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After Bathing At Baxters

30 Aug 2003 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 1 July 2003
  • Release Date: 1 July 2003
  • Label: RCA/BMG Heritage
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  • Total Length: 1:07:58
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  • ASIN: B001IMQOV8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,982 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Michael Sylvain on 15 Feb 2005
Format: Audio CD
it's difficult to explain, isn't it? how the best music never seems exactly of its time, even if it defines that time utterly. in fact, how the best music makes everything around it seem limited and dated, somehow a cheap copy of it. perhaps that's why i could never stand the copyists in my own musical time, way back in madchester, why to this day the stone roses stand head and shoulders above nearly every baggy wannabe, almost taunting them with their greatness.
well, what you have here is an album so good that it leaves you yearning for more, and yet leaves nothing near as good to compare to it. an album so searingly beautiful, so strikingly sharp, and so timeless that it makes you almost long for the time it came from. and just one problem with that paradox is that the late 60's in san francisco almost certainly were nowhere near as good as this record makes them sound - perhaps a thought familiar to anyone who went to spike island and remembers the disappointment behind... the trousers.
it's the ultimate in the 60's San Francisco sound, never bettered in intensity by this band, or any others. it's not the components, but sure, we should list them - complex harmonies, jangly guitars, nonsense lyrics and a gleeful weirdness. but the songs - well, you'll have to pick your own favourite: i've been listening to this album for... more years than i care to, or am strictly able to remember, and you may just find the favourites change as you do. It is almost enough to make me drop the irony, man, and talk about a musical journey. it's certainly enough to make an old cynic close his eyes and sing along like an enraptured teenager.
so. how good is this album? absurdly so: to an almost irrational degree. i sometimes wonder if the absurdity of it isn't the point. take a dip.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jm Leven on 16 May 2007
Format: Audio CD
This along with 'Crown of Creation' is the crown of creation, the highest soaring of the human race (Yeah! I know Beethoven had a few good bits but he always gets boring after about 30 secs). This is the album that really delivered on the promise of the astonishing breakthrough singles sung by Grace Slick 'Somebody to love' and 'White Rabbit'. Their first (first with Grace Slick) album 'Surrealistic Pillow' contained these singles but was not what I'd hoped for, though well worth a listen. But this is it! From the opening feedback screech of 'Ballad of You and Me and Pooneil' you know this is something different. Another reviewer called this THE album of 'the Summer of Love'; I'm in accord with that, although I think it was a year late - '68. This is everything you could hope for from that time. Sure, Sergeant Pepper's was revolutionary in production techniques, multi-tracking, orchestration etc. but apart from 2 or 3 tracks the underlying music was pretty tame - almost music hall. Baxter's is more like it; the music is rooted in pop song but assumes an audience that doesn't expect non-stop cheery love songs; there are acoustic folk-influenced depths, and some wild electric guitar from the blues influence that was coming into pop music at the time and was the base for all the rock guitar that's come since. Guitarist Jorma Kaukonen is well on top of electric guitar by this album and is up with anyone. It's the variety of the tracks that marginally makes this my favourite JA album (only just pipping Crown of Creation even if Baxter's sounds more dated in places) ; this variety comes from JA being a democracy and having everyone contribute songs that wanted to.Read more ›
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Mr. L. Johnston on 25 Aug 2004
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After the massive commercial success of Surrealistic Pillow the Airplane were allowed immense freedom and studio time to record this follow up. The result is a wonderful record of a band at the height of it's creative power. Every time I play this album it gives the same sense of excitement as when I first bought it. I find it hard to explain just where the genius of the record lies - it is certainly there in the stunning harmonies and interplay of the vocal attack of Balin, Slick Kantner and Kaukonen. It is there in the inventive and driving rhythm section of Casady, Kantner, Dryden and Kaukonen. It is there in the distinctive razor sharp guitar of Jorma Kaukonen. Above all else it lies in the material itself which moves from the fey to the powerful to the experimental by turns. There are no better recordings from 1967 than Martha and Young Girl Sunday Blues, nothing more expressive of the love and peace movement than Saturday Afternoon/Wont you try? Moving, exhilirating, confusing and uplifting I consider it the standout work of 1967 - and what guts or blind arrogance or both to turn away from the fey folk charms of Surrealistic Pillow and its massive success to this.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Paul Anthony on 19 Oct 2010
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How good is Baxter's?
A little story.
After getting the slightly disappointing UK version of Surrealistic Pillow, I ordered the import of Baxter's from Ken and Betty's Record Bar in town. Only used to get the bus to town a couple of times a week. The wait seemed endless, but then I strolled into the record shop one Saturday Afternoon and Betty says "Oh, that record you wanted is in". After parting with what seemed like a schoolboy's small fortune of cash, I got the bus home and round to Steve's house - he had a better record player than me. We played the first side as far as Young Girl Sunday Blues.
"Take it off", says Steve
"Take it off, I'm getting my coat".
"I'm going to buy my own copy. Are you coming?"

Like some other Amazon reviewers, I've never understood the turned-up-nose attitude of some professional writers who rather cast this album aside. There's quite a lot of stuff from that era which is, frankly, a bit tedious, or, worse, embarrassing. But 40-odd years on, Baxters still makes me feel that rush of teenage adrenalin and rewards countless repeat listenings.
One of the best albums ever.
I only say "one of" very reluctantly.
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