Surrealistic Pillow [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Until the release of this disc in the summer of 2003, the CD history of Surrealistic Pillow had been a study in confusion and frustration. The original 1980s CD was an abomination, the mid-'90s high-priced audiophile version an improvement offering both the stereo and mono mixes of the album, the 2000 European reissue a slight improvement over that, and the 2001 remastering a sharper and louder version of the stereo/mono mixes. And then came this 2003 remastering, which skips the mono mixed version of the album but offers superior fidelity on the stereo mix, with better balance and a more solid center especially for the voices between the two stereo channels than any prior ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Until the release of this disc in the summer of 2003, the CD history of Surrealistic Pillow had been a study in confusion and frustration. The original 1980s CD was an abomination, the mid-'90s high-priced audiophile version an improvement offering both the stereo and mono mixes of the album, the 2000 European reissue a slight improvement over that, and the 2001 remastering a sharper and louder version of the stereo/mono mixes. And then came this 2003 remastering, which skips the mono mixed version of the album but offers superior fidelity on the stereo mix, with better balance and a more solid center especially for the voices between the two stereo channels than any prior version. It's still not perfect, betraying some slight distortion, but it hits this listener as at least the equal of the 2001 version, with the added bonus of a quartet of chronologically related single sides: the superb Jorma Kaukonen-authored slow blues "In the Morning" worth the price of the new disc, featuring John Hammond, allegedly Jerry Garcia, and future Steppenwolf keyboard wizard Goldy McJohn; founding member Skip Spence's more folky and spirited "J.P.P. McStep B. Blues" which would have been a great B-side, but lay in the vaults until 1974's Early Flight; the slashing, guitar-driven rocker "Go to Her" in its harder, more developed second version -- the Paul Kantner co-authored song had been in the band's repertoire from the beginning, and gets its more powerful of two treatments here, with a killer solo verse by Grace Slick and great ensemble singing; and Kaukonen's searing psychedelic rearrangement of Lightnin' Hopkins' "Come Back Baby," a late-winter 1967 track sandwiched midway between this album and the sessions for After Bathing at Baxter's. Also included are the mono single mixes of "Somebody to Love" and "White Rabbit," which aren't all that special, though they are different from the stereo album mixes. There is also a hidden bonus track appended, after an extended pause, to the latter song -- an instrumental track to Paul Kantner's "D.C.B.A. - 25," included for no apparent reason except to throw listeners a bone from the original multi-track studio tapes. The overall effect is to make Kaukonen stand out a bit more in center stage and, coupled with the very thorough annotation, makes the 2003 version an absolutely essential acquisition.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/19/2003
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 828765035125
  • Catalog Number: 50351
  • Sales rank: 593

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 She Has Funny Cars (3:10)
  2. 2 Somebody to Love (2:58)
  3. 3 My Best Friend (3:01)
  4. 4 Today (2:59)
  5. 5 Comin' Back to Me (5:18)
  6. 6 3/5 of a Mile in 10 Seconds (3:41)
  7. 7 D.C.B.A. -25 (2:37)
  8. 8 How Do You Feel (3:31)
  9. 9 Embryonic Journey (1:53)
  10. 10 White Rabbit (2:30)
  11. 11 Plastic Fantastic Lover (2:37)
  12. 12 In the Morning (6:21)
  13. 13 J.P.P. McStep B. Blues (2:37)
  14. 14 Go to Her (4:02)
  15. 15 Come Back Baby (2:56)
  16. 16 Somebody to Love (2:58)
  17. 17 White Rabbit (5:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jefferson Airplane Primary Artist
Spencer Dryden Percussion
Marty Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Floyd Dixon Composer
Marty Balin Composer
Jerry Garcia Spiritual Advisor
Jorma Kaukonen Arranger, Composer
Grace Slick Composer
Skip Spence Composer
Paul Kantner Composer
David Hassinger Engineer
Elmore James Composer
Rick Jarrard Producer
Matthew Katz Producer
Darby Slick Composer
Bill Thompson Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Tommy Oliver Producer
Bob Irwin Reissue Producer, Mastering
The Clarks Composer
Rob Santos Executive Producer
Jeff Tamarkin Liner Notes
Irving Estes Composer
Traditional Composer
Alex Spence Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    mushrooms, etc.

    sure it's a classic, but I got this for nostalgia. I crank up "Somebody to Love" and I'm 18 in San Francisco again.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A surrealistic classic

    This is one of the legendary albums of 1967 and a true classic in Rock history. One that ought to be part on any Rock fans collection. When Grace Slick left The Great Society she brought along two songs that became mega hits for The Jefferson Airplane: "Somebody to Love" and "White Rabbit".

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    One of the Best Psychedelic Album of all time

    The essential Album to someone thats starting to hear Psychedelic rock. With top tracks Somebody to Love & White Rabbit who managed to enter top 10 Billboard Pop Singles. The album rightly attracts for being the principal album of Jefferson Airplane and was played in Many huge festivals including: Woodstock 69, Monterrey Pop Festival & Filmore East Festival. Other good studio album by the band is Crown of Creation wich doesnt even get close of Surrealistic Pillow.
    Thank You.

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