Jefferson Airplane

Somebody to Love

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Originally titled "Someone To Love" when the former Grace Wing's brother-in-law and bandmate, Darby Slick of The Great Society, penned it for that band, it became the break-through hit for the Jefferson Airplane when re-titled "Somebody To Love" going Top 5 in May of 1967. The opening with Grace Slick's voice booming an acappella "When the truth is found" is such a great top of the hour lead-off call to arms that classic rock and oldies radio do just that with it decades after its initial sojurn at the upper reaches of the charts. Followed in less than two months by "White Rabbit" the members wouldn't have Top 40 success again until 8 years later when revitalized as Jefferson Starship Marty Balin's "Miracles" went Top 3 in September of 1975. "Somebody To Love" with its jangly guitars and cool San Franciscan sound moves with a pop intensity and urgent lyric so essential to the vibe of the time. Todd Rundgren wanted to find himself and Leroy a girlfriend in "We Gotta Get You A Woman" in 1971 and John Cougar needed "a lover that don't drive" him crazy in 1979, but the purest sentiment regarding finding a significant other was in this track, a direct admonition: "You'd better find somebody to love." The Lady Mondegreen or mis heard lyric here is a major one. In the second verse. The lyric sheet reads "When the garden flowers ...are dead", but it sounds like sly Grace might be slipping in "When God and his laws, are dead...". How counterculture. The song

