Monday, 18 January 2010

“Surrealistic Pillow” by JEFFERSON AIRPLANE. A Review of the 1995 USA-only RCA 24-Karat Gold CD Reissue.

"…Through An Open Window Where No Curtain Hung…I Saw You…Comin’ Back To Me…”

This AUDIOPHILE CD is the rare “Collector’s Edition 24 Karat Gold Disc” version put out by RCA in the USA in 1995 (RCA 07863 66598-2). It’s got 22 tracks on it because it contains both the STEREO and MONO versions of the album.

It breaks down like this (69:35 minutes)

1. She Has Funny Cars
2. Somebody To Love
3. My Best Friend
4. Today
5. Comin’ Back To Me
6. 3/5 Of A Mile In 10 Seconds
7. D.C.B.A. – 25
8. How Do You Feel
9. Embryonic Journey
10. White rabbit
11. Plastic Fantastic Lover

Tracks 1 to 11 are the STEREO mix of “Surrealistic Pillow”, the 2nd album issued in the USA in February on RCA Victor LSP-3584

Tracks 12 to 22 are the MONO mixes on RCA Victor LPM-3584

The jewel case comes in an outer card wrap with gold borders and a die-cut rear sleeve to see the gold coloured disc within. The inlay is a disappointing gatefold slip of paper with just about enough track details to make it acceptable – typical of a major label.

But the sound quality is great. BILL LACEY did the audio restoration; EDDIE TALLIA handled the Stereo transfer while MIKE HARTRY did the mono mixes. The very quiet acoustic guitars and flute of “Comin’ Back To Me” is a good example (lyrics above) – lovely sound – even if it is a little hissy in places (the nature of the recordings).

This audiophile CD is now long deleted, hence the hefty price tag. But if you can get a copy for a reasonable price, then it’s thoroughly recommended.

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