Surrealistic Pillow is the second album by the American rock band Jefferson Airplane, released by RCA Victor on February 1, 1967. It is the first album by the band with vocalist Grace Slick and drummer Spencer Dryden. The album peaked at number three on the Billboard album chart and has been certified Platinum by the RIAA. The album is considered to be one of the quintessential works of the early psychedelic rock and 1960s counterculture eras."My Best Friend" was released as the first single in January 1967, but reached only #103 on the Billboard Bubbling Under chart. Two singles were released later in the year; "Somebody to Love" and "White Rabbit" peaked respectively at number five and number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and are the band's only Top 40 hits on that chart. "Today" was not released as a single but was played often on college radio and rock stations and remains one of their most popular songs. It was also recorded by jazz saxophonist Tom Scott for his 1967 album The Honeysuckle Breeze; this version was sampled in the song "They Reminisce Over You" by Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth.Wikipedia
“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
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.
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
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.
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
Awesome psycadaelic rock classic
Funky 60s vibe.
Some excellent songs on this album - White Rabbit, Somebody to Love
Can definitely hear the sounds of San Francisco during the hippie movement in this album 9/10
Great energy and moods
Classic 60s vibe and great vocal harmonies!
Some of the better drug induced music from the 70s. Really enjoyed this. I knew a number of the tracks, which always helps.
Seems awesome, but it is not complete in spoty
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.
One of the best
Amazing album! Definitely on the more psychedelic side and very summer of love.
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...
fucking joy to listen to
-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
”The album is considered to be one of the quintessential works of the early psychedelic rock and 1960s counterculture eras.”
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
One of my all time favourite albums.
Doses precisas de psicodelia com vocal feminino arrebatador.
Unavailable mostly in my Spotify :(
Loved it, so many tracks I'd heard before but didn't know were all one album together
Enjoyable. Wish I hadn't listened to the album with bonus tracks though as it's far too long.
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.
Great psych rock album
white rabbit, somebody to love, great late 60s album.
Rock solid psych, compact with a certain something that ties it all together
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
Adorei o álbum, uma das músicas era conhecida graças ao resgate de mix popular no Tiktok da segunda faixa Somebody to love
Fuck Yeah Bro
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.
fucking amazing album.
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
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”.
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.
I found this album to love! Great sounds of the 60s!!
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...
One of the peak psychedelic albums. Embryonic Journey is amazing. Somebody to Love is probably the best song to come out of San Francisco during that period.
Somebody to Love is Grace at her best and has one of my favorite guitar solos/outros. White Rabbit is the psychedelic anthem of anthems. Today & Coming Back to Me are Marty Balin at his best. Helluva band and a great album from start to finish.
the airplanes really aced it on this
Never heard this entire album until it came up here. I of course know the two stone cold classics and I think that they are both absolutely superb songs. Somebody to love is a Grace Slick singing tour de force and White Rabbit is a simply amazing song. So I thought I'd take a close look at each of the other songs and reflect on the impression they leave and base my rating on them. 1. She Has Funny Cars; this song did nothing for me. 3. My Best Friend; this one I like a lovely ballad with some really beautiful harmonies as Grace takes a backup role and does so expertly. 4. 3/5 of a mile in 10 seconds; a nice song again with really nice harmonies and some really nice guitars. 5. How Do You Feel; I like this one too. Starts with a nice flute, some great acoustic guitar and more beautiful harmonies. 7. Plastic Fantastic Lover; I know this song, perhaps a lesser known single. Not the tour de force of the 2 better known songs, but a very good song. Beautiful guitar parts both acoustic and electric lead, makes for another very strong song. 8. Go to Her; The final song ending the album on an upbeat note, unfortunately this one ends the album on a similar note as it begun with a somewhat unremarkable song. So here we have it an 8 song album, 6 of which are excellent and two somewhat unremarkable. The good far out weighs the bad and I would rate the album as a whole at 5 🌟
That 2nd Track is Masterpiece
Already knew it, fabulous !
