Jefferson Airplane Surrealistic Pillow Numbered Limited Edition 45rpm 180g 2LP
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Numbered Limited Edition! 180g 45RPM 2LP Set from Mobile Fidelity and Pressed at RTI!
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"For parents tuning into Top 40 radio in the 60s, hits like "White Rabbit" and "Somebody to Love" probably confirmed their worst fears. The band was the Jefferson Airplane from San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district-the counterculture's ground zero. The 1967 blockbuster release harboring these hits was Surrealistic Pillow, whose 11 tracks were in reality less trippy psychedelia and more a fusion of rock and folk, with harmonies echoing the Byrds, the Yardbirds, or The Mamas and the Papas. It was the Airplane's second release and crucially the first with added power-vocalist Grace Slick and drummer Spencer Dryden, who joined singer Marty Balin, singer/guitarist Paul Kantner, guitarist Jorma Kaukonen, and bassist Jack Casady. MoFi's 45rpm double LP is a beautifully packaged gatefold. Sides are short but surfaces are quiet, the sound vintage analog. But what makes this remastering significant is the use of the monaural mix. Much less reverb was applied compared to the stereo originals, giving each track a stunning clarity and detail and intimacy-and a far heavier, more cohesive energy that places the spotlight on the musicianship and enlivens classic tracks like "Today" and "Plastic Fantastic Lover." If you've only known the stereo version, you're in for a real treat." - Neil Gader, The Absolute Sound, October 2016, 5/5 Music, 5/5 Sonics
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 analog reissue honors this legacy with an edition that
presents the groundbreaking music with incredible realism.
Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed at RTI, Mobile Fidelity's
180g 45RPM mono 2LP set 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 wider, deeper grooves for better information retrieval and superior
pacing, this deluxe set 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.
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.
• Numbered Limited Edition
• 180g Vinyl
• 45RPM Double LP
• Pressed at RTI
• Mastered from original tapes
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