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Published on Jan 9, 2007

Hello, thanks for putting up the Miracles piece on YouTube. Just thought I'd point out which musicians you are actually hearing play on the songfrom the horses mouth so to speak. Personnel didn't change from the beginning of the Jefferson Starship in 1974 until the riot in Germany in 1978 when we had to cancel a show because Grace was too ill to play. The original Jefferson Starship (we actually only played two or three Airplane songs live) recorded the song "Miracles" which you are hearing, in 1975. It was from the hit album, Red Octopus. The band consisted of: Paul Kantner, Grace Slick, Marty Balin, Craig Chaquico, Papa John Creach, David Frieburg, Pete Sears (me), and John Barbata. Paul played rhythm guitar and sang back-ups on the track, Craig lead guitar, Papa John violin, Marty lead vocal, Grace lead back-ups, David Frieburg played the haunting B3 organ riff on the song and also sang back-ups, John Barbata drums, and I played both bass guitar and piano on the track. We had some good times with that band...I wrote a lot with Grace including the song Hyperdrive, and the band would play long three hour sets with plenty of improvisation. Jefferson Airplane had broken-up in 1972 after Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady decided to concentrate on Hot Tuna...I later joined Hot Tuna on piano for a wonderful ten year run during the 1990's.The Jefferson Starships sound, record producer, and several personnel changed quite drastically during the 1980's, eventually fizzling out at the end of the decade (Paul, Frieburg and I were long gone by then). Paul later reformed Jefferson Starship with some great musicians, including Diana Mangano who took over Graces parts. I was playing with Hot Tuna during this period. Jack would sometimes go off and tour with the new Jefferson Starship , and Jorma, Michael Falzarano and I would go out as the Jorma Kaukonen Trio, with me playing bass on keyboards with my left hand. Just wanted to set the record straight on which musicians you are hearing play on the song "Miracles"one of Martys best.
All the best,
Pete Sears

Thank you for the information, and hope you enjoyed my slide. What a beautifully poetic, timeless piece Miracles is. Best Wishes! Ridina94softail


If only you believe like I believe, baby, like I believe, we'd get by
If only you believe in miracles, so would I
If only you believe like I believe, baby, like I believe, we'd get by
If only you believe in miracles, so would I

I might have to move heaven and earth to prove it to you, baby

So we're making love, and you feel the power and I feel the power
Then there's really nothing we can't do
(You know we could, you know we could)
If we wanted to baby
(You know we could, you know we could)
We could exist on the stars, it'd be so easy
(Oh, baby)
All we got to do is get a little faith in you.

Whoa, I've been so many places I've seen some things (Yes, I have)
I know that love is the answer (Yes, it is)
Keeps holding this world together (Oh, yeah)
Ain't nothing better, ain't nothing better (Nothing's better)
And all the answers to our prayers
Hell, it's the same everywhere (Just the same now)
Nothing ever breaks 'cept the heart (Love's a game now)
Only your tears give you away (Ain't it a shame now)
When you're right where I found you (Oh, baby)
With my arms around you (Oh, baby)

Baby, baby
Love is a magic word few ever find in a lifetime
But from that very first look in your eyes I see you and I have but one heart
Only our bodies were apart (It's making me crazy)
That was so easy, so easy

I had a taste of the real world (Just a drop of it) when I went down on you, girl, oh

I can hear windmills and rainbows whenever you talkin' to me (Never say never)
I feel like swirling and dancing whenever you're walkin' with me
You ripple like the river when I touch you (Let me touch you)
When I pluck your body like a string (Show you what I mean)
When I start dancing inside you Oh, baby, you make me wanna sing
Oh, baby a love song, ah baby
Oh, yeah, yeah, alright
Baby, we're sure doin' it tonight

Every time you come by let me try (Come on by)
Pretty please, with sugar on it, that's how I like it, uh
I can't even believe it with you
It's like having every dream I ever wanted (Dream of a lifetime) come true
I picked up your vibes, you know (I'm having a fine time)
It opened my mind, but I'm still dreaming

And you're right where I found you, with my arms around you (Oh, baby)... Made Especially For Chris

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