After Bathing at Baxter's

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After Bathing at Baxter's
Studio album by Jefferson Airplane
Released November 30, 1967
Recorded June–October, 1967 at RCA, Hollywood
Genre Acid rock, psychedelic rock
Length 43:38
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)
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).

After Bathing at Baxter's is notably psychedelic and provided a contrast to the band's previous album, Surrealistic Pillow, released earlier the same year, as it eschews the more commercial type rock songs, such as "Somebody to Love," that appeared on the earlier LP. As such, it was a watershed album; Jefferson Airplane was now a much heavier rock group. Jorma Kaukonen's electric guitar was especially more to the forefront in both volume and tone.

Divided into "suites," this musical shift is typified by longer and more experimental compositions such as the nine-minute instrumental "Spare Chaynge" (reputedly put together by Spencer Dryden when no-one else in the band showed up to a recording session) and Grace Slick's mammoth and unusual "Rejoyce," an homage to James Joyce's novel Ulysses, with its quirky arrangement and Jack Casady's stentorian bass line. Many of the album tracks reflect the band's heavy use of the drug LSD. The cover art is by artist Ron Cobb.

The album peaked at no. 17. The first single, "The Ballad of You and Me and Pooneil," barely missed the top 40 mark, charting at #42 while the second release, "Watch Her Ride," charted at #61 on Billboard. Both singles made it to the top 40 in the Cash Box Top 100.[3] The band would continue its major commercial success the next year with Crown of Creation.

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 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]

  • After Bathing at Baxter's (Vinyl inset & inside gatefold cover). Jefferson Airplane. New York City: RCA. 1967. LSO-1511.