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Surrealistic Pillow

Jefferson Airplane

1967

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Surrealistic Pillow

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“Surrealistic Pillow” by Jefferson Airplane (1967) This album put the ‘love’ into the ‘Summer of Love’. Now, psychedelic accoutrements (blacklight posters, strobes, spiral illusions, chroma key video, ingested chemicals) are not needed in order to delve deeply into this music, although I’m told (heh, heh) they help. “When the truth is found to be lies, and all the joy within you dies, don’t you want somebody to love?” In the 2009 Cohen brothers sadly under-appreciated film A Serious Man, the aged Rabbi Marshak quotes these words of wisdom to the young (and stoned) Danny Gopnik at the conclusion of his bar mitzvah. It’s as if the ancient rabbi suggests that in the midst of Danny’s pubescent crises he should ask himself whether giving love is the great healing balm that erases any perceived deficit of the good, the true, or the beautiful. Stop cringing, Danny, and get out there and make LOVE. The end of boyhood, boys, comes with the transition from receiving to giving—shifting gears from the passive to the active. Put your testosterone to work. That’s how God made you. And it takes a woman named Grace to enlighten us. Apart from the rock classics (“White Rabbit”, “Somebody to Love”, and “Embryonic Journey”), the remainder of this album excels as well. There’s great stylistic variation and development in the order of the tracks. Plus, this is a very well constructed album, begging to be heard start to finish (as originally released—join me please in hating rearranged reissues and ‘bonus’ tracks!). With consistently excellent vocal ensemble blend and percussion that goes beyond simply keeping the beat, this music glides on sonic thermals. Grace Slick’s powerful contralto both dominates and blends. When she solos, she switches on a vibrato that’s like a nervous system on speed and acid simultaneously (one imagines). Her tightly controlled grace notes (no pun) are simply unsurpassed. From the angry (“White Rabbit”) to the earnest appeal (“Somebody to Love”), she’s on top of each composition with soul and style. Marty Balin’s seductive and resonant tenor on “Today” and “Coming Back to Me” has inexplicably escaped the notice of many ears (including mine, folks. Why are we so addicted to ‘hits’?). Jorma Kaukonen’s superb solo acoustic “Embryonic Journey” is a must study for all aspiring folk rock guitarists. And stealth support on guitar by Jerry Garcia (Grateful Dead) on several tracks adds to the musical airscape. This album is another classic. The only flaw is that the bolero-structured “White Rabbit” should have been five minutes longer. But that’s perhaps a greedy quibble. 5/5

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There is a reason why this is one of the most influential and essential Flower Power albums; it just sounds AMAZING. How do they got that gloomy, murky, echoey but clear and mesmerizing sound in '67 is something I still can't explain.

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I'm really into this! The late 60s/early 70s have such a unique sound. White Rabbit is the only one I've heard before, but it's always made me paused to admire it. So good.

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I don't think that I actually know that the two big hits on this album were by Jefferson Airplane. Basically when it comes to certain strains of classic rock, there is a big batch of songs whose artists I don't know and a big batch of artist names I know whose songs I can't identify. I didn't listen to this album as closely as some others, but I did listen to it 3-4 times, and I liked it. The rest of the songs fit right in with the hits. My personal enjoyment: 4/5 Did it belong on this list: 5/5

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Awesome psycadaelic rock classic

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Funky 60s vibe.

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Some excellent songs on this album - White Rabbit, Somebody to Love

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Can definitely hear the sounds of San Francisco during the hippie movement in this album 9/10

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Great energy and moods

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Classic 60s vibe and great vocal harmonies!

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Some of the better drug induced music from the 70s. Really enjoyed this. I knew a number of the tracks, which always helps.

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Seems awesome, but it is not complete in spoty

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Muy agradable. Recibo lo que espero del rock psicodélico + un toque de folk, a ratos incluso hasta dark folk, la voz de la vocalista muy cool. Buenos solos de guitarra, buenas vibras. Canción favorita: somebody to love que tiene esa energía que hasta ahora no percibo mucho el renacimiento del género en las bandidas hipster de neo psicodélico. Mood del disco: Bailando desnudo con alegría en un campo de flores y después deprimido y sintiendome muy malote manejando en una carretera forestal en un estado gringo del midwest.

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One of the best

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She

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Amazing album! Definitely on the more psychedelic side and very summer of love.

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Almost gave this a 5. I've always loved White Rabbit and Want Someone to Love but the whole album truly holds up. I love the production sound, the instrumentals, and Grace Slick's voice is just perfect for the sound of the era. Maybe I should have made this a 5...

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Pretty fire

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fucking joy to listen to

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-Great rock album -"She Has Funny Cars" "Somebody to Love," "3/5 of a Mile in 10 Seconds," "White Rabbit," "Plastic Fantastic Lover," and "Go To Her" are all fantastic

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”The album is considered to be one of the quintessential works of the early psychedelic rock and 1960s counterculture eras.”

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Classic

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Compelling from start to finish. I listened to this three times today and I might go back for more tomorrow. Best track: Somebody to Love

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*****

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One of my all time favourite albums.

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Doses precisas de psicodelia com vocal feminino arrebatador.

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I dig

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5

Unavailable mostly in my Spotify :(

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Loved it, so many tracks I'd heard before but didn't know were all one album together

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Enjoyable. Wish I hadn't listened to the album with bonus tracks though as it's far too long.

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Classic 60s jam band. Some very popular tunes on here, didn't realize they switched up vocalists on tunes. Very mixed bag of tunes, some very psychadelic, some heavy rock, and some simple jams.

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Great psych rock album

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white rabbit, somebody to love, great late 60s album.

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Rock solid psych, compact with a certain something that ties it all together

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5

Annoyingly this album is not on Spotify in its entirety. Annoying as I'd like to add this to my regular rotation but until Spotify gets its poop in a group I cannot. I had to listen to it on YouTube, shock horror. I love Jefferson Airplane and this album, solid 4.5 from me, rounded up because Someone to Love and White Rabbit frequently pop into my brain at random

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Adorei o álbum, uma das músicas era conhecida graças ao resgate de mix popular no Tiktok da segunda faixa Somebody to love

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beautiful!

