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No Protection Original recording remastered, Import


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  • Audio CD (Jan. 22 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B001031SSE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Limited Edition Japanese pressing of this album comes housed in a miniature LP sleeve. 2008.

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By Richard A. Siler on May 26 2004
Format: Audio CD
As someone who'd been a fan of the band since the Jefferson Airplane days, this album is the biggest piece of crap ever. The music is weak, soulless, pointless, and not even a pale shadow of what the band had once been. The only reason I bought this in the first place was to keep the collection complete and for Grace's two songs, which luckily are good, especially "I Don't Know Why" which I really like a lot. Grace's writing contributions are the only thing that earned this album a single star.
The problem with the Starship albums is that they're comprised almost exclusively of material written by outside writers. I don't have much time for artists that only perform other people's material. The exception here is "Transaltantic", written by Mickey and Craig. Decent song; its defintely my favourite following Grace's 2 contributions.
That's not to say that all of the non-band material was bad (I did really like "Love Rusts" on HOOPLA), its just that a performer that can't write their own material isn't much of an "artist" to me. And when you compare the stuff on these albums with the bulk of accomplishment from the Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship eras, it simply doesn't compare very favourably.
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Format: Audio CD
Starship is a long-careered band with its history dates back as far as 60s. Right after Nuclear Furniture album in 1984 Paul Kantner one of the original members left the band with the ownership of half of the former band's name "Jefferson". Since then their music direction turned toward more catchy pop rock as seen in Knee Deep In A Hoopla sounding similar to Heart(1984) or Survivor's Vital Signs(1984) with Mickey Thomas participating as background vocal. This album also invites finest songwiters at that time including Diane Warren, known for Heart or Michael Bolton works, penning "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now", #1 hit from Mannequin soundtrack. Comparing with ...Hoopla, the sound became much edgier and closer to Survivor yet with pop-beat rhythm which makes the song memorable. Beat Patrol is a nice example of beat-pop. Ballads are super equipped with nothing's-gonna-stop-them combination of Mickey Thomas, high-toned emotional male vocalist and Grace Slick, one of the finest female rock vocalists ever born. Particularly I love Set The Night To Music nice slow ballad. Minor, less impressive tracks are fine as well such as Transatlantic. Overall this is the best they can get so far and unmissable.
Essential for Vital Signs and Heart(1984) appreciators. Good news for Starship fans is that Mickey Thomas will be back with his brand-new solo album.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
ANOTHER CHAPTER IN THEIR GLORIOUS HISTORY!!! July 25 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Fresh off the success of KNEE DEEP IN THE HOOPLA in 1985/86, STARSHIP released NO PROTECTION in 1987. It was a logical step for the band, as they dug deeper into the slick synth pop of the previous effort. The album opens with a corny but catchy number titled BEAT PATROL. This song's accompanying video managed some airplay on MTV but the song never really took off! Next in line was the HUGE #1 hit, NOTHING'S GONNA STOP US NOW! This song was already a hit when this album was released, so obviously it helped to propel the album to platinum status. Sadly, it would be their last million selling album and GRACE SLICK'S last album with Starship. The songs that follow, are a mix of techno type rockers and ballads, with the standout tracks being, IT'S NOT OVER TIL IT'S OVER(another big hit and an ironic title), GIRLS LIKE YOU and WINGS OF A LIE! The album comes across almost sounding like a gospel rock album, especially THE CHILDREN(another standout)! As usual, there is some tasty but restrained guitar playing from CRAIG CHAQUICO, a possible sign that he would be the next to jump ship! Of all the incarnations of the band, this version takes the most heat for digging into more commercial viable material but truthfully they represented the 80's just as well as they did the 60's and 70's, so PAUL and GRACE should get off their high horse and stop blaming MICKEY THOMAS for going in this direction! They coaxed him into the band anyway, at least PAUL did! Well, hence the title NO PROTECTION...from the crazy things that go on in this business and other people's minds! Anyway, the album is worth checking out, if only for the hits!!!
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Best of Mickey Thomas Era Oct. 12 2003
By susumu-5 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Starship is a long-careered band with its history dates back as far as 60s. Right after Nuclear Furniture album in 1984 Paul Kantner one of the original members left the band with the ownership of half of the former band's name "Jefferson". Since then their music direction turned toward more catchy pop rock as seen in Knee Deep In A Hoopla sounding similar to Heart(1984) or Survivor's Vital Signs(1984) with Mickey Thomas participating as background vocal. This album also invites finest songwiters at that time including Diane Warren, known for Heart or Michael Bolton works, penning "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now", #1 hit from Mannequin soundtrack. Comparing with ...Hoopla, the sound became much edgier and closer to Survivor yet with pop-beat rhythm which makes the song memorable. Beat Patrol is a nice example of beat-pop. Ballads are super equipped with nothing's-gonna-stop-them combination of Mickey Thomas, high-toned emotional male vocalist and Grace Slick, one of the finest female rock vocalists ever born. Particularly I love Set The Night To Music nice slow ballad. Minor, less impressive tracks are fine as well such as Transatlantic. Overall this is the best they can get so far and unmissable.
Essential for Vital Signs and Heart(1984) appreciators. Good news for Starship fans is that Mickey Thomas will be back with his brand-new solo album.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
When you can't please everyone..... Jan. 27 2013
By David A. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
When you can't please everyone, what do you do? You go out and make the best music possible. And that is what Starship did with their late 1980's release "No Protection." Many of the other reviewers have already written well detailed reviews of the songs on this CD. My personal favorites are "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" & "It's Not Over ('Til Its Over)." But all the songs are great examples of the music you found in the 1980's. If you came of age in the 1980's, as I did, then there is a good chance you will enjoy this CD. If you are a big fan of the earlier songs from Jefferson Airplane then you probably will not like it.

