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Surrealistic Pillow [Original recording remastered]

Jefferson Airplane Audio CD
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Jefferson Airplane was the first of the San Francisco psychedelic rock groups of the 1960s to achieve national recognition. Although the Grateful Dead ultimately proved more long-lived and popular, Jefferson Airplane defined the San Francisco sound in the 1960s, with the acid rock guitar playing of Jorma Kaukonen and the soaring twin vocals of Grace Slick and Marty Balin, scoring hit singles ... Read more in Amazon's Jefferson Airplane Store

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  • Audio CD (30 Aug 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony Music CMG
  • ASIN: B0000A0DRY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,140 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. She Has Funny Cars
2. Somebody To Love
3. My Best Friend
4. Today
5. Comin' Back To Me
6. 3/5 of a Mile in 10 Seconds
7. D. C. B. A.-25
8. How Do You Feel
9. Embryonic Journey
10. White Rabbit
11. Plastic Fantastic Lover
12. In The Morning
13. J. P. P. Mc Step B. Blues
14. Go To Her
15. Come Back Baby
16. Somebody To Love
17. White Rabbit

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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Psychedelic Sentiments - A Classic Of Its Time 1 Sep 2003
By D. Winchester VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
The Summer of Love: 1967. A golden era in music, forever linking drug culture with rock and finally breaking rock fashion from the loosening strictures of late 50s rock n roll. Long tangled hair, garish colours and spaced-out complexions reigned. Drug-induced and inspired albums from the Doors, Grateful Dead, Beatles and Jimi Hendrix are often cited as the main exponents of the era, but Jefferson Airplane’s breakthrough work is perhaps the most evocative example.
Hailing from San Francisco – the same breeding ground as their mates the Grateful Dead – the band regrouped and swapped members to release their second album in February 1967. Their debut, released the previous year, was a typical folk-rock record that never became more than locally popular. Out went drummer Skip Spence and pregnant vocalist Signe Anderson, and in came Spencer Dryden and, most significantly, the stunning raven-haired Grace Slick. Slick’s dark powerful vocals had marked out her previous band, the Great Society, from the rest of the local San Franciscan scene, and her recruitment was a major coup for the band. Not only did she add a extra dimension in sound that neither Anderson nor male vocalist Marty Balin could offer, she also bore two compositions that had become fan favourites with her former band.
‘Somebody To Love’ and ‘White Rabbit’ (originally ‘Someone To Love’ and ‘White Rabbit Blues’) became top ten singles and Jefferson Airplane classics. The former, a slow-fast-slow chorus-led track with the Great Society, became a rocking breathless track of unremitting power.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars White Rabbit Gets You There On Time 11 July 2004
By Lozarithm TOP 500 REVIEWER TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
This album really marked the start of the Jefferson Airplane, when they found their voice. True, they had already released Jefferson Airplane Takes Off, with such treasures as It's No Secret, Come Up The Years and Don't Slip Away. These featured the powerful folk rock vocals of Signe Tole Anderson and Marty Balin, but had been recorded back in late 1965 and the band were to find their métier as spokespersons for the psychedelic generation, not as electrified tambourine-bashing folkies, however good, and had been changing direction throughout the tumultuous social upheavals of 1966.

Signe Tole Anderson left the band to have a baby, performing her last gig with the band on 15 October 1966 at the Fillmore in San Francisco CA. The following night at the same venue new member Grace Slick stepped into her shoes, and on 31 October 1966, less than three weeks later, she went into the RCA Studios in Hollywood with the band to begin work on the album that became Surrealistic Pillow. When the sessions were completed on 22 November, Jefferson Airplane Takes Off was only just appearing in the shops but was already obsolete.

Grace Slick had been singer with the Great Society and came with two songs she used to perform with them. Someone To Love (written by her brother-in-law Darby Slick)was rearranged and reworked as Somebody To Love to become the first single taken from the album after its release, and a million-selling US Top Five hit. The other was its follow up, her own Carrollian ode, White Rabbit, another million seller. If Jefferson Airplane had never released anything but White Rabbit, their place in the hall of fame would be beyond doubt.

