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Jefferson Starship - 1979 Freedom At Point Zero

ARTIST: Jefferson Starship
ALBUM: Freedom At Point Zero
LABEL: Grunt
YEAR: 1979
CD REISSUE: 1997, RCA, 07863 66877-2 * 2012, Rock Candy Records (UK), CANDY163


LINEUP: Mickey Thomas - vocals * Craig Chaquico - guitars * Paul Kantner - guitars * Pete Sears - keyboards, bass * David Freiberg - keyboards, bass * Aynsley Dunbar - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Jane * 02 Lightning Rose (Carry The Fire) * 03 Things To Come * 04 Awakening * 05 Girl With The Hungry Eyes * 06 Just The Same * 07 Rock Music * 08 Fading Lady Light * 09 Freedom At Point Zero


I am presuming at this time, that anyone reading this review will already be well familiar with the history of Jefferson Airplane, Jeffeson Starship, as well as Starship. At this particular point of their career, Jefferson Starship decided to opt for a few changes. This band had so many personnel changes that a few more weren't going to matter. Nevertheless in came singer Mickey Thomas (remember him from Elvin Bishop's hit 'Fooled Around And Fell In Love'?), as well as recently exiled drummer from Journey Aynsley Dunbar. Mr Dunbar was most unhappy about the popular chart ridden direction his former band were heading in, so opted for Jefferson Starship, for you guessed it...more of the same.. WTF?

The Songs
Yes 'Freedom At Point Zero' was a landmark album for the band, and moved them out of that semi folky ballad territory occupied by Heart and Fleetwood Mac, and up alongside rockers such as REO Speedwagon, Styx, and Foreigner. Thomas' fantastic vocals gave them the vehicle to do so, and with the added power of Dunbar, and some added electric crunch courtesy of Craig Chaquico, the Starship were ready to soar. The added production talent of Ron Nevison (fresh from UFO) was the icing on the cake. There are many standout songs on this platter starting with the seminal AOR classic hit 'Jane' which is a landmark song in itself within the AOR genre. We've got the similarly fantastic 'Just The Same', while 'Girl With The Hungry Eyes' rocks big time. A couple of my favourite tracks are the quieter ones such as 'Fading Lady Light' and 'Lightning Rose'. Others which invoke memories from the past include 'Freedom At Point Zero' and the upbeat 'Rock Music'.

In Summary
For all their years together, this band have produced some wonderful albums, particularly in the melodic rock/AOR category. Albums such as 'Nuclear Furniture', 'Knee Deep In The Hoopla', 'No Protection' and 'Love Among The Cannibals' are must have albums in your collection. But start with this one.

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#1 | Jez on January 27 2007 11:58:13
Featuring 'Jane', one of the all time great AOR songs. This was the superb Mickey Thomas's first cd with the band . A very strong set of songs, Highlighted by Jane, The Same Way, Girl With The Hungry Eyes.
#2 | gdazegod on April 22 2011 07:57:21
A huge album for me circa 1979. Some of these songs still grace my consciousness to this day.
#3 | gdazegod on April 22 2011 08:04:10
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#6 | gdazegod on October 01 2012 06:18:01
Looking fwd to this on Rock Candy reissue. Definitely will be buying this..
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