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  • Released: February 1, 2008
  • Originally Released: 2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.


  • 1.Sally Go 'Round The Roses
  • 2.Didn't Think So
  • 3.Grimly Forming
  • 4.Somebody To Love
  • 5.Father Bruce
  • 6.Outlaw Blues
  • 7.Often As I May
  • 8.Arbitration
  • 9.White Rabbit
  • 10.That's How It Is
  • 11.Darkly Smiling
  • 12.Nature Boy
  • 13.You Can't Cry
  • 14.Daydream Nightmare
  • 15.Everybody Knows
  • 16.Born To Be Burned
  • 17.Father

Product Description:

2 LPs on 1 CD.
This double-LP/single-CD reissue combines both of the Great Society's live albums, Conspicuous Only by Its Absence and How It Was, and features "Somebody to Love" in its original slower, more menacing version. It also includes the Society's extended version of Grace Slick's "White Rabbit" along with several other haunting originals which strike an exhilarating balance between tight songwriting and psychedelic jamming. Based on his raga-tinged work here, guitarist Darby Slick (Grace's then brother-in-law) deserves a lot more recognition than he's ever received for his pioneering explorations of Eastern scales. Bassist Peter Van Gelder isn't far behind him in the innovation department, and makes significant contributions here on saxophone and flute as well, plunging into John Coltrane territory on the former -- and his work on "White Rabbit," by itself, is worth the price of admission. Additionally, Grace Slick's singing was already about 95-percent of what it would be with the Airplane when she came aboard the latter, and if you close your eyes and forget what you're hearing, there are moments when you'd swear you were listening to her work from Surrealistic Pillow, After Bathing at Baxter's, or Crown of Creation. What's more, the CD edition is very nicely produced, the engineers overcoming most of the sonic limitations of the original concert tapes that made the original LP versions sound so flat in spots. All of these attributes make the title of this release something of a misnomer -- far more than a "Collector's Item," this is a genuinely exciting glimpse into the birth of psychedelic music, and essential listening for any devotees of the latter, or the San Francisco sound in any of its manifestations; the Great Society might not have made it past 1966, but they left behind music here that was as solid, substantial, and enduring -- and worth hearing today -- as anything the Airplane, the Grateful Dead, and the Charlatans were doing at the time. (And if you do look for this CD -- which, amazingly, is still in print as of 2007 -- a lot of stores tend to file it under Grace Slick rather than Great Society). ~ Richie Unterberger & Bruce Eder

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It's the Two 'Great Society' 'San Francisco Sound' Albums! Music Lover: from San Francisco, CA US -- December, 14, 2008

Here is a real treasure of the pure 'San Francisco' sound of 1965-1966: two albums of original compositions by one of the great early psychedelic bands, 'The Great Society.' In 1965 they were featured in Longshoreman's Hall, Family Dog and Fillmore Auditorium light show concerts along with The Jefferson Airplane (Grace Slick was not a member then), The Grateful Dead and The Charlatans. Listening to these tracks we get real and deep insight into the philosophical leanings, lifestyle and musical innovation that characterized these and other bands and the core 'Haight Asbury' sensibility. After the band split up (when Darby Slick went to India), Grace joined the Jefferson Airplane, and Jerry Slick (her husband at the time) went to The Final Solution, both taking Great Society songs with them to those groups ('Someone to Love,' 'White Rabbit,' 'Grimly Forming,' and 'Father'). This is one of Nina's hidden treasures! It's not just a historical curiosity or footnote, it's great music! Buy copies for your friends!

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  • UPC: 886972385426
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