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Fuck Yeah Bro

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Houston… I mean, San Francisco, we’ve got a problem. ‘You can do whatever you please, the world’s waiting to be seized,’ co-vocalists Marty Balin and Grace Slick sing on the opening number, ‘She Has Funny Cars.’ Then, ‘Your mind’s guaranteed. It’s all you’ll ever need.’ Hmm. Sounded real groovy in the youthful idealism of the 1960s, especially 1967’s summer of love, and most especially in San Francisco. Turned out, though, the mind was not so guaranteed, and it wasn’t all we ever needed. Grace Slick reprised that idea, and then some, in 'Surrealistic Pillow’s' second to last song, ‘White Rabbit,’ when she further advised to ‘feed your head’ with magic mushrooms, at least. The problem being: the mind is ravenous, and fully capable of eating its host’s body and spirit. Ms. Slick found that out herself, eventually, when she developed an adult addiction to both hard drugs and alcohol. But you can’t necessarily expect youth, then or now, to be fully receptive to adult wisdom. They sometimes just have to figure it out for themselves, trial and error, just like their parent’s did (or didn’t). On ‘We Can Be Together,’ the opening number of Airplane’s final LP, 'Volunteers,' they further affirm (sneeringly tongue in cheek, sorta) to be ‘obscene, lawless, hideous, dangerous, dirty, violent, and young… And we are very proud of ourselves.’ (And then they proceed to shove the untrustworthy motherfuckers over 30 up against the wall before then tearing it down. Their words, not mine.) But I digress… Ok, that’s the problem, and I don’t have to tell you where all that kind of mindfulness led. If the 1970s are any indication of the consequences of doing whatever one pleases, with a money back mind guarantee, then I want my money and mind back. No wait, that’s partly what got me into this jam in the first place. Am I even making any sense? What did that sneaky dormouse feed me? Uh oh, my mind just starting leaking out of my ears. Hold on, I need to drink some orange juice and go for a walk in the forest. I’ll be back later Ok, where were we again? Oh, yes. The problem. Identified. But our clever Jefferson Airplaners offer a solution on the second song (which incidentally, the Beatles were working on that same year with ‘All You Need Is Love,’ but seeing as how they were in England and the Airplane were on the west coast of the United States, it’s anyone’s guess who arrived at it first): ‘When the truth is found to be lies, and all the joy within you dies, don’t you want somebody to love? Don’t you need somebody to love? Wouldn’t you want somebody to love. You’d better find somebody to love!’ Love, not mind, is the real guarantee. And fortunately, 'Surrealistic Pillow' ends up offering love in spades. Trial and error. Hey, give ‘em a chance to figure it out. They’re young. The two big hits of this LP, ‘Somebody To Love,’ and ‘White Rabbit,’ have not endured the test of time for no reason. Grace Slick’s uniquely powerful, Wonder Woman-esque vibrato combined with the psychedelic sound of the band, particularly Jorma Kaukonen’s trebly (in a good way), note bending clean of the fret, fuzz tone, wah wah, acid rockin’ (stylistically similar to the dual guitarists of another Frisco band, Big Brother and the Holding Company) lead guitar playing, truly create a mood, man. ‘White Rabbit’ isn’t just a song. It’s an experience. I still get chills when I hear it, accentuated by that infamous made-for-television (plastic fantastic lover), after school, anti-drug movie that scared the shit right out of me as a kid, 'Go Ask Alice,' where the formerly sober teen freaks out on LSD to the tune of ‘White Rabbit.’ You baby boomers out there remember? Gen X-ers and Millennials, no worries, a viewing is hardly necessary. Just listen yourself to drummer Spencer Dryden’s marching cadence that, along with the chord structure, builds to a tremendous climax as Slick sings, full on vibrato, ‘Remember what the dormouse said: Feed your head!’ You’ll see what I’m talking about. Wait a minute, did I just taste that one of those quarter notes, smell that measure? Hold on, the sheet music is asking me a question… No, I don’t have any Cheetos. How would you eat ‘em anyway? You’re paper. Hmm. Might need to go for another walk. Be back in a moment. Whew. Next review, half a dose. I’m guessing what would surprise those with a causal knowledge of Airplane most about this LP is the depth of sound on the remaining non-hits. The very Simon and Garfunkely ‘Today’ and ‘Comin’ Back to Me,’ the former a musical recreation of the wandering, searching youth in the late 60s and the latter more of a wistful vibe. Or the signature jangle guitar sound of the Byrds on ‘D.C.B.A.-25,’ or a near Allman Brothers acoustic instrumental on ‘Embyronic Journey.’ Even when little snotty nose Paul Kantner sings tenderly, ‘O, how my heart beats…’ when he sees a beautiful girl on ‘How Do You Feel,’ I can’t help but smile. I didn’t mention Marty Balin much, but his vocals throughout simply soar. And the rascally Jack Casady walks his bass on the acid rockers like a dog straining on its leash. Finally, just in case you forget its 1967, some cat (I thought) kept popping in and out with a flute on the softer, acoustic songs; but, lo and behold when I checked the credits, it was Ms. Slick on an even more classic 60’s woodwind: the mighty recorder. I proudly played one of those suckers myself in 1967. (Grace plays better.) Perhaps that explains why the YouTube channel I was playing 'Surrealistic Pillow' on listed the musical genre, in addition to folk and rock, as children’s music!? Look, I’m starting to come on down now, so I’m gonna go stretch out for a bit. I’ll be on more solid ground for the next review. Let’s just hope it ain’t Grateful Dead’s 'Anthem of the Sun' or 'Aoxomoxoa.' My mind is already sated.

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fucking amazing album.

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FIVE STARS An all-time classic and a personal favorite of mine. As is usually the case with those five-stars albums, I won't write a full-blown review about this particular record, because others have already written wonderful stuff about it and there's not much I can add that I feel could be relevant and interesting. It's just a gem. Go and listen to it a.s.a.p. Number of albums left to review or just listen to: more than 900, I've temporarily lost count here Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: approximately a half so far (including this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: a quarter Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): the last quarter

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An album with “White Rabbit” and “Somebody To Love” should probably get a 5 based on those two songs alone. I thought the rest of the album is great. Other standouts included “She Has Funny Cars”, “My Best Friend”, “3/5 Of a Mile In 10 Seconds”, “Embryonic Journey” and “Plastic Fantastic Lover”.

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Wow. Thank goodness for Grace Slick. Somebody to Love and White Rabbit (two of the greatest songs ever) really elevate this album. The rest is solid 60s rock, some psychedelic, some acoustic folk, some blues.

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I found this album to love! Great sounds of the 60s!!

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What should a 1967 psychedelic rock album sound like? This. This. This was an amazing and wonderful convergence of talent. The whole thing is amazing. But I still especially like Grace Slick...

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Better than I expected. Good mix of hard hitting songs and calmer relaxed songs.

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Last three songs - “White Rabbit,” especially - go hard.

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Got better as it went along. 3.5

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Monipuolinen levy, muttei liian. Muutama timanttikin joukossa, mut pari tylsää biisiä pudottaa arvosanaa

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Great album, more than a 2 hit wonder

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Didn't realize I knew so many songs! The hits were still my favorite (white rabbit, find somebody to love) but all of it was good

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A fun foray into psychedelic rock. A couple bangers.

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Have already listened

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Good, not as psychedelic as I was expecting. More Beatles/mamas&papas/Simon and Garfunkel folk 60s vibes.

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Classic. Love it.

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Great album! Featuring White Rabbit and Somebody to love.

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I really rather enjoyed this. There are plenty of good songs and the album has been put together really well, each song in exactly the spot it needed to be. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. A fun listen.

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false

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Mochi

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Bangin and iconic.

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Classic 60s Sound

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Good album

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este é um daqueles que fez 100% parte da minha rotação no secundário/8°-9° mas não o oiço desde essa altura so it will be nice white rabbit still goes so hard bass line come back baby!!! ou nunca tinha o ouvido de uma ponta à outra (possible but doubtful) ou esqueci-me da maior parte. its great tho! 4.5/5

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Embryonic Journey is one of my favorite pieces of music. Jorma really impresses. A classic psychedelic journey back to the 60s

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Classics, really good

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Very good album. Grace Slick’s vocals are distinctive and powerful. Find and check out the isolated vocal track for ‘White Rabbit’.

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Really nice instrumental piece on this album called “Embryonic Journey”. Spotify seems to be missing some tracks, but “Somebody to Love” and “White Rabbit” remain great tracks and the highlights of this album.

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Yeah totally dug this album! Of course there's Want Somebody To Love and White Rabbit but the rest of the songs were great there was also Comin' Back To Me which was hauntingly beautiful. Would totally put this on at the mammoth house to chill out to. Solid as fuck

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This one was alright. I knew a couple of the songs, but there were some that were a bit strange, lyric-wise. Which I guess is to be expected with the album title.

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i'm loving hearing how these early stereo albums discovered how to work with 2 channels. i'm not a huge fan overall, but the jack casady's bass work on this album is terriffic.

