Jefferson Airplane

White Rabbit

Composed by Grace Slick

Song Review by

From the Surrealistic Pillow album comes this song which, like the word

surrealistic indicates, has "an oddly dreamlike or unreal quality". Few

psychedelic moments can match Grace Slick's trance-like monotone

perhaps inspired by having just read [roviLink="BW"] Lewis Carroll: The Complete Illustrated

Works: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking-Glass and

What Alice Found There[/roviLink]. With hypnotic guitar work in the slow-march

intro sounding like it was induced by F.A. Mesmer himself, it's all the more

ominous in the harder rocking version released decades later on the [roviLink="MW"]Deep Space/Virgin

Sky[/roviLink] live reunion CD. Originally performed with The Great Society, this

composition by Grace came right on the heels of "Somebody To Love" and instantly

insured Ms. Slick superstardom with more Top 40 airplay in 1967 than her

famous colleague Janis Joplin. With well over a hundred cover versions

by such diverse acts as punk/new wavers The Damned, the hard rock

Lizzie Borden (no relation to the new wave girl group produced by

Genya Ravan) and, believe it or not, jazz maestro George Benson,

it is Grace and her pharmaceutical prescription advice which is the definitive

rendition and inspired the Keanu Reeves film The Matrix as much as James Cameron's

The Terminator did. When in the movie Morpheus offers Neo the little red pill or the

