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Classic Album Review: Jefferson Starship | Across the Sea of Suns

The ’60s-rock dinosaurs slog through the tar pit of their back catalogue once again.

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This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


No, this isn’t the faux Jefferson Starship that’s playing at the casino down the street. This is the real Starship. Or at least the realer Starship, since it has two original members — Paul Kantner and Marty Balin — along with the usual bunch of no-names and newbies.

And if that ain’t disappointing enough, the two-CD Across the Sea of Suns, their third live set in five years, sounds like it was recorded at a bar for a crowd of dozens. Or perhaps most of the audience simply dozed off while listening to these tired ’60s-rock dinosaurs slogging through the tar pit of their back catalogue, dredging up long-winded versions of fossils like Miracles, Hearts and even Somebody to Love. Hell, even Mickey Thomas and his version of Starship couldn’t be duller than this. Which raises the question: Why don’t they all just form one big, crappy band and get it over with?