After Bathing at Baxter's

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After Bathing at Baxter's
Studio album by Jefferson Airplane
Released November 27, 1967
Recorded June–October, 1967 at RCA, Hollywood
Genre Acid rock, psychedelic rock
Length 43:38 (original)
67:53 (2003 reissue)
Label RCA Victor
Producer Al Schmitt
Jefferson Airplane chronology
Surrealistic Pillow
(1967)
After Bathing at Baxter's
(1967)
Crown of Creation
(1968)
Singles from After Bathing at Baxter's
  1. "The Ballad of You and Me and Pooneil"
    Released: August 1967
  2. "Watch Her Ride"
    Released: 1967
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [1]
Rolling Stone positive [2]

After Bathing at Baxter's, the third album by the San Francisco rock band Jefferson Airplane was released in 1967 as RCA Victor LSO-1511 (stereo) & LOP-1511 (mono). The cover art is by artist Ron Cobb.

The album peaked at #17. Paul Kantner's composition "The Ballad of You and Me and Pooneil" was released as a single in August 1967, with him as lead singer and Grace Slick, Marty Balin harmonizing, and reached number 42 on the Billboard charts.[3] However, the band's singles never again crossed the halfway mark in the Hot 100.[3] The band's next album, Crown of Creation, would reach number 6 on the album charts and was eventually certified gold.

Origin of title[edit]

According to Jeff Tamarkin's history of the Airplane, "baxter" was the band's code for "LSD" aka "acid", and the title, as a whole, translates to After Tripping On Acid.[4]

Track listing[edit]

Side one

Streetmasse
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Ballad of You and Me and Pooneil"   Paul Kantner 4:29
2. "A Small Package of Value Will Come to You, Shortly"   Spencer Dryden, Gary Blackman, Bill Thompson 1:39
3. "Young Girl Sunday Blues"   Marty Balin, Kantner 3:33
The War Is Over
No. Title Writer(s) Length
4. "Martha"   Kantner 3:26
5. "Wild Tyme (H)"   Kantner 3:08
Hymn to an Older Generation
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "The Last Wall of the Castle"   Jorma Kaukonen 2:40
7. "Rejoyce" ([n 1]) Grace Slick 4:01

Side two

How Suite It Is
No. Title Writer(s) Length
8. "Watch Her Ride"   Kantner 3:11
9. "Spare Chaynge" (instrumental) Jack Casady, Dryden, Kaukonen 9:12
Shizoforest Love Suite
No. Title Writer(s) Length
10. "Two Heads"   Slick 3:10
11. "Won't You Try / Saturday Afternoon"   Kantner 5:09
2003 CD reissue Bonus Tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
12. "The Ballad of You & Me & Pooneil" (long version from Jefferson Airplane Loves You) Kantner 11:04
13. "Martha" (single version B-side RCA #9389) Kantner 3:26
14. "Two Heads" (alternate version) Slick 3:15
15. "Things Are Better in the East" (demo version) Balin 2:31
16. "Young Girl Sunday Blues" (instrumental; hidden track) Balin, Kantner 3:59

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ All lower-case information according to album notes.

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Gary Blackman – vocals
  • Bill Thompson – vocals

Production[edit]

  • Jefferson Airplane – design, notes, song arrangement
  • Al Schmitt – producer
  • Richie Schmitt – engineer
  • Ron Cobb – album cover
  • The Walking Owls – album title
  • Alan Pappe – photography
  • Recorded at RCA, Hollywood

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Position
1967 Billboard Pop Albums 17

Single

Year Single Chart Position
1967 "The Ballad of You & Me & Pooneil" Cash Box Top 100 24
1967 "Watch Her Ride" Cash Box Top 100 37
1967 "The Ballad of You & Me & Pooneil" Billboard Pop Singles 42
1967 "Two Heads" Billboard Pop Singles 124
1967 "Watch Her Ride" Billboard Pop Singles 61

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eder, Bruce. "Jefferson Airplane: After Bathing at Baxter's > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 1 September 2011.
  2. ^ "Jefferson Airplane: After Bathing at Baxter's". Rolling Stone. 20 January 1968. 
  3. ^ a b Jefferson Airplane biography, Rolling Stone
  4. ^ Tamarkin, Jeff: Got a Revolution!: The Turbulent Flight of Jefferson Airplane, p.155; Atria Books; reprint July 19, 2005; ISBN 978-0671034047