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Surrealistic Pillow

Jefferson Airplane

1967

Surrealistic Pillow

Album Summary

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.

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Rating

3.54

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5398

Genres

  • Rock
  • Psychedelic Rock
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Sat Sep 18 2021
5

“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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Mon Feb 28 2022
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.

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Wed Jun 09 2021
4

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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Tue Jun 01 2021
5

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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Sun Feb 14 2021
4

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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Thu Dec 10 2020
5

Awesome psycadaelic rock classic

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Fri Apr 16 2021
5

Funky 60s vibe.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
5

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

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

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

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

Great energy and moods

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

Classic 60s vibe and great vocal harmonies!

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Thu Feb 18 2021
5

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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Mon May 03 2021
5

Seems awesome, but it is not complete in spoty

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Wed Jan 27 2021
5

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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Sat Feb 20 2021
5

One of the best

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Mon Feb 01 2021
5

She

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Wed Jun 16 2021
5

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

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Wed Jun 09 2021
5

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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Sun Mar 28 2021
5

Pretty fire

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Fri May 28 2021
5

fucking joy to listen to

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Thu Jun 17 2021
5

-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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Mon Jun 07 2021
5

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

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Fri Jul 23 2021
5

Classic

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Thu Aug 05 2021
5

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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Mon Aug 16 2021
5

*****

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Wed Sep 01 2021
5

One of my all time favourite albums.

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Tue Sep 07 2021
5

Doses precisas de psicodelia com vocal feminino arrebatador.

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Fri Sep 10 2021
5

I dig

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Sun Sep 19 2021
5

Unavailable mostly in my Spotify :(

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Mon Sep 27 2021
5

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

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Tue Oct 05 2021
5

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

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Fri Oct 08 2021
5

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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Thu Nov 11 2021
5

Great psych rock album

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Fri Dec 17 2021
5

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

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Tue Dec 28 2021
5

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

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Mon Jan 31 2022
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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Mon Feb 07 2022
5

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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Sat Feb 12 2022
5

beautiful!

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Mon Feb 14 2022
5

Fuck Yeah Bro

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Tue Mar 15 2022
5

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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Tue Mar 22 2022
5

fucking amazing album.

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Wed Apr 20 2022
5

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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Thu Apr 21 2022
5

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Sat May 21 2022
5

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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Sat May 21 2022
5

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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Sat May 21 2022
5

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

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Sat May 21 2022
5

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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Tue May 31 2022
5

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.

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Tue Jun 21 2022
5

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.

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Wed Jun 29 2022
5

the airplanes really aced it on this

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Sun Jul 10 2022
5

Awesome

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Mon Jul 11 2022
5

A classic

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Mon Aug 01 2022
5

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 🌟

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Tue Aug 16 2022
5

That 2nd Track is Masterpiece

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Mon Aug 29 2022
5

Already knew it, fabulous !

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Sun Sep 11 2022
5

Great flow

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Mon Sep 19 2022
5

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.

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Sat Sep 24 2022
5

Great 60s psychedelic rock. White rabbit is an all-time favorite.

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Thu Oct 06 2022
5

Hippie music generally gets a "pass" from me, but this is just too poppy to for me to ignore. It's really, really good.

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Thu Oct 06 2022
5

"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."

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Tue Oct 11 2022
5

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.

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Sun Oct 23 2022
5

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.

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Sun Nov 13 2022
5

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.

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Mon Nov 14 2022
5

This really is something special. Of its time, but also timeless in ways.

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Thu Nov 26 2020
4

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

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Fri May 28 2021
4

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

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Thu Dec 31 2020
4

Got better as it went along. 3.5

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Thu Jan 28 2021
4

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

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Tue May 18 2021
4

Great album, more than a 2 hit wonder

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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

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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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

A fun foray into psychedelic rock. A couple bangers.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

Have already listened

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Mon Feb 22 2021
4

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

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Classic. Love it.

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Thu Mar 04 2021
4

Great album! Featuring White Rabbit and Somebody to love.

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Tue Feb 16 2021
4

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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Thu Apr 01 2021
4

false

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

Mochi

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Tue May 04 2021
4

Bangin and iconic.

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Mon Jun 07 2021
4

Classic 60s Sound

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

Good album

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

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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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

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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Tue Jan 26 2021
4

Classics, really good

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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

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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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

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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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

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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Tue Jun 22 2021
4

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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Sat Jun 05 2021
4

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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Wed Apr 07 2021
4

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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Sun Mar 21 2021
4

Always loved psychedelic rock. This is a great record.

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Sun May 09 2021
4

this was great.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

Es Jefferson...

