Surrealistic Pillow — Jefferson Airplane

BY DI STAFF | MARCH 01, 2012 6:30 AM

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Surrealistic Pillow is Jefferson Airplane's second studio album, and this week's Tracks from the Past.

The album is just under 35 minutes long and falls into a few genres: folk rock, psychedelic rock, and acid rock (likely because of the burning guitar riffs).

Surrealistic Pillow was released in February 1967. And at the time, fusing folk rock with psychedelic rock was revolutionary. Jefferson Airplane's work was in line with musical developments pioneered by Bob Dylan, the Beatles, and the Yardbirds.

The album was successful upon release; it peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard album chart and garnered acclaim from music critics. It has five stars out of five from allmusic and is ranked at No. 146 of Surrealistic Pillow's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

Jefferson Airplane released two singles from the album in 1967, "Somebody to Love" and "White Rabbit," which peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at No. 5 and No. 8, respectively. But one song that should not go unnoticed is the album's opening track "She Has Funny Cars."

Jefferson Airplane disbanded in 1974 but spawned spinoff bands, including Hot Tuna, which will play at the Englert Theatre, 221 E. Washington St., on March 8.

— by Jordan Montgomery

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