Saturday Psychedelics ~ “Pretty As You Feel” ~ Jefferson Airplane

This is my ultimate and only favorite song from JA post Marty Balin.

All I can say is grab some headphones for this one. It’s like taking a trip without any drug, more satisfying as well. In one respect it’s like the song together is also in parts if that makes any sense. Between Joey Covington & Grace Slick’s opening eerie vocals, the magic of the guitars being played on this track by Carlos Santana, Paul Kantner & Jorma Kaukonen or the debut of Papa John Creach violin riffs as if they were talking to each other. The combination made this whole song a psychedelic bliss.

Michael Shrieve also played drums on this track as well. Both he and Carlos were uncredited until the 1987 release of 2400 Fulton Street: An Anthology and acknowledged them. In reality Joey Covington, Jack Casady, Jorma Kaukonen, Carlos Santana & Michael Shrieve all contributed to the composing of “Pretty As You Feel”.

But make no mistake, to me without Marty the soul was stripped from Jefferson Airplane (Spencer Dryden missing as well). They just happened to hit the bulls-eye once and only once with this particular song. With the talanted company of Papa John, Santana and Shrieve why not.


Jefferson Airplane_Papa John Creach


Released off the album “Bark” in 1971.

Joey Covington – vocals, congas
Grace Slick – vocals
Paul Kantner – guitar, vocals
Jorma Kaukonen – lead guitar, vocals
Jack Casady – bass
Papa John Creach – violin
Carlos Santana – guitar
Michael Shrieve – drums


Pretty As You Feel


You’re only as pretty as you feel.


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