Pioneers of psychedelic rock, formed in 1965, and – naturally – from California, Airplane’s most iconic line-up included Grace Slick and Paul Kantner before splits took place and Jefferson Starship and Hot Tuna emerged as two different bands. Airplane’s break-out album from 1967 was “Surrealistic Pillow” from which this instrumental track emerged. Not much doubt that “White Rabbit” is regarded as the seminal track however; a hymn to the wacky, weird and wonderful available when dropping acid.
The guitar on this track is a sublime and melodic tour de force, played in fact by band member and bass guitarist Jorma Kaukonen. I remember hearing it for the first time and thinking that it made the album complete for me.
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About the Curator: Richard Parsons
I grew up listening to music from the late 60’s onwards. Pirate pop radio; swapping LP’s with friends; exploring genres; daydreaming over the latest woofer and tweeter.
In reality I spent thirty years imparting imperfect knowledge of English literature and drama to young minds in school. Regrets? No. I loved teaching; loved the interaction with the pupils, and made lifelong friends as a result. And what better way to keep up to date with music? I always played stuff in my lessons, and as a result, I’d be bombarded with suggestions from my flock! “Sir! Have you heard…?”