Crown of Creation [Bonus Tracks]

Crown of Creation [Bonus Tracks]

by Jefferson AirplaneJefferson Airplane

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After Bathing at Baxter's appeared ten months after their album, and it doesn't take the same kind of leap forward that Baxter's did from Surrealistic Pillow. Indeed, in many ways Crown of Creation is a more stylistically conservative album. It opens with "Lather," a Grace Slick original that was one of the group's very last forays (and certainly their last prominent one) into a folk idiom. Much of what follows is a lot more based in electric rock, as well as steeped in elements of science fiction (specifically author John Wyndham's book The Chrysalids) in several places, but Crown of Creation was still deliberately more musically accessible than its predecessor, even as the playing became more bold and daring within more traditional song structures. Jack Casady by this time had developed one of the most prominent and distinctive bass sounds in American rock, as identifiable (if not quite as bracing) as John Entwistle's was with the Who, as demonstrated on "In Time," "Star Track," "Share a Little Joke," "If You Feel," (where he's practically a second lead instrument), and the title song. Jorma Kaukonen's slashing, angular guitar attack was continually surprising as his snaking lead guitar parts wended their way through "Star Track" and "Share a Little Joke." The album also reflected the shifting landscape of West Coast music with its inclusion of "Triad," a David Crosby song that Crosby's own group, the Byrds, had refused to release. Its presence (the only extant version of the song for a number of years) was a forerunner of the sound that would later be heard on Crosby's own debut solo album If I Could Only Remember My Name (on which Slick, Paul Kantner, and Casady would appear). The overall album captured the group's rapidly evolving, very heavy live sound within the confines of some fairly traditional song structures, and left ample room for Slick and Marty Balin to express themselves vocally, with Balin turning in one of his most heartfelt and moving performances on "If You Feel." "Ice Cream Phoenix" pulses with energy and "Greasy Heart" became a concert standard for the group -- the studio original of the latter is notable for Slick's most powerful vocal performance since "Somebody to Love." And the album's big finish, "The House at Pooneil Corners," seemed to fire on all cylinders, their amps cranked up to ten (maybe 11 for Casady), and Balin, Slick, and Kantner stretching out on the disjointed yet oddly compelling tune and lyrics. It didn't work 100-percent, but it made for a shattering finish to the album. [Crown of Creation has been reissued on CD several times, including a Mobile Fidelity audiophile edition at the start of the '90s, but in 2003, RCA released a remastered edition with four bonus tracks from the same sessions including the mono single mix of "Share a Little Joke," the previously unreleased eight-minute "The Saga of Sydney Spacepig," Spencer Dryden's co-authored "Ribump Ba Bap Dum Dum" (a spaced-out assembly of noises, effects, and pop culture catchphrases), and the more accessible "Would You Like a Snack?," an atonal piece of musical scatology co-authored by Slick and Frank Zappa.] ~ Bruce Eder & Al Campbell

Product Details

Release Date: 08/19/2003
Label: Imports
UPC: 0828765322621
catalogNumber: 5003077
Rank: 88437

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jefferson Airplane   Primary Artist
Timothius Davis   Drums
Frank Zappa   Musician
Bill Goodwin   Drums
Don Preston   Musician
Ian Underwood   Musician
Dan Woody   Drums
Arthur III Tripp   Musician

Technical Credits

Marty Balin   Composer
Jorma Kaukonen   Composer
Grace Slick   Composer
Paul Kantner   Composer
Charles Cockey   Composer
David Crosby   Composer
Spencer Dryden   Composer
Frank Zappa   Composer
Bill Goodwin   Composer
Schmitt   Producer
Richie Schmitt   Engineer
Bill Thompson   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Bob Irwin   Reissue Producer
Rob Santos   Executive Producer
Jeff Tamarkin   Liner Notes
Gary Blackman   Composer
John Von Hamersveld   Art Direction
Hiro   Cover Photo
Garry Blackman   Composer

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