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Siempre pensé en Jefferson Airplane (o más bien en sus Someone to Love y White Rabbit) como la banda de máxima expresión en todo aquel Summer of Love, mezclando folk, rock bien bien psicodélico y drogas... muchas muchas drogas con un poco de drogas encima. Algo que no sabía es que aquí fue la primera vez que cantó Grace Slick y siento es lo que HACE a la banda. Del inicio de She has Funny Cars se siente la voz fuerte y definida, Somebody to Love pegajosa a madres e icónica. De ahí algo que no esperaba… Hay una buena cantidad de canciones en el disco que le bajan al rock y psicodelia y se regresan a ser mucho mucho más folk. No son mis favoritas y en mi opinión, aunque bastante bien hechas, le quitan un poco el estilo que más me gusta del disco. White Rabbit es impresionante que una marcha española tipo bolero termine siendo la canción más representativa de toda la época de alucinógenos en los 60s, más impresionante aún que siendo tan tocada y quemada ya en tantas películas, series, etc. me sigue encantando. Llegué esperando canciones con el sonido de rock y ácido y terminé escuchando una mezcla de eso con canciones que parecen de los Mamas and Papas y The Byrds.No fue lo que esperaba pero fue un muy buen disco. PD. Igual el disco está lleno de hippies y drogas drogas… Perfecto para espantar padres en ’67. PD2. Grace Slick de verdad impresionante, debería ser más reconocida a la par de Janis, Stevie Nicks o Patti Smith.

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Always loved psychedelic rock. This is a great record.

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this was great.

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Es Jefferson...

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A puristic loser will pan this album, but I really liked it, especially Embryonic Journey

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Otro álbum con un marcado sonido de su época (?), es de esos que puedo escuchar más como de fondo que involucrarme totalmente. Me gusta, sin embargo, cuando hay pistas instrumentales, "Embryonic Journey" tiene unas guitarras acústicas y su sonido folk le ofrece un buen preámbulo a una canción que sí me gusta mucho (y conocía por su amplio uso en la cultura pop): "White Rabbit". Definitivamente, creo que cuando la voz de Grace Slick se nota más es cuando más me gusta este disco (por ejemplo, el hitazo "Somebody to love"). 7.5/10

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Really good, so many big hits

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7/10 bonito, una me gusta por the cable guy, fin.

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good tunes

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Rock sesentero. Un megahit.

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I really liked the way the music sounded, though there weren't a lot of songs that stood out to me. I definitely want to listen to it again when I am not trying to navigate seatac airport.

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El clasico rokowania psychodelicznego w stylu hippisowskim, albumik, a moze nawet i grupa pokolenia woodstokowego, ktore rozwinelo ten gatunek rokowania, cecha charakterystyczna tego grania sa gitarki na niektorych trackach nawet x4, nie liczac basu, wiec mocno riffowanie, ale jak dla mnie rzecza ktora wyroznia akurat ten album jest wokal jaki sprzedaje na nim Grace, ktora zasluguje na swoje nazwisko Slick, bo wokal jest tak gladki, ze mozna go sluchac na okraglo, to wlasnie kawalki na ktorych jest ona glownym glosem staly sie punktami rozpoznawalnymi zespolu, bo kto nie zna white rabbit czy somebody to love, ale kolejnym dziwem jest to, ze nie jest to jednak glowny wokal plyty, bo wiecej kawalkow opiera sie na wokalu Balina, tak w ogole to czesto w traku wystepuja 3 wokale dosc rotacyjnie i chorkowo, ale to jest wlasnie jeden z elementow budujacych psychodeliczny klimat, na plejke nie mam co dodac, bo kawalki o ktorych wspominalem juz tam sa, a kolejne today czyli dosc folkowy kawalek z spokojna gitarka szarpana na najwyzszych wokalach balinowych jakie mozna uslyszec tutaj rowniez juz byl na plejliscie, a to wedlug mnie gemy tego odsluchu, na spotifajowej wersji mozna znalesc takze wersje mono white rabbita i somebody to love, fajnie gdyby calosc mozna bylo posluchac nagrane w ten sposob

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Really enjoyed this. Catchy songs with lovely harmonies. Has a really nice energy.

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Nothing mindblowing here but this was definitely a nice listen with a few standout tracks! This fits right in to what I already know from this genre and time period. (specifically I caught a lot of moments that were reminiscent of Tommy) Vocal performances are good enough that I really don’t mind the some of the goofier lyrical moments, and the female singer reminds me a lot of Florence Welch. Probably will revisit this!

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Classic psychedelic album. Beautiful songs, gorgeous harmonies fantastic vibe

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Best songs were when Grace Slick was lead vocals. If she was the main vocalist on all the tracks it would’ve gotten a higher score

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Solid album. I especially fell in with it near the end with some of the bluesy guitar jams (“in the morning”, “go to her”, “come back baby”), but there was a lot of good stuff throughout. Some of the stuff felt a little hokie or dated for me (something about the vocal harmonies maybe). Overall quite good

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Van somebody to love. Dit is wel een van de beste jaren 60 albums

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Verrassend, juist de nummers die ik nog niet kende.

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Kende er meer van ik dacht, erg cool!

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I really like this album. I knew several of the tunes, of course, but the ones with which I was unfamiliar were really good too.

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This album is amazing - so much love for these talents. Genuine soundtrack of the failed social revolution - get your fat pipe out and start groovin' to irrepressible sixities beats and kaleidoscopic riffs.

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Jerry Garcia (Grateful Dead) listed as spiritual adviser for some album tracks. LOL. These guys were definitely high AF on this album - clearly some shrooms from the Psychedelic tones. I imagine they had a lot of fun and remember none of it when making this album. Late 60's, Summer of Love, Charles Manson + Family vibes.

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Esta madre tiene 54 años. Es como si en 1967 escucharas la versión original de El Condor Pasa, parte de una zarzuela escrita por el peruano Daniel Alomía Robles en 1913. O La Consagración de la Primavera de Stravisinky. Se me hace muy loco que siga siendo parte de la cultura popular, que se siga escuchando. La masificación de la cultura popular y su registro en físico cambiaron las cosas para siempre, ¿no? Suena medio mamón pero es una forma de romper la relación espacio-tiempo. A lo que voy es que los integrantes de Jefferson Airplane no escuchaban cosas de 1913 como nosotros si hacemos con cosas de 1967. Y ciertamente su música no suena a nada de 1913. Y hoy hay millones de bandas que suenan a este disco, por decir, Today suena Brian Jonestown Massacre. Hay mucho blues aquí, hay algo del folk de principios de los 60, la escena niuyurkina de donde salió Dylan, incluso hay algo del Dylan eléctrico. Luego con muchos discos de la época, ya vienen con la asociación a la lisergia de la época, uno los escucha a través de ese prisma de colores aunque no suene a algo que escucharías drogado. Creo que este es uno de esos en donde el ácido no está parejo en todos los tracks. Pero cuando pega, pega duro: Today, 3/5 of a Mile in 10 seconds, Go to Her, D.C.D.A. -25 tiene sus momentos en que suena a R.E.M. También creo que la potencia lisérgica de la banda está en la voz de Grace Slick. Podría escribir un libro sobre Grace Slick. Hay algo en su voz: un entrecruce de lujuria, seducción, belleza, terror y violencia como en White Rabbit. En Embyronic Journey se adelantan años al sonido de country acústico semi pachecón de Dylan en Nashville Skylines. ¡Y todo empieza con un Bo Diddley beat!

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Great psychedelic album that I will revisit again.

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Good album - Has had a big impact on modern culture: White Rabbit appears in a great scene in Platoon in the underground bunker and Embryonic Journey is the song in the final scene of Friends, quite seismic cultural moments. The best song for however is Today.

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We've had quite a few 'flower power' records so far and whilst there are some interesting highlights on each of them, they do get a bit lost in surreal and self indulgent LSD expressions. I thought with a title like 'surrealistic pillow' this would be the same but for the most part each song is tightly structured with interesting (and grounded) lyrics. 'comin back to me' is hauntingly beautiful.

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1967 - USA The album is considered to be one of the quintessential works of the early psychedelic rock and 1960s counterculture eras. Like "Somebody to love"

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Eine Band, die man nur als Radiohörer kannte besser kennengelernt! Hat sich gelohnt!

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Listen man, when White Rabbit peaks, I want you to throw the cassette player into the bathtub. What are you crazy? That'll send you straight through the wall.

