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Surrealistic Pillow Original recording remastered


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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  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,119 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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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Lozarithm VINE VOICE on 11 July 2004
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Jan 2010
Format: Audio CD
Amazon's blurb on this CD reissue is sketchy and there's no track-list either...

Given the sheer fame of the band - it's kind of surprising to find how few Audiophile CDs are out there are for one of the Sixties most influential bands - JEFFERSON AIRPLANE? But here's a peach to whet your sonic appetite - albeit one that seems to have slipped under the net too.

The "Collector's Edition 24 Karat Gold Disc" of "Surrealistic Pillow" was put out by RCA in the USA in July 1995 on RCA 07863 66598-2 (Barcode 078636659824) featuring both the STEREO and MONO mix of the album for the first time (22 tracks) - remastered from the original tapes (it was reissued in 2001 on a standard CD without the gold/titled card slipcase). It breaks down as follows (69:35 minutes):

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

Tracks 1 to 11 are the STEREO mix of "Surrealistic Pillow" - their 2nd album released February 1967 in the USA on RCA Victor LSP-3584 and September 1967 in the UK on RCA RD 7889 (Mono) and SF 7889 (Stereo)

Tracks 12 to 22 are the MONO mixes of the American album on RCA Victor LPM-3584

The jewel case comes in an outer card wrap with gold borders and a die-cut rear sleeve to see the gold coloured disc within. The inlay is a disappointing gatefold slip of paper with just about enough track details to make it acceptable - typical of a major label.

But the sound quality is great. BILL LACEY did the audio restoration; EDDIE TALLIA handled the Stereo transfer while MIKE HARTRY did the mono mixes.
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful By D. Winchester VINE VOICE on 1 Sep 2003
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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