free their child from the government's "files and their numbers game" by joining the hijackers. In this setting, "The Baby Tree" can be seen as their acid-induced daydream about pregnancy, and so fits neatly into the narrative. Side two is an integrated suite of songs which opens with "Sunrise", Grace Slick's allegory describing the breaking dawn the couple was awaiting, while also symbolizing the dawn of a Utopian civilization, freed from conservative mores and violent influences.
After the ship's engines and systems are readied in "X-M," "Starship" relates a mutiny fought for control of the ship, to determine whether to surrender and return or to continue. Eventually the idealists win control and the ship is flung by gravity sling-shot The Baby Tree - Paul Kantner / Jefferson Starship - Blows Against The Empire the sun and out of the solar system.
By Kantner's admission, the underlying premise of the narrative was derived in part from the works of science fiction author Robert A. Heinleinparticularly the novel Methuselah's Children. Kantner went so far as to write to Heinlein to obtain permission to use his ideas. Heinlein wrote back that over the years, many people had used his ideas but Paul was the first one to ask for permission, which he granted. Throughout the album, Slick's acoustic piano is highlighted. She has said that her chord-heavy technique at the time developed from watching session player Nicky Hopkins during his many recordings with the Airplane.
Most of the tracks add standard rock instrumentation to her piano, including electric and acoustic guitars, drums and bass.
Thick vocal harmonies backing Kantner and Slick in duet are a signature quality of many of the songs. Here she is predominantly accompanied by Jack Casady playing bass in a series of overdubs. The acoustic parts throughout the second side are centered on Kantner's detuned string guitar using a tuning consisting of octaves and fifths of open C, which David Crosby likens in sound to the droning tones of bagpipes.
Two tracks of the side 2 suite consist entirely of sound effects simulating the starship engines and the flight through space. Scattered among the other songs of the Suite are heavily processed background vocal tracks and sound bites. During the hijack scene, an audio excerpt from the George Pal film version of Вперёд - Гражданская Оборона - Гражданская Оборона.
Диск 1 of the Worlds is used: a woman is heard to call out "Let me through! The original vinyl album was a single platter School Of Seven Bells - Disconnect From Desire a gatefold sleeve. Kantner has said he enjoyed stealing the art from Russia because many of their albums were bootlegged on the Russian black market. The back cover painting depicts a partially opened parcel revealing a room inside with Jerry Garcia peeking out, behind him a Heavy Naked Woman standing on an American Flag the parcel being flown on a string by a trio of breasts with wings.
Inside the gatefold is more artwork with track listings and credits, done in silver ink on black background and featuring a Paul Kantner caricature with a head of marijuana-leaf hair rising over a mountainous planetscape and inkblot pair of marijuana leaves in the lower fold.
A mushroom on the left hemi-sphere pyramid on the right and the mountainous planetscape is nearly a mirror image. The inner dust jacket was decorated with collages of musician photos, writings and doodles. Original pressings included a full-color The Baby Tree - Paul Kantner / Jefferson Starship - Blows Against The Empire as well, with lyrics, poetry and drawings mostly done by Slick during the recording sessions and collected daily by Kantner.
A small number of promotional copies of the album were released to radio stations on clear translucent vinyl; these are now coveted by vinyl record collectors. The original compact disc release had mildly dull, slightly under-volume sound quality [ citation needed ]and reproduced the gatefold cover art and parts of the inner gatefold, neglecting the booklet and dust jacket art entirely.
The remastered CD release has superior sound at improved volume levels. The fold-out CD booklet includes the cover art and provides much of the inner gatefold and dust jacket artwork by including it among the extensive liner notes.
Finally, the remaster includes bonus tracks of alternate takes, demos and a live recording of Starship with radio promos appended. Note that the editing glitch at in the opening song, "Mau Mau Amerikon ", is not an error in the digital transfer;  it goes back White Christmas - Darts - White Christmas / Sh-boom the original album release. From a commercial standpoint, Blows Against the Empire performed comparably to Jefferson Airplane albums of the era, peaking at 20 on the Billboard and receiving a RIAA gold certification.
Reviewing in Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the SeventiesRobert Christgau found Kantner's singing and melodies "murky" while believing, "for all the record's sci-fi pretensions does Philip K. Dick actually like this stuff? The reissue restored the original lyrics as track three and included the alternate lyric version as a bonus track.
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