- Released: July 29, 1997
- Originally Released: 1997
- Label: RCA
Q3 Stars (out of 5)
(on the Essential label)
Perf: Good Sound: OK
- 1.Silver Spoon
- 2.Diana Pt. 1
- 5.Look At The Wood
- 6.When I Was A Boy I Watched The Wolves
- 9.Earth Mother
- 10.Diana Pt. 2
- 11.Universal Copernican Mumbles
- 12.Holding Together
Personnel includes: Paul Kantner, Grace Slick; David Crosby, Graham Nash (vocals); Jerry Garcia (guitar).
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Personnel: Paul Kantner (vocals, guitar); David Crosby (vocals, guitar); Grace Slick (vocals, keyboards); Graham Nash (vocals, percussion); Edwin Hawkins, Bill Laudner (vocals); Jerry Garcia (guitar, banjo); Jorma Kaukonen, Peter Kaukonen (guitar); Papa John Creach (violin); Steven Schuster (saxophone); Greg Adams (trumpet); Mic Gillette (trombone); Patrick Gleeson (keyboards, synthesizer); John Vierra (keyboards); Joey Covington (drums, percussion); Shelley Silverman, Spencer Dryden (drums).
Liner Note Author: Jeff Tamarkin.
Recording information: 1971.
Illustrator: Acy Lehman.
Unknown Contributor Role: Phil Sawyer.
This is something of a family album, co-credited to Paul Kantner and his wife, Grace Slick, and featuring on its cover a photograph of their infant daughter, China. It also features the family of San Francisco Bay Area musicians, including David Crosby, Graham Nash, Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead, and other current members of Jefferson Airplane and future members of Jefferson Starship. Its style of loosely arranged acid rock music and radical left political lyrics is similar to such recent albums as the Kantner/Starship Blows Against the Empire (December 1970) and the Airplane's Bark (August 1971), which were made by most of the same players. But Kantner and Slick's usual stridency is not counterbalanced by substance as much as on earlier efforts, perhaps because they were making too many albums too quickly to keep up the quality of their songwriting. Still, anyone who enjoys the sweet-and-sour unison singing of X's John Doe and Exene Cervenka should listen to Sunfighter to see where they got it from. ~ William Ruhlmann