Jefferson Airplane, 'Crown of Creation' (1968)
Crown of Creation doesn't feature hits as popular as "Somebody to Love," "White Rabbit," or "Volunteers," but Jefferson Airplane's fourth album proves the combustible group truly evolved, even as the band was gradually dissolving. The 11-song LP begins with Grace Slick singing about drummer Spencer Dryden's nudity-related arrest on "Lather," followed by Marty Balin's psych-romance "In Time" and "Triad," a David Crosby-penned song about three-way love that was rejected by the Byrds. She later shows off her trademark howls on the title track, while guitarist Jorma Kaukonen and bassist Jack Casady add even heavier interplay than the group's prior efforts. Despite hitting No. 6 on the pop album chart, the title single peaked at 64, a disappointment from their earlier successes. Still, Crown of Creation shouldn't be overlooked by any psychedelic lovers – Bay Area peers like the Grateful Dead and Santana seem more widely remembered – as it offers some of the Airplane's most intriguing music.