1981 Marty Balin – Balin

Balin is Marty Balin‘s 1981 debut solo album. Two top-40 singles were released, “Hearts” (a U.S. #8 hit, and also his biggest as a solo artist) and “Atlanta Lady (Something About Your Love)” (U.S. #27). The album rose to #35 on the Billboard charts.

Marty Balin (Martyn Jerel Buchwald; January 30, 1942 – September 27, 2018) was an American singer, songwriter, and musician best known as the founder and one of the lead singers and songwriters of Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship.


Hearts (Jesse Barish) 04:18
2  You Left Your Mark On Me (Eric Burgeson; Terry Turrell) 04:43
3  Lydia! (Marty Balin; Rick Nowels) 03:41
4  Atlanta Lady (Jesse Barish) 03:48
5  Spotlight (Eric Burgeson; Terry Turrell) 03:27
6  I Do Believe In You (Jerry Manfredi; John Lang; Richard Page; Steve George) 04:26
7  Elvis And Marilyn (Dyan Diamond; Kim Fowley; Leon Russell) 03:06
8  Tell Me More (John Whitney; Obren Bokich) 03:43
9  Music Is The Light (Jesse Barish) 04:22


BassRichard Bassil
DrumsBilly Lee Lewis
GuitarJohnny De Caro
GuitarJohn Hug
Acoustic GuitarMarty Balin
PianoMark Cummings
SynthesizerMark Cummings
VocoderMark Cummings
PercussionBilly Lee Lewis
PercussionBobbye Hall
PercussionSteve Forman
Background VocalsRichard Bassil
Background VocalsBilly Lee Lewis
Background VocalsJohnny De Caro
Background VocalsMark Cummings
Background VocalsRick Nowels
Background VocalsDavid Landau
VocalsMarty Balin

Other Musicians

1 Hearts

CymbalKen Watson
Background VocalsBill Champlin

2 You Left Your Mark On Me

VocoderMichael Boddicker

5 Spotlight

PianoJohn Jarvis

6 I Do Believe In You

PianoJohn Jarvis

9 Music Is The Light

Electric PianoNeil Larsen
SynthesizerNeil Larsen

Liner Notes

Producer – John Hug
Arranged By – John Hug
Concertmaster – Harry Bluestone
Conductor – John Hug
Contractor – Frank DeCaro
Engineer – Tom Flye
Engineer (Assistant) – Ann Fry, Clif Jones
Mastered By – Greg Calbi

Art Direction – BIll Burks
Photography By – Richard Avedon, Tom Gibson

Mastered At Sterling Sound
Mixed At Record Plant, Sausalito
Recorded At The Village Recorder
Recorded At Record Plant, Sausalito
Recorded At White Rabbit Studio, Sausalito
Phonographic Copyright (p) EMI America Records
Copyright (c) EMI America Records