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Streams Videos All Posts. Composed by Marty Balin Paul Kantner. Release Year incorrect year? An icon of the Summer of Love, one of the first female rock stars, and the beautiful, sophisticated counterpart of the rougher, more instinctive Janis Joplin, she puts to shame all the wishy-washy, ethereal sopranos that clutter the prog world of today.
Her resounding contralto, with its unique vibrato, blends perfectly with Marty Balin's beautiful, melodic tenor, but more often than not takes to the stage alone, veering from fragile, almost childish as in album opener Lather, a song reflecting the Sixties' cult of youth and fear of losing itto powerful and domineering as in Greasy Heart, with its strongly feminist lyricsto soaringly lyrical as in the controversial Triad, penned by David Crosby.
The highlights of the album are too many to mention. Balin, who is here all but eclipsed by Slick, gets his chance to shine on If You Feel, and especially on the melancholy Share a Little Joke. On the other hand, the anthemic, rousing title-track is sung chorally In Time - Jefferson Airplane - Crown Of Creation (Cassette all the band members though you can hear Grace's voice soaring above the otherssounding almost like a call to arms.
The vocal effects on the album's closing track, The House at Pooneil Corners are also quite stunning - this song is probably the one offering on the album that points the listener to the future developments of progressive rock, a showcase for both guitarist Jorma Kaukonen's and bassist Jack Casady's incredible skills. The overall mood of the track is dark and menacing, like a sort of foreboding of the sudden, tragic end of the Summer of Love, and of all the ideals that grew out of it.
While I have some doubts as to whether Crown of Creation can really be considered 'proto-prog', I have no doubts whatsoever about its status as one of the masterpieces of rock music, and one of the seminal albums of the late Sixties. After Jefferson Airplane released another gem in Volunteers, things quickly started to fell apart for this iconic band. In any case, this is an album every self-respecting rock fan should listen to at least once in their lifetime, and one that most prog fans will thoroughly enjoy.
A fully-deserved five-star rating from me, who would also like to dedicate this review like many others before it to one of the biggest JA fans on this site - my dearest husband, Micky. The music is still American west coast rock with psychadelic leanings.
Based in blues and folk music yet evolved into something a bit different. I really liked his distinct vocal style. Would You Like a Snack? The musicianship is excellent. Tight rythm section, great male and female vocals and harmonies and that guitar attack kills me every time.
The production was the best the band had up until then. Warm and pleasant yet edgy when it needs to be. A very good sound for this music. A good album though that deserves attention. My favorite tracks are the opener "Lather", spinning a calming web around a tale of a person not following the conservative paths of his friends promoted by the family, but escape to individualistic and non-profit gaining directions. In the mellow song "Triad" Grace tells opinions about free love, making me sweat seriously.
Following "Star Trek" is a bluesy rock number with really fine melodies, and I liked this too much. Title song naming the album is also a bluesy psych rocker hippie anthem which evolves interestingly, featuring nice jazzy passages and calmer moments where the rhythm fades away, and the composition is not returning to any earlier parts again. Last original song starts with killer Pooneil sounds, and closes the album with style.
I have heard some of the extra tracks featuring Frank Zappa and the fellows, but I'm uncertain if this small amusement tracks bring much extra value to the record musically. If you know and like the evident hit records of this fabulous group, do not forget to check out this really fine record too. There female vocal is competent, but very average.
But all the band sounds more as real band, not as few soloists and some musicians on back-up. Still being sound of their time, album sound more modern. But anyway, don't think it will be too much interesting for newcomers. For fans of that era it's perfect evidence.
This album might not be as experimental as its predecessor and some even consider it a stylistically conservative album that marks the return to the familiar sounds of Surrealistic Pillow.
Still when listening to the bonus material taken from the era it's clear that the band was still very much in their psychedelic experimental phase. It's just that Jefferson Airplane decided not to show these tendencies on this studio recording.
What we got instead was a surprisingly solid release that may not feature as many highlights as the two previous albums but instead offers us a pretty consistent performance from start to the very end. Instrumentally the sound began to incorporate the electric guitar that might be considered a sign of times but I think that this style really fits Jefferson Airplane more than the acoustic experimental rock featured on After Bathing at Baxter's.
