Label: RCA Victor - AYL1-3738 • Series: Best Buy Series • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Reissue • Country: US • Genre: Rock • Style: Folk Rock, Psychedelic Rock
It is the first album by the band with vocalist Grace Slick and drummer Spencer Dryden. Original drummer Alexander "Skip" Spence had left the band in mid He was soon replaced by Dryden, an experienced Los Angeles jazz drummer and the half-nephew of Charlie Chaplin. New female vocalist Slick, formerly with another San Francisco rock band the Great Societyjoined the Airplane in the fall of Slick, Dryden, male lead vocalist Marty BalinMy Best Friend - Jefferson Airplane - Surrealistic Pillow Paul Kantnerlead guitarist and occasional vocalist Jorma Kaukonenand bassist Jack Casady formed the core of the best-known line-up of the group, which remained stable until Dryden's departure in early Inthe album was ranked number on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the " Greatest Albums of All Time ",  maintaining the rating in a revised list.
In January"Somebody to Love" received a gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America, while "White Rabbit" received a platinum certification. Surrealistic Pillow was the first blockbuster psychedelic album by a band from San Francisco, announcing Mafe Karo - Various - Bollywood Steel Guitar the world the active bohemian scene that had developed there starting with The Beats during the s, extending and changing through the s into the Haight-Ashbury counterculture.
Subsequent exposure generated by the Airplane and others wrought great My Best Friend - Jefferson Airplane - Surrealistic Pillow to that counterculture, and by the ensuing national media attention had precipitated a very different San Francisco scene than had existed in San Francisco photographer Herb Greene photographed the band for the album's cover art. Some controversy exists as to the role of Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia in the making of the album.
His reputed presence on several tracks is denied by producer Rick Jarrard,  but he is credited on the RCA label copy  and received credits on the Flight Log compilation  and the Jefferson Airplane Loves You box set.
Garcia himself recalled in a mid interview that he played the high lead on "Today" in addition to playing guitar on two other songs "Plastic Fantastic Lover" and "Comin' Back to Me" and rearranging "Somebody to Love. McStep B. More recently, in his biography, he says, "I used to think about him as co-producer, but now that I really know what a producer is, the producer of that record was Rick Jarrard. Jerry was a combination arranger, musician, and sage counsel.
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 chart and are the band's only Top 40 hits on that chart. The stereo mixes include heavier use of reverberation effects than the mono. The mono version was deleted in the late s My Best Friend - Jefferson Airplane - Surrealistic Pillow remained unavailable until A re-issue by RCA was released as a limited edition gold CD and contained both the stereo and mono recordings.
Both mixes were later included as part of the Ignition box set on a standard aluminum CD. Another stereo reissue appeared on August 19,with six bonus tracks, including the mono A-sides of "Somebody to Love" and "White Rabbit". The reissue was produced by Bob Irwin. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Jefferson Airplane.
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