Jefferson Airplane – Surrealistic Pillow (Mono) – Sundazed Reviewed

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Sonic Grade: C-

Back around 2000 I spent a fair amount of time comparing this pressing with both an RCA 1S Black Label original, two different RCA Orange Label reissues, and the DCC 180 gram pressing. To make a long story short, if you’re willing to buy this record for the songs that really sound amazing on it, like “Today”, then you should try one. 

If you want the whole album to sound good, good luck! Hot Stampers in good condition for this record are incredibly hard to come by. The right Black Label original RCA pressings are superb, but try to find a quiet one!

If you love this album as much as we do, you’ll understand why we went to all this trouble to find great pressings. There is NO OTHER GAME IN TOWN for this album — the Sundazed Mono pressing can’t handle the rock songs, and I’ve never been a fan of the DCC.

The typical pressing isn’t going to get you too far — we estimate you’d have to find at least twenty clean copies to find one that sounded anything like this… good luck with that!