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Discazo de la banda de rock psicodélico afincada en San Francisco causantes de que se diese a conocer a una escala más internacional la cultura hippie de los 60 y pioneros del movimiento psicodélico motivado por el consumo de LSD. Unos fucking cracks.

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Classic sound of SF, couple of massive hits supported by a bunch of fantastic songs.

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A fantastic album from the heyday of psychedelic rock. 8.6/10 Best Tracks: "Somebody to Love" "White Rabbit"

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Ju betaaa fajiiiiiiiiind <3

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Ako već moram izabrati act koji mi je najdraži sa woodstocka, i općenito u tom razdoblju, rekao bih Jefferson Airplane. Ovaj album mi je odličan, slušao sam ga mnogo puta i ja ne znam šta je sa ovim algoritmom da sve nešta dobro na početku daje, umorile su mi se zvjezdice. Ovo je definitivno kvalitetna psihodelija. Fenomenalan početak albuma sa She Has Funny Cars, pa dalje nastavlja na kultni klasik "Somebody To Love" na dalje, gdje ide s pjesmom Today kojoj se zapravo najviše vraćam na ovom albumu jer je predivnoća, pa dalje na Comin' Back To Me, 3/5 of a Mile in 10 Seconds, Embryonic Journey, White Rabbit naravno iako mi nije u top 3 sa albuma i tako dalje. Jako dobrih naslova, preporuka uvijek! Znam da dajem sve po 4 zvjezdice, al ovo to zaslužuje, pogotovo bar zbog 4-5 pjesama da nose toliki rejting. 4.1/5

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Girlfriend can sing.

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Loved this album all the way through. Several gems that I hadn't heard before. Enjoyed the contrast between the male vocal tracks and Grace Slick songs but wish there was a better balance because of course she absolutely killed the two big hit songs.

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Early, essential psychedelic rock. Zappa vibes pretty good

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Perhaps inessential outside the biggest hits, but I enjoyed it too much to really care.

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Wasn't a huge fan on first couple songs, I thought the vocals were kind of strange, but I think they grew on me upon listening more. The riffs were all really unique and pretty catchy, I just wish the sound quality wasn't so harsh on the ears (might be my recording or bad headphones). Ballads and slower songs are extremely pretty, almost haunting, and I think those stood out the most. Still definitely a good listen, but I wouldn't say it's my favorite by any stretch, the ballads like today and coming back to me definitely are going on a playlist. I'm definitely not the biggest fan of psychedelic rock but I'd recommend this to pretty much anyone

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Rocking album. Everyone knows the two mega classic hits off this one but the rest of the album is great as well. Psychedelic guitar riffs and momentous drums background an album where Grace Slick absolutely destroys. She gives me Stevie Nicks front woman vibes but where you trade out the at times whimsical nature of Nicks for Slicks more punk attitude where she seems to almost spit and yell lyrics at times. A truly wonderful performance by her thats a highlight in an album of highlights.

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Some good instrumentals and of course the hits, I love her voice.

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enjoyable hippie rock

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Actually really good, old hippie music

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This is an excellent album that I only knew the 2 big hits from. The hits are all time classics that I believe are brilliant, however other songs like "Coming Backbto Me", 3/5 of a Mile in 10 Seconds", "Embryobic Journey" Are more than worthy of attention. Hard pressed to find any filler. I'm tempted to rate it a 5 but I will hold back and give it a 4.5.

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Couldn't listen to the whole thing but pretty solid for its time. Favourites: Come back to me, Somebody to love.

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Very cool. Liked the ones I already knew and the others were groovy listens.

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I actually enjoyed this, although it was brief

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Good stuff. Made better by Luke’s research.

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Really enjoyed it

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4.5/5. Great album, enjoyed every song. I would definitely pick it up if I saw it at my record store.

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A surprisingly poppy album with a ton of variety. Sweet ballads to full-on rockers with, of course,the game-changing White Rabbit at the heart. Lush, rich and dark.

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A good un love the twists and turns!

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I enjoyed having a chance to hear a whole album from the Jefferson Airplane era. The album includes the psychodelic tracks I am familiar with ("White Rabbit" and "Somebody to Love"). The album also contains tracks that draw own the folk and rock of its time. I was reminded of songs sung by Crosby, Stills, and Nash. "How Do You Feel" had some great vocal layers and seemed to echo "She's Got a Ticket to Ride" from the Beatles. "She Has Funny Cars" was a good groovy start to the album, and it is a shame that "Embryonic Journey" (my favorite track on the album) isn't longer. A different relase of this album includes 4 additional tracks that fit in with the original set. This album would be worth a second listen.

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Surrealistic Pillow is a keystone collection of music for its time, the type of album you might slip into a time capsule as the best example of music to represent its era. The style is diverse across this album, covering a range of sounds from folk to psychedelic to the blues. It’s a bit of a musical compendium of many things that were going on in the late 60s. Jefferson Airplane is very much their own band with their own sound, but you still can hear hints that recall everything from the Mamas and the Papas to the Byrds to the Doors. Yet everything flows beautifully though the album and nothing stands out as being unnecessary or out of place. The musicianship is top notch, with Jorma Kaukonen’s guitar and Spencer Dryden’s drums in particular standing out. The guitar arrangements in songs like “Embryonic Journey” and “How Do you Feel” are gorgeous, a real pleasure to hear. I've heard "White Rabbit" a few too many times in my life and have avoided it in recent years, but coming back to it fresh, I have to acknowledge that it's a striking song. It's beautifully arranged, different from everything else on the album, and Slick's vocal is strong. "Somebody to Love" is also still stunning to hear, the best song on the album and a true rock classic. Grace Slick has an authoritative vocal presence in both songs that's kind of indescribable. She tends gets most of the attention/oxygen in this band, but I'm also really digging Marty Balin's voice myself, which contrasts well with hers. Paul Kantner also makes some solid vocal contributions as well. This is really a well-oiled machine of a band playing at the height of their talents. Fave Songs: Today, Somebody to Love, White Rabbit, Embryonic Journey, She Has Funny Cars

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Soft 4 stars. A great variety of 70s style on here. As I usually find, ballads hold me back from giving this a higher score.

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Referential 60s acid culture album. Feels very hippy-ish.

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Great album, I think I prefer the UK version, but that may just be because it's the first version I heard. It's incredibly accessible and pop. The delicate, acoustic numbers are the best. Today and Coming back to me are highlights.

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4/5 yeap, that's a good one!

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Good listen

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Peak psych rock

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Wild ride

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I know the two famous tracks off this, but that's it. Nice at the outset to have a third song, She Has Funny Cars that is also pretty great, clearly they are more than just Somebody To Love and White Rabbit. Though Somebody to Love comes in next and still sounds like little else - a perfect, sinister, pop song. My Best Friend is just average, but the album opened so strong, I feel like it may have done better elsewhere. Today has some Velvet Underground vibes, but gentler. It then gets a bit overlong for a while. Comes back strong with DBCA25 which is deeply lovely. Amazing to hear a West coast psych album where everything is kept so tight - tracks aren't outstaying their welcome. Even Embryonic Journey, a folky instrumental feels welcome. Then it hits White Rabbit - maybe a drug cliche, but still an incredible song. Nothing else sounds like it. It lags a bit as it nears the finish line, but I've come away intending to enjoy a lot more Jefferson Airplane than I did before today. A great album.

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Had many singkes I recognized, but had never listened to the whole album. Good to learn this is where songs Like Somebody to Love and White Rabbit were released. Overall vibe was kind of all over the place, some songs just didn't hit for me.

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Good stuff. Didn't realize so many popular songs came from this band.

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Liked this a lot more than I thought I was going to! Also, rather surprised at the number of tracks I already knew. I'm more familiar with the later Jefferson Starship. I find the 60s Psychedelic scene to be a little bit... exhausting, but this album was great! Embryonic Journey, Somebody to Love, and White Rabbit were all killer tracks.

