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LP auf SUNDAZED RECORDS von JEFFERSON AIRPLANE - Surrealistic Pillow Not many bands go from an... more

Jefferson Airplane: Surrealistic Pillow

LP auf SUNDAZED RECORDS von JEFFERSON AIRPLANE - Surrealistic Pillow

Not many bands go from an auspicious debut to an even greater second album, but Jefferson Airplane was no ordinary band. Quickly filling the drum position vacated by Skip Spence, they tapped session drummer and jazz specialist Spencer Dryden. For the co-lead vocalist position left open by Signe Anderson's departure, they looked no further than the Great Society vocalist Grace Slick. Convinced to join Jefferson Airplane by bassist Jack Casady, Slick signed on and the band bought out her contract with the Great Society for $750. With the new lineup complete, they began work on Surrealistic Pillow.

In addition to her strong vocal skills and model-ready looks, Grace Slick also brought with her two songs which would be recorded for the new album and would help break the band on an international scale. 'Somebody to Love,' written by her then brother-in-law Darby Slick, had already been released on a single to little fanfare by the Great Society, from a session produced by Sylvester 'Sly Stone' Stewart. 'White Rabbit,' an interpretation of Lewis Carroll's 'Alice in Wonderland,' was Grace's own composition. And boy, if RCA was nervous over lyrics on the band's first album, they must've been positively apoplectic when they heard 'White Rabbit'! (For more, see the entry for Jefferson Airplane Takes Off.) Nevertheless, the song was released as a single, peaking at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100. The other Slick-associated song, 'Somebody to Love,' fared even better, reaching #5. Sales of these two chart-topping singles not only drove Surrealistic Pillow sales through the roof, they also tipped the balance of power away from band founder Marty Balin to Slick. It was a one-two punch from which Balin never fully recovered.

The album's heady mix of folk rock and psychedelia had a much harder edge than the band's debut. Guitarist Jorma Kaukonen's stinging leads and Slick's tough, assured vocals marked a major move forward. Lead track 'She Has Funny Cars' updated the Bo Diddley beat for a new generation while album closer 'Plastic Fantastic Lover' is a multi-color swirl, driven by Kaukonen and Casady's swooping bass lines. In between, the album's quality control never lags. With all but two selections written by the band, it is also a stellar showcase of their songwriting abilities that, as previously noted, had been significantly strengthened by Slick's arrival.

Initially released in mono and stereo versions, the mono edition quickly went out of print due to the period's preference for stereo. Collectors fortunate enough to obtain a mono copy noted that the mix was much more powerful and clearer than the stereo mix, with much less echo and reverb. Consequently, the mono version became a much-desired collectable. After a decades long absence, Sundazed makes the prized mono version of Surrealistic Pillow available again. Mastered from the original analog RCA session tapes and packaged in a vibrant recreation of the LP jacket artwork, this seminal album awaits its debut on your turntable!m

Article properties: Jefferson Airplane: Surrealistic Pillow

  • Interpret: Jefferson Airplane

  • Album titlle: Surrealistic Pillow

  • Genre Rock'n'Roll

  • Label SUNDAZED

  • Price code VLP2
  • Geschwindigkeit 33 U/min
  • Vinyl Size LP (12 Inch)
  • Record Grading Mint (M)
  • Sleeve Grading Mint (M)
  • Vinyl weight 180g Vinyl
  • Artikelart LP

  • EAN: 0090771513519

  • weight in Kg 0.2
Jefferson Airplane - Surrealistic Pillow LP 1
01 She Has Funny Cars
02 Somebody To Love
03 My Best Friend
04 Today
05 Comin' Back To Me
06 3/5 Of A Mile In 10 Seconds
07 D.C.B.A.-25
08 How Do You Feel
09 Embryonic Journey
10 White Rabbit
11 Plastic Fantastic Lover
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"Jefferson Airplane"

Jefferson Airplane

Jefferson Airplane became synonymous with the 'San Francisco Sound' in 1967 when both 'Somebody To Love' and 'White Rabbit' were Top Ten hits on RCA. Although the critical consensus is that the Airplane reached their peak in 1970, they remain, with the Grateful Dead, the most long-lasting and prolific of the groups to emerge from Haight-Ashbury in the late Sixties. Formed on the initiative of singer Marty Balin, who had recorded solo sides for Challenge in the early Sixties, the group was born out of a bunch of ex-folk musicians, who began playing folk-rock at the Matrix in the summer of 1965.

One of the earliest San Francisco bands to establish themselves at the centre of the growing local culture, they were the first to secure a recording con-tract. The advance paid by RCA was said to be $25,000, and by the time the first album (Jefferson Airplane Takes Off) was recorded the following winter, the group was fully electric. Although it was, in parts, derivative of the Beatles and the Lovin' Spoonful, the record showed how innovative the Jefferson Airplane were to be. From the beginning they saw their music as a means of breaking down established tradi-tions and mores : hence the unabashed way they celebrated the drug culture, as early as 1965. Following the release of Takes Off, singer Signe Anderson left to be replaced by Grace Slick from the Great Society, another San Francisco group. Drummer Skip Spence also departed, to form Moby Grape.

The remaining personnel remained together for the next four years. They were Jorma Kaukonen, lead guitar (born Dec. 23, 1940), Jack Casady, bass (April 4, 1944), Paul Kantner, guitar and vocals (March 3, 1941); Marty Balin, vocals (Jan. 30, 1943), Grace Slick, vocals (Oct. 10, 1939) and Spencer Dryden, drums (April 7, 1938). They were a co-operative, multi-media band, with posters, album-sleeves, dance promotion and Glenn McKay's Headlights light show all integral parts of their activity. The late Sixties also saw them at a creative zenith as a recording group with Surrealis-tic Pillow (1967), After Bathing At Baxters and Crown Of Creation (1968), the live Bless its Little Pointed Head and the politically oriented Volunteers (1969).

Grace Slick was an important addition to the band. She strengthened its visual and musical identity (through her harmonies with Balin). And she was the composer of the Airplane's two hit singles, 'White Rabbit' and 'Somebody To Love'. Equally important was the group's electronic experimentation, in the extended instrumental passages of songs like '3/5 Of A Mile In 10 Seconds' and 'The Ballad Of You, Me And Pooneil'.

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Tracklist
Jefferson Airplane - Surrealistic Pillow LP 1
01 She Has Funny Cars
02 Somebody To Love
03 My Best Friend
04 Today
05 Comin' Back To Me
06 3/5 Of A Mile In 10 Seconds
07 D.C.B.A.-25
08 How Do You Feel
09 Embryonic Journey
10 White Rabbit
11 Plastic Fantastic Lover