Paul Kantner / Jefferson Starship ‎– Blows Against The Empire

RCA Victor ‎– LSP-4448
Vinyl, LP, Album, Rockaway Pressing, Gatefold

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A1 Mau Mau (Amerikon)
Drums – Joey CovingtonLead Guitar – Peter Kaukonen
A2 The Baby Tree 1:42
A3 Let's Go Together
Banjo – Jerry GarciaDrums – Bill Kreutzmann
A4 A Child Is Coming
Bass – Jack CasadyGuitar, Vocals – David Crosby
B1 Sunrise
Bass – Jack Casady
B2 Hijack
Congas – Graham Nash, Joey Covington
B3 Home 0:37
B4 Have You Seen The Stars Tonite
Guitar – David CrosbyPedal Steel Guitar – Jerry GarciaPercussion – Mickey Hart
B5 XM 1:22
B6 Starship
Bass – Harvey BrooksGuitar – Jerry GarciaVocals – David Crosby, David Freiderg*, Graham Nash

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Nominated for a 1971 Hugo Award, for Best Dramatic Presentation.

Note: Some covers are gold stamped as promotional or with a timing strip.

1st Pressings have 110/130 grams vinyl, not Dyna Flex. Released with gatefold jacket, Included Inner artwork imagery sleeve and 8 page Lyrics and illustrated booklet.

Mastering info from stamped "circle w/ 2 drumsticks" symbol (the mastering stamper for Artisan) in run-out on side 2.

"R" stamped in runouts denotes an RCA Records Pressing Plant, Rockaway pressing.

Variant 2 Side 2 etched Run-out has corrective overwriting with 9454 corrected to 9054 and B2A corrected to B3A.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side 1 Stamped): ZPRS 9053 37S
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 2): ZPRS-9054-35S
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 2 Etched (Alternate)): ZPRS-9054-5S
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 1 Label): ZPRS-9053
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 2 Label): ZPRS-9054
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2, Side 1, stamped (A4A etched)): ZPRS 9053-30S A4A R
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2, Side 2, etched (R stamped opposite, preceded by drum logo)): ZPRS-9054-3S B3A R
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3, Side 1 Stamped): ZPRS 9053 12S - I
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3, Side 2 Etched): ZPRS-9054-5S A2


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September 20, 2014
I have played Have You seen the Stars Tonite to friends of mine who were Crosby, Airplane Byrds &/or Dead heads who somehow missed this album and are totally blown away by the tune. Beautiful space of calm and awe of spinning free in a vast universe completely free. I was spoiled by this album thinking artists make this kind of music all the time. Recorded at Wally Heiders at the same time as American Beauty, If I Could only Remember My Name & Garcia with the same musicians. Incredible time to be alive.


March 22, 2010
nothing will ever come close.
however,i recently bought a remastered version of After Bathing at Baxters.
best thing they ever recorded as the Airplane.
saturday afternoon.oh yes.


May 21, 2008
This is a lost classic. Featuring an all star cast of West Coast musicians such as Paul Kantner, Grace Slick, Joey Covington, Jack Cassady, Jerry Garcia, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, David Crosby, Graham Nash - this album personifies the Haight Ashbury spirit of the 60's. A concept album detailing the hijacking of a Starship to travel into space to set up a new society on a new planet. Musically it is superb. The opening rebellious rock n roll of Mau Mau. The psycedelic banjo plucking of the Baby Tree. The soaring vocals of Grace Slick on Lets Go Together. The finest moment of all comes in the shape of the beautiful Have You Seen The Stars Tonite (would you like to come up on A deck and look at them with me)Sheer brilliance. They don't make albums like this anymore!!