1973. Manhole. Grace Slick. Pete Sears piano on “Better Lying Down”, Bass on “Epic No. 38”.

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1973. “Man­hole” solo record by Grace Slick. Record­ed ear­ly in the year at Wal­ly Hei­der Stu­dios in San Fran­cis­co. I was down­stairs co-pro­duc­ing “Insane Asy­lum” for Kathy McDon­ald when David Freiberg invit­ed me upstairs to meet with Grace and Paul. I record­ed a twelve bar blues piano impro­vi­sa­tion and Grace and I wrote “Bet­ter Lying Down” on the spot. I also played bass on Epic No. 38″. It was the first time Paul, Grace and David asked me to join a new band they were get­ting together…Jefferson Star­ship. I had to go back to Eng­land to record my last Rod Stew­art album, “Smil­er”, but lat­er returned to San Fran­cis­co to offi­cial­ly join Jef­fer­son Star­ship in 1974. Grace and I would per­form “Bet­ter Lying Down” dur­ing ear­ly Jef­fer­son Star­ship tours…just the two of us on stage play­ing the blues.

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