Brilliant album. Of course I already knew Jefferson Airplane but I hadn’t had the chance to listen to an entire album of theirs before : what a colourful experience ! Though very psychedelic, the album highlights true blues and folk influences (“In the Morning” and “Embryonic Journey” are my two favorites, plus the mind blowing “How do you feel”). Of course the two bangers “White Rabbit” and “Somebody to love” (thanks to the amazing Grace Slick) are the must-hear of the album, but they shouldn’t sum up the whole album which is so diverse and so good. It’s a 5/5, obviously.
Great 60s psychedelic rock. White rabbit is an all-time favorite.
Hippie music generally gets a "pass" from me, but this is just too poppy to for me to ignore. It's really, really good.
"Grand Funk Railroad paved the way for Jefferson Airplane, which cleared the way for Jefferson Starship. The stage was now set for the Alan Parsons Project, which I believe was some sort of hovercraft."
The Summer of Love, compressed into one album. Grace Slick’s powerful wail soars over a moody bed of guitars, lending an uneasy thrilling current to the music.
What a beast of an album. Genre defining stuffed with classic hits instantly put you in a mood and feel like immediate choices for soundtracks to paint the idea of 60's. Grace Slicks vocals are just amazing.
Jefferson Airplane evokes exactly what the trippy 60s were like. A bunch of hippies singing of the mystic arts: groovy and harmonic but with a rough edge. It has the hooks and hits as well as the more magical and experimental songs that take you on a peculiar journey. The lofi 60s style combined with the fuzzy bass, the concerning wailing strings, the anxious hollow drums, and the beautiful harmonies by Slick and Balin bring about models of control (capable of guiding your journey) and comfort (to not overwhelm you). There are plenty of songs that push you to dance and sing along, while the calmer folk tracks sit you back down and pay attention to the strange lyrics and instrumentation. I'm obsessed with these mystical 60s albums like United States of America and Electric Music (by Country Joe), but none sound as polished and focused as this one. The record is fantastic, and so is the track ordering (almost). We start off with 3 loud and fun groovy tracks. Then 2 really trippy tracks full of powerful yearnful vocals by Balin, smoothly bridged together. Then we get 4 tracks that gradually transitions from loud and rough acid rock to slow and loving acoustics. (Why does "Embryonic Journey" have 17 million plays on Spotify?) We reach our conclusion with 2 tracks that feel too short, but "White Rabbit" is our popular commanding track with the least discrete lyrics of the summer of love. "Plastic Fantastic Lover" is our chaotic bluesy finish, but feels a bit anticlimatic. Let's talk about the bonus tracks. As anticlimatic as the closer is, it does transition well to the really bluesy "In the Morning" but that definitely feels too long at over 6 minutes, and sounds like a more polished but less interesting Country Joe song. Not a big fan of the pure blues "J. P. P." "Go to Her" is decent and catchy with captivating melodies, but I could see why it was cut. "Come Back Baby" is an awesome jam track (what a sick guitar solo), definitely warrants Jerry Garcia as their spiritual advisor. My only real complaint is that I wish the last 2 tracks were moved elsewhere. It should have ended with a cheery or dreamy track like "My Best Friend", "How Do You Feel", or "Embryonic Journey", of course changing the ending a bit to feel satisfying.
This really is something special. Of its time, but also timeless in ways.
Better than I expected. Good mix of hard hitting songs and calmer relaxed songs.
Last three songs - “White Rabbit,” especially - go hard.
Got better as it went along. 3.5
Monipuolinen levy, muttei liian. Muutama timanttikin joukossa, mut pari tylsää biisiä pudottaa arvosanaa
Great album, more than a 2 hit wonder
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
A fun foray into psychedelic rock. A couple bangers.
Have already listened
Good, not as psychedelic as I was expecting. More Beatles/mamas&papas/Simon and Garfunkel folk 60s vibes.
Classic. Love it.
Great album! Featuring White Rabbit and Somebody to love.
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.
Bangin and iconic.
