"This record led to the popularity of San Francisco bands: Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Sly and the Family Stone, Janis Joplin, and Santana. All bands in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Anyway, we brought the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia with us to L. A. He is listed as 'Spiritual Advisor' on the record. He made a comment in the studio one day: 'that's as surrealistic as a pillow.' Somebody said (maybe Marty) 'hey, what a great name for the record: Surrealistic Pillow.' Jerry also played on 'Today' and 'Comin' Back To Me.'"
Later in the liner notes...
"To produce the album, RCA Records assianged a member of its in-house production staff, Rick Jarrard. But untrusting of record company executives, the Airplane asked their friend Jerry Garcia, of the Grateful Dead, to accompany them to L. A. for the sessions, to offer moral support and add a few guitar licks--he is credited on the album cover only as 'musical and spiritual adviser,' but can be heard on a handful of songs on the album.
How Garcia made it onto those tracks remains something of a mystery though. Oddly, while all of the band members swear to Garcia's heavy involvement with the sessions (and RCA paperwork for the album lists him as a player), Jarrard claims, 'Jerry Garcia was never present on any of those sessions. Jerry Garcia played no guitar on that album. I never met Jerry Garcia. I produced that album from start to finish. If Jerry Garcia was there, he was certainly in his spirit form.' Pat 'Maurice' Ieraci, another RCA staffer who was present at some of the sessions, concurs with Jarrard's surprising statement--Ieraci never saw Garcia either.
One thing that no one disputs is that Garcia did come up with the album's title: 'This is as surrealistic as a pillow,' he is said to have uttered one day. And so it was."
Later, on "Today": "That's Garcia you hear playing the simple, repetitive but poignant lead guitar riff on this song."
On "Plastic Fantastic Lover": "Marty, who recalls writing the song in Chicago after looking at a plastics factory, delivers a vocal that's cool but deliberate. Jorma, Jack and Spencer rage behind him, joined by Garcia who, comments Dryden, 'just nailed the door shut on it.'"
What a weird-ass controversy: the band members all say he was there, the record company says he was there, but the producer says he wasn't?
NP: Nine Inch Nails - "The Becoming" (does this song have the same vocal melody as a Dirt Alice In Chains song? Hmmm)