Baron Von Tollbooth & the Chrome Nun

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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, before reorganizing as Jefferson Starship in 1974 with the notable return of singer/songwriter Marty Balin.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/12/2011
  • Label: Bgo - Beat Goes On
  • EAN: 5017261209740
  • Catalog Number: 6120974
  • Sales rank: 152,198

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ballad of the Chrome Nun - David Freiberg (4:00)
  2. 2 Fat - David Freiberg (3:14)
  3. 3 Flowers of the Night - David Freiberg (4:17)
  4. 4 Walkin' - David Freiberg (2:31)
  5. 5 Your Mind Has Left Your Body - David Freiberg (5:47)
  6. 6 Across the Board - David Freiberg (4:37)
  7. 7 Harp Tree Lament - David Freiberg (3:38)
  8. 8 White Boy (Transcaucasian Airmachine Blues) - David Freiberg (4:16)
  9. 9 Fishman - David Freiberg (2:43)
  10. 10 Sketches of China - David Freiberg (5:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paul Kantner Primary Artist, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Glass Harmonica, Glass Harp
Mickey Hart Gong
Jerry Garcia Banjo, Guitar, Steel Guitar
Jorma Kaukonen Guitar
The Pointer Sisters Vocals
Grace Slick Piano, Vocals
Papa John Creach Violin
Craig Chaquico Guitar
John Barbata Percussion, Drums
Jack Casady Bass
David Crosby Vocals
Chris Ethridge Bass
David Freiberg Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Jack Traylor Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Grace Slick Composer, Producer
Robert Hunter Composer
Paul Kantner Composer, Producer
David Freiberg Composer, Producer
Jim Gaines Engineer
Bob Matthews Engineer
John Tobler Liner Notes
Betty Cantor Engineer
Drew Struzan Illustrations
Bill Garland Illustrations
Andrew Thompson Remastering
Jack Traylor Composer
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