So many have criticized Starship for "selling out" or abandoning their 1960's & 70's musical roots. Problem is, musical taste change and in the 1980's, just like in other decades, you went along with the taste of the time. Psychedelic rock of the '60's/'70's would have played no better on radio in 1987 than this CD would play today in 2013. It was heavy into light airy pop/rock, ballads, with synthesizers and guitars on full display. Face it, that is what was popular at the time and if Grace Slick, Mickey Thomas & Co. where going to do more than headline the tie dye oldies convention in San Francisco they had to adapt. If you enjoy the '80's and listened to Survivor, Heart, or Kenny Loggins then buy this CD and enjoy.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Worthy Follow Up To Knee Deep in the Hoopla Feb. 1 2009
By Anthony Vera - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
As far as musical integrity and importance..STARSHIP doesnt come to mind. As far as light airy 80's rock songs, STARSHIP comes in for a dead center landing right into my brain. Knee Deep In The Hoopla( 1985) had 3-4 catchy songs and so does "No Protection" (1987). I liked the opening track "The Beat Patrol". Then there's the song from Mannequin "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now." That song could have been marketed as part of a "BAND-AID" project for stopping world hunger at the time.
"Set the Night To Music" is Spot-on for another solid hit. "Let the Children Follow" is catchy. In a nutshell, Starship followed suit from their previous album. Maybe it doesnt have quite the ultimate cheeziness of "Sara" and "We Built This City" but there's plenty of cheese whiz for you to enjoy. I know I do.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Mediocre Aug. 5 2008
By Johnny Boy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This album was a real disappointment. As a longtime Airplane and Jefferson Starship fan, as well as a casual Starship fan, this is, by a long shot, their worst effort. The songs, besides 'Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now,' are colorless and tuneless, unlike their previous effort, 'Knee Deep In The Hoopla,' the album is a waste of time.

While 'Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now' is a great song, and while I'm not an '80s pop rock fan, that song is near flawless. Slick and Thomas' voices combine together quite nicely on that song.

The other songs here, however, aren't. 'The Children' is a terrible song, probably one of my least favorite songs of the '80s. While 'It's Not Over' is not a terrible song, it isn't a great song, either.

Out of the three Airplane projects, Starship was, without a doubt, the weakest. Mickey Thomas has a great voice, no doubt, but combined with synth pop arrangements, it's not that good.

'Knee Deep In The Hoopla' wasn't a great album, either. 'Sara' and 'We Built This City' were the only truly great songs on that one.

After this album, Grace Slick, aged 47 at the time this was released, left Starship to become a part of Jefferson Airplane's first and as of 2008 only reunion. Thomas became sole leader of Starship after Slick's departure.

Overall, unless you are a die-hard Jefferson Airplane fan, I wouldn't buy this. Starship was a pretty weak band, although 'Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now' is a great song. Just pick up 'VH1 Behind The Music: Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship/Starship' for the hits and nothing but, or if you want their more romantic songs, just buy 'Love Songs.'

My advice would be to avoid this album. Two stars for 'Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now,' but otherwise, this is not a good album. It's not terrible, but it's not good, either.

Recommended only for '80s and/or Starship die-hard fans. Buy it if you see it in a bargain bin.

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