Thursday 11/18/21 1am ET: Feature LP: Jefferson Airplane – Surrealistic Pillow (1967)

Surrealistic Pillow is the second album by the American rock band Jefferson Airplane, released by RCA Victor on February 1, 1967. It is the first album by the band with vocalist Grace Slick and drummer Spencer Dryden. The album peaked at number three on the Billboard album chart and has been certified Platinum by the RIAA. The album is considered to be one of the quintessential works of the early psychedelic rock and 1960s counterculture eras.

“My Best Friend” was released as the first single in January 1967, but reached only #103 on the Billboard Bubbling Under chart. Two singles were released later in the year, “Somebody to Love” and “White Rabbit”, peaked respectively at number five and number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and are the band’s only Top 40 hits on that chart.

“Today” was not released as a single but was played often on college radio and rock stations and remains one of their most popular songs. It was also recorded by jazz saxophonist Tom Scott for his 1967 album The Honeysuckle Breeze; this version was sampled in the song “They Reminisce Over You” by Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth.

“She Has Funny Cars” – 3:14
“Somebody to Love” – 3:00
“My Best Friend” – 3:04
“Today” – 3:03
“Comin’ Back to Me” – 5:23
“3/5 of a Mile in 10 Seconds” – 3:45
“D.C.B.A.–25” – 2:39
“How Do You Feel” – 3:34
“Embryonic Journey” – 1:55
“White Rabbit” – 2:32
“Plastic Fantastic Lover” – 2:39

Marty Balin – vocals, guitar, album design, lead vocals on “Today”, “Comin’ Back to Me” and “Plastic Fantastic Lover”, co-lead vocals on “She Has Funny Cars”, “My Best Friend” and “Go to Her”
Jack Casady – bass guitar, fuzz bass, rhythm guitar
Spencer Dryden – drums, percussion
Paul Kantner – rhythm guitar, vocals, lead vocals on “How Do You Feel”, co-lead vocals on “My Best Friend”, “D. C. B. A.-25” and “Go to Her”
Jorma Kaukonen – lead guitar, lead vocals on “Come Back Baby” and “In the Morning”
Grace Slick – vocals, piano, organ, recorder, lead vocals on “Somebody to Love” and “White Rabbit”, co-lead vocals on “She Has Funny Cars”, “My Best Friend”, “D. C. B. A.-25” and “Go to Her”
Signe Toly Anderson – lead vocals on “Chauffeur Blues” (UK only)
Skip Spence – drums on “Don’t Slip Away”, “Come Up the Years”, and “Chauffeur Blues” (UK only)