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Would listen again

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Relisten? Yes

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A few Iconic songs -- amid some very meh fill... Did discover a new jam in "In The Morning" so that's 4 stars!

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I recognize and acknowledge the revolutionary genius that went into this album, but it's a difficult listen for me.

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Definitely my favorite (and only one I actually like) album from Jefferson anything. Great classic songs on this album. I am not a fan of their more dylan-esque folksy sounding songs though. White Rabbit is a masterpiece.

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Meh

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4.5/5. Nice definitive statement from the 60s acid rock scene. Quite solid

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I really enjoyed hearing this album again. I love the song Today. It was such a different sound back in the day.

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J’adore, rock psuchedelique, des classique somedy to love et white rabbit. Un tres bon album . 4.7

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Thought I was going to suffer hippiedom but this is a great album - I have got to stop starting with preconceptions. ‘Today’ is a wonderful song and besides ‘Somebody to Love’ and ‘White Rabbit’ all other songs are infused with a gentle blues and folk - reminiscent of Love’s Forever changes

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Solid 60s psychedelic work. A pleasure to listen to. Worth reading the band's history, while you're listening: this was the first album with Grace Slick.

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Мило

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I love the sound of this record. Great example of one of my favorite guitar tones. Fender clean pushed to the point of breakup. Lots of tambourine. A band that understands how to create a mood in the quiet spots, but can also build a wall of psychedelic sound. Lots of reverb too. Really cool. Now, about the songs. They're all pretty solid. But "Somebody to Love" and "White Rabbit" are so ubiquitous that they cast a huge shadow over the others. That has been a barrier to listening to this record in the past. I expect all the songs to be that immediate and catchy. But, they aren't. And that's ok. There are other songs that have a greater depth and more interesting arrangements. The songs "Today" and "Comin' back to Me" stand out in that way. Really happy I had the chance to revisit this record. I appreciate it more after this listen and don't think it's just a drug record that has been used in every documentary about the 60s when it's time to talk about the hippy movement. Is Grace Slick a great singer? No. But that's important too. Because it established the fact that women didn't have to sound pretty all the time to be fronting a band.

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I already knew "White rabbit", but not so much more of the band. I liked it VERY much. I don't have much to say, but it's for sure one of the best psychedelic rock that I've heard until now.

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There’s no doubt that Grace Slick’s vocals elevate a song. Marty Balin has a fine voice too, but Grace takes it to another world. They should have made her the primary lead vocalist. White Rabbit and Somebody to Love definitely carry this album. But IMHO, there are plenty of other good songs here as well, like She Has Funny Cars. It’s a folk sound twisted and sharpened. Kaukonen’s guitar feature, Embryonic Journey, is inspirational. It’s easy to hear why the band encouraged him to put it on the album. In a historical rarity, the recorder sounds good…on Comin’ Back to Me and How Do You Feel. Comin’ Back to Me has a charming intimacy. Jerry Garcia is credited as a “spiritual advisor”. WTH does that mean? He provided the LSD? Whatever his advisement method was, it worked.

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Nice folk rock. I had only heard White Rabbit previously. Solid Album. Favorite Tracks: She Has Funny Cars, My Best Friend

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Great 60s American Psychedelic Rock record.

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bop after bop

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Not nearly as dated-sounding or even caricature-ish as I feared it would sound. Perhaps an excess of some go-go-boots sounding hooks and the blues numbers are unconvincing, but the two big singles hold up great and lots of interesting sounds between them. Main reaction is one of disappointment that this group would turn into the perfectly awful Starship.

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Plastic Fantastic Lover, I bet SHACKs got some of those. there's a few massive tracks on here so they've done well to keep out of the standard 2 track filler format. there's obviously some nonsense as you'd rightly expect from some wreck heads calling an album surrealist pillow but on the whole its mostly listenable.

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Fantastic vibes.

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They were a tight blues band buried beneath all of the psychedelic murkiness. Excellent vocals by Balin and Slick.

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Jefferson airplane are in my list of bands I can listen to happily on repeat. This is an album I have on vinyl, and typically would rate 5/5, but as most of the album isn't available on Spotify, it's really just the greatest hits at this point. So 4/5.

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Psychedelic rock best rock

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Great surround sound and hypnotizing voice of a female vocalist. Somebody to love and White rabbit forever in my heart

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A surprise. I was already in the camp thinking that Jefferson Starship to Starship was a tragedy. This makes it even more so. Though the vibe is definitely rooted in the 60's, this doesn't dwell on cliched elements, but has a great diversity of folk, blues, rock... good melodies and harmonies. Really enjoyable.

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Psychy

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Of course I knew White Rabbit and Somebody To Love - both good songs. I was quite surprised they're this old though. The album seems ahead of its time. As a whole it's not quite good enough for 5 stars either though.

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This seems to be one of those albums where I hoped to discover new loves, and am leaving with my old favourites. Somebody to Love, My Best Friend, Embryonic Journey, and White Rabbit all exemplify the good kind of psychedelic folk I love.

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4/14/2022 Today's Album: "Surrealistic Pillow" by Jefferson Airplane - This album is a really nice folk blues album and reminds me of Rubber Soul by the Beatles. The vocals feel very Lennon and some of the instrumental choices would fit right in on that record. However, this album sets itself apart with diverse song structures and instrumentation. The first single Somebody to Love is a staple of this generation of music. The vocal is so powerful, but still has this gentle tone to it and the chilled out guitar and harmonizing background vocals add so much flavor to the pounding tambourine and drums. The track Today is a really peaceful ballad about wanting to be everything for your partner, but acknowledging your limits, and the building instrumental adds to this heart-breaking idea. Some of the following tracks don't really impress me in any particular way, but the general sound is pretty solid and all of the instrumental performances feel really well executed and well placed in the mix. Whenever the guitarist gets a chance to solo, it sounds great and those songs sound better for it. The end of 3/5 of a mile in 10 seconds frustrated me because it just fades out when the guitar comes back for another pretty cool sounding solo. Funnily enough, most of these songs sound a lot like a Beach Boys track, but instead of it being falsetto-drenched feel-good bullshit like on Smile, it's like the more subtle chorus vocal stuff with impressive production and solid guitar-work. It may be a little more folky than that, but it's a good way to describe it. Embryonic Journey is just a really nice solo acoustic guitar jam and it really puts a spotlight on the guitar soloing I mentioned before. It's soulful, but also really technically impressive. White Rabbit has the most spins out of any track on this album and it is for good reason. It welcomes back that amazingly powerful female vocal and just has this really strong instrumental backing it up. The final leg of this record are a bunch of songs that fit into that same category as before. They are pretty nice to listen and all have unique ideas, but most of the positive aspects of the tracks are the instrumentals as the woman in the band seems to be the only talented vocalist of the band (as far as I can tell). In The Morning felt notable to me, but then I realized it's because the Beatles basically stole the whole track and made Yer Blues on the White album 1 year later and honestly did it way better. Sidenote: I feel the same way about a bassline in Led Zeppelin 1 that pretty much got lifted for 25 or 6 to for by Chicago and was done leagues better. Anyways, the song has a really solid solo section in the back half of it and I think it's one of the best displays of the band's jamming ability. These last few tracks are really just not as interesting and are nice to listen to, but leave my brain as soon as they're gone. The closer, Come Back Baby, is just sort of dull and doesn't do a lot to thematically close off the record, but it feels like this record really is built around it's hits, so maybe it's just to be expected. I think overall, this album is a really solid listen, especially if you like the Beatles or even Aretha Franklin given the solid vocal work by the female of the band. It's a really pleasant listen all the way through and has a great guitar solo on every track so even though there's only a few highlights here, that's really just what stood out from the all around solid track list. The hits are great and the filler is pretty good so give it a listen if it sounds like your thing. Score: 7.5/10 Late 60s blues-rock with great hits Highlights: Somebody to Love, Today, Comin' Back to Me, How Do You Feel, Embryonic Journey, White Rabbit, In The Morning

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Add a star for Somebody to Love...

