Bathing at Asnieres

After Bathing at Baxter's

After Bathing at Baxter's was released in 1967 and is the third album by the San Francisco rock band Jefferson Airplane. Unlike Surrealistic Pillow, released earlier the same year, After Bathing at Baxter's is classified as psychedelic rock because it eschews the more commercial type pop songs, such as "Somebody to Love", that appeared on the earlier LP. As such, it was a watershed album; Jefferson Airplane was now a much heavier rock group. Jorma Kaukonen's electric guitar was especially more to the forefront in both volume and tone.

Divided into "suites", this musical shift is typified by lengthier and more experimental compositions such as the nine-minute instrumental "Spare Chaynge" and Grace Slick's mammoth and unusual "rejoyce", a 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.

Track listing

Side one

  1. Streetmasse - 9:41
  2. The War Is Over - 6:34
    • "Martha" (Kantner) – 3:26
    • "Wild Tyme (H)" (Kantner) – 3:08
  3. Hymn to an Older Generation - 6:41

Side two

  1. How Suite It Is - 12:23
    • "Watch Her Ride" (Kantner) – 3:11
    • "Spare Chaynge" (Jack Casady, Dryden, Kaukonen) – 9:12
  2. Schizoforest Love Suite - 8:19
    • "Two Heads" (Slick) – 3:10
    • "Won't You Try" (Kantner)/"Saturday Afternoon" (Kantner) – 5:09

2003 CD reissue Bonus Tracks

  1. "The Ballad of You & Me & Pooneil" (Live Long Version) (Paul Kantner) - 11:04
  2. "Martha" (Mono Single Version) (Paul Kantner)- 3:26
  3. "Two Heads" (Alternative Version) (Grace Slick) - 3:15
  4. "Things Are Better in the East" (Demo Version) (Marty Balin) - 2:31
  5. "Young Girl Sunday Blues" (Instrumental - hidden track) - 3:59

Personnel

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

Charts

Album
Year Chart Position
1967 Billboard Pop Albums 17
Single
Year Single Chart Position
1967 "The Ballad of You & Me & Pooneil" Billboard Pop Singles 42
1967 "Watch Her Ride" Billboard Pop Singles 61

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