Baron Von Tollbooth & the Chrome Nun

Baron Von Tollbooth & the Chrome Nun

by Paul Kantner
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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:
04/12/2011
Label:
Bgo - Beat Goes On
UPC:
5017261209740
catalogNumber:
6120974
Rank:
69095

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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
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
Jack Traylor   Composer

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