Jefferson Airplane Surrealistic Pillow Numbered Limited Edition Hybrid Mono SACD
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Numbered Limited Edition Hybrid Mono SACD from
Mobile Fidelity! Mastered from Original Master Tapes!
Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Rated
Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs of All Time - "White Rabbit" - Rated 483/500,
"Somebody To Love" - Rated 279/500!
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
album, it went out of print soon after its release, causing prices to soar.
Offering greater information retrieval and superior pacing, this numbered
limited-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 "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.
• Numbered Limited Edition
• Super Audio CD
• SACD Mono SACD Layer
• This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' CD Layer which is playable on most
conventional CD Players!
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• Mastered from Original Master 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