Wednesday, February 25, 2015

As Surrealistic as a Pillow

Jefferson Airplane
Surrealistic Pillow
RCA Victor, 1967
produced by Rick Jarrard

Marty Balin - vocals, guitar
Grace Slick - vocals, piano, organ
Paul Kantner - rhythm guitar, vocals
Jorma Kaukonen - lead guitar, vocals
Jack Cassidy - bass, rhythm guitar
Spencer Dryden - drums
Jerry Garcia - guitar

singles - 
  • Somebody to Love/ She has Funny Cars
  • White Rabbit/ Plastic Fantastic Lover
In 1967, The Jefferson Airplane replaced their original drummer and female singer with Spencer Dryden and the iconic Grace Slick. Grace Slick had been part of her first husband's group the Great Society. When she joined the Airplane, she brought two songs from her former group, both would become hit singles for her new band.

Jerry Garcia, of the Grateful Dead, is known to have been involved heavily on this record, although his actual involvement is debated by band members and producers. Depending on who you ask, Garcia's participation varies from absolutely nothing, to playing on several tracks, producing most of the album, and even rewriting a few songs. He is credited on the record as "spiritual advisor", and it's been said he named the album too, by stating the record was "as surrealistic as a pillow".

The Rolling Stone listed Surrealistic Pillow #146 out of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

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