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Fri Apr 02 2021
4

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

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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

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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Wed Apr 28 2021
4

Really good, so many big hits

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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

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

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Fri Apr 23 2021
4

good tunes

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Tue May 04 2021
4

Rock sesentero. Un megahit.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

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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Tue Mar 23 2021
4

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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Wed Mar 24 2021
4

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

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

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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Tue Feb 02 2021
4

Classic psychedelic album. Beautiful songs, gorgeous harmonies fantastic vibe

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Fri Apr 23 2021
4

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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Mon May 24 2021
4

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

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Sat Jun 26 2021
4

Verrassend, juist de nummers die ik nog niet kende.

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Sat Jun 26 2021
4

Kende er meer van ik dacht, erg cool!

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Thu Apr 08 2021
4

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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Thu Jan 28 2021
4

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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Thu Jan 28 2021
4

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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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

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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Sat Feb 13 2021
4

Great psychedelic album that I will revisit again.

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Tue Jun 15 2021
4

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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Tue Jun 15 2021
4

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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Thu Mar 04 2021
4

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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Fri May 07 2021
4

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

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Fri Jun 11 2021
4

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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Tue Apr 20 2021
4

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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Fri Apr 23 2021
4

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

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Thu Jul 01 2021
4

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

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Sun Apr 04 2021
4

Ju betaaa fajiiiiiiiiind <3

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Sun Apr 04 2021
4

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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Thu May 06 2021
4

Girlfriend can sing.

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Mon Jul 05 2021
4

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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Wed May 12 2021
4

Early, essential psychedelic rock. Zappa vibes pretty good

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Fri May 28 2021
4

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

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Thu May 06 2021
4

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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Sun May 09 2021
4

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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Sun May 09 2021
4

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

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Fri May 07 2021
4

enjoyable hippie rock

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Mon May 31 2021
4

Actually really good, old hippie music

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Sat Jul 17 2021
4

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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Wed Jun 23 2021
4

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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Fri Jul 16 2021
4

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

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Thu Aug 05 2021
4

I actually enjoyed this, although it was brief

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Wed Aug 11 2021
4

Good stuff. Made better by Luke’s research.

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Fri Sep 10 2021
4

Really enjoyed it

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Wed Sep 22 2021
4

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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Thu Sep 30 2021
4

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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Thu Sep 30 2021
4

A good un love the twists and turns!

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Thu Sep 30 2021
4

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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Thu Sep 30 2021
4

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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Sun Oct 03 2021
4

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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Sun Oct 03 2021
4

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

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Wed Oct 06 2021
4

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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Wed Oct 13 2021
4

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

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Mon Oct 18 2021
4

Good listen

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Fri Oct 22 2021
4

Peak psych rock

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Fri Oct 22 2021
4

Wild ride

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Mon Nov 01 2021
4

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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Wed Nov 10 2021
4

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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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

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

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Sat Nov 13 2021
4

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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Tue Nov 16 2021
4

Would listen again

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Wed Nov 17 2021
4

Relisten? Yes

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Thu Nov 18 2021
4

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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Fri Nov 19 2021
4

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

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Fri Nov 19 2021
4

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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Mon Nov 22 2021
4

Meh

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Tue Nov 30 2021
4

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

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Thu Nov 18 2021
4

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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Fri Dec 10 2021
4

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

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Sat Dec 11 2021
4

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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Sat Dec 18 2021
4

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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Tue Dec 21 2021
4

Мило

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Thu Dec 23 2021
4

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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Tue Dec 28 2021
4

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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Fri Dec 31 2021
4

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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Fri Jan 07 2022
4

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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Sat Jan 08 2022
4

Great 60s American Psychedelic Rock record.

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Sun Jan 16 2022
4

I like the acoustic guitar in Embryonic Journey.

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Mon Jan 17 2022
4

bop after bop

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Fri Jan 21 2022
4

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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Mon Jan 24 2022
4

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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Sat Jan 29 2022
4

Fantastic vibes.

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Sun Jan 30 2022
4

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

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Mon Jan 31 2022
4

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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Thu Feb 03 2022
4

Psychedelic rock best rock

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Thu Feb 10 2022
4

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

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Sun Feb 13 2022
4

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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Tue Mar 01 2022
4

Psychy

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Sun Apr 03 2022
4

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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Mon Apr 04 2022
4

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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Sat Apr 16 2022
4

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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Tue Apr 19 2022
4

Add a star for Somebody to Love...

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Thu Apr 21 2022
4

Grace Slick singing: 5 stars Boring Guy singing: 3 stars Overall: 4 stars

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Sat Apr 23 2022
4

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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Sat Apr 23 2022
4

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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Tue Apr 26 2022
4

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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Thu Apr 28 2022
4

Liked all the songs and will listen again

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Mon May 02 2022
4

first listen a great 60s folk ride

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Sun May 08 2022
4

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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Mon May 09 2022
4

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

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Mon May 09 2022
4

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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Wed May 11 2022
4

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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Thu May 12 2022
4

- 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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Wed Jun 08 2022
4

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.

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Thu Jul 07 2022
4

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

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Thu Jul 07 2022
4

Wonderful stuff - so much better than I expected. How have I gone 50 years without knowing this was there?

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