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After Bathing at Baxter's
Studio album by Jefferson Airplane
Released November 30, 1967
Recorded June - October, 1967 at RCA, Hollywood
Genre Psychedelic rock, acid rock
Length 43:38
Label RCA
Producer Al Schmitt
Professional reviews
Jefferson Airplane chronology
Surrealistic Pillow
After Bathing at Baxter's
Crown of Creation
Alternate cover
UK release

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 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 album peaked at #17, not rising as high as the previous album, mainly due to its experimental sound, but well ahead of the Airplane's debut. The first single, "The Ballad of You and Me and Pooneil," barely missed the top 40 mark, charting at #42 while the second release, "Watch Her Ride," charted at #61 on Billboard. Both singles made it to the top 40 in the Cash Box Top 100.[1] The band would continue its major commercial success the next year with Crown of Creation.


Track listing

# Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Ballad of You & Me & Pooneil"   Paul Kantner 4:29
2. "A Small Package of Value Will Come to You, Shortly" (instrumental) Spencer Dryden, Gary Blackman, Bill Thompson 1:39
3. "Young Girl Sunday Blues"   Marty Balin, Kantner 3:33
The War Is Over
# Title Writer(s) Length
4. "Martha"   Kantner 3:26
5. "Wild Tyme (H)"   Kantner 3:08
Hymn to an Older Generation
# Title Writer(s) Length
6. "The Last Wall of the Castle"   Jorma Kaukonen 2:40
7. "rejoyce" ([n 1]) Grace Slick 4:01
How Suite It Is
# Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Watch Her Ride"   Kantner 3:11
2. "Spare Chaynge" (instrumental) Jack Casady, Dryden, Kaukonen 9:12
Schizoforest Love Suite
# Title Writer(s) Length
3. "Two Heads"   Slick 3:10
4. "Won't You Try / Saturday Afternoon"   Kantner / Kantner 5:09
2003 CD reissue Bonus Tracks
# Title Writer(s) Length
12. "The Ballad of You & Me & Pooneil" (long version from Jefferson Airplane Loves You) Kantner 11:04
13. "Martha" (single version B-side RCA #9389) Kantner 3:26
14. "Two Heads" (single version B-side RCA #9297) Slick 3:15
15. "Things Are Better in the East" (demo version) Balin 2:31
16. "Young Girl Sunday Blues" (instrumental; hidden track) Balin, Kantner 3:59


  1. ^ All lower case according to album notes.


Additional personnel

  • Gary Blackman – vocals
  • Bill Thompson – vocals


  • 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



Year Chart Position
1967 Billboard Pop Albums 17


Year Single Chart Position
1967 "The Ballad of You & Me & Pooneil" Cash Box Top 100 24
1967 "Watch Her Ride" Cash Box Top 100 37
1967 "The Ballad of You & Me & Pooneil" Billboard Pop Singles 42
1967 "Watch Her Ride" Billboard Pop Singles 61



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