Both signified the direction their music was to take.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quintessential hippie classic... 16 Nov 2005
Format:Audio CD
Exploding into the USA charts in early 1967 with two incredibly powerful singles, “Somebody to Love” & “White Rabbit”, Jefferson Airplane were the most commercially successful of all the “new wave” San Francisco groups for good reason: they could play, they could sing, and they could write unforgettably good songs. And “Surrealistic Pillow”, from which both singles were drawn, shows just how impressive they were before success and group politics took their toll.
Opening with the magnificent “She Has Funny Cars” – with its, for the time, bizarre song structure, driving drums & guitars, and wonderful vocal interactions between Grace Slick & Marty Balin – the album is an almost perfect example of everything that was good about “hippie” music. Moving effortlessly between progressive rock (“Somebody to Love”, “3/5 of a Mile in 10 Seconds” & “Plastic Fantastic Lover”), wistful introspection (“Today”, “Embryonic Journey” & “Coming Back to Me”) and barrier bending innovation (“She Has Funny Cars”, “D.C.B.A. - 25” & “White Rabbit”) it captured a group at the peak of their powers, born out of and immersed in a world where they were encouraged to push their music into totally new areas. And underpinning it all is the “atmosphere” of San Francisco in its fleeting period when hippie ideals really were musically relevant… nothing from the Airplane, or indeed any of their San Francisco contemporaries, caught the feel of the time & place as well as “Surrealistic Pillow” and, like all classic albums, it remains as interesting and listenable today as it did all those years ago.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent collection of tunes!
I found listening to this album a bit like time travel which is quite magical! The selection of tracks is perfect and the quality of recording very very good. Read more
Published 9 months ago by topcat
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily one of rock's best albums. This is a must have!, October 10,...
One of the best albums of the era (or of any era, for that matter), SURREALISTIC PILLOW starts off with a bang (well, as much of a bang as a folk-rock album can), and goes non-stop... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mike London
5.0 out of 5 stars Like Rubber Soul only better... I repeat... better!
Surrealistic Pillow epitomises the hippy sound of the 60's, Jefferson Airplane nail that psychedelic sound better than almost anyone, Traffic, Grateful Dead, The Zombies, christ... Read more
Published on 23 Mar 2012 by Trompe Le Monde
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
I'd read about this album in a best of the 60s book, and already knew White Rabbit and Somebody to Love. Read more
Published on 24 May 2011 by Notlow
5.0 out of 5 stars Some Psychedelic Sixties Music Still Sounds Good to Anyone!
Marty Balin assembled a bunch of musicians who could help him achieve his vision. Their first album '..Takes Off' was good, but not quite right! Read more
Published on 26 Jan 2011 by rollingforkcreek
4.0 out of 5 stars Jefferson Airplane's 2nd Album.
Surrealistic Pillow followed Jefferson Airplane Takes Off, which featured some different members and preceded After Bathing At Baxters. Read more
Published on 21 Aug 2010 by J. Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars "...Through An Open Window Where No Curtain Hung...I Saw You...Comin'...
Amazon's blurb on this CD reissue is sketchy and there's no track-list either...

This AUDIOPHILE CD is in fact the "Collector's Edition 24 Karat Gold Disc" version put... Read more
Published on 18 Jan 2010 by Mark Barry
5.0 out of 5 stars Surrealistic Pillow in Mono
Finally the classic psychedelic album has been re-issued on 180g vinyl in Mono. The songs are no doubt some of the best ever written in the psychedelic era, and the quality of the... Read more
Published on 6 Aug 2009 by . Hjartnes
4.0 out of 5 stars Jefferson Airplane - Surrealistic Pillow
Jefferson Airplane - Surrealistic Pillow

Jefferson Airplane's follow up to their debut "Take Off" album, was released in the early part of 1967 on the RCA Label. Read more
Published on 3 July 2008 by The Mancunian Candidate
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential purchase - Now it sounds even better!
Jefferson Airplane's 'Surrealistic Pillow' is the quintessential 60s album; managing to capture both the spirit of the era, and combining the bands unique musical style - that... Read more
Published on 16 Nov 2001 by whiskey@aiab.freeserve.co.uk
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