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1967's Surrealistic Pillow, Jefferson Airplane's sophomore effort and first with vocalist Grace Slick and drummer Spencer Dryden, bowed as the first psychedelic-rock breakout from the potent San Francisco scene, climbing to No. 3 and boasting two Top 10 singles. Bringing the then-unpolluted counterculture to the attention of the mainstream, the LP 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.
Grace's authoritative, clarion-call voice leaps out from the explosive, fractal-pulsating smash "Somebody to Love" like a truthful challenge that cannot be ignored. Similarly, her 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. Surrealistic Pillow helped eradicate boundaries and open up creative vistas for a parade of like-minded artists that followed.
Gatefold colored 180g vinyl pressing from Friday Music, mastered by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios and manufactured at R.T.I. Includes liner notes from founding members Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady.