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4 stars After Bathing at Baxter's is the third full-length studio album US psychadelic West Coast rock act Jefferson Airplane. While their debut album Jefferson Airplane Takes Off (1966) was heavily rooted in american folk and the second effort from the band Surrealistic Pillow (February 1967) was still not fully in the psychadelic mold even though the tendency was clear. The latter hosted Jefferson Airplaneīs highest charting singles in White Rabbit and Somebody to Love. The summer of 1967 is often refered to as the summer of love and Surrealistic Pillow is one of those albums people generally refer to when they speak of that summer. By the end of November 1967 when After Bathing at Baxter's was released the hangover must have set in, because this album is dark, angry and at times melancholic. Iīm not talking about bleak melancholy but more the feeling of restrained anger and frustration.

The album is divided into five chapters with two or three songs under each chapter. Calling After Bathing at Baxter's a concept album might be stretching the definition a bit but there is a bond between the songs and several seque into each other. Most songs are simple memorable pop/ rock songs but with added psychadelic elements. There are more experimental tracks on the album as well like the sound collage A Small Package Of Value Will Come To You Shortly which reminds me of the sound collages by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention and the 9:12 minute long dark psychadelic jam Spare Chaynge. My favorites here are probably the dark folky Martha and the eerie Grace Slick led Rejoyce. Being a great fan of the dark and melancholic harmony vocals of Alice in Chains, the vocals in Martha really excites me. Really eerie sounding.

The musicianship is excellent. I enjoy the two ( or is it three at times?) guitar attack very much. The vocals are strong and the vocal harmonies clever and original. The rythm section provides a strong foundation for the music. Just a great playing band.

The production by Al Schmitt ( who alledgedly didnīt do much during the recording of the album) is a good and powerful sixties production. you can hear everything thatīs going on clearly.

After Bathing at Baxter's took a few spins to appreciate but once it got under my skin Iīve begun to understand why it is often refered to as one of the most important artistic achiements of the sixties. A classic psychadelic pop/ rock album in other terms. A 4 star rating from me is warranted. A very recommendable album and a big step forward into experimental territory for Jefferson Airplane.

UMUR | 4/5 |


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