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Paul Kantner & Grace Slick - Baron Von Tollbooth & the Chrome Nun

Paul Kantner & Grace Slick - Baron Von Tollbooth & the Chrome Nun

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1973/1997
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En el punto de disolución de la formación clásica de la Jefferson, despues del live "Thirty seconds over Winterland", algunos miembros de la familia Airplane junto al recien incorporado David Freiberg (Quicksilver Messenger Service" y con algunas colaboraciones de lujo como Jerry Garcia o las Pointer Sisters, editan este "Baron Von Tollbooth..", maravilloso disco entre la psicodelia y el folk, que fue el germen de lo que despues seria la continuación de la saga Jefferson con la marca Starship, ya alejados del crudo sonido que aportaban Cassady y Kaukonen, adoptando aires mas aor y "formula FM", que les reportaron buenos beneficios economicos, pero que no satisfizo las espectativas. En sus ultimos discos, la Starship ha vuelto a recuperar la energia de esos años y nos ha ofrecido dos discos maravillosos, "Windows of Heaven" y el ultimo "Trees of Liberty".

Credited to Paul Kantner, Grace Slick, and David Freiberg, Baron von Tollbooth & The Chrome Nun was the first album made by these erstwhile members of Jefferson Airplane since the breakup of that group. Like such other spin-off projects as Blows Against the Empire and Sunfighter, this one featured a supporting cast of San Francisco Bay Area musicians including present and former members of a variety of groups, such as The Grateful Dead (lead guitarist Jerry Garcia, percussionist Mickey Hart, and lyricist Robert Hunter, who wrote the words to "Harp Tree Lament"), Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (singer David Crosby), and The Flying Burrito Brothers (bassist Chris Ethridge), as well as other former members of The Airplane and future members of Jefferson Starship. The Pointer Sisters even guested on one track. Despite the co-billing, the album's guiding force was Slick, who sang on every track and wrote or co-wrote six of the ten songs, though there was still room for the unbilled Jack Traylor to write, play acoustic guitar, and sing lead vocals on the song "Flowers of the Night," a celebration of monarchial overthrows throughout history. Perhaps more outside songwriting should have been employed, since the compositions here were second-rate. The public was catching on, too: Kantner's Blows Against the Empire had reached the Top 20, but Baron von Tollbooth didn't come near the Top 100. The team would attempt one more splinter project, Slick's "solo" album Manhole, then re-organize as Jefferson Starship in 1974 with the notable return of singer/songwriter Marty Balin.

Ballad of the Chrome Nun

* David Freiberg - Piano / Vocals
* John Barbata - Drums / Percussion
* Chris Ethridge - Bass
* Craig Chaquico - Lead Guitar
* Jerry Garcia - Steel Guitar / Lead Guitar
* Paul Kantner - Rhythm Guitar / Vocals
* Grace Slick - Vocals
* David Crosby - Vocals

Fat

* Grace Slick - Piano / Vocals
* Chris Ethridge - Bass
* John Barbata - Drums / Percussion
* Paul Kantner - Rhythm Guitar / Vocals
* Jerry Garcia - Guitar
* David Freiberg - Keyboards
* The Pointer Sisters - Vocals

Flowers of the Night

* Jack Traylor - Acoustic Guitar / Vocals
* Paul Kantner - Electric Rhythm Guitar / Vocals
* Craig Chaquico - Lead Guitar
* John Barbata - Drums
* Chris Ethridge - Bass
* David Freiberg - Keyboards / Vocals
* Grace Slick - Vocals

Walkin'

* John Barbata - Drums / Percussion
* Chris Ethridge - Bass
* Paul Kantner - Rhythm Guitar / Vocals
* Jerry Garcia - Lead Guitar / Banjo
* Grace Slick - Piano / Vocals
* Papa John Creach - Violin
* David Freiberg - Vocals

Your Mind Has Left Your Body

* Paul Kantner - 12-String Guitar / Vocals
* Grace Slick - Piano / Vocals
* David Freiberg - Keyboards / Vocals
* Jerry Garcia - Steel Guitar
* John Barbata - Drums
* Jack Casady - Bass
* Mickey Hart - Gongs / Water Phones
* Jorma Kaukonen - Lead Guitar

Across the Board

* Grace Slick - Piano / Vocals
* Chris Ethridge - Bass
* John Barbata - Drums
* Jerry Garcia - Guitar
* David Freiberg - Keyboards

Harp Tree Lament

* David Freiberg - Piano / Keyboards / Vocals
* John Barbata - Drums
* Chris Ethridge - Bass
* Paul Kantner - Guitar / Glass Harp / Vocals
* Grace Slick - Vocals

White Boy (Transcaucasian Airmachine Blues)

* Paul Kantner - Rhythm Guitar / Glass Harmonica / Vocals
* Grace Slick - Piano / Vocals
* John Barbata - Drums / Percussion
* Jack Casady - Bass
* David Freiberg - Keyboards / Vocals
* Jerry Garcia - Lead Guitar
* Jack Traylor - Vocals

Fishman

* Grace Slick - Piano / Vocals
* John Barbata - Drums / Percussion
* Jack Casady - Bass
* Craig Chaquico - Guitar
* Jerry Garcia - Guitar

Sketches of China

* Paul Kantner - 12-String Guitar / Vocals
* Grace Slick - Piano / Vocals
* John Barbata - Drums
* Chris Ethridge - Bass
* David Freiberg - Keyboards / Vocals
* Mickey Hart - Gongs
* Jerry Garcia - Lead Guitar
* Jack Traylor - Vocals

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