Jefferson Starship: “With Your Love” (1976)

Starlog 3.1: BALLADACIOUS. The big ballad from Spitfire is credited to Marty Balin, Balin’s Bodacious D.F. bandmate Vic Smith and original Airplane drummer Joey Covington. Charlie Hickox, another BDF alum, provided Spitfire’s opening track, “Cruisin.’” Balin’s relationship with Starship was always that of a guest, and I had the impression he was renting space in the band rather than buying into the idea of a Jefferson Airplane Part Two. Of course, ballads like this paid the rent and then some, so I don’t think anyone was complaining. The B side is Grace Slick’s “Switchblade” from Spitfire, which is typical of her intense but unmemorable tracks.

Original 7-inch single version
A1. With Your Love (Martin Balin/Joey Covington/Vic Smith) 3:33
B1. Switchblade (Grace Slick) 4:01

7-inch back-to-back hits reissue
A1. Miracles
B1. With Your Love

The Plastic
Originally released on 7-inch on July 1976 in the US, UK, Germany and Spain (Grunt, FB-10746), Japan (Grunt, SS-3033) and Mexico (RCA, SP-4621); reached #12 on the US charts (charted on July 24, 1976 for 17 weeks). Some regional releases feature a picture sleeve. “With Your Love” was re-released on a 7-inch back-to-back hits single in 1979 in the US (Grunt, GB-10941) with “Miracles.”

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