Baron von Tollbooth & the Chrome Nun

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Baron von Tollbooth & the Chrome Nun
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Studio album by
ReleasedMay 1973
RecordedNovember–December 1972 at Wally Heider Studios, San Francisco
GenreRock, psychedelic rock, proto-hip hop
Length40:22
LabelGrunt/RCA Records
ProducerPaul 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
SourceRating
AllMusic2/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[2]
Baldini&Castoldi4/5 stars[citation needed]

Baron von Tollbooth & the Chrome Nun is a collaborative studio album by Jefferson Airplane members Paul Kantner, Grace Slick, and David Freiberg, released in May 1973.

All of the trio's then-fellow Jefferson Airplane members, John Barbata, Jack Casady, Papa John Creach, and Jorma Kaukonen, are featured on the album, along with Craig Chaquico, the future lead guitarist of Jefferson Starship

Background[edit]

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

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.

"Your Mind Has Left Your Body" was the final studio track to feature Paul Kantner, Grace Slick, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady until the 1989 Jefferson Airplane reunion album.

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

Track listing[edit]

Side A
No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."Ballad of the Chrome Nun"Grace SlickDavid Freiberg3:59
2."Fat"SlickSlick3:13
3."Flowers of the Night"Jack TraylorTraylor4:13
4."Walkin'"Kantner, SlickKantner2:31
5."Your Mind Has Left Your Body"KantnerKantner5:45
Side B
No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."Across the Board"SlickSlick4:34
2."Harp Tree Lament"Robert HunterFreiberg3:34
3."White Boy (Transcaucasian Airmachine Blues)"KantnerKantner4:13
4."Fishman"SlickSlick2:40
5."Sketches of China"Kantner, SlickKantner5:13

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. Archived from the original on February 22, 2008. Retrieved 9 August 2011.