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A lot of hits here. Not something I always wanna listen to but I can't deny that it's great. Somebody to Love and White Rabbit are the cream of the crop.

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The only Jefferson Airplane album I'm really familiar with. It's sort of inconsistent in tone. I prefer the heavier psychedelic material to the lighter folkier stuff. But man, those iconic songs like "White Rabbit" and "Somebody to Love" are so powerful they give me chills, and certainly make up for the lighter tracks. The folkier stuff isn't necessarily filler, it's just very of it's time. Pleasant enough but just doesn't hold up next to those big anthems. Grace Slick has such an incredible voice. I wish she sang lead on every song.

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This was the second JA vinyl I got after “The Worst of…”, and have loved it ever since. Not every track is a winner, but songs like ‘Today’ and ‘DCBA’ are hidden gems

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Liked all the songs and will listen again

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first listen a great 60s folk ride

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I absolutely love the singing on this album. The contrasting female and male voices sounds amazing. I also like the instrumentation. It definitely sounds better with earbuds on. Highlights: Somebody to Love, Today, In the Morning, Go to Her

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Классный альбом. Много мелодичных вещей, чего я не ожидал. И не знал, что вокалистка не была главной в группе.

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Not entirely sure how to rate this album. Feels very much a product of the time. I'm not sure how much I like it currently but I'm 100% sure this would have been one of my favorite albums if I were around when it was released. I'll split the difference between what I think it is (3) and what I think I my 1967 counterpart would have thought (5). 4 stars. The Spotify suggestions after this album were incredible.

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On the face, it's an album with an eclectic mix of songs, switching between love, drugs, Lewis Carroll, and television. Listening end-to-end, the album works. I think it still stands up all these decades later. 'Today' is in my opinion one of the most beautiful love songs. 'White Rabbit' is one of the most iconic psychedelic rock songs. But it's easy to define this album by it's singles, I don't think there's a bad song on Surrealistic Pillow, even if some are not particularly memorable compared to the more rousing songs. Definitely deserves a 4 in my opinion, the iconic-ness of this album is not enough to push it to 5.

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- good bluesy vibe - Interesting array of sounds and instruments - Nice tempo - Relaxing, yet emotional - Excellent guitar solos and melodies - Go To Her is really good for hearing different sounds coming from different speakers - Solid start, excellent end to the album - Noteworthy tracks: In The Morning, Coming Back To Me, Somebody to Love, Go To Her

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A bit hippy dippy.... it’s not my thing but I can appreciate that it is others.

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this isn't too bad, nice lil catchy numbers. Thank fuck it wasn't more turd like iggy pop. Also, Jim Carrey did the best version of somebody to love. 3/5.

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1967. Key Songs: Somebody to Love, White Rabbit

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This sounds clearly like an important album in the development of folk rock, and a few tracks are quite good. I found not the singles but the B-side (and bonus tracks) to be most interesting. The relative of blandness of the first half is unfortunate, as there is a clear, incomplete image of excellent pop music. Though I'm tempted, no malus for the cover's violin bait-and-switch.

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Cool early psychedelic rock sound. Favorites include "My Best Friend" and "Somebody to Love".

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Not really my cup of tea but certainly listenable.

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Like this. Great musicianship, good songs, well produced. Definitely one of the better psychedelic records from the 60s.

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Oldie but a goodie. Mixing is definitely dated but the sound is fire

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Couple good singles on here. Very organic sounding. Decent enough

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There are some classics off of this album, but I went through my Jefferson Airplane phase in college.

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Classic old rock. Songs kinda blend together but I can appreciate it. Has the classic song “Somebody to love”

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@@@½ nice early psychedelic sounds. nice guitar too.

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Somebody to love is a banging pop song and White rabbit a memorable slice of Lewis Carroll inspired oddness. The rest was fairly unremarkable - the soundtrack to a sixties teenage bedroom full of long hair, paisley, and hashish.

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Surprisingly variable song type/style through the album.

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3.5 | Muy buenos momentos de lo más groovy psicodélico: a ratos pesa el estilito de cantar los coros como el que no me gusta de CSNY, pero cuando cantan directo, en particular cuando entra la voz de Grace Slick, suenan muy bien. Además de recordar a Cable Guy con "Somebody To Love" me gustaron "Go To Her", "White Rabbit" y "Come Back Baby" No sé por qué en la cultura pop gringa son tan conocidos y en México a duras penas llegó a sonar una o dos en Universal. ¿Sí cacharon la última rola que suena en el último episodio de Friends?

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3.5| Acabé conociendo mas rolas de lo que creía, muy buena banda. Tiene cosas muy raras como un tremendo blues en medio de tanta psicodelia. Sin duda una voz icónica la de Grace Silk y ni idea de que fueran los mismos de Starship.

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Pleasantly surprised quite enjoyed. Nice beats and tunes

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ok I’m bored of doing this when no one else does, so no effort to write my amazing reviews any more 💔

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my dad thinks that people who like jefferson airplane are rich kids who dodged the war because they were rich and think they're deeper than they actually are which honestly makes sense but this album was decent

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Smooth easy listening, straight out of the 60’s. You can definitely hear how they inspired a ton of other bands in that era.

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Solid. Love some songs and others are so so

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Eh. Not my cup of hallucinogenic tea, but an interesting listen.

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A review for Haiku Tuesday: Early Psych Rock, Huh? Some fun weird tracks are in here. Still doesn't nail it.

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Surprisingly coasts on the classics “Somebody to Love” and “White Rabbit”. 5/10

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About what I expected. Some great bangers like White Rabbit and Somebody to Love, but if I had to pick another track I liked I'd go with 'Plastic Fantastic Lover'

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Sounds alright. I like the popular songs off this album and the rest are mostly forgettable.

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Disc de l'època. Té la facultat de transportar-te a un lloc i un temps que tot i no viure'l el pots sentir a través de les cançons. No és poca cosa. També té dos temes tan mítics com 'Somebody to Love' i 'White Rabbit'

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5.5

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i enjoyed this one. might seek out some more

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Some decent tunes, not exactly inspiring.

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Probably a 2.5, enjoyed it

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Pari hittibiisiä ja sitten vähän sekalainen setti muuta. Bluesit oli turhan junnaavia meikäläisen makuun.

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Nooit verder gekomen dan de paar hits. De rest is ook zeker de moeite waard.

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Niet helemaal kunnen luisteren, maar ken dit album vrij goed. Vooral de Grace Slick nummers springen eruit, maar een nummer als Today vind ik ook zeer fraai.

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I enjoyed listening to it. ***

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Leuk om eens een heel album van deze gasten te luisteren. Uiteraard de 2 hits zijn super en de rest volgt op gepaste afstand.

