Label: RCA - 82876 53225 2,BMG Heritage - 82876 53225 2 • Format: CD Album, Reissue, Remastered, Stereo, Mono • Country: Europe • Genre: Rock • Style: Psychedelic Rock, Classic Rock
The Jefferson Airplane opened with Surrealistic Pillow and closed it with After Bathing at Baxter'sand what a difference ten months made. Bookending the year that psychedelia emerged in full bloom as a freestanding musical form, After Bathing at Baxter's was among the purest of rock's psychedelic albums, offering few concessions to popular taste and none to the needs of AM radio, which made it nowhere remotely as successful as its predecessor, but it was also a lot more daring.
The group had found the preceding album a little too perfect, and not fully representative of the musicians or what they were about, and they were determined to do the music their way on Baxter's ; additionally, they'd begun to see how far they could take music and music could take them in concert, in terms of capturing variant states of consciousness.
Essentially, After Bathing at Baxter's was the group's attempt to create music Showbag - Playlunch captured what the psychedelic experience sounded and felt like to them from the inside; on a psychic level, it was an introverted exercise in music-making and a complete reversal of the extroverted experience in Watch Her Ride - Jefferson Airplane - After Bathing At Baxters together Surrealistic Pillow.
Toward that end, they were working "without a net," for although Al Schmitt was the nominal producer, he gave the group the freedom to indulge in any experimentation they chose to attempt, effectively letting them produce themselves. They'd earned the privilege, after two huge hit singles and the Top Five success of the prior album, all of which had constituted RCA's first serious new rock success and the label's first venture to the music's cutting edge since Elvis Presley left the Army. The resulting record was startlingly different from their two prior LPs; there were still folk and blues elements Liber Aleph - Arabesque - Beyond The Veil in the music, but these were mostly transmuted into something very far from what any folksinger or bluesman might recognize.
KantnerJorma Kaukonenand Jack Casady cranked up their instruments; Spencer Dryden hauled out an array of percussive devices that was at least twice as broad as anything used on the previous album; and everybody ignored the length of what they were writing and recording, or how well they sang, or how cleanly their voices meshed.
The group emerged four months later with one of the rawest, most in-your-face records to come out of the psychedelic era, and also a maddeningly uneven record, exciting and challenging in long stretches, yet elsewhere very close to stultifyingly boring, delightful in its most fulfilling moments which were manybut almost deliberately frustrating in its digressions, Bed Of Roses - Various - Reggae Anthology Box Set amid all of that, very often beautiful.
The album's 11 songs formed five loosely constructed "suites," that didn't ease listeners into those structures. Opening "The Ballad of You and Me and Pooneil" a Kantner -authored tribute to Fred Neil amid a cascading wash of feedback leading to a slashing guitar figure, the band's three singers struggle to meld their voices and keep up. A softer, almost folk-like interlude, highlighted by Slick 's upper-register keening, breaks up the beat until the guitar, bass, and drums crash back in, with a bit of piano embellishment.
Then listeners get to the real break, an almost Watch Her Ride - Jefferson Airplane - After Bathing At Baxters interlude on the guitars, and a return to the song at a more frenzied pitch, the guitar part dividing and evolving into ever more brittle components until a crescendo and more feedback leads to "A Small Package of Value Will Come to You, Shortly.
The aforementioned tracks comprise just the first suite, designated "Steetmasse. Needless to say, this is not the album for neophytes -- "Spare Chaynge" remains an acquired taste, a lot more aimless than, say, the extended jams left behind by the Quicksilver Messenger Servicethough it did point the Watch Her Ride - Jefferson Airplane - After Bathing At Baxters toward what Kaukonen and Casady would aim for more successfully when they formed Hot Tuna.
But most of the rest is indisputably among the more alluring musical experimentation of the period, and Kantner 's "The Ballad of You and Me and Pooneil" and "Watch Her Ride," as well as Balin 's Krachgau / Schreimaul - Split Girl Sunday Blues," proved that the group could still rock out with a beat, even if not so prettily or cleanly as before.
Release Date December, Track Listing. Paul Kantner. Jefferson Airplane. Young Girl Sunday Blues. Wild Tyme.
The Last Wall of the Castle. Jorma Kaukonen. Grace Slick. Watch Her Ride. Spare Change. Two Heads. Martha Paul Kantner. Wild Tyme Paul Kantner. Rejoyce Grace Slick. Watch Her Ride Paul Kantner.
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