Rhino Acquires Catalogs of Jefferson Starship, Starship & Hot Tuna

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Jefferson Starship in September 1978. Front, left to right: Marty Balin, David Freiberg, Grace Slick and Craig Chaquico. Back: Paul Kantner, Pete Sears and John Barbata.

Warner Music Group's Rhino Entertainment label has acquired the rights to the catalogs of Jefferson Starship, Starship and band members' side project Hot Tuna in an agreement that covers master recordings spanning nearly 20 years. 

That includes everything from Jefferson Airplane's 1972 album Long John Silver to Starship's 1991 Greatest Hits (Ten Years And Change 1979-1991) compilation. To celebrate the announcement, Rhino is releasing a new digital compilation, Starship Enterprise: The Best Of Jefferson Starship & Starship, and making all four solo albums by lead singer Grace Slick (Manhole, Dreams, Welcome To The Wrecking Ball!, and Software) available digitally for the first time ever. 

"We're real happy to have Rhino take over so much of our catalog," said bassist Jack Casady in a release. "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."

Jefferson Starship was founded in 1974 by fellow Airplane alumni David Freiberg, Papa John Creach, and John Barbata, as well as guitarist Craig Chaquico, bassist Pete Sears, Paul Kantner and Grace Slick, shortening the group's name to Starship in '85.

"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 and art into long-term results and respectful handling of legacy artists' careers and work," said Jeff Jampol, manager for all iterations of the band.

"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," added Rhino President Mark 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."