Jefferson Airplane Surrealistic Pillow on Numbered Edition Hybrid SACD from Mobile Fidelity
Jefferson Airplane's 1967 Psychedelic Breakthrough First Record to
Put Countercultural San Francisco Scene on Mainstream Music Map:
Includes Top 10 Hits "Someone to Love" and "White Rabbit"
Mobile Fidelity Hybrid SACD Places "Surrealism" Back Into Kaleidoscopic Surrealistic Pillow Via Revealing Mono Sound: Phenomenal Clarity, Balance, Tonality, Detail, and Separation
Acid-Rock Experimentalism and Folk-Based Arrangements Yield
Mysteriousness, Darkness, and Beauty: Grace Slick's Clarion-Call Singing
Matches Virtuosic Playing of Band Members and Guest Jerry Garcia
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 #3 and boasting two Top 10 singles. By bringing the
then-unpolluted counterculture to the attention of the mainstream, the
effort ranked by Rolling Stone #146 on its 500 Greatest Albums of All Time eradicated boundaries and opened up creative vistas for a parade of likeminded artists that followed. Mobile
Fidelity's SACD reissue honors this legacy with an edition that
presents the groundbreaking music with incredible realism.
Mastered from the original master tapes, this hybrid SACD grants Surrealistic Pillow audiophile-grade sound remarkable for its sense of balance, clarity, and tonality.
While fans have always preferred the original mono version of the LP,
it went out of print soon after its release, causing prices to soar.
Offering greater information retrieval and
superior pacing, this numbered-edition disc gives listeners the chance to enjoy Jefferson Airplane's
blockbuster set in faithful-to-the-original mono without having to pay a
premium. Along with immersive detail and dynamics, the level of
instrumental and vocal separation allows the sensory-altering songs'
complexities to emerge with full-bloom color and renewed perspective. Mobile Fidelity puts the surrealism back into Surrealistic Pillow.
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. Reflecting the atmosphere of the period, the sextet spread the songwriting duties among all the members. Slick and Marty Balin share lead vocal duties. Jorma Kaukonen and Paul Kantner come into their own as guitarists. The family affair even extended to Garcia,
who plays on several tracks and by nearly all accounts, served as the
record's arranger and spiritual guide. Never again would the Airplane convey so much in such a straightforward fashion.
Surrealistic Pillow folds acid-rock experimentalism into
folk-derived constructs with a blend of mysteriousness, assuredness,
darkness, beauty, and romanticism that mirrored the very traits Slick
possessed. Her authoritative, clarion-call voice leaps out from the
explosive, fractal-pulsating smash "Somebody to Love" like a truthful
challenge that cannot be ignored. Similarly, 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.
Of course, the former model's two songs don't define Surrealistic Pillow – they merely reflect its kaleidoscopic brilliance. Slick and 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.
Similarly quixotic, 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.
Secure your numbered copy of this masterwork on SACD from Music Direct today.
Jefferson Airplane Surrealistic Pillow Track Listing:
1. She Has Funny Cars
2. Somebody to Love
3. My Best Friend
5. Comin' Back to Me
6. 3/5 of a Mile In 10 Seconds
8. How Do You Feel
9. Embryonic Journey
10. White Rabbit
11. Plastic Fantastic Lover