little blue pill, it is pure Grace Slick opening the door to wonderland with

narcotics. Years later it is amazing the censors didn't put a stop to it,

Janis Ian's "Society's Child" finding more problems with an interracial

love affair than The Jefferson Airplane's window to another world. It's a

classic in the truest sense of the world and always a pause for fun when it comes on the radio.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Surrealistic Pillow 1967 RCA
Easy Rider 1969
Original Soundtrack
Universal Music 2:30
The Worst of Jefferson Airplane 1970 Friday Music
No Image 1973
Various Artists
Warner Bros.
No Image 1974
Original Soundtrack
Arista 2:30
Flight Log (1966-1976) 1977 Beat Goes On 2:34
Monterey International Pop Festival: June 16, 17, 18, 1967 197?
Various Artists
Salvo 2:28
The Best of Jefferson Airplane [RCA] 1980 RCA 2:32
Flower Power: Psychedelic Rock Classics 1981
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:33
No Image 1984
Various Artists
Platoon (And Songs from the Era) 1986
Original Soundtrack
Atlantic 2:33
2400 Fulton Street: An Anthology 1987 RCA 2:34
Freedom Rock 1987
Various Artists
Sessions Records
Our Generation 1989
Various Artists
Telly Disc 2:33
White Rabbit 1990 RCA
Jefferson Airplane Loves You 1992 RCA 2:23
Woodstock Diary [1994] 1994
Various Artists
Atlantic 2:25
Woodstock: Three Days of Peace & Music [25th Anniversary] 1995
Various Artists
Atlantic 2:53
Psychedelic Pop 1996
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 2:36
No Image 1996
Various Artists
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: The Eleventh Annual Induction Dinner 1996
Various Artists
The Monterey International Pop Festival, June 16-17-18, 1967 1997
Various Artists
Rhino 2:28
Rockin' 60's [BMG Special Products] 1997
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 2:35
San Francisco Live 1997
Various Artists
Arti Faxt Records / Prophecy 2:13
This Is...Son of Cult Fiction 1997
Various Artists
Virgin 2:31
Live at the Fillmore East 1998 RCA 2:59
Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas [Original Soundtrack] 1998
Original Soundtrack
Geffen 3:13
Gold Collection [Retro] 1998 Retro Music 2:34
Psychedelia [Crimson] 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
The Oliver Stone Connection 1998
Various Artists
Hip-O 2:29
Psychedelia: San Francisco Legends 1998
Various Artists
Fine Tune 2:35
White Rabbit [Master Tone 1998] 1998 Mastertone 3:22
Hits 1998 BMG
Psychedelia and the Underground 1998
Various Artists
No Image 1998 RCA
Feel the Buzz: Hit Time 1998
Various Artists
Simitar Distribution 2:34
Psychedelia San Francisco Legends 1999
Various Artists
Retro Music 2:33
Journey: The Best of Jefferson Airplane [DJ Specialist] 1999 DJ Specialist 2:34
Hideous Kinky 1999
Original Soundtrack
Will Records 2:35
60's Hits [Columbia River] 1999
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:33
Best of Jefferson Airplane [BMG Germany] 1999 BMG 2:32
Through the Looking Glass 2000 Metrodome (DTK)
Positively 60's 2000
Various Artists
Capitol 2:34
Classic: California Rock 2000
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 2:35
The Official American Bandstand Library of Rock & Roll 2000
Various Artists
Atlantic 2:24
Sounds Psychedelic 2000
Various Artists
Charly Records 2:23
VH1 Behind the Music: The Jefferson Airplane Collection 2000 RCA 2:35
The Rock Machine Turns You Back On 2000
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 2:21
Somebody to Love [Armoury] 2000 Armoury Records 2:35
The Woodstock Generation: Out of Time 2001
Various Artists
Woodstock Records 2:35
Vietnam: Songs from the Divided House 2001
Various Artists
Q Records 2:33
Ignition 2001 RCA 2:32
Live in Monterey 2001 Town Sound 2:21
Timeless Flight 2001
Various Artists
MagMid 2:26
History of Hits: 1970 2001
Various Artists
Reader's Digest Music
Raised on Rock 2002
Various Artists
Goldies 2:23
Rolling Stone Presents: The Early Years 2002
Various Artists
Rhino 2:33
Greatest Hits 2002 BCD 2:35
Definitive 70's, Vol. 1 2002
Various Artists
B.R. 2:33
Best of Jefferson Airplane & Jefferson Starship 2002 BMG
Platinum & Gold Collection 2003 RCA 2:34
1967: The Soundtrack 2003
Various Artists
Castle Music Ltd. 2:33
Cleared for Take Off 2003 Acrobat 2:15
White Rabbit: Live [Blu Mountain] 2003 Orpheus Records / Blumountain Records 2:21
Radio Saigon [Goldies] 2004
Various Artists
Goldies 2:25
Good Morning Vietnam: A Soundtrack for a Generation 2004
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 2:34
Real 60's: The Psychedelic Hits 2004
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 2:35
The Best of Jefferson Airplane: Somebody to Love 2004 BMG Special Products 2:35
