Baron von Tollbooth & the Chrome Nun

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Baron von Tollbooth & the Chrome Nun
Studio album by Paul Kantner, Grace Slick, and David Freiberg
Released May 1973
Recorded November–December 1972 at Wally Heider Studios, San Francisco
Genre Rock
Psychedelic rock
Length 40:22
Label Grunt/RCA
Producer Paul Kantner
Grace Slick
David Freiberg
Paul Kantner chronology
Sunfighter
(1971)
Baron von Tollbooth & the Chrome Nun
(1973)
Dragon Fly
(1974)
Grace Slick chronology
Sunfighter
(1971)
Baron von Tollbooth & the Chrome Nun
(1973)
Manhole
(1974)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[2]

Baron von Tollbooth & the Chrome Nun is an album by Paul Kantner, Grace Slick, and David Freiberg from Jefferson Airplane. It was released in 1973 on Grunt/RCA.

Background[edit]

The record was issued at the same time as Thirty Seconds Over Winterland.

All the members of the 1972-era Jefferson Airplane make an appearance on the album. However, on most of the tracks, Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead performs lead guitar and Chris Ethridge of the Flying Burrito Brothers performs bass.

The album cover was illustrated by Drew Struzan, under the direction of Ernie Cefalu.

Track listing[edit]

Side A
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Ballad of the Chrome Nun"   Grace Slick David Freiberg 3:59
2. "Fat"   Slick Slick 3:13
3. "Flowers of the Night"   Jack Traylor Traylor 4:13
4. "Walkin'"   Kantner, Slick Kantner 2:31
5. "Your Mind Has Left Your Body"   Kantner Kantner 5:45
Side B
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Across the Board"   Slick Slick 4:34
2. "Harp Tree Lament"   Robert Hunter Freiberg 3:34
3. "White Boy (Transcaucasian Airmachine Blues)"   Kantner Kantner 4:13
4. "Fishman"   Slick Slick 2:40
5. "Sketches of China"   Kantner, Slick Kantner 5:13

Personnel[edit]

  • Paul Kantner – vocals on all tracks except "Across the Board" and "Fishman", rhythm guitar on all tracks except "Across the Board" and "Fishman", glass harmonica on "Harp Tree Lament" and "White Boy"
  • Grace Slick – vocals, piano on all tracks except "Ballad of the Chrome Nun", "Flowers of the Night", and "Harp Tree Lament"
  • David Freiberg – vocals on all tracks except "Across the Board" and "Fishman", piano on "Ballad of the Chrome Nun", "Harp Tree Lament", keyboards on all other tracks except "Walkin'" and "Fishman"
  • John Barbata – drums, percussion
  • Chris Ethridge – bass on all tracks except "Your Mind Has Left Your Body", "White Boy", and "Fishman"
  • Jerry Garcia – guitar on all tracks except "Flowers of the Night", "Your Mind Has Left Your Body", and "Harp Tree Lament", steel guitar on "Ballad of the Chrome Nun" and "Your Mind Has Left Your Body", banjo on "Walkin'"
  • Craig Chaquico – lead guitar on "Ballad of the Chrome Nun", "Flowers of the Night", and "Fishman"
  • David Crosby – vocals on "The Ballad of the Chrome Nun"
  • Jack Traylor – acoustic guitar on "Flowers of the Night", vocals on "Flowers of the Night", "White Boy", and "Sketches of China"
  • Jack Casady – bass on "Your Mind Has Left Your Body", "White Boy", and "Fishman"
  • The Pointer Sisters – vocals on "Fat"
  • Papa John Creach – electric violin on "Walkin'"
  • Mickey Hart – gongs on "Your Mind Has Left Your Body" and "Sketches of China", water phones on "Your Mind Has Left Your Body"
  • Jorma Kaukonen – lead guitar on "Your Mind Has Left Your Body"

Production[edit]

  • Paul Kantner – producer
  • Grace Slick – producer
  • David Freiberg – producer
  • Bob Matthews – recording engineer, mixdown engineer
  • Betty Cantor – recording engineer, mixdown engineer
  • Jim Gaines – recording engineer
  • Al Schmitt – mixdown engineer
  • Daggett – equipment head
  • Drew Struzan, Bill Garland – illustrations
  • Jim Marshall – eye photography
  • Pacific Eye & Ear – album design
  • Bill Thompson – management

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Baron Von Tollbooth & the Chrome Nun - Paul Kantner | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 9 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Gerson, Ben. "Baron Von Tollbooth And The Chrome Nun : Paul Kantner : Review : Rolling Stone". web.archive.org. Retrieved 9 August 2011.