Saturday, January 8, 2022

Paul Kantner - Blows Against the Empire (1970)


Paul Kantner - Blows Against the Empire (1970)


Tracklist front / back album covers


Side one

1. "Mau Mau (Amerikon)"   6:33

2. "The Baby Tree"   1:42

3. "Let's Go Together"   4:11

4. "A Child Is Coming"   6:15


Total length:   18:41


Side two

1. "Sunrise"   1:54

2. "Hijack"   8:18

3. "Home"   0:37

4. "Have You Seen the Stars Tonite?"   3:42

5. "XM"   1:22

6. "Starship"   7:07


Total length:   23:00


Remastered CD bonus tracks

11. "Let's Go TogetherB" (alternate lyrics)   4:22

12. "Sunrise" (acoustic demo)   1:21

13. "Hijack" (acoustic demo)   7:02

14. "SFX" (raw sound effects for XM)   2:04

15. "Starship"   10:07

16. "Radio Spots" (hidden track)   2:57




Paul Kantner Band Members / Musicians

Paul Kantner – vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, banjo, bass machine

Grace Slick – vocals, piano

Jerry Garcia – banjo on "Let's Go Together" and "The Baby Tree"; pedal steel guitar on "Have You Seen the Stars Tonite"; sound effects and vocals on "XM"; lead guitar on "Starship"

David Crosby – vocals and guitar on "A Child Is Coming" and "Have You Seen the Stars Tonite"; backing vocals on "Mau Mau" and "Starship"

Peter Kaukonen – lead guitar on "Mau Mau"

Jack Casady – bass on "A Child Is Coming" and "Sunrise"

Harvey Brooks – bass on "Starship"

Joey Covington – drums and vocals on "Mau Mau"; congas on "Hijack"

Bill Kreutzmann – drums on "Let's Go Together"

Graham Nash – congas on "Hijack"; sound effects on "Home"; backing vocals on "Starship"

Mickey Hart – percussion on "Have You Seen the Stars Tonite"; sound effects and vocals on "XM"

David Freiberg – backing vocals on "Starship"

Phill Sawyer[18] – sound effects on "Home" and "XM"


Paul Kantner – producer, design

CCCP – cover

Patti Landres – books

Jim Goldberg – space, design, all the work

Tony Nagamuma – title

Allen Zentz, Pat Ieraci, Graham Nash, David Crosby, Phill Sawyer, Bob Shoemaker – engineers

Thanks to Kurt Vonnegut, Robert A. Heinlein, Michael Cooney, Jean Genet, Mike Lipskin, Buckminster Fuller, Theodore Sturgeon, A. A. Milne, John Lear and The Bear – James Boyd, thanks




Blows Against the Empire is a concept album by Paul Kantner, released under the name Paul Kantner and Jefferson Starship. It is the first album to use the "Starship" moniker, a name which Kantner and Grace Slick would later use for the band Jefferson Starship that emerged after Jack Casady and Jorma Kaukonen left Jefferson Airplane. From a commercial standpoint, it performed comparably to Jefferson Airplane albums of the era, peaking at No. 20 on the Billboard 200 and receiving a RIAA gold certification. It was one of the first two albums to be nominated for a Hugo Award in the category of Best Dramatic Presentation.

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