PsychedelicShark : Jorma Kaukonen, lead guitarist, apparently came up with the band’s name, due to his interest in the arcane names chosen by old blues singers. In 1967 this was a hip album to have in your collection but it sounds slightly dated now. The mystery to UK pop fans was that White Rabbit was missing from the UK release of the album.
Thank you RCA, I’m sure you had your reasons!
It is a folky, dreamy record. Apart from the ‘anti drug’ White Rabbit, and caustic social comment from Balin on 3/5ths of a Mile in 10 Seconds and Plastic Fantastic Lover, the songs are romantic ballads. What has to be asserted, though, is how far the band had come on from earlier efforts. The earlier 'Takes Off' album showed the charming Signe Toly Anderson, not quite up to Slick's brilliance, and the Great Society live album demonstrated the roots of Indian psychedelia meets pop and folk.
'Pillow,' though, is much better produced. Slick, Balin and Kantner weave mellow harmonies. Jorma plays a fine acoustic solo on ‘Embryonic Journey’ and powerful, understated lead on everything else.
This is an album to get into over repeated listenings. It isn’t an in-your-face psychedelic freak out, but the melodies, voices, harmonies and sheer gentleness will get to you in the end.
01 - She Has Funny Cars 3:11
02 - Somebody To Love 2:58
03 - My Best Friend 3:01
04 - Today 2:59
05 - Comin' Back To Me 5:18
06 - 3/5 Of A Mile In 10 Seconds 3:42
07 - D.C.B.A. - 25 2:37
08 - How Do You Feel? 3:31
09 - Embryonic Journey 1:54
10 - White Rabbit 2:31
11 - Plastic Fantastic Lover 2:38
12 - In The Morning 6:22
13 - J.P.P.McStep B. Blues 2:38
14 - Go To Her [Version Two] 4:03
15 - Come Back Baby 2:57
16 - Somebody To Love [Mono Single Version] 2:59
17 - White Rabbit [Mono Single Version] 5:21
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