Jefferson Airplane | Artist
Jefferson Airplane was a psychedelic rock band formed 1965 in San Francisco, California by Marty Balin (vocals), Paul Kantner (guitar, vocals), Signe Anderson (vocals), Jack Casady (bass), Jorma Kaukonen (guitar, vocals) and Alexander "Skip" Spence (drums). Spencer Dryden (drums) replaced Spence, and Grace Slick (vocals) replaced Anderson after the release of the band's folk-influenced debut album Jefferson Airplane Takes Off. Grace Slick was previously singer for psych-folk outfit The Great Society who had a big hit with "Someone to Love" which featured Slick's powerful vocals. By the release of their second classic album Surrealistic Pillow, Jefferson Airplane became the first of the Bay Area bands to achieve success and they became one of the pioneering bands of the first Psych rock era, well illustrated by their famous performance at the Monterey Pop Festival in June 1967. Over their nine year career the band released eight studio albums, plus one lack-lustre reunion album in 1989. Surrealistic Pillow, After Bathing at Baxter's, Crown of Creation and Volunteers are all classic albums. The live album Bless Its Pointed Little Head is also recommended. In parallel with band activities, Paul Kantner and Grace Slick released several excellent albums as the side-project Jefferson Starship, including Blows Against The Empire, Sunfighter and Baron von Tollbooth and the Chrome Nun. When the Airplane eventually splintered, Jefferson Starship became a permanent fixture, and old friends Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady formed the blues-rock outfit Hot Tuna. Jefferson Airplane's 1967 album Surrealistic Pillow remains one of the finest examples of psychedelic rock from the '60s period and two songs from that album, "Somebody to Love" and "White Rabbit" are both among Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
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Featured Albums: Jefferson Airplane