After Bathing at Baxter's

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After Bathing at Baxter's
After bathing at baxters.jpg
Studio album by Jefferson Airplane
Released November 27, 1967
Recorded June–October 1967 at RCA Victor studios, Hollywood
Genre Psychedelic rock[1]
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
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone(favorable)[3]

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) and LOP-1511 (mono). The cover art is by artist Ron Cobb.

Due to the lack of a breakout hit, the experimental album was significantly less successful than its predecessor from a commercial standpoint, peaking at number 17 on the Billboard album chart and failing to attain a RIAA certification. 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 and Marty Balin harmonizing, and reached number 42 on the Billboard charts.[4] The band's singles never again crossed the halfway mark in the Hot 100.[4]

John Hartford referenced the cover art from After Bathing at Baxter's as the inspiration for his song "Steam Powered Aereo Plane" from his album Aereo-Plain.

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 as "After Tripping On Acid".[5]

Track listing[edit]

Side one

Streetmasse
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."The Ballad of You & Me & Pooneil"Paul Kantner4:29
2."A Small Package of Value Will Come to You, Shortly"Spencer Dryden, Gary Blackman, Bill Thompson1:39
3."Young Girl Sunday Blues"Marty Balin, Kantner3:33
The War Is Over
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
4."Martha"Kantner3:26
5."Wild Tyme (H)"Kantner3:08
Hymn to an Older Generation
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
6."The Last Wall of the Castle"Jorma Kaukonen2:40
7."Rejoyce" ([n 1])Grace Slick4:01

Side two

How Suite It Is
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
8."Watch Her Ride"Kantner3:11
9."Spare Chaynge" (instrumental)Jack Casady, Dryden, Kaukonen9:12
Shizoforest Love Suite
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
10."Two Heads"Slick3:10
11."Won't You Try / Saturday Afternoon"Kantner5:09
2003 CD reissue Bonus Tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
12."The Ballad of You & Me & Pooneil" (long version from Jefferson Airplane Loves You)Kantner11:04
13."Martha" (single version B-side RCA #9389)Kantner3:26
14."Two Heads" (alternate version)Slick3:15
15."Things Are Better in the East" (demo version)Balin2:31
16."Young Girl Sunday Blues" (instrumental; hidden track)Balin, Kantner3:59

Notes[edit]

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

Personnel[edit]

  • Grace Slick – piano, organ, recorder, vocals, lead vocals on "Rejoice", and "Two Heads"
  • Paul Kantner – rhythm guitar, vocals, lead vocals on "The Ballad of You & Me & Pooneil", "Martha", "Wild Tyme", "Watch Her Ride", and Won't You Try / Saturday Afternoon"
  • Jorma Kaukonen – lead guitar, sitar, vocals, lead vocals on "The Last Wall of the Castle"
  • Jack Casady – bass
  • Spencer Dryden – drums, percussion, horn arrangement
  • Marty Balin – rhythm guitar, vocals, lead vocals on "Young Girl Sunday Blues"

Additional personnel

  • Gary Blackman – vocals
  • Bill Thompson – vocals

Production

  • 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

Chart positions[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. ^ "Acoustic Guitar Sessions Presents Jorma Kaukonen". Acoustic Guitar. January 8, 2015. Retrieved July 25, 2016. 
  2. ^ Eder, Bruce. "Jefferson Airplane: After Bathing at Baxter's > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 1 September 2011.
  3. ^ "Jefferson Airplane: After Bathing at Baxter's". Rolling Stone. 20 January 1968. 
  4. ^ a b Jefferson Airplane biography, Rolling Stone
  5. ^ Tamarkin, Jeff: Got a Revolution!: The Turbulent Flight of Jefferson Airplane, p.155; Atria Books; reprint July 19, 2005; ISBN 978-0671034047