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AFTER BATHING AT BAXTER'S

Jefferson Airplane

 

Proto-Prog

3.80 | 121 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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4 stars Their third effort in a bit more than a year. One has to say that the Airplane is rather prolific those days.

"The Ballad ..." is a great psychedelic opener. Slick, full of grace. This will be a highlight during their live performances.

"A Small Package Of Value Will Come To You, Shortly" is a weird song (?) : pure noise. I guess that this is what is called "avant-garde". Floyd will produce several tracks in this style on the "Ummagumma" studio sides...Fortunately, it only lasts for hundred seconds.

"Young Girl Sunday Blues" is reminiscent of "Somebody to Love" and is a very good track as well. "Martha" is a folky-pysche tune with nice vocal harmonies. Very much in the mood of the era. It combines both acoustic and electric moments quite successfully. Back to the electric side of their psychedelic stuff with "Wild Time" : great guitar work and frenetic drumming. The best track with "The Ballad..." so far.

"Rejoice" is another very good track here. Some Oriental influences and great vocals from Grace. I can't help, I am just fascinated and hypnotized by her voice. There is also some great flute playing. Another highlight.

"Watch Her Ride" is another nice track of this rather interesting album. The more we head towards the end of the album, the more interesting it gets : the quite psychedelic "Two Heads" is another great Airplane song : strong guitar and fabulous Grace vocals. An Airplane classic.

My fave, of course, is the fabulous dual track : "Won't You Try / Saturday Afternoon" which will be imortalized by their fantastic live set at Woodstock. Vocals are absolutely superb. It has the same hypnotic effect as "White Rabbit". Another one of their greatest tracks. No doubt.

Baxter is by far their most elaborate album to date. We are deeply in the psychedelic sound which will influence so many bands. Four stars for this historical and important album.

ZowieZiggy | 4/5 |

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