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reminded me of a knock off fleetwood mac

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Enjoyed the songs I recognised and liked the mixed vocal talents but turned off halfway through

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meh - bit boring psychedelia for moi

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Reportedly, the members of Jefferson Airplane were not pleased with producer Rick Jarrard's efforts to discipline them, feeling that the results were unrepresentative of the band. If you ask me, he's a fucking hero. On opener She Has Funny Cars, the band all but falls apart. The vocals are wobbly, the rhythm section is shaky and the lead guitarist is mediocre both in terms of ideas and execution. The song structure is more complex than the composers can handle. Jefferson Airplane fares better on the more straightforward numbers, like the following Somebody To Love. Grace Slick vocals are passionate and I like her phrasing here, even if she only just pulls it off. My Best Friend is warm and charming, when it could have easily been sloppy, the more shambolic tendencies of the band reined in by the producer. The folk-influenced Today has a fragile arrangement, kept just on the side of coherence by, once again, the producer. Another folk ballad, Comin' Back To Me, much beloved by "sensitive young men" on the make because it was easy to play and sing, doesn't come across as particularly sincere, but then again, maybe I'm being too cynical. 3/5 Of A Mile In 10 Seconds is another thankfully straightforward uptempo rocker with some nice hooks. And so it goes. Throughout the album, the carefully pruned arrangements and short running times save the band from themselves time and time again. The selections are evenly split between folkie type numbers, uptempo rockers and mid tempo pop tunes, which was probably wise. It allows different aspects of the band to shine, and paired with the infallible instincts of the canny producer, make Jefferson Airplane seem far more competent than they actually are. Personally, I'd rather listen to a band that has its shit together and doesn't need to be shepherded into making a listenable album, which Surrealistic Pillow admittedly is. Surrealistic Pillow saves it's best song for next to last. White Rabbit has a genuinely innovative structure packed into a harrowing two minutes and thirty-three seconds. Then we're back to the wooly and half-assed psychedelia of Plastic Fantastic Lover. As noted elsewhere, Surrealistic Pillow was a commercial smash. Thanks to producer Rick Jarrard, Jefferson Airplane managed to get away with borderline amateurish performances, songwriting and overall musicianship and come out of it looking like geniuses, at least to the greater public. Ungrateful shmucks. 3.5/5

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Flying my freak flag baby.

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Some absolute classics on here and overall a really enjoyable listen. Great 60s psychedelic rock.

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Overall more chill than I expected from their hits. Prefer the hits over the overall album, a little bit too low energy for me. Pretty cool vibe though

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Interessant. Bo per passar es temps i no prestar gaire atenció. Bln acompanyant.

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This album shows why Jefferson Airplane was a hugely popular and influential group for their time. With iconic tracks and the gentle stylings of the late 60's it is a shame to see that this resulted in Jefferson Starship.

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fav: white rabbit nice: somebody to love, 3/5 of a mile in 10 seconds

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Some standout songs but mostly forgettable 60s psych pop

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decent. I went in expecting a 4 but the ones outside the couple bits hits were just kinda there for me. Still enjoyable though.

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Two monstrous/timeless songs on this one I am/was very familiar with but didn't think I knew the rest of it. I wasn't too excited about getting through it as I thought it might lose my interest but I'm glad I stuck with it - the excellent blend of vocal harmonies and clearly talented musicianship make this a success. It is however definitely a product of its time; there are a few pace-interrupters (Comin Back To Me, How Do You Feel) which might have worked better [for me] without the very typical-of-the-age huge reverb. Then again, I suppose it's hard to *not* be "of the time" and the high points here make this more enjoyable than many of the era. White Rabbit used to scare the shit out of me as a kid, and is still suitably creepy. Even after hearing it a million times, it's still worthy. 6/10

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Estaba esperando algo más en la onda de some body to love, pero es más como white rabbit

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twas alright

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With quite some iconic singles on Surrealistic Pillow, I understand the record's impact on the music industry as a pioneer of psychedelic rock. Highlights are the epic Somebody to Love, the mellow and beautiful Today and White Rabbit for obvious reasons. I find that on the rest of the album, the vocal style is not perfectly to my liking (vibrato and heavy breathing), or the instrumentals get on my nerves. 3/5.

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Most of the tracks on this album were really good. There were a couple that was a bit boring and tedious. Overall I enjoyed this for the most part.

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White Rabbit is a 5 star tune. The rest are a bit boring but you can hear the roots of the big psychedelic movement to follow so you've gotta appreciate that.

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Good album…nothing spectacular or special

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I've just never been able to get into them.

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Acid fried psychedelic blues rock. This has some stone cold classic songs of the era on it and is surprisingly brief considering the penchant for acid jams. It still has that obviously the sixties production though. Best Tracks: Someone To Love, Today, White Rabbit

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Original track listing: 3.75, maybe 4. I was expecting more psychedelia and less Mamas & Papas.

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other than Somebody to Love and White Rabbit, this is pretty standard 60s sounding stuff

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I love the cable guy!

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De liedjes met meer tempo zijn wel oké, maar de tragere vond ik wat saai. 50/50 album, naar boven afgerond

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I know it's a cliche, but it's a sound of a moment in time Listening to this makes me think Woodstock, hippies free love

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No recordaba a esa banda. Pero me encanta "Somebody to love", una gran canción escrita e interpretada por Grace Slick Una muestra super lograda del llamado pop psicodélico

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America, 60s, Psychedelic rock + Charming, Wonderful, Dreaming, Romantic, Hits, Complexed, Bluesy, Progressive = Relaxed, Long-play, Fe/Male, Various - Old-fashioned, NFM & Come Back Baby {0/17} [3/5]

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Many of the tracks weren't available on Spotify. Skipped a few that I didn't like because it just wasn't my style. I really liked Embryonic (featured in the finale of Friends!) and White Rabbit. Mixed feelings on this album. The ones liked I really liked, the ones I didn't like I REALLY didn't like.

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A few classic songs

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Overall it was a solid album. Good background music but a lot of it sounded the same. There weren't many standouts. 3/5 stars.

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3.5

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Muy de los 60-70's. Buenas melodías y voz con personalidad

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Nice...

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Carried largely by the two big hits, the rest is great if I’ll be having a little somethin somethin beforehand

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Not trying to be rude here, but Grace Slick is the real star here. She gets to belt on two tracks, and they're the biggest hits. The rest of the record is pretty stock-standard acid folk. Favorite tracks: "White Rabbit", "Plastic Fantastic Lover", "Somebody To Love"

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Enjoyable album overall. Interesting harmonies throughout and I think the band pulled influences from a lot of different genres. Grace Slick's vocals are also really cool. Favorite tracks- She Has Funny Cars, Somebody to Love, 3/5 of a Mile in 10 Seconds, White Rabbit

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6/10

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A bit of folk, a bit of rock, a bit of blues and all the reverb you can possibly muster. I dig the sound of the band in general, but the songs where Grace Slick took control are undeniably the best. I appreciate what this band did in creating a new sound, one which plays through clearly in bands like "The Black Angles" and tons of similar dark folk bands out there today. Out of context, I'm not sure the majority of the album does much for me, but I appreciate why it's on the list.

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Surprisingly good, liked the variety and Somebody to Love is a banger

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Some excellent tracks, and a fair amount of forgettable ones. Pleasant background listening overall

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60s elegance....

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Easy to listen to, did not skip many songs, just not what I would choose to sit down and listen to.

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At the forefront of psychedelic rock in the 60's was, of course, Jefferson Airplane. Their hits, "Somebody to Love" and "White Rabbit", are bonafide classics. The rest are fine.

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Oh man, I listened to this a while ago and failed to take good notes. I'll tell you this though - I liked it.

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Låter som okej men normal psykedelisk rock, kanske det tappat lite av sin glans med tiden.

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Ok!

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Too much of "Surrealistic Pillow" doesn't stand out. Or rather, stands in the vast shadow of "White Rabbit" and "Someone to Love." The surrealism is a bit lacking beyond those two hits as well. The pillow is not lacking. They are pleasant enough songs to lay your head down to. "White Rabbit" is psychedelic rock. Too much of this sounds like vaguely psychedelic folk. There was some good blues influence in the tracks after "White Rabbit," but ultimately it wasn't enough to fully salvage the first half of the album. There's really just not enough Grace Slick lead vocals. When she pops in on "Go to Her," it was very much an "Oh! Where's she been?" moment. I continuously tuned out on this album only to be drawn back in by Slick's voice. I can't understate how much I wish there was more of "White Rabbit's" vibe on this album. Or the rest of Jefferson Airplane's work. I didn't realize that the two hits on this album were the band's only smash successes.

