At the time this album was recorded, Jefferson Airplane had expanded from a rock group into something of a San Francisco collective of musicians and launched its own record label, Grunt, necessitating a flow of product. As a result, there was a flurry of releases by the Airplane itself and several offshoots, with each of these records featuring several members of the loose aggregation informally dubbed "PERRO ("the Planet Earth Rock 'N' Roll Orchestra").
Welcome to the Wrecking Ball! is Grace Slick's 1981 follow-up to her solo album Dreams (1980). Her third solo album, it was released before stepping back into her old position in Jefferson Starship. The lyrics of the first track include numerous references to Slick's dislike of rock journalists and critics. The songs Slick wrote for side-B of the album are closer in style to the psychedelic songs of Jefferson Airplane than to the songs on the previous album Dreams, and the song "No More Heroes" contains vocal overlays and tape effects speeding up and slowing down the song. The album rose to #48 on the Billboard charts.
Best known for his work with Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, guitar god Jorma Kaukonen released his first solo album, Quah, in 1974. Quah draws on folk, blues and gospel influences, along with the inimitable vocals of Tom Hobson on several tracks, all tied together by Kaukonen’s intricate acoustic guitar work. Now remastered with several previously unreleased bonus tracks and new liner notes by Jefferson Airplane biographer Jeff Tamarkin.
Manhole was the last of the experimental Jefferson Airplane, and Grace Slick's first official solo album. While Bark and Long John Silver, the final stages of the original Airplane, displayed the excessive psychedelic nature of the musicians within the confines of their group format, Blows Against the Empire, Sunfighter, and Baron Von Tollbooth and the Chrome Nun allowed for total artistic expression. Manhole concluded this phase with 1974's other release, the Jefferson Starship's Dragonfly. By taking the name from Paul Kantner's Blows Against the Empire solo project, Dragonfly began the renewed focus on commercial FM which would turn into Top 40 airplay. Manhole is the antithesis of that aim, but is itself a striking picture of Grace Slick as the debutante turned hippy being as musically radical as possible.
Jorma returns with his the twelfth solo studio album on Red House Records, Ain't in No Hurry, a knock out collection of songs that show Jorma remains at the top of his game. Ain't in No Hurry is a blend of American roots, blues, rockers and Jorma originals including a lost Woody Guthrie lyric that Jorma and producer Larry Campbell put to music.
Blue Country Heart is a Jorma Kaukonen studio album released in June, 2002. It was his first album on a major label since 1980's Barbeque King. Kaukonen didn't write any new compositions for the album, and instead played mostly country-blues cover songs. Kaukonen again relied on the talents of other musicians for this solo effort, but turned to musicians he had not previously worked with on any project. Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Byron House and Bela Fleck helped add more of the country flavor not present in previous Kaukonen solo efforts. The album was nominated for a Grammy award in 2003 for "Best Traditional Folk Album."
Founding member of the Jefferson Airplane and longtime mainstay of Hot Tuna, Jack Casady was one of the first rock bass players to explore the full melodic potential of his instrument. While the underlying sound of Dream Factor is distinctly blues oriented, Casady deviates from the norm with a pair of electrifying inclusions. Guests include Jorma Kaukonen, Ivan Neville and Paul Barrere. Jack Casady has been a very important figure for the development of the electric bass, an instrument on which he developed an unmistakable timbre - rubbery and metallic - and a style that was harmonically complex and highly dramatic.
Too Many Years is a Jorma Kaukonen studio album released in August, 1998. It was his last studio album on Relix Records. Michael Falzarano returned to play guitar and to help produce as he did on the previous Kaukonen solo album. Falzarano was the only returning performer, and the keyboard work was now handled by former Jefferson Starship keyboardist Pete Sears, who had been playing with Hot Tuna and the Jorma Kaukonen Trio since 1992.
His third album release of 1995, The Land Of Heroes was Jorma Kaukonen's first new solo studio album in a decade. In the meantime, he had been part of reunions of Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, but The Land Of Heroes was in the tradition of Quah, Jorma, and Too Hot To Handle, mostly acoustic collections that combined new originals (vocal tunes and instrumentals) with remakes of older originals and covers of songs from the standard folk-blues repertoire.
Dreams is a studio album by Grace Slick. It was released in 1980 on RCA Records. The album features a psychedelic rock sound, with flamenco elements on "El Diablo". It was recorded in New York without any previous or current members of Jefferson Starship. Steve Price of Pablo Cruise plays drums on "Garden of Man." The album reached #32 on the Billboard charts. It also attained the number 28 position on the UK album chart.