I’ve always had a soft spot for this record. Jefferson Starship’s Earth has that distinctive seventies sound, with the big fat Billy Preston style keyboards, and the mellow easy listening vocal harmonies of Grace Slick and Marty Balin. For that reason, Earth may not be the best to run to. It has what I call the “post sex” energy level. I think music, especially music from the 1970s, have one of two kinds of energy levels. Either they have a “pre sex” energy level (i.e. much of the music by Ted Nugent, ACDC, etc.) or a “post sex” energy level, which is much more laid back and relaxed. This record is definitely the later, which is why we probably won’t see a Glee show dedicated to the music of this incarnation of the Starship.
For me, this album has a peaceful easy feeling, and is great for a longer, slower paced trot on a Saturday afternoon. Sky rockets in flight, it’s a delight. After this record, the Starship left the Earth’s atmosphere for the deep, empty, barren space known as”eighties arena rock”. For now, enjoy this time on Earth.