is an essential element of The Jefferson Starship's repertoire, the band mutating it into a sludgy "Jumpin' Jack Flash" riff closer in the new millenium. Both latter-day group vocalists Darby Gould and Diana Mangano understand the majesty and sing the words Grace Slick is known for with reverence. Check out the 1990's version live from the House Of Blues with a rare guest appearance by Grace which shows up on the Deep Space/Virgin Sky CD. The hard rock is a far cry from the manic almost garage band original ...and Slick says "garden flowers" very clearly in the live rendition.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Surrealistic Pillow 1967 RCA 3:01
Volunteers 1969 RCA 0:00
The Worst of Jefferson Airplane 1970 RCA 2:57
The Best of Jefferson Airplane [RCA] 1980 RCA 2:57
No Image 1980
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution
No Image 1983 RCA
No Image 1984
Various Artists
MGM / UA
2400 Fulton Street: An Anthology 1987 RCA 2:59
Classic Rock: 1967 1988
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:01
Nipper's Greatest Hits: The 60's, Vol. 1 [1990] 1990
Various Artists
RCA 2:57
Jefferson Airplane Loves You 1992 RCA 2:58
Rock Greats 1994
Various Artists
Stardust Records
Apollo 13 [Music from the Motion Picture] 1995 MCA 2:54
Hi-Octane Hard-Driving Hits for the Roadious 1996
Various Artists
RCA 2:54
Songs in the Rough 1996
Various Artists
Foundation 3:00
I Love Rock & Roll: Hits of the '60s, Vol. 2 1996
Various Artists
Priority Records 2:57
Easyriders, Vol. 2 1997
Various Artists
Thump Records 2:55
The Ultimate Rock Collection Gold and Platinum, Vol. 1: 1964-1970 1997
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:00
Love Songs of the 60's, 70's and 80's 1998
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:59
Gold Collection [Retro] 1998 Retro Music 3:55
Killer Classic Rock 1998
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:54
Psychedelia: San Francisco Legends 1998
Various Artists
Fine Tune 3:50
Rolling Stone Women in Rock 1998
Various Artists
Razor & Tie 3:00
White Rabbit [Master Tone 1998] 1998 Mastertone 4:36
Hits 1998 RCA 2:58
Vietnam: A Musical Retrospective 1998
Various Artists
Universal Distribution / Uptown / Universal 3:34
Millennium: Forty Hits 1965-1969 1998
Various Artists
Disky 2:59
Love Songs [Columbia River] 1999
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:59
The 60's [Original Television Soundtrack] 1999
Original TV Soundtrack
Mercury 2:57
Journey: The Best of Jefferson Airplane [DJ Specialist] 1999 DJ Specialist 3:00
Hideous Kinky 1999
Original Soundtrack
Will Records 2:59
40 Hits: 1965-1969 1999
Various Artists
Millennium Hits (Netherlands) 2:59
Nipper's Greatest Hits: The 60's, Vol. 1 [1999] 1999
Various Artists
RCA 3:00
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:57
Cool Songs From Hot Flicks: Movie Madness 2000
Original Soundtrack
Delta Distribution 2:59
Movie Madness: Cool Songs From Hot Flicks 2000
Original Soundtrack
Delta Distribution 2:59
Spirit of the 60's [Madacy 2000] 2000
Various Artists
Madacy 2:59
20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best of the '60s 2000
Various Artists
Hip-O 2:58
Amplified 2000
Various Artists
UTV 2:58
VH1 Behind the Music: The Jefferson Airplane Collection 2000 RCA 3:00
Somebody to Love [Armoury] 2000 Armoury Records 3:01
The Magic Bus 2000
Various Artists
FreeRide 2:58
The Woodstock Generation: All the Love in the World 2001
Various Artists
Woodstock Records 2:59
Love Affair: Sixties Love Songs 2001
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:59
The Roar of Jefferson Airplane 2001 RCA 2:57
Simply the Best of the 60's [2001 Single Disc] 2001
Various Artists
Sony Music
Entertainment Weekly: The Greatest Hits 1967 2001
Various Artists
Buddha Records 3:00
Ignition 2001 RCA 2:59
A Year in Your Life: 1967, Vol. 1 2001
Various Artists
Definitive 2:59
Chartbusters USA, Vol. 2 2002
Various Artists
Ace 2:58
Greatest Hits 2002 BCD 3:00
Platinum & Gold Collection 2003 BMG Heritage / RCA 3:00
Rock Heroes [Eurotrend] 2003
Various Artists
Eurotrend 2:59
Lost & Found in the Sixties 2004
Various Artists
Liberty 3:01
No Image 2004
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 2:59
Sixties Classics [BMG] 2004
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 2:58
The Real '60s 2004
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 2:58
The Best of Jefferson Airplane: Somebody to Love 2004 BMG Special Products 2:59
A Home at the End of the World 2004
Original Soundtrack
Milan / WEA / Warner 3:00
Fly Jefferson Airplane 2004 Eagle Vision
Psychedelic Chemistry, Vol. 1 [2 Disc] 2004
Various Artists
Pazzazz 4:31
Hippie: Music from the '60s Generation 2004
Various Artists
Warner Music 3:00
Legends: Pluggin' In 2004
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:00
Psychedelia, Vol. 2 2004
Various Artists
Pazzazz 4:31
Legends of Rock [Time Life] 2005
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:00
The '60s Rock Experience 2005
Various Artists
Shout! Factory 2:58
The Essential Jefferson Airplane 2005 BMG Heritage / RCA 2:56
Then: Totally Oldies - Classic Rock 2005
Various Artists
Varèse Vintage / Varèse Sarabande 3:00
Ultimate 16: Spirit of the '60s 2005
Various Artists
Madacy 2:59
Sounds of the '60s [Pazzazz] 2006
Various Artists
Pazzazz 4:31
Best of Jefferson Airplane [Camden] 2007 Camden 3:01
Summer of Love: Gold 2007
Various Artists
Hip-O 2:56
Legends Informercial Set 2007
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:00
Peace And Love [Madacy] 2008
Various Artists
Madacy 2:58
Surrealistic Pillow/Crown of Creation 2008 Legacy 2:58
Sounds of the 60's Generation 2008
Various Artists
Destra 3:00
Tour of Duty: Top 100 2008
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:59
101 Pirate Radio Hits 2009
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:59
No Image 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution / Sony Music Entertainment 2:57
Super Hits 2010 BMG / Sony CMG / Sony Music Entertainment 2:56
The Music of Jefferson Airplane 2010 Legacy / RCA 2:56
Classic Rock Roadtrip 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music Entertainment 2:58
I Love Papa 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music / Sony Music Distribution 2:56
Pure... America 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music 2:58
Ultimate Guide to Rock Anthems 2011
Various Artists
Haynes / Sony Music 2:56
Pure... Drive 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music 2:58
'60s Music Revolution 2012
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:00
The Ramones: Heard Them Here First 2012
Various Artists
Ace 2:59
The Essential 2012 Legacy / RCA 3:00
Original Album Classics 2013 Legacy / Sony Legacy 4:15
The Box Set Series 2014 Legacy / RCA 2:56
The Box Set Series: Classic Rock 2014
Various Artists
Legacy 2:56
St. Vincent 2014
Original Soundtrack
Sony Classical 2:59
White Rabbit: The Ultimate Jefferson Airplane Collection 2015 Sony Music 2:57
Good Morning, Vietnam
Various Artists
Disky
Rock Heroes, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Eurotrend 2:59
The Classic Rock Collection [Sony Music]
Various Artists
Sony Music 2:54
The Heart of Classic Rock [Box Set]
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:01
No Image
White Rabbit [Bootleg] Brilliant 4:33