White Rabbit

Jefferson Airplane

Song Review by Joe Viglione

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 2:33
Easy Rider [Music from the Soundtrack] 1969
Various Artists
MCA 0:00
The Worst of Jefferson Airplane 1970 RCA 2:32
Superstars of the 70's [Warner] 1973
Various Artists
Warner Bros.
Stardust [Original Soundtrack] [1974] 1974
Original Soundtrack
Arista 2:30
Flight Log (1966-1976) 1977 BMG 2:34
The Best of Jefferson Airplane [RCA] 1980 RCA 2:32
Flower Power: Psychedelic Rock Classics 1981
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:27
Cool Cats: 25 Years of Rock 'N' Roll Style 1984
Various Artists
2400 Fulton Street: An Anthology 1987 RCA 2:34
Time Machine 1990 Pair 2:31
Jefferson Airplane Loves You 1992 RCA 2:33
Psychedelic Pop 1996
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 2:36
Psychedelic Frequencies 1996
Various Artists
The Game [Original Score] 1997 London / Polygram
Rockin' 60's [BMG Special Products] 1997
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 2:35
This Is...Son of Cult Fiction 1997
Various Artists
Virgin 2:31
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas [Original Motion Picture 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 RCA 2:32
Feel the Buzz: Hit Time 1998
Various Artists
Simitar Distribution 2:34
Journey: The Best of Jefferson Airplane [DJ Specialist] 1999 DJ Specialist 2:34
Hideous Kinky 1999
Original Soundtrack
Will Records 2:35
Where Were You When the Fun Stopped? 1999 EMI Music Distribution 2:22
60's Hits [Columbia River] 1999
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:33
Positively 60's 2000
Various Artists
Capitol 2:34
25 Years Of California Rock 2000
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 2:35
Classic: California Rock 2000
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 2:35
The Official American Bandstand Library of Rock & Roll 2000
Various Artists
Atlantic 2:24
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
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
Platinum & Gold Collection 2003 BMG Heritage / RCA 2:34
1967: The Soundtrack 2003
Various Artists
Castle Music Ltd. 2:33
Early Days of the Future: Adventures in West Coast Rock 2003
Various Artists
Prism Entertainment 2:16
Real 60's the Psychedelic Hits [Disc 1] 2003
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 2:35
Good Morning Vietnam: A Soundtrack for a Generation 2004
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 2:31
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
Fly Jefferson Airplane 2004 Eagle Vision
Psychedelia, Vol. 1 2004
Various Artists
Pazzazz 3:16
Psychedelic Chemistry, Vol. 1 [2 Disc] 2004
Various Artists
Pazzazz 3:16
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
Sounds of the '60s [Pazzazz] 2006
Various Artists
Pazzazz 3:16
40 Legendarische Hits Uit: 40 Jaar Top 40 [DVD] 2006
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Heartbeat Summer 2007
Various Artists
Virgin 2:32
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
Rock Charts Live 2007
Various Artists
Leader Vision / Top Tape
Surrealistic Pillow/Crown of Creation 2008 Legacy 5:20
The Psychedelic Sound of the '60s Movement 2008
Various Artists
Rolling Stone 2:34
Playlist: The Very Best of Jefferson Airplane 2009 Legacy / RCA 2:32
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
Flower Power: The Music of the Love Generation 2010
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:33
Pure... Psychedelic Rock 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music 2:31
Funkytown 2011
Original Soundtrack
Productions Caramel Films / Universal Distribution / Universal Music Canada 2:32
The Essential 2012 Legacy / RCA 2:35
The Box Set Series 2014 Legacy / RCA 2:31
White Rabbit: The Ultimate Jefferson Airplane Collection 2015 Sony Music 2:31
Good Morning, Vietnam
Various Artists
Party Tyme Karaoke: Classic Rock, Vol. 1
Sybersound Records 2:38
The California Sound of the 60's
Various Artists
Scana 2:30
Time Life Presents the 60s
Various Artists
Time Life 2:33
White Rabbit [Bootleg] Brilliant 3:15