Classic 60s Sound
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
Embryonic Journey is one of my favorite pieces of music. Jorma really impresses. A classic psychedelic journey back to the 60s
Classics, really good
Very good album. Grace Slick’s vocals are distinctive and powerful. Find and check out the isolated vocal track for ‘White Rabbit’.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Always loved psychedelic rock. This is a great record.
this was great.
A puristic loser will pan this album, but I really liked it, especially Embryonic Journey
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
Really good, so many big hits
7/10 bonito, una me gusta por the cable guy, fin.
Rock sesentero. Un megahit.
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.
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
Really enjoyed this. Catchy songs with lovely harmonies. Has a really nice energy.
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!
Classic psychedelic album. Beautiful songs, gorgeous harmonies fantastic vibe
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
Van somebody to love. Dit is wel een van de beste jaren 60 albums
Verrassend, juist de nummers die ik nog niet kende.
Kende er meer van ik dacht, erg cool!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Great psychedelic album that I will revisit again.
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.
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.
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"
Eine Band, die man nur als Radiohörer kannte besser kennengelernt! Hat sich gelohnt!
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.
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.
Classic sound of SF, couple of massive hits supported by a bunch of fantastic songs.
A fantastic album from the heyday of psychedelic rock. 8.6/10 Best Tracks: "Somebody to Love" "White Rabbit"
Ju betaaa fajiiiiiiiiind <3
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
Girlfriend can sing.
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.
Early, essential psychedelic rock. Zappa vibes pretty good
Perhaps inessential outside the biggest hits, but I enjoyed it too much to really care.
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
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.
Some good instrumentals and of course the hits, I love her voice.
enjoyable hippie rock
Actually really good, old hippie music
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.
Couldn't listen to the whole thing but pretty solid for its time. Favourites: Come back to me, Somebody to love.
Very cool. Liked the ones I already knew and the others were groovy listens.
I actually enjoyed this, although it was brief
Good stuff. Made better by Luke’s research.
Really enjoyed it
4.5/5. Great album, enjoyed every song. I would definitely pick it up if I saw it at my record store.
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.
A good un love the twists and turns!
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.
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
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.
Referential 60s acid culture album. Feels very hippy-ish.
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.
4/5 yeap, that's a good one!
Peak psych rock
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.
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.
Good stuff. Didn't realize so many popular songs came from this band.
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.
Would listen again
A few Iconic songs -- amid some very meh fill... Did discover a new jam in "In The Morning" so that's 4 stars!
I recognize and acknowledge the revolutionary genius that went into this album, but it's a difficult listen for me.
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.
4.5/5. Nice definitive statement from the 60s acid rock scene. Quite solid
I really enjoyed hearing this album again. I love the song Today. It was such a different sound back in the day.
J’adore, rock psuchedelique, des classique somedy to love et white rabbit. Un tres bon album . 4.7
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nice folk rock. I had only heard White Rabbit previously. Solid Album. Favorite Tracks: She Has Funny Cars, My Best Friend
Great 60s American Psychedelic Rock record.
I like the acoustic guitar in Embryonic Journey.
bop after bop
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.
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.
They were a tight blues band buried beneath all of the psychedelic murkiness. Excellent vocals by Balin and Slick.
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.
Psychedelic rock best rock
Great surround sound and hypnotizing voice of a female vocalist. Somebody to love and White rabbit forever in my heart
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.
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.
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.
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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Grace Slick singing: 5 stars Boring Guy singing: 3 stars Overall: 4 stars
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.
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.
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
Liked all the songs and will listen again
first listen a great 60s folk ride
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
Классный альбом. Много мелодичных вещей, чего я не ожидал. И не знал, что вокалистка не была главной в группе.
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.
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.
- 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
This has aged much better than a lot of the psychedelic music from this era, much of which has dated poorly. Still sounds very fresh and engaging.
Free love and LSD. The band knows how to absorb elements of folk, blues, rock and jazz, but it is the vocal harmonies of Slick (high, majestic voice), Balin (soft, sunny voice) and Kantner (sharp, neurotic voice) that set the tone. (7/10) FT: White Rabbit, Somebody To Love
Wonderful stuff - so much better than I expected. How have I gone 50 years without knowing this was there?