The former plays around with a high pitch sound that doesn't really go nowhere, luckily the composition is just over a minute in length and doesn't take away much from the overall flow of the album.
In conclusion it's safe to say that Crown Of Creation is my favorite of the three album streak that Jefferson Airplane began with the release of Surrealistic Pillow. The album might not be pushing the boundaries as much as After Bathing at Baxter's and instead falls somewhere between the two releases. By though, much of the left-end of the rock world was taking a decidedly country-rock direction, Album), thanks to landmark albums by the Byrds 'Sweetheart of the Rodeo'Buffalo Springfield and Dylan's 'Blonde on Blonde'.
Once again the Airplane was ready with a contribution of their own, this time in the form of 'Crown of Creation'. This can be heard most clearly on the title track, "If You Feel", "Share a Little Joke" and to a certain extent the throwback bluesy dirge "Star Track".
That's not to say the band didn't trip out a bit in the studio as well, as with a rare Spencer Dryden composition the instrumental "Chushingura" and a pair of acid-tinged closing In Time - Jefferson Airplane - Crown Of Creation (Cassette "Greasy Heart" and "The House at Pooneil Corners" demonstrate.
But overall this album is much more disciplined and restrained than anything the band had done sinceand as a result holds up quite well even today although it was in some respects a minor disappointment to the band's more extreme fans back in Two songs stand out in particular, both for different reasons. Both served to further cement Jefferson Airplane's reputation as a band that operated on the social margins in a way that undoubtedly endeared them even more to their fans given the contrary mood among many young people in the late sixties.
And that's too bad because the quality of the music and solid song- writing deserve more recognition in the sixties acid rock canon. In the end the palatable nature of the music give it a timeless quality that leaves the album in good stead today, and for that a four of five star rating is not out-of-line.
Well recommended both to fans of the band and to those who are interested in hearing what the equally influential acid, psych, folk and contemporary rock styles of sounded like when rolled all into a single recording.
It couldn't last of course and was a bit of a drag in comparison, even the Airplane were not immune. The band sounds tired which they were, being on a crazy scheduleAlbum), the songwriting sounds phoned-in, and the album is the Album) hangover of the four 'classic line-up' albums. I think that even those who like the songs of this set would admit it doesn't have the same fresh vibe of the previous two.
That's not to say there aren't some gems of course. Let's start with what's great, namely the first and last tracks. She sings of lost youth and a boy stuck in childhood as his friends come of age.
What makes it work is the haunting childlike melody that is beautiful but eerie along with her clever, slightly deranged sounding delivery. The closer "The House At Pooneil Corners" is a drop dead classic, a monster split personality epic with apocalyptic tones on one side and breezy contrasting psych chorus on the other.
The definitive version is the live rooftop performance they gave for Godard in New York, beautifully filmed by the master filmmaker. Search for it on YouTube, it's there in all it's glory. For the record they pulled this rooftop stunt two months before the Beatles copied it. I'm afraid things go downhill from there. She chooses to exalt how sophisticated an open three-way relationship is, then she later admits in an interview she'd want no part of such a relationship Marty sounds especially deflated on tracks like "Star Track" where he essentially lets the boys noodle for long stretches.
Kaukonen and Casady were outstanding players who were stretching out on Crown as they were in the live shows, but their jamming isn't enough to elevate these proceedings to masterpiece level. The title track is particularly boring and repetitive, perhaps as uninspired as I've ever heard this line-up.
Don't get me wrong, Crown is still a good album with enough to make it worth owning-it simply falls a bit short of the other three Airplane classics. Most rock fans are going to want to own all four albums by the classic line-up, from Surrealistic Pillow to Volunteers. An amazing band. They add samples to this one as well. Crown of Creation appeared ten months after their last album, After Bathing at Baxter'sand 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 conservative album stylistically, opening 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 accessible musically 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 Whoas demonstrated on "In Time," "Star Track," "Share a Little Joke," "If You In Time - Jefferson Airplane - Crown Of Creation (Cassette where he's practically a second lead instrumentand the title song, and 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 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.
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