I bought this album years ago because of Creach’s rela­tion­ship with Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna. It fea­tures mem­bers of those bands along with Santana’s Greg Rolie, Dave Brown, and Carlos Santana, as well as Jerry Garcia from the Grateful Dead. It’s kind of quirky for a rock and roll record, but try it — you might like it.

Album Information

“The Janitor Drives a Cadillac” (Joey Covington) – 2:47
“St. Louis Blues” (W.C. Handy) – 4:36
“Papa John’s Down Home Blues” (Papa John Creach, Roger Spotts) – 2:31
“Plunk a Little Funk” (Creach) – 5:11
“Over the Rainbow” (Harold Arlen, E.Y. Harburg) – 3:26
“String Jet Rock” (Creach) – 3:46
“Danny Boy” (Traditional) – 3:58
“Human Spring” (James Reese, Roger Spotts) – 2:52
“Soul Fever” (Miles Grayson) – 4:10
“Every Time I Hear Her Name” (Roger Spotts) – 4:49

Papa John Creach – elec­tric vio­lin, vocals
Greg Adams – trum­pet on “The Janitor Drives a Cadillac“
Rufus Anderson – gui­tar on “Human Spring“
Jack Bonus – sax­o­phone on “The Janitor Drives a Cadillac” and “St. Louis Blues“
Nick Buck – piano on “Papa John’s Down Home Blues“
Dave Brown – bass on “Soul Fever“
Jack Casady – bass on “Plunk a Little Funk”, “String Jet Rock”, and “Every Time I Hear Her Name“
John Cipollina – gui­tar on “The Janitor Drives a Cadillac“
Bruce Conte – gui­tar on “Papa John’s Down Home Blues“
Joey Covington – drums on “The Janitor Drives a Cadillac” and “Soul Fever”, con­gas on “Plunk a Little Funk“
Jerry Garcia – gui­tar on “Soul Fever“
Mic Gillette – trom­bone on “The Janitor Drives a Cadillac“
Bobby Haynes – bass on “Danny Boy” and “Human Spring“
Art Hillery – piano on “Over the Rainbow” and “Human Spring”, organ on “Danny Boy“
Paul Kantner – rhythm gui­tar on “String Jet Rock“
Jorma Kaukonen – gui­tar on “Plunk a Little Funk”, “String Jet Rock”, and “Every Time I Hear Her Name“
Mike Lipskin – organ on “The Janitor Drives a Cadillac”, piano on “St. Louis Blues“
Stan Monteiro – clar­inet on “St. Louis Blues“
Skip Olsen – bass on “St. Louis Blues“
Sammy Piazza – drums on “St. Louis Blues”, “Plunk a Little Funk”, “String Jet Rock”, and “Every Time I Hear Her Name”

Douglas Rauch – bass on “Papa John’s Down Home Blues“
Gregg Rolie – organ on “Soul Fever“
Carlos Santana – gui­tar on “Papa John’s Down Home Blues“
Peter Sears – bass on “The Janitor Drives a Cadillac“
Grace Slick – vocals on “The Janitor Drives a Cadillac“
Tony Smith – drums on “Papa John’s Down Home Blues“
Bob Wilson – gui­tar on “St. Louis Blues“
Los Angeles String Section – strings on “Over the Rainbow“
Los Angeles Brass Section – brass on “Human Spring” and “Every Time I Hear Her Name“
Papa John Creach – pro­duc­er, arranger
Roger Hamilton Spotts – arranger
Mike Lipskin – pro­duc­tion assis­tant
Ken Hopkins – engi­neer, mix­ing engi­neer
Peter Granet – engi­neer
Bruce Steinberg – pho­tog­ra­phy
Bill Thompson, Acy Lehman – design, concept

Recorded at Wally Heider’s Recording Studios, San Francisco & Los Angeles
Released          December 1971
Label                Grunt/RCA
Producer           Papa John Creach Mike Lipskin (asst.)

You can hear the album below.

  • Jeff Brandt

    Jeff has been a music fan since the age of 7 when the album Meet the Beatles hit the streets. He grew up in Hoptown and went to col­lege at UK a cou­ple of times. He retired in 2016 and is cur­rent­ly amass­ing his music col­lec­tion. Jeff says he loves being retired but is tired of quarantining.