The second album by Jefferson Airplane, Surrealistic Pillow was a groundbreaking piece of folk-rock-based psychedelia, and it hit like a shot heard round the world; where the later efforts from bands like the Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and especially, the Charlatans, were initially not too much more than cult successes, Surrealistic Pillow rode the pop charts for most of 1967, soaring into that rarefied Top Five region occupied by the likes of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and so on, to which few American rock acts apart from the Byrds had been able to lay claim since 1964. And decades later the album still comes…/quote]
Controversial at the time, delayed because of fights with the record company over lyrical content and the original title (Volunteers of America), Volunteers was a powerful release that neatly closed out and wrapped up the '60s. Here, the Jefferson Airplane presents itself in full revolutionary rhetoric, issuing a call to "tear down the walls" and "get it on together." "We Can Be Together" and "Volunteers" bookend the album, offering musical variations on the same chord progression and lyrical variations on the same theme. Between these politically charged rock anthems, the band offers a mix of words and music that reflect the competing ideals…
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection.
Along with The Grateful Dead and Quicksilver Messenger Service, Jefferson Airplane were one of the leading San Francisco bands trying to forge a unique sound and an individual personality out of their music - by the Airplane's 1971 album 'Bark', we can see the band going through the motions, drug problems and various personel changes playing a main part of this. 'BARK' happens to be a quite eclectic run of songs - being stoned doesn't neccesarily mean a sure-fire sure direction of where to go………(though many have tried……………).