Papa John Creach: Papa John Creach (1971) 2005

Papa John Creach [Acadia]

Track list:

01. The Janitor Drives A Cadillac
02. St. Louis Blues
03. Papa John’s Down Home Blues
04. Plunk A Little Funk
05. Over The Rainbow
06. String Jet Rock
07. Danny Boy
08. Human Spring
09. Soul Fever
10. Everytime I Hear Her Name


Papa John Creach – electric violin, vocals;
Vocals – Grace Slick (#1)
Trumpet – Greg Adams (#1);
Trombone – Mic Gillette (#1);
Brass – Los Angeles Brass Section (#8,10);
Clarinet – Stan Monteiro (#2);
Saxophone – Jack Bonus (#1,2);
Organ – Mike Lipskin (#1), Art Hillery (#7), Gregg Rolie (#9);
Piano – Mike Lipskin (#2), Nick Buck (#3), Art Hillery (#5,8);
Strings – Los Angeles String Section (#5);
Guitar – John Cipollina (#1), Bob Wilson (#2), Bruce Conte (#3), Carlos Santana (#3), Jorma Kaukonen (#4,6,10), Rufus Anderson (#8), Jerry Garcia (#9);
Rhythm Guitar – Paul Kantner (#6);
Bass – Peter Sears (#1), Skip Olsen (#2), Douglas Rauch (#3), Jack Casady (#4,6,10), Bobby Haynes (#7,8), Dave Brown (#9);
Drums – Joey Covington (#1,9), Sammy Piazza (#2,4,6,10), Tony Smith (#3);
Congas – Joey Covington (#4)

Recorded: Wally Heider’s Recording studios, San Fransisco & Los Angeles
Released: 1971
Label: Grunt
FTR 1003

ACA 8089 [2005]

Producer: Papa John Creach (assistant: Mike Lipskin)
Engineers: Ken Hopkins, Peter Granet
Mixed by: Ken Hopkins

Photographs: Bruce Steinberg
Original design & concept: Bill Thompson & Acy Lehman
Original album art, posters etc. courtesy of the Andrew Lauder Archive

re-issue notes: Jeff Tamarkin

Papa John Creach [Grunt]


At the time this album was recorded, Jefferson Airplane had expanded from a rock group into something of a San Francisco collective of musicians and launched its own record label, Grunt, necessitating a flow of product.

As a result, there was a flurry of releases by the Airplane itself and several off-shoots, with each of these records featuring several members of the loose aggregation informally dubbed PERRO (the Planet Earth Rock ‘N’ Roll Orchestra).

Papa John Creach, violinist for the Airplane and its spin-off group, Hot Tuna, was the leader on this set, which featured members of the Airplane (Grace Slick, for example, duets with Creach on the lead-off track, “The Janitor Drives a Cadillac”), Quicksilver Messenger Service, and the Grateful Dead.

The result sounds like the Airplane records of the period, with a bit more of Creach’s electric violin soaring over the proceedings.
~William Ruhlmann