Friday, February 26, 2010

1088 - Mojo 101. Jefferson Airplane - After Bathing at Baxter's (1967)

Track Listing

1. Streetmasse
2. The Ballad of You & Me & Pooneil
3. A Small Package of Value Will Come To You Shortly
4. Young Girl Sunday Blues
5. The War Is Over
6. Martha
7. Wild Tyme
8. Hymn to an Older Generation
9. The Last Wall of the Castle
10. Rejoyce
11. How Suite It Is
12. Watch Her Ride
13. Spare Chaynge
14. Shizoforest Love Suite
15. Two Heads
16. Won’t You Try Saturday Afternoon


The track listing above can be seen in several editions in several different ways, at times being grouped into suites and sometimes broken up like this. Anyway, the end result is the same, and it is a piece of crazy experimentalist psych.

As Psych goes Jefferson Airplane always seemed to me like a perfectly good band, but one which was extremely successful because it wasn't really that interesting. So then you get an album which wasn't very successful and that is where you can see them experimenting.

While this is a good thing it also gives us moments of complete wierdness, such as A Small Package of Value Will Come To You Shortly. However together with this they also manage to produce some of the best moments of their career with really confident psych music coming to the fore in most other tracks. Great stuff.

Track Highlights

1. The Ballad of You & Me & Pooneil
2. Rejoyce
3. Young Girl Sunday Blues
4. Won’t You Try Saturday Afternoon

Final Grade



From Wikipedia:

Divided into "suites," this musical shift is typified by longer and more experimental compositions such as the nine-minute instrumental "Spare Chaynge" 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 Ballad of You & Me & Pooneil:

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