Surrealistic Pillow [Bonus Tracks]

Surrealistic Pillow [Bonus Tracks]

by Jefferson AirplaneJefferson Airplane

CD(Remastered / Bonus Tracks)

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Because Surrealistic Pillow was the first album by a San Francisco band to go gold, and because it also spawned two Top Ten singles (the emblematic-of-their-era "Somebody to Love" and "White Rabbit"), it's tempting to think of Jefferson Airplane as merely hippies with hits. Actually, the band's musical roots were considerably earthier than that might suggest. True, there was a folk-music contingent in the Airplane, at least on the guitar end, but a good half of the group (singer Marty Balin, bassist Jack Casady, and drummer Spencer Dreyden) were seasoned bar-band and studio vets with long experience in R&B and jazz. Which probably explains why these so-called hippies were such a ferocious live act and why this record, against the odds, has dated very little. Chock-full of first-rate songs, the album ranges from exquisite ballads ("Today") to rustic acoustic guitar interludes ("Embryonic Journey") to careening psychedelic apocalypses (the aptly titled "3/5 of a Mile in 10 Seconds"). Make sure you get the 1996 reissue, which features remastered mono and stereo versions; the mono, out of print for years, is by far the best sound the band ever got on record.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/19/2003
Label: Rca
UPC: 0828765035125
catalogNumber: 50351
Rank: 572

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jefferson Airplane   Primary Artist
Spencer Dryden   Percussion
Marty   Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Floyd Dixon   Composer
Marty Balin   Composer
Jerry Garcia   Spiritual Advisor
Jorma Kaukonen   Arranger,Composer
Grace Slick   Composer
Skip Spence   Composer
Paul Kantner   Composer
David Hassinger   Engineer
Elmore James   Composer
Rick Jarrard   Producer
Matthew Katz   Producer
Darby Slick   Composer
Bill Thompson   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Tommy Oliver   Producer
Bob Irwin   Reissue Producer
Clarks   Composer
Rob Santos   Executive Producer
Jeff Tamarkin   Liner Notes
Irving Estes   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Alex Spence   Composer

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