One of a handful of albums epitomizing the ‘Summer of Love’, Surrealistic Pillow’s strengths lie in a gorgeous cross-section of folk, blues and acid-rock. Vocalists Grace Slick and Marty Balin interwove over a seamless instrumental section in which Jack Casady (bass) and Jorma Kaukonen (guitar) enjoyed an almost telepathic understanding. The scope of the material is breathtaking, be it science fiction, Lewis Carroll or a succession of haunting, fragile love songs such as the exquisite ‘Today’. Restrained when required, animated at others, but always challenging, the album succeeds through a collective determination. There is nothing remotely weird about this recording, which is why it has lasted so well.
Tracks: She Has Funny Cars; Somebody To Love; My Best Friend; Today; Comin’ Back To Me; 3/5 Mile In 10 Seconds; D.C.B.A-25; How Do You Feel; White Rabbit; Plastic Fantastic Lover; Embryonic Journey....