Jefferson Airplane: 12 Essential Songs

The best of the psychedelic rock icons

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"It's No Secret" (1966)

The Jefferson Airplane's 1966 debut LP, Jefferson Airplane Takes Off, was recorded before Grace Slick joined the group and they embraced their iconic psychedelic sound. The collection of folk rock tunes didn't find much of an audience (it peaked at Number 128 on the Billboard album chart), but the standout track "It's No Secret" showcased the group's incredible potential that would soon pay off in a huge way. Marty Balin wrote the song imagining Otis Redding handling the lead, and tried to find his inner soul man when laying down the vocals.