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One of the oddest best-of albums in rock history, HITS documents, in chronological order, the evolution of Jefferson Airplane, a band that provided the soundtrack for a great deal of the '60s counterculture, into Starship, a band that provided the soundtrack for the Reagan-era Andrew McCarthy movie MANNEQUIN. Which is to say that despite the presence of ice-queen vocalist Grace Slick on just about every song here, there's next to no stylistic connection between the Airplane's acid/folk/rock agit-pop, Jefferson Starship's slick, neo-Fleetwood Mac California-pop-lite, and Starship's even slicker '80s new-wave ear candy. Of course, the fact that the same band (nominally) could be responsible for both "White Rabbit" and "We Built This City" is obviously a metaphor for something; whether it's devolution or progress is a judgment call listeners will have to make for themselves.

Track List

It's No Secret
Somebody to Love
White Rabbit
Embryonic Journey
Plastic Fantastic Lover
Comin' Back to Me
Ballad of You and Me and Pooneil
Greasy Heart
Lather
Crown of Creation
Wooden Ships
Volunteers
Good Shepherd
Have You Seen the Saucers
Pretty as You Feel
Third Week in the Chelsea
Long John Silver
Caroline
Ride the Tiger
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Artist:  Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, Starship
Label:  RCA Victor Europe
Genre:  Rock
Release Date:  September 29, 1998
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review by . August 05, 2010
posted in Music Matters
Comprehensive collection of the band in all its incarnations.
When this collection was released some years ago  I was rather amused by another reviewer's description of "Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship/Starship Hits" as being rather "bizarre".  I must  concur that this is an apt description as this is one group that changed personnel and musical directions so frequently that it would make your head spin.  But in the final analysis, this outfit left us with a pretty impressive body of work.  …
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