Fuhgeddaboudit! Music You Heard on the Sopranos 2004
Various Artists
Golden Stars 2:24
Fly Jefferson Airplane 2004 Eagle Vision
Psychedelic Chemistry, Vol. 1 [2 Disc] 2004
Various Artists
Pazzazz 3:16
No Image 2004
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 2:35
The Essential Jefferson Airplane 2005 BMG Heritage / RCA 2:32
Stoned [Original Soundtrack] 2005
Original Soundtrack
WEA 2:35
Rock Chronicles: The Sixties 2005
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 2:34
Best of Jefferson Airplane [Direct Source] 2005 Direct Source 2:21
Sounds of the '60s [Pazzazz] 2006
Various Artists
Pazzazz 3:16
Movie Fine 2006
Various Artists
Collections 2006 Sony Music Distribution 2:34
30 Rock Heroes 2006
Various Artists
No Image 2006
Various Artists
Greatest Ever / Union Square Music
At Golden Gate Park 2006 Charly Records
High Flying Bird: Live at the Monterey Festival 2006 Music Avenue 2:41
The Classic Sixties Collection: 1967 2006
Various Artists
Sweeping Up the Spotlight: Jefferson Airplane Live at the Fillmore East 1969 2007 BMG / BMG / Sony Music / Sony Music Entertainment
Feels Like '67 Again 2007 Primo Records 2:17
Monterey International Pop Festival [Razor & Tie] 2007
Various Artists
Razor & Tie 2:20
Best of Jefferson Airplane [Camden] 2007 Camden 2:34
Rock Charts 2007
Various Artists
Havin' a 60's Party 2007
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution / Custom Marketing Group 2:34
Love Is the Song We Sing: San Francisco Nuggets 1965-1970 2007
Various Artists
Rhino/Warner Bros. 2:31
The Very Best of Jefferson Airplane 2007 Deja Vu / Retro Records
Flower Power [Time Life Box] 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:33
Rock Charts Live 2007
Various Artists
Leader Vision/Top Tape
Plastic Fantastic 2008 Rokarola Records 2:17
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Platinum C / WG Productions
Surrealistic Pillow/Crown of Creation 2008 RCA 2:30
Volunteers/Bark/Long John Silver 2008 RCA 2:30
The Psychedelic Sound of the '60s Movement 2008
Various Artists
Rolling Stone 2:34
Flight Box 2008 Charly Records / Snapper 2:27
Jefferson Airplane [Orange-Collection] 2008 Orange Records / Weton-Wesgram 3:15
Greatest Hits [Steel Box Collection] 2009 Sony Music Distribution 2:34
The Woodstock Experience 2009
Various Artists
Legacy / Sony Music Distribution 2:27
Playlist: The Very Best of Jefferson Airplane 2009 Sony Music
Under the Influence of Alice: Music Inspired by the Classic Tale 2010
Various Artists
Rhino 2:32
Super Hits 2010 BMG / Sony CMG / Sony Music Entertainment 2:32
Setlist: The Very Best of Jefferson Airplane Live 2010 Legacy / RCA 2:34
The  Music of Jefferson Airplane 2010 Legacy / RCA 2:31
Live at the Fillmore Auditorium 11/25/66 & 11/27/66: We Have Ignition 2010 Collectors' Choice Music 2:38
Return to the Matrix: February 1, 1968 2010 Relayer Records 2:26
The Best of Flower Power 2010
Various Artists
Pure... Psychedelic Rock 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music 2:31
Funkytown 2011
Original Soundtrack
Island/Def Jam / Universal 2:31
Greatest Ever! Prog Rock: The Definitive Collection 2012
Various Artists
Greatest Ever / Union Square 2:33
Original Album Classics 2013 Sony Music
The Box Set Series 2014 Legacy / RCA 2:31
Live at the Fillmore, November 25, 1966 2014 Keyhole Records
Magic Bus 2015
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 2:33
White Rabbit: The Ultimate Jefferson Airplane Collection 2015 Sony Music 2:31
Vinyl Replica Collection 2015 Culture Factory
Nothing in Particular 2016 All Access 2:39
100 Essential Tracks: 60's
Various Artists
Sony Music
100 Hits: Peace & Love
Various Artists
100 Hits / Demon Records / Edsel
36 All-Time Greatest Hits BMG 2:27
60s: Jefferson Airplane BMG / Sony Music Entertainment
No Image
Various Artists
Sony BMG
Exclusive Pop Songs from the 60s
Various Artists
Flashback Sony Music Entertainment 2:32
Get Together: The Colourful Sound of the Sixties
Various Artists
Sony Music
Good Morning, Vietnam
Various Artists
Groovin': Hits From the 60s
Various Artists
EMI 2:33
How It Works: The Dad - The Album
Various Artists
Sony Music 2:33
No Image
Various Artists
Phantom Records (England) / Membran
Millennium Hits 1970-1979: Rock
Various Artists
Party Tyme Karaoke: Classic Rock, Vol. 1
Sybersound Records 2:38
Somebody to Love: The Music Story of Jefferson Airplane Laser Media
The California Sound of the 60's
Various Artists
Scana 2:30
No Image
Various Artists
The Psychedelic Journey
Various Artists
Music Brokers 2:17
White Rabbit [Bootleg] Brilliant 3:15
No Image
Various Artists
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