Embryonic Journey (instrumental)

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"Embryonic Journey"
Single by Jefferson Airplane
from the album Surrealistic Pillow
Format Vinyl record (7") 45 RPM
Recorded November 22, 1966
Genre Folk rock
Length 1:54
Label RCA Victor
Writer(s) Jorma Kaukonen
Producer(s) Rick Jarrard

The acoustic instrumental "Embryonic Journey" composed by Jefferson Airplane / Hot Tuna guitarist Jorma Kaukonen originally appeared as the ninth track on Jefferson Airplane's second album Surrealistic Pillow but has been often anthologized, and multiple takes were released as an album also entitled Embryonic Journey. According to the album's liner notes, Kaukonen composed the tune in 1962 as part of a guitar workshop in Santa Clara and included it on Surrealistic Pillow at the band's behest.

This song has been used in the film Purple Haze, the final Friends episode (entitled "The Last One"), in the movie The Rookie during a homosexual montage scene, in the movie Berkeley in the Sixties at the end with the credits, and recently in a UK television commercial for Norwich Union. It was also included on the A Walk on the Moon movie soundtrack.

The track was Kaukonen's first composition to appear on an album, and subsequently became his signature song at live performances.

Covers[edit]

Leo Kottke did a cover version on his 1979 album Balance.