LP auf SUNDAZED RECORDS von JEFFERSON AIRPLANE - Surrealistic Pillow Not many bands go from an auspicious debut to an even greater second album, but Jefferson Airplane was no ordinary band. Quickly filling the drum position vacated by Skip Spence, they tapped session drummer and jazz specialist Spencer Dryden. For the co-lead vocalist position left open by Signe Anderson´s departure, they looked no further than the Great Society vocalist Grace Slick. Convinced to join Jefferson Airplane by bassist Jack Casady, Slick signed on and the band bought out her contract with the Great Society for $750. With the new lineup complete, they began work on Surrealistic Pillow. In addition to her strong vocal skills and model-ready looks, Grace Slick also brought with her two songs which would be recorded for the new album and would help break the band on an international scale. ´Somebody to Love,´ written by her then brother-in-law Darby Slick, had already been released on a single to little fanfare by the Great Society, from a session produced by Sylvester ´Sly Stone´ Stewart. ´White Rabbit,´ an interpretation of Lewis Carroll´s ´Alice in Wonderland,´ was Grace´s own composition. And boy, if RCA was nervous over lyrics on the band´s first album, they must´ve been positively apoplectic when they heard ´White Rabbit´! (For more, see the entry for Jefferson Airplane Takes Off.) Nevertheless, the song was released as a single, peaking at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100. The other Slick-associated song, ´Somebody to Love,´ fared even better, reaching #5. Sales of these two chart-topping singles not only drove Surrealistic Pillow sales through the roof, they also tipped the balance of power away from band founder Marty Balin to Slick. It was a one-two punch from which Balin never fully recovered. The album´s heady mix of folk rock and psychedelia had a much harder edge than the band´s debut. Guitarist Jorma Kaukonen´s stinging leads and Slick´s tough, assured vocals marked a major move forward. Lead track ´She Has Funny Cars´ updated the Bo Diddley beat for a new generation while album closer ´Plastic Fantastic Lover´ is a multi-color swirl, driven by Kaukonen and Casady´s swooping bass lines. In between, the album´s quality control never lags. With all but two selections written by the band, it is also a stellar showcase of their songwriting abilities that, as previously noted, had been significantly strengthened by Slick´s arrival. Initially released in mono and stereo versions, the mono edition quickly went out of print due to the period´s preference for stereo. Collectors fortunate enough to obtain a mono copy noted that the mix was much more powerful and clearer than the stereo mix, with much less echo and reverb. Consequently, the mono version became a much-desired collectable. After a decades long absence, Sundazed makes the prized mono version of Surrealistic Pillow available again. Mastered from the original analog RCA session tapes and packaged in a vibrant recreation of the LP jacket artwork, this seminal album awaits its debut on your turntable!m
Jefferson Airplane - Surrealistic Pillow
(2003/BMG HERITAGE) 17 tracks
Vinyl LP / Interpret: Jefferson Airplane
LP auf Sundazed Records von Jefferson Airplane - Surrealistic PillowNot many bands go from an auspicious debut to an even greater second album, but Jefferson Airplane was no ordinary band. Quickly filling the drum position vacated by Skip Spence, they tap
(2014/Music On Vinyl) 28 Tracks. Limitierte Edition, nummeriert, 2x180g farbiges Vinyl, zwei farbige Beileger. Der Soundtrack zur Dramakomödie ´St. Vincent´ (u. a. mit Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy und Naomi Watts) ist eine unwiderstehliche Zusammenstellung von Evergreens und neuen Hits und beinhaltet unter anderem Songs von Bob Dylan, The National oder Jefferson Airplane. Dieses Release ist ein ganz besonders interessantes Paket: Neben den Songs zum Film gibt es dazu die original Score von Theodore Shapiro auf einer zweiten LP. Der Soundtrack umfasst dabei Klassiker aus den 60ern und 70ern, wie z. B. ´Shelter From The Storm´ aus dem Album ´Blood On The Tracks´ von Bob Dylan. Tweedy bietet zwei Tracks an: den Funksong ´Everybody Hides´, sowie die relaxtere Nummer ´Why, Why, Why´. Dazwischen kommt mit ´Somebody To Love´ von Jefferson Airplane ein straighter Track dazu. Der Song war der erste und größte Hit der Band und stammt aus dem Album ´Surrealistic Pillow´ aus dem Jahr 1967.