ARTIST: Paul Kantner
TITLE: Blows Against the Empire
YEAR RELEASED: 1970
CHART ACTION: #20
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Sci-fi hippies may have this somewhere in their collection.
LINEUP: Paul Kantner, Grace Slick, and a bun of friends from the Grateful Dead, the Jefferson Airplane, David Crosby, Graham Nash, and others.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A sci-fi concept album containing spaceships, baby trees, LSD, and utopian worlds.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: NOTE: This is credited to “Paul Kantner and the Jefferson Starship”, which was not a real group at the time, but merely his collection of ‘stars’ that helped him on the record.
While the Jefferson Airplane was slowing down, Paul Kantner put his creative energies into a sci-fi concept album where drugs, music, and children are the future, and a spaceship will come and take the true believers out of the solar system.
Musically, it’s not half-baked all of the time. It’s mostly acoustic country-type jams that the Grateful Dead was getting into at the time. The storyline is a little out there, even for 1970, especially the whole thing about the baby tree, and that cocaine and acid and free love are the wave of the future.
I’m exiling this, but the adventurous may want to sample.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: It was nominated for a Hugo award.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, demos and a live cut of “Starship”
GRADE: C: EXILED. I heard it once, for posterity sake. Too much insane hippie gobbledy-gook.