Saturday, February 21, 2009
Two appearances helped the Jefferson Airplane take off, the first being their appearance at the Monterey International Pop Festival in 1967. The songs performed above represent elements of their signature sound: "High Flyin' Bird" was a carryover from the band members' participation in the San Francisco Bay folk music boom of the mid-1960s, while "Today" was one of many love ballads composed by co-singer Marty Balin.
One year later, the band appeared on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour to perform two of their greatest hits, "White Rabbit," which draws parallels between the imagery in "Alice In Wonderland" and psychedelic drug hallucinations, and "Somebody To Love." The songs appeared on the Airplane's outstanding 1967 album "Surrealistic Pillow." Grace Slick seems to perform both live against pre-recorded instrumentals. As you watch, you'll again see a liquid light show that was part of the stage setting for many psychedelic bands of the era: