Saturday, July 19, 2008
After Bathing at Baxter's was Jefferson Airplane's deliberate effort to shed its commercial pretenses and construct the perfect aural acid trip (remember, this WAS 1967, after all). The album is surprisingly tuneful at times, belying its reputation as a freak out, experimental disaster.
"Watch Her Ride" is my favorite song off the album and utilizes the group's unique three-part harmonies. In addition, Baxter's spares the audience of the reverb overkill which plagued Surrealistic Pillow. As an aside, I was glad to see Surrealistic Pillow issued in a much punchier mono mix which to me crushes the more familiar stereo mix like a grape.