Wednesday, February 1, 2012

surrealistic pillow

This San Francisco musical collective took flight and captured the countercultural zeitgeist of the sixties with this psychedelic folk rock classic. For their second album, Jefferson Airplane replaced departing members Skip Spence and Signe Anderson with jazz drummer Spencer Dryden from the Peanut Butter Conspiracy and vocalist Grace Slick from the Great Society. Marty Balin, Paul Kantner, Jorma Kaukonen, and Jack Casady headlined the "Human Be-In" event in Golden Gate Park with the new lineup after replacing their former manager Bill Thompson with Bill Graham. 

'Surrealistic Pillow' was recorded in Los Angeles with producer Rick Jarrard in only thirteen days. Jerry Garcia also lent a hand on much of the album and is listed as "musical and spiritual adviser" for the album. Their folk rock sound is more expansive with trippy echo effects and a new bluesy edge that is perfectly polished into a shimmering pop transcendence. 'Surrealistic Pillow' sold over a million copies, peaked at number three on the US album chart, and was a milestone in the age of psychedelia and progressive rock.

"Somebody to Love" was written by Grace's husband Darby Slick and previously recorded by the Great Society. The single by Jefferson Airplane went to number five on the Billboard Hot 100 and broke the band nationwide.

"White Rabbit" was composed by Grace Slick based on the works of Lewis Carroll. It peaked at number eight on the pop chart.


"Comin' Back to Me" (Balin)

'Surrealistic Pillow' 
full album:

1) She Has Funny Cars (Jorma Kaukonen, Marty Balin)  
2) Somebody To Love  (Darby Slick) 
3) My Best Friend (Skip Spence) 
4) Today (Balin, Paul Kantner) 
5) Comin' Back To Me  (Balin) 
6) 3/5 of a Mile In 10 Seconds (Balin) 
7) D.C.B.A. - 25 (Kantner) 
8) How Do You Feel? (Tom Mastin)  
9) Embroyic Journey (Kaukonen) 
10) White Rabbit  (Grace Slick)  
11) Plastic Fantastic Lover (Balin) 

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