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Pretty enjoyable listen, somewhat hazy psychedelic 60s rock. Somebody to Love and White Rabbit standout tracks

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cool swag dare i say kinda boring except two songs

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Yea this was nice. You can't really go wrong with all these classic 60s albums. I already knew a few songs and I'll likely revisit.

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The big hits are still solid, but the rest is nothing special

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Though it succumbs to the late 60s temptations of limpid ballads/Beatles-esque tunes at times, this is LP exudes a clear sense of direct purpose otherwise. The early psychedelic stylings (the constant presence of reverb, jangly interwoven guitars, hell the song titles) here hint at what was to come in the 70s and still sound fresh to this day.

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Pioneros e instrumentistas de calidad. Me gustan más por las influencias de ellos que detecto al escucharlos que por su música en sí misma. Imprescindibles "Somebody to love" y "White rabbit".

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Ok

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fui imediatamente transposta para São Francisco dos ano 1960 e amei. não conhecia a banda e me surpreendi com algumas músicas que já eram minhas favoritas mas que ainda desconhecia: tipo Somebody to Love. mas não foram todas as músicas que me cativaram então...

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Is it me or do I smell weed and this acid taste funny. Not all songs grab me but the ones that are solid songs like White Rabbit and Somebody to Love keep the album rolling. Huge part of this album is the intro of Grace that changed the band.

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Good album, a little mellow, but good lyrics and music

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Nice sunny, folksy jams. Not much to complain about, but nothing too groundbreaking at the same time. 6/10

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I don't know much about Jefferson Airplane other than the name, was expecting this to be more psychedelic, particularly considering the album is called Surrealistic Pillow. Instead this is fairly generic late '60s rock n roll, which is fine. The woman's voice is boss though, I'll give them that.

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I once had a surrealistic pillow. It strangled me one night whilst I was playing with myself. I enjoyed it. I got me hooked on axphyxi-wanking. I've never looked back. Thank you.

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Overall solid album

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couple classics

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Eclectic and inconsistent very 60s psychedelic pop. The good songs are great, but there's a lot of twee filler. Also, when you have Grace Slick in your band, what isn't she singing every song?

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I love them , they literally sound like the beatles

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Tem algumas músicas MUITO boas, dá pra entender porque é um clássico. Porém, para o meu gosto atual, é um pouco cansativo.

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Stört nicht als Hintergrundmusik. Haut mich nicht vom Hocker.

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They're pretty good. Very 60s. I didn't know they were the ones who composed many songs that are still used in pop culture today.

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Some classics on this one, but the less psychedelic tracks are a bit boring. Grace Slick always shines though, weird vibrato and all.

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None of the songs other than the famous singles ("White Rabbit" and "Somebody to Love") and also "Plastic Fantastic Lover" really stick the landing. Psychedelic rock > folk rock. There's really only like 3 psychedelic rock songs here and the rest is boring farm music.

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Really enjoyed Grace Slick’s vocals. Was expecting more space psychedelic rock, so pleased to hear straight forward late 60s garage guitar rock. Superb Paul Simon/Bert Jansch-style guitar instrumental piece. Good album - perhaps not quite essential to be a 4.

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The two big singles are classic tracks but apart from the Skip Spence track, which is also great, I never cared too much about the other tracks. And still feel the same, listening to it now again. I can understand why this album is on the list but three stars seems to be about right.

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Those two radio hits are good (especially white rabbit). The rest is decent

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It didn't blow my mind but it was OK

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Knew some of the songs already, but good to hear more of the early stuff.

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Going in I knew the big songs, Somebody To Love and White Rabbit, both of which are great. The rest of the album didn't quite live up to those. It wasn't awful or anything I just wasn't really into it.

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White rabbit and Embryonic journey get 5 stars. The rest gets 2. Average 3.5 rounded down.

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Fav: somebody to love; white rabbit De rest beetje saai

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I've never been a huge fan of this album, but it's still something I don't mind listening to. I've heard it several times and it has never made a significant impact on me. I do agree that it deserves to be on this list, though.

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Somebody to Love is great, of course. The rest is not very distinctive

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Acid rock with a little influence of folk peeking through.

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I remembered enjoying this one a little more than I actually did. Somebody to Love and White Rabbit are both incredible songs and Grace Slick's vocals are so powerful but, other than the beautiful guitar interlude Embryonic Journey, the rest of the album has a lot less character and just doesn't hold my interest in the same way

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1 banger

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Psykedelisk 60’er rock, få standouts

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This was good - especially someone to love!

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Sama biisi eri variaatioilla

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Ugh. Maybe it was because I was listening to this while working but I couldn't get on with it. In fact, it was quite annoying in the background. Clever musically but too 'busy' for me in my current mood. I have no desire to listen to this album again. Best tracks are White Rabbit and Someone To Love. 2/5

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Long and boring aside from White Rabbit and anytime Grace Slick sings.

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got dull really quickly

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White Rabbit. The rest of the album is pretty similar...jangly, acoustic, hippie pop.

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Not really my vibe. Nice album, but kind of just not for me.

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Feed your Head you hippies

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Some decent tracks but very dated

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Its times like this that I'd changed my rating system earlier. So this is just OK which is now going to be 2 stars from here on...

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01/26 - Yesterday I worked on many different things within the Manufacturing building, from updating wall types and work areas to match slab demo to researching the Hilti rated cover at the penthouse penetration. I also helped Courtney with view range issues and worked on developing sleeves to go around process piping points in Chrom. Jefferson Airplane was a very interesting band to read about and even more interesting of a band to watch a performance of. However, Surrelistic Pillow was an okay album and was not very motivational for getting me through the work day. My favorite song on this album was Somebody to Love

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Only listened to half of it.

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2 good songs, nothing special.

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2 decent songs. The rest pretty pedestrian.

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It was alright. 2RS

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Not bad, enjoyed the big numbers but the rest passed me by. Quite long

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Some decent moments but not for me

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Just painfully average. A bit like an ASDA frozen pizza. It’s not terrible and it’s nice but there are many better options out there. Every song sounds a little samey. Somebody To Love is clearly the best song on there and there’s a reason it’s their only hit single. There is absolutely no need for this album to have 17 songs on it.

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Evolutionary step. In meiner Wahrnehmung nicht unmittelbarer Bestandteil einer revolutionären Entwicklung

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War mir zu Boomer, aber manche Lieder waren ganz gut.

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I’ve heard Somebody to Love and White Rabbit before. I like the first few songs and didn’t care for the slower sad songs in the middle, I didn’t like the placement of them either. I don’t like the two songs after the sad ones either. I feel like White Rabbit really stands out, best song on the album. The beginning and end are good but the songs in the middle are kinda boring. Will probably listen to some songs again especially White Rabbit but as a whole 2/5

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pretty boring. stopped listening towards the end

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Not very good really

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I like Jefferson Air/Star. But there's something about this album that makes me understand why punk, garage, avant-guard, new wave, heavy metal and grunge all exist -- to rebel against this.

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A lot of the album is missing off Spotify, I enjoyed the 2 songs I knew (somebody to love and White Rabbit) but the rest weren't to my taste.

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Perfect for the era, perhaps too tied to the 60’s to be relevant today. Would never put it on out of context.

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Classic.

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Not much of the album was on Spotify 😔

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not great other than the 2 hits

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In one ear and out the other. Probably a bunch of nonces.

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It's really really 60s music. I may enjoy more as I approach that age. But unfortunately, it's almost too psychedelic for me.

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Some ok songs

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The Airplane never interested me as much as most of the other big 60s names. Sounds better in stereo, though.

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The song Go To Her is a less good version of The Zombie's She's Not There

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The second song- absolute bop. The rest was fine

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I get why people like it. There are catchy melodies and fun guitar riffs, but it’s too slow and repetitive for my taste. Puts me to sleep.

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Not my thing at all. Hippies.

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beach boys minus luau

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A couple of recognisable tunes but too twee for my liking

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bleck..... overrated.

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Nope

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Nope

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