Jefferson Airplane - Surrealistic Pillow (1967) {2015, Special Limited Edition, MFSL UDSACD 2175}

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Jefferson Airplane - Surrealistic Pillow (1967) {2015, Special Limited Edition, MFSL UDSACD 2175}

Jefferson Airplane - Surrealistic Pillow (1967) {2015, Special Limited Edition, MFSL UDSACD 2175}
Converted from SACD[PS3] to Hi-Res Audio 2.0, 24bit/88.2khz
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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 off as strong as any of those artists' best work. From the Top Ten singles "White Rabbit" and "Somebody to Love" to the sublime "Embryonic Journey," the sensibilities are fierce, the material manages to be both melodic and complex (and it rocks, too), and the performances, sparked by new member Grace Slick on most of the lead vocals, are inspired, helped along by Jerry Garcia (serving as spiritual and musical advisor and sometimes guitarist). Every song is a perfectly cut diamond, too perfect in the eyes of the bandmembers, who felt that following the direction of producer Rick Jarrard and working within three- and four-minute running times, and delivering carefully sung accompaniments and succinct solos, resulted in a record that didn't represent their real sound. Regardless, they did wonderful things with the music within that framework, and the only pity is that RCA didn't record for official release any of the group's shows from the same era, when this material made up the bulk of their repertory. That way the live versions, with the band's creativity unrestricted, could be compared and contrasted with the record. The songwriting was spread around between Marty Balin, Slick, Paul Kantner, and Jorma Kaukonen, and Slick and Balin (who never had a prettier song than "Today," which he'd actually written for Tony Bennett) shared the vocals; the whole album was resplendent in a happy balance of all of these creative elements, before excessive experimentation (musical and chemical) began affecting the band's ability to do a straightforward song. The group never made a better album, and few artists from the era ever did.
~ Bruce Eder, All Music


Jefferson Airplane - Surrealistic Pillow (1967) {2015, Special Limited Edition, MFSL UDSACD 2175}

Track List:

01. She Has Funny Cars [3:08]
02. Somebody To Love [2:58]
03. My Best Friend [3:04]
04. Today [3:01]
05. Comin' Back To Me [5:29]
06. 3/5 of a Mile in 10 Seconds [3:45]
07. D.C.B.A.-25 [2:38]
08. How Do You Feel [3:33]
09. Embryonic Journey [1:54]
10. White Rabbit [2:33]
11. Plastic Fantastic Lover [2:38]

Jefferson Airplane - [1967] Surrealistic Pillow [2.0] (SACD[PS3] - 24bit88.2kHz)
SACD[PS3]ISO to flac conversion using SACD_Conversion_script version 0.5

Track list

01 She Has Funny Cars 03:08.41
02 Somebody To Love 02:58.21
03 My Best Friend 03:03.76
04 Today 03:01.12
05 Comin' Back To Me 05:29.35
06 3/5 Of A Mile In 10 Seconds 03:45.35
07 D.C.B.A. - 25 02:37.67
08 How Do You Feel 03:32.72
09 Embryonic Journey 01:54.19
10 White Rabbit 02:33.07
11 Plastic Fantastic Lover 02:38.32

Technical Details

01) ISO image created using sacd-ripper for PS3

02) Edited Master Dff file extracted using SACD_Extract

03) Edited Master Dff file analysed using foobar + foo_input_sacd and DR Meter plugins to find peak track(s)

04) Dff files for loudest tracks extracted from the ISO using SACD_Extract and converted using Weiss Saracon 1.61-27 at 24bit/88.2kHz with -6.00dB gain

05) Non-clipping gain calculated using SoX

06) Final pass conversion using Weiss Saracon 1.61-27 at 24bit/88.2kHz with 6.27dB gain as calculated above

07) Final pass PCM file split into individual tracks (discarding first 41 samples) using track lengths calculated from cue file generated by SACD_Extract

08) Spikes at beginning of first/end of last tracks eliminated by deleting 24 samples and replacing with the adjacent 24 samples using SoX to give the correct track length

09) Finalised tracks converted to flac [level 8] and tagged using tag.exe

10) Dynamic Range measured using Foobar DR Meter plugin

foobar2000 1.1.11 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1
log date: 2016-12-31 11:06:43

Analyzed: Jefferson Airplane / Surrealistic Pillow

DR Peak RMS Duration Track
DR9 -0.01 dB -11.21 dB 3:08 01-She Has Funny Cars
DR9 -0.28 dB -11.28 dB 2:58 02-Somebody To Love
DR9 -0.18 dB -12.13 dB 3:04 03-My Best Friend
DR9 -0.98 dB -13.94 dB 3:01 04-Today
DR11 -2.95 dB -16.40 dB 5:29 05-Comin' Back To Me
DR9 -1.30 dB -11.98 dB 3:45 06-3/5 Of A Mile In 10 Seconds
DR9 -0.54 dB -11.16 dB 2:38 07-D.C.B.A. - 25
DR9 -0.21 dB -12.07 dB 3:33 08-How Do You Feel
DR13 -2.32 dB -18.02 dB 1:54 09-Embryonic Journey
DR9 -0.28 dB -13.23 dB 2:33 10-White Rabbit
DR10 -0.08 dB -11.98 dB 2:38 11-Plastic Fantastic Lover

Number of tracks: 11
Official DR value: DR10

Samplerate: 88200 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 1541 kbps
Codec: FLAC

Jefferson Airplane - Surrealistic Pillow (1967) {2015, Special Limited Edition, MFSL UDSACD 2175}

Jefferson Airplane - Surrealistic Pillow (1967) {2015, Special Limited Edition, MFSL UDSACD 2175}