45 RPM Vinyl Record
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• Preowned Vinyl Record
1967 / Black Label / Mono
• Preowned Vinyl Record
2015/ 2LP/ 45rpm/ 180g/ Gatefold
• 180 Gram Vinyl Record
• Hybrid Mono SACD
Numbered Limited Edition
Jefferson Airplane Surrealistic Pillow on numbered, limited edition 180-gram 45 RPM mono 2LP!
1/4" / 15 ips analog mono master to DSD 256 to analog console to lathe
Acid-rock experimentalism and folk-based arrangements yield mysteriousness, darkness, and beauty
Grace Slick's clarion-call singing matches virtuosic playing by band and guest Jerry Garcia
"How good is this reissue? Listen for yourself. Even dumbed down to an MP3 it's an astonishingly good reissue-better than the original mono in my opinion. The tape's rarely been used since the original release so its still fresh. Recommended without reservation!" — Music = 10/11; Sound = 11/11 - Michael Fremer, AnalogPlanet.com. Read the full review here.
They were the best of times for Jefferson Airplane, and the good vibes are heard throughout the band's iconic Surrealistic Pillow. The group's first album with vocalist Grace Slick and drummer Spencer Dryden, the 1967 effort bowed as the first psychedelic-rock breakout from the potent San Francisco scene, climbing to No. 3 and boasting two Top 10 singles.
The effort ranked by Rolling Stone No. 146 on its 500 Greatest Albums of All Time eradicated boundaries and opened up creative vistas for a parade of likeminded artists that followed. Allegedly given its name by Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia, who remarked that the music was as surrealistic as a pillow, Jefferson Airplane's sophomore effort remains renowned for its inimitable combination of collective symmetry, concise melodic frameworks, and razor-edged assertiveness.
Grace Slick and Marty Balin duet to enchanting effect on "She Has Funny Cars." Stripped to its bare acoustic foundations, the mellow ballad 0"Comin' Back To Me" shimmers and whispers, a quaint recorder underlining echoing the yearning mood.
Slick's measured deliveries and Alice In Wonderland-inspired lyrics give the bolero-based "White Rabbit" its hallucinogenic power while simultaneously bringing drug references into mainstream culture. The instrumental "Embryonic Journey" hints at the possibilities explored throughout the album and particularly manifested on the gorgeously textured "Today," originally written for Tony Bennett. Inside these 34 minutes, Jefferson Airplane achieves sublime surrealism — and more.
|1. Side 1|
|2. 1. She Has Funny Cars|
|3. 2. Somebody to Love|
|4. 3. My Best Friend|
|6. 4. Today|
|7. 5. Comin' Back to Me|
|9. 6. 3/5 of a Mile In 10 Seconds|
|10. 7. D.C.B.A.-25|
|11. 8. How Do You Feel|
|13. 9. Embryonic Journey|
|14. 10. White Rabbit|
|15. 11. Plastic Fantastic Lover|
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