Dragon Fly is the debut album by Jefferson Starship, released on Grunt Records in 1974. It peaked at #11 on the Billboard 200, and has been certified a gold album. Credited to Grace Slick / Paul Kantner / Jefferson Starship, the band itself was a turning point after a series of four albums centering on the partnership of Kantner and Slick during the disintegration of Jefferson Airplane through the early 1970s.
The album received its RIAA gold certification within six months, selling as well as most Jefferson Airplane albums. Two singles were released from the album: "Ride the Tiger" reached only #84 on the Billboard Hot 100; the follow-up single "Caroline" failed to chart. Singer Marty Balin, who had not appeared on an Airplane or Airplane-offshoot album since Volunteers in 1969, would write and sing on the single "Caroline." He would join Jefferson Starship soon after, present for most of their career during the remainder of the decade. "Hyperdrive" was used in the opening ceremonies of the 1976 World Science Fiction Convention, MidAmeriCon, in Kansas City, Missouri.
Grace Slick – vocals; piano on "Be Young You"
Paul Kantner – vocals, rhythm guitar
Papa John Creach – electric violin
Craig Chaquico – lead guitar
David Freiberg – vocals; keyboards on "Ride the Tiger," "Be Young You," and "Caroline"; piano on "Devil's Den" and "Come to Life"; organ on "All Fly Away"; bass on "That's for Sure"
Pete Sears – bass on all except "That's for Sure"; piano on "That's for Sure," "Caroline," "All Fly Away," and "Hyperdrive"; harpsichord on "Caroline"; organ on "Hyperdrive"
John Barbata – drums, percussion
Marty Balin – lead vocals on "Caroline"
Jefferson Starship – producer
Larry Cox – producer, engineer
Pat Ieraci (Maurice) – production coordinator
Steve Mantoani – recordist
Paul Dowell – amp consultant
Bill Thompson – manager
Acy Lehman, Frank Mulvey – art directors
Peter Lloyd – illustration
Recorded and Mixed at Wally Heider's, San Francisco
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