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Editors’ Notes

More accessible than the raw magic of After Bathing at Baxter’s, Crown of Creation, Jefferson Airplane's fourth studio album, balances the group’s many strengths, opening with soothing compositions, including Grace Slick’s entrancing “Lather” and David Crosby’s risqué “Triad” (which Crosby’s band, The Byrds, refused to release). The premium musicianship of guitarist Jorma Kaukonen and bassist Jack Casady, who treated his bass as a lead instrument, provided the firepower necessary for tunes like the ultra-cool “Star Track,” the eerie “Share a Little Joke,” the shuffling “If You Feel,” and the heavy title track. The closing trilogy stands among the group’s best work. 

Customer Reviews

brilliant by any standard

This was one of their most introspective, thoughtful and mystical albums, period. The tone, the style of all the songs are inter-connected, the lyrics so thoughtful, laced with literary/philosophical references are provocative and sedating at the same time. This album got me through a miserable summer in Mobile in 1970-and a little weed. It truly speaks to the zeitgeist of the times-the angst of the war hanging over so many heads, the examination of one's self/sexuality, the mores of society-it was a disconnected time in which so many of us had to reconstruct our reality since it had been dashed by the war hawks of Nixon and Billy Graham and that ilk. This album is a paean to that period. Light up and listen for those curious about the time-or you who want to re-visit.


This is one of the best albums of the era. If you're not a fan of this album, you're not a Jefferson Airplane fan. I just heard "Lather" for the first time, this weekend, & it blew me away! Being 3 months away from 33, I can definately relate to Lather.

It's Ok

This album is definately no Surrealistic Pillow however Crown of Creation seems to have more the feel of pure Drug Rock than Psychedelic Rock, 1968 brought more drug influenced music than was realized. Crown of Creation is ok for what it holds and is worth sampling before being purchased.


Formed: 1965 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s

Jefferson Airplane was the first of the San Francisco psychedelic rock groups of the 1960s to achieve national recognition. Although the Grateful Dead ultimately proved more long-lived and popular, Jefferson Airplane defined the San Francisco sound in the 1960s, with the acid rock guitar playing of Jorma Kaukonen and the soaring twin vocals of Grace Slick and Marty Balin, scoring hit singles and looking out from the covers of national magazines. They epitomized the drug-taking hippie ethos as well...
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