Jefferson Airplane - Surrealistic Pillow - Review
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critics' view

No other studio record summed up the San Francisco rock aesthetic of the late Sixties better than the Jefferson Airplane’s Surrealistic Pillow. Half-live records like Quicksilver Messenger Service’s Happy Trails and the Grateful Dead’s Anthem of the Sun came close to capturing the city’s ballroom experience on vinyl. But it was Surrealistic Pillow, the Airplane’s second LP, with its artful compound of modal folk minstrelsy and electric acid beat, that spread the Bay Area message of peace, love and dance throughout the land. In Grace Slick’s sirenlike wail on “Somebody to Love” and “White Rabbit,” a generation heard the voice of a new Utopia and raced excitedly to its source. As Airplane singer-guitarist Paul Kantner says fondly, “She was everybody’s dream for one good summer — in fact, for a good many summers after that.”

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