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Surrealistic Pillow

Jefferson AirplaneAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)

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Jefferson Airplane was the first of the San Francisco psychedelic rock groups of the 1960s to achieve national recognition. Although the Grateful Dead ultimately proved more long-lived and popular, Jefferson Airplane defined the San Francisco sound in the 1960s, with the acid rock guitar playing of Jorma Kaukonen and the soaring twin vocals of Grace Slick and Marty Balin, scoring hit singles ... Read more in Amazon's Jefferson Airplane Store

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000002W5J
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,549 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. She Has Funny Cars
2. Somebody To Love
3. My Best Friend
4. Today
5. Comin' Back To Me
6. 3/5 Of A Mile In 10 Seconds
7. D.C.B.A.-25
8. How Do You Feel
9. Embryonic Journey
10. White Rabbit
11. Plastic Fantastic Lover

Editorial Reviews

When she joined the Jefferson Airplane in 1966 as replacement for original vocalist Signe Anderson, Grace Slick brought with her two songs she'd performed in her previous band, the Great Society: "Somebody to Love" and "White Rabbit." Featured on this classic 1967 album, they became Top 10 hits, and helped establish both the San Francisco and the emerging counterculture they celebrated. With Jorma Kaukonen's sinewy guitar, Jack Casady's probing bass, and Spencer Dryden's inventive drumming swirling around Slick and co-vocalists Marty Balin and Paul Kantner on songs like "She Has Funny Cars" and "3/5 of a Mile in 10 Seconds," Surrealistic Pillow virtually defined the communal spirit of Summer of Love hippiedom. --Billy Altman

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Jefferson Airplane ~ Surrealistic Pillow

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257 of 267 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surrealistic critques from tripped out reviewers... December 26, 2003
By J. Wade
Format:Audio CD
This latest CD incarnation of Jefferson Airplane's second album, Surrealistic Pillow, is the third U.S. version to be issued by RCA/BMG. I have owned all three versions. The first CD version was in the mid-80's when CD technology was in its infancy. Many of us were abused by the major labels as they exploited us by charging premium prices for CDs of classic albums mastered from very bad (as in worn out) LP masters that were never intended nor engineered for the dynamic range capability of the compact disc. At any rate, all of the criticism about the first version is valid. It is easily identified because it has shoddy packaging as well and the old Airplane label moniker, GRUNT. The second version wasn't issued as an individual CD until 2001. It was significantly improved and included liner notes from Jefferson Airplane/Starship historian Jeff Tamarkin. The "audio restoration" for that one was done by BMG engineer, Bill Lacey. This CD was originally part of a four disc boxed set, and it included both mono and stereo versions of the album. Interestingly, the credits list two different engineers for the digital transfers of each version (stereo by Eddie Tallia and mono by Mike Hatry).
The third and most recent reissue of Surrealistic Pillow is part of BMG's Heritage series which is supposed to be as close as they are going to get to mimicking the fine reissue works of competing labels like Rhino (WEA), Hip-O (Universal), and Legacy (Sony). In fact, BMG Heritage contracted with independent engineer, Bob Irwin, to do the latest Jefferson Airplane remasters (also includes - Takes Off, After Bathing At Baxters, and Crown of Creation). Bob Irwin's past remastering credentials includes the fabulous Legacy reissues of The Byrds classic catalogue.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Only If You Need The Bonus Tracks August 31, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
All the accolades afforded this album over the years are well justified--and if you're reading this, I'm sure you've heard (and likely experienced for yourself) them all. This is truly one of the greatest albums not only of the Sixties & the folk-rock/psychedelic era, but of the entire pop music era period! That said, I'm afraid we've yet to see the ultimate cd issue of this masterpiece--though this latest one offers the added attraction of four songs not on the original LP, three of which were cut during the "Pillow" sessions. Airplane aficianados are well familiar with all these tracks (scattered through various compilations over time), but in fact, the extra tracks are really the only reason to purchase this edition of the album, if you don't already own one of the more recent issues. The real killer in the bonus bunch is "Go To Her," a showcase for Marty Balin's soulful wail, and a song more than deserving of inclusion on the original album. You'll also hear Jorma Kaukonen step out front on an original blues "in The Morning," as well as on an excellent reading of Lightning Hopkins' "Come Back Baby," the latter actually recorded a few weeks after the album came out. Further, there's an unlisted bonus cut at the end, an instrumental run-through of "B.C.D.A. -25," on which Paul Kantner's 12-string rhythm playing takes the spotlight.
All that said, I want to caution you: If you're looking for an improved-quality recording of this album over the gold disk, the 1996 issue or the 2001 issue, you ain't gonna get it here! That's not to say it doesn't sound good, rather to say it's not been improved upon.
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So What About the Sound Quality? February 5, 2002
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
We all know that Surrealistic Pillow is a landmark album. The question is where can I find a decent sounding CD of this essential album? We suffered for more than ten years with the first generation CD - a notoriously bad CD plagued by hiss and crummy mastering. No surprise, RCA showed the same disregard for the Elvis CDs for years until his estate finally stepped in and said enough is enough - suddenly the original masters started showing up and now remastered Elvis sounds great. Will the same good fortune happen to Surrealistic Pillow? Well, there was the expensive Gold disc a few years ago. It sounded better, and even included the mono along with the stereo mixes (22 tracks), but virtually anything would have been an improvement! The problem was that the Gold disc lacked any depth whatsoever, it sounded very flat - and on top of that it had an edgy, harsh treble quality whenever the music got louder. Oh, well... Then a box set came out that included a slightly less harsh sounding Surrealistic Pillow that also had both stereo and mono versions. But again, the basic problems remained - a one-dimensional soundstage, a still too-harsh high-end, and muddied vocals, not to mention that, like the Gold disc, it was going to cost you some major bucks to buy the whole box to get this one disc. And remember, throughout this whole time RCA had continued to mass produce that first generation CD without remastering it - forcing you to either buy the Gold disc or the box to get better sound. Are you starting to get the picture here? Frustrating! Anyway, FINALLY last year (2001) a new single CD was issued domestically and it turns out to be exactly the same as the remastered one in the box set (includes both stereo and mono tracks). Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Grace Slick Plays Her Pipes Like a True Musician
Everybody has their opinion about Surrealistic Pillow and the merits of the various releases. In solely reviewing based on the music contained within and not how it was... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Happy Camper
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!
A classic. If you bought this CD, you knew what you were getting, you wanted to remember & perhaps to sing along or hum along to, & just let the music take you wherever you wanted... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Jane E. O'Connor
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
from my hippie days---still love it
Published 25 days ago by Lone Wolf
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I'm back in the 60's.
Published 25 days ago by Wayne Lundell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Groovy!!!....Far Out!!!!!.....Out of Sight!!!!!
Published 1 month ago by John M. Levy
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Nice first album. Changed the way I heard music.
Published 1 month ago by S. Fox
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Kat
5.0 out of 5 stars Jefferson Airplane Surrelistic Pillow
This is one of the airplanes finest recordings, though I read the first pressings of this cd were not as good as the original LP. Read more
Published 2 months ago by paul levine
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a decent print and the content is gorgeousness of the era
I'll save my review of the band later, for the quality of the CD? It plays on my player loud without skipping! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Way Out in the dingle tulys
5.0 out of 5 stars Head music
A trip to the sixties! It a good feeling to have CD formats of an LP you have had for years. Grace was the reason I bought a recorder.
Published 5 months ago by rick
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No, it's not just yours--I had the same problem. I ordered a new copy from Amazon, and the first page of liners are for "Surrealistic Pillow", but then starting at the second page, it bafflingly switches to the liner notes for "Volunteers". The song titles/ writing credits,... Read More
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