Dragon Fly (album)

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Dragon Fly
Dragon Fly (Jefferson Starship album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 1, 1974
RecordedJuly 1974
StudioWally Heider Studios, San Francisco
LabelGrunt/RCA Records
ProducerJefferson Starship / Larry Cox
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideC+[2]

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, and remain with the band until 1978. The song "Hyperdrive" was used in the opening ceremonies of the 1976 World Science Fiction Convention, MidAmeriCon, in Kansas City, Missouri.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."Ride the Tiger"Byong Yu, Grace Slick, Paul KantnerPaul Kantner5:11
2."That’s for Sure"Jerry GallupCraig Chaquico4:58
3."Be Young You"Grace SlickGrace Slick3:49
4."Caroline"Marty BalinPaul Kantner7:29
Side two
1."Devil's Den"Grace SlickPapa John Creach4:03
2."Come to Life"Robert HunterDavid Freiberg, Steven Schuster3:46
3."All Fly Away"Tom PachecoTom Pacheco5:25
4."Hyperdrive"Grace SlickPete Sears7:44


Chart (1975) Peak
Australian (Kent Music Report) 60[3]


  • 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


  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William (2011). "Dragon Fly - Jefferson Starship | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Archived from the original on February 26, 2020. Retrieved April 5, 2020.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: J". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved February 27, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  3. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 154. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.