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on 6 August 2009
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 mono masters are quite superior to the stereo and i reccommend you get this LP.
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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. The very quiet acoustic guitars and flute of "Comin' Back To Me" is a good example (lyrics above) - lovely sound - even if it is a little hissy in places (the nature of the recordings). The punch of the MONO mix of "3/5 Of A Mile In 10 Seconds" is fantastic while that drum beginning in the STEREO version of "She Has Funny Cars" hits your speakers with a vengeance. The rhythm section mixing with those acoustic guitars and combo vocals on "My Best Friend" sound wonderful too (very Mama's & Papa's almost). And Slick sounds suitably aggressive on the classic "Somebody To Love" - those distant guitars now with more definition.

The 1995 'gold' original of this audiophile CD is now long deleted and has in some cases gained a hefty price tag amongst audio buffs and fans alike (use the barcode provided above to locate the right issue - and check with sellers that its the 'Audiophile' issue they're selling). But if you can get a copy for a reasonable price - then set your credit-card propellers for `worth those few extra quid'. Impressive stuff indeed...
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on 21 August 2010
Surrealistic Pillow followed Jefferson Airplane Takes Off, which featured some different members and preceded After Bathing At Baxters.
It is best known for Somebody To Love and White Rabbit, both are here in stereo and mono versions.
Embryonic Journey is a lovely acoustic number and many of the songs are understated and seek to commuicate life at the time of the summer of love.
The four remaining bonus tracks tend towards the blues.
Overall an important album from 1967, a time of some outstanding releases in both the US and the UK.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 18 July 2015
San Francisco formed psychedelic-rock group Jefferson Airplane, who also added strong elements of folk to their music, released their second LP in 1967, and 'Surrealistic Pillow' is as near to perfect for an album of this genre as it could possibly be. This is one of my favourites from this exciting and influential musical era, and it spawned some excellent singles: namely 'Somebody to Love, 'White Rabbit', and plenty of other great experimental songs, including the mellow, moving and romantic 'Today' and 'Comin' Back to You'. Most of the stuff here is so varied in fact, that you could actually mistake it for a greatest hits package.

I may be only 22, but I sure know my music, and I don't think I'd be wrong in hailing 'Surrealistic Pillow' as Jefferson Airplane's equivalent to the Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band', which was also released in 1967. This is by far their best studio album, but newcomers who want all of their notable songs would be better served with The Best Of Jefferson Airplane instead.

A lot of the music from the Sixties really is timeless, and still sounds remarkably fresh today, including this, which is complemented with the band's distinctive harmonies, and the tracks which appoint Grace Slick as the lead singer are especially good. My advice is to buy the album, slip it on, and just sit back and relax as you listen to some great music.

How I'd have loved to have been around in the 1960s, experiencing all of these excellent, influential groups and musicians first-hand, not to mention sharing the sense of hope, love, and optimism, all of which my generation will never know. Ah well, at least the music is readily available for us all to enjoy. Jefferson Airplane are for fans of groups like The Doors, The Byrds, and the more obscure ones such as Country Joe & the Fish.
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on 26 June 2015
Along with The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane were the other great band from the San Francisco area and this their second album is their greatest recording.Featuring the vocal talent of Grace Slick this sums up the whole Peace and Love Generation like few other records could.The two outstanding tracks on here are Somebody to love and White Rabbit(memorably used in Platoon) but practically every song here is a winner.If you want to know who was the greatest female rock vocalist of all time then the evidence is here.
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Definitely a 1967 Hippy year classic from the " softer drug?" era - White rabbit/ Ask Alice remains a classic ( whether we now agree or not with the hedonistic use of mind bending substances).Definitiely for those who lived through the 60's - or those who want a clue as to what it was all about.
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on 4 July 2013
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. I would recommend this to almost anybody.
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on 27 March 2015
This classic album sounds a lot better on vinyl than CD. The pressing is very good resulting in a clear sound without any intrusive clicks, pops and static.
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on 1 December 2014
This is part of the soundtrack to the first summer of love.
It's an excellent album containing their two big hit singles.
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on 17 May 2014
should have bought it years ago, brings back many memories of times gone by , many thanks ,a good buy.
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