Crown of Creation

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Not to be confused with Crown of Creation (band).
Crown of Creation
Studio album by Jefferson Airplane
Released August 1968
Recorded February – June 1968 at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood
Genre Acid rock, psychedelic rock
Length

38:23

56:04 (2003 reissue)
Label RCA Victor
Producer Al Schmitt
Jefferson Airplane chronology
After Bathing at Baxter's
(1967)
Crown of Creation
(1968)
Bless Its Pointed Little Head
(1969)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone (neutral)[2]

Crown of Creation was released in 1968 and is the fourth album by the San Francisco rock band Jefferson Airplane, released as RCA Victor LSP-4058 (stereo). A mono version was released only to radio in the US (as LPM-4058), but was released commercially in other countries. This was the last Jefferson Airplane album to be released in mono. In addition, although the cover features the newer "modern" RCA Victor logos, initial stereo pressings and all mono pressings were on the black "Nipper" label (instead of the orange label associated with those logos). The album peaked at number 6 on the album charts and was eventually certified gold. The David Crosby-penned "Triad" is the only track not composed by an Airplane member, except that the lyrics to the title song are based on lines from John Wyndham's novel The Chrysalids) - unattributed, but with his permission. "Triad" was previously rejected for release by Crosby's group The Byrds as being too risqué.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Lather" ([3]) Grace Slick 2:57
2. "In Time"   Paul Kantner, Marty Balin 4:14
3. "Triad"   David Crosby 4:55
4. "Star Track"   Jorma Kaukonen 3:11
5. "Share a Little Joke"   Balin 3:09
6. "Chushingura" (instrumental) Spencer Dryden 1:20
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "If You Feel"   Balin, Gary Blackman 3:21
2. "Crown of Creation" (lyric based on John Wyndham's "The Chrysalids"[4]) Kantner 2:54
3. "Ice Cream Phoenix"   Kaukonen, Charles Cockey 3:02
4. "Greasy Heart"   Slick 3:26
5. "The House at Pooneil Corners"   Kantner, Balin 5:54
August 19, 2003 CD bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
12. "Ribump Ba Bap Dum Dum" (instrumental) Dryden, William Goodwin 1:32
13. "Would You Like a Snack?" ([5]) Frank Zappa, Slick 2:40
14. "Share a Little Joke" (single version B-side RCA #9496) Balin 3:09
15. "The Saga of Sydney Spacepig"   Dryden 7:55
16. "Candy Man" (hidden track) Rev. Gary Davis 2:25

Personnel[edit]

Additional Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Al Schmitt – producer
  • Richie Schmitt – engineer
  • Maurice – 8-Track
  • Hiro – cover and back photo
  • USAF – bomb photo, sometimes attributed to the Hiroshima detonation, but is in fact one of the US desert testing explosions.
  • J. Van Hamersveld – album design, art direction
  • Bill Laudner – road manager
  • Chick Casady – equipment manager
  • Bill Thompson – manager

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Position
1968 Billboard Pop Albums 6

Single

Year Single Chart Position
1968 "Greasy Heart" Billboard Pop Singles 98
1968 "Crown of Creation" Billboard Pop Singles 64

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eder, Bruce (2011). "Crown of Creation – Jefferson Airplane | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 8 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Miller, Jim (26 October 1968). "Jefferson Airplane: Crown of Creation : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone. Straight Arrow Publishers, Inc. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  3. ^ The song "Lather" was written in part for drummer Spencer Dryden's 30th birthday, and in part for bassist Jack Casady's arrest for nudity at Santa Cruz.
  4. ^ "Sampled with permission and most appropriately from John Wyndham's 'The Chrysalids', written specifically, originally, and humorously/ironically for and at the request of The Hubert Humphrey campaign for President, 1967 or -8 or so" - Kantner, Paul (2003). Lyrica - Paul Kantner's Theory of Everything. Little Dragon Press. 
  5. ^ Frank Zappa is credited as the "leader" on "Would You Like a Snack?". Zappa bandmates Art Tripp, Ian Underwood and Don Preston also appear. Zappa released a song by the same name on 200 Motels, which is completely unrelated to the Jefferson Airplane track. The melody of that track is from Zappa's "Holiday in Berlin" composition, whereas the Jefferson Airplane track is an original composition. "Would You Like a Snack?" was first issued as part of the Jefferson Airplane Loves You box set in 1992. [1].
  6. ^ Drummer and co-founder of The Steve Miller Band.