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The hippies from San Fransisco which scored with “White Rabbit” and “Somebody To Love” delivered probably their best album in 1968 with “Crown Of Creation”. It was the fourth album and the second in 1968. They also released 2 albums in 1967. Most of all it’s their most consistent work so far including different styles: blues, psychedelica, sympho, medieval.
It starts with “Lather” sung by Grace Slick in medieval style. David Crosby offered his Byrds song “Triad” that was rejected by Roger McGuinn the leader of the Byrds but suits perfect for Grace and beautiful ballad. “Star Track” is a blues sung by Jorma Kaukonen. Balin’s “Share a Little Joke” establishes a certain epic feel; the song ends up morphing into the oddly titled “Chushingura” an instrumental experimentation which reminds me of Pink Floyd’s Ummagumma.
“Crown Of Creation” is a typical JA song and very psychedelic. “Ice Cream Phoenix” is also superb sung by all members of the band together. Then Grace comes in with her angry sung “Greasy Heat” in her so recognizable style. “House of Pooneil Corners” is haunting rocker.
Lather / In Time / Triad / Star Track / Share a Little Joke / Chushingura / If You Feel / Crown of Creation / Ice Cream Phoenix / Greasy Heart / House at Pooneil Corners