Thursday 12am ET: Feature LP: Jefferson Starship – Earth (1978)

Earth is the fourth album by Jefferson Starship. The album was recorded in 1977, with the same band lineup as the previous album, Spitfire and released February 6, 1978.

The band had not toured in 1977, partly due to Marty Balin’s reluctance to commit to the band. The song “Count on Me” became a Top 10 single, peaking at No. 8. The album hit No. 5 on the Billboard charts. A US and European tour followed. A riot in West Germany occurred after the band decided not to play without Grace Slick, who was ill. They lost their guitars and equipment during the riot and played one more tense show on West German TV in Hamburg, after which Slick left the band for one album. Marty Balin led the band for one more show at a Genesis concert at the Knebworth Festival in England using rented equipment. When they returned to the US, drummer John Barbata left the band after a serious car accident. This would be the end of the 1970s line-up and several new members joined the band, as well as a new record producer. Success of this album led to Jefferson Starship being contracted to provide a song for the Star Wars Holiday Special.

1. “Love Too Good” 6:03
2. “Count on Me” 3:14
3. “Take Your Time” 4:08
4. “Crazy Feelin'” 3:38
5. “Skateboard” 3:18

1. “Fire” 4:44
2. “Show Yourself” 4:36
3. “Runaway” 5:18
4. “All Nite Long” 6:28