Conspicuous Only in Its Absence

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Conspicuous Only in Its Absence
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Live album by The Great Society
Released March 1968
Recorded 1966
Venue The Matrix, San Francisco
Genre Psychedelic rock
Label Columbia
Producer Peter Abram
The Great Society chronology
Conspicuous Only in Its Absence
How It Was
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]

Conspicuous Only in Its Absence is an album by the American psychedelic rock band The Great Society and was released in 1968 by Columbia Records.[1] The album consists of recordings made during a live concert performance by the band at The Matrix club in San Francisco in 1966.[2] Additional recordings from the same concert were released later in 1968 on the album How It Was.[3] These two albums were repackaged in 1971 as a double album called Collector's Item.[1]

Upon its initial release in 1968, Conspicuous Only in Its Absence reached #166 on the Billboard Top LPs chart.[4] A single featuring "Sally, Go 'Round The Roses" and "Didn't Think So" was released in conjunction with the album by Columbia Records but it failed to chart.[5]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