RHINO ENTERTAINMENT ACQUIRES LEGENDARY
JEFFERSON STARSHIP, STARSHIP & HOT TUNA CATALOG
The Deal Encompasses Over 30 Classic Albums Including Titles From
Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna, Grace Slick, Paul Kantner, And More
A Plethora Of Physical And Digital Titles Will Begin To Rollout In 2019,
Beginning With The New Digital Compilation
Starship Enterprise: The Best Of Jefferson Starship & Starship, Available Now;
Grace Slick Solo Catalog Also Available Today For The First Time Digitally
LOS ANGELES - Rhino Entertainment, Warner Music Group's renowned catalog label, has acquired the rights to the legendary catalogs of Jefferson Starship, Starship & Hot Tuna, effective today. Also included in the deal are rights to a selection of Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna albums, solo albums by Grace Slick, and additional albums and Grunt label signings related to various other band members including Paul Kantner and David Freiberg.
The announcement was made by Rhino President Mark Pinkus and band manager Jeff Jampol. The agreement includes the use of master recordings spanning nearly twenty years, from Jefferson Airplane's 1972 album Long John Silver to Starship's 1991 Greatest Hits (Ten Years And Change 1979-1991) compilation. To coincide with the announcement, Rhino has released a new digital compilation Starship Enterprise: The Best Of Jefferson Starship & Starship and has also made all four Grace Slick solo albums (Manhole, Dreams, Welcome To The Wrecking Ball!, and Software) available digitally for the first time.
"We're real happy to have Rhino take over so much of our catalog," said bassist Jack Casady. "They have an avid interest in keeping all the great music from our youth relevant and we look forward to a great relationship and all that will manifest."
"With Rhino's awesome track record of bona fides I am thrilled that they will be shepherding the re-releases of so much of our catalog," added bandmate Jorma Kaukonen. "I can think of no better record company to handle this task."
In 1972, Jefferson Airplane lineup took a break after releasing the band's seventh studio album, Long John Silver. With the Airplane on hiatus, Casady and Kaukonen focused on their side project Hot Tuna. Playing with a revolving cast of musicians, they recorded five albums over five years, including the group's 1972 studio debut, Burgers. In 1973, Slick recorded Manhole, the first of her four solo albums. That same year, she and Kantner formed Jefferson Starship with fellow Airplane alumni Freiberg, Papa John Creach, and John Barbata, as well as guitarist Craig Chaquico. Jefferson Airplane founding member Marty Balin also joined the band in 1975. Jefferson Starship released eight albums between 1974 and 1984. Each of them was certified gold or better and helped the band assemble a steady streak of classic hit singles such as "Count On Me,' "Jane," "Find Your Way Back, and "Miracles" from their 1975 double platinum #1 album Red Octopus.
In 1985, the band shortened its name to Starship before Slick, Chaquico, Mickey Thomas, Pete Sears, and Donny Baldwin set off in a new musical direction. Over the next five years, Starship would record three albums, including the band's 1985 debut, Knee Deep In The Hoopla. A massive hit, the album was certified platinum and features two iconic #1 singles "We Built This City" and "Sara." Starship's music continues to be embraced in the streaming age, with both "We Built This City" and "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" surpassing the 100 million stream mark on Spotify, a rare feat for 30-year-old songs.
"Overseeing and managing great artists' legacies is a very specialized business, with a unique set of issues, problems, needs, and careful oversight. Rhino has the great ability to commit themselves, their extensive resources, and their passion for great music & art into long-term results and respectful handling of legacy artists' careers and work, said Jampol, manager for Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, Starship, and Hot Tuna. "It was amazing to us how passionate Rhino President Mark Pinkus was about these artists and their music - he was a true fan(atic)! So, when it came time to find a label home for Jefferson Starship, Starship, Hot Tuna and various solo projects, Rhino was a natural choice, and my clients and I couldn't be happier with our new team."
"Rhino is the perfect home for these amazing and sometimes overlooked albums. We see an incredible opportunity to grow their fan base in a variety of ways," says Pinkus. "Whether you are a lifelong fan of over 50 years or a young kid that's only heard 'We Built This City' in a movie or television show, we feel like there is a vast selection of amazing music to turn many different audiences on to. We've had some tremendous success collaborating with Jeff Jampol's roster of superstar legacy artists over the years and look forward to a great future for these acts as well."
A partial list of albums included in the deal, all of which are now available digitally:
Long John Silver (1972)
Thirty Seconds Over Winterland (1973)
Dragon Fly (1974)
Red Octopus (1975)
Freedom At Point Zero (1979)
Modern Times (1981)
Winds Of Change (1982)
Nuclear Furniture (1984)
Knee Deep In The Hoopla (1985)
No Protection (1987)
Love Among The Cannibals (1989)
Greatest Hits (Ten Years & Change 1979-1991) (1991)
The Phosphorescent Rat (1974)
America's Choice (1975)
Yellow Fever (1975)
Welcome To The Wrecking Ball! (1981)
Paul Kantner/Grace Slick/David Frieberg
Baron Von Tollbooth & The Chrome Nun (1973)
Starship Enterprise: The Best Of Jefferson Starship & Starship
1. "Ride The Tiger" - Jefferson Starship
2. "Caroline" - Jefferson Starship
3. "Fast Buck Freddie" - Jefferson Starship
4. "Miracles" - Jefferson Starship
5. "Play On Love" - Jefferson Starship
6. "With Your Love" - Jefferson Starship
7. "Count On Me" - Jefferson Starship
8. "Runaway" - Jefferson Starship
9. "Jane" - Jefferson Starship
10. "Rock Music" - Jefferson Starship
11. "Find Your Way Back" - Jefferson Starship
12. "Layin' It On The Line" - Jefferson Starship
13. "No Way Out" - Jefferson Starship
14. "We Built This City" - Starship
15. "Sara" - Starship
16. "Tomorrow Doesn't Matter Tonight" - Starship
17. "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" - Starship
18. "It's Not Over ('Til It's Over)" - Starship
19. "Set The Night to Music" - Starship
20. "It's Not Enough" - Starship
About Rhino Entertainment
Rhino Entertainment is the catalog development and marketing division of Warner Music Group. Founded in 1978, Rhino continues to set the standard for excellence in the reissue business it pioneered in both the physical and digital worlds with an emphasis on flawless sound quality, bonus tracks, informative liner notes, award-winning creative packaging, and a strong social conscience. Rhino has also expanded the definition of what a catalog music company is, as evidenced by the label's name and likeness representation deal with Frank Sinatra, its multi-faceted relationship with the Grateful Dead, and releasing new albums by heritage artists such as Jeff Beck and Cyndi Lauper. The catalogue of more than 5,000 releases includes material by Led Zeppelin, Eagles, David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac, Aretha Franklin, The Doors, Chicago, Ray Charles, Black Sabbath, John Coltrane, Yes, Phil Collins, Ramones, and The Monkees, among many others.
About Jampol Artist Management
Jampol Artist Management, Inc., which has been an effective and discerning steward for such legends as The Doors, Janis Joplin, Ramones, Otis Redding, Jim Morrison, Johnny Ramone, Muddy Waters, The Mamas & The Papas, Charlie Parker, John Lee Hooker, Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship, utilizes all available platforms to connect fans new and old with their clients and provide new avenues for discovery and exploration. JAM Inc.'s work on behalf of its legacy clients includes feature and documentary films; worldwide retail apparel and licensing campaigns; powerful uses in film, TV and other media; innovative use of social media; stage productions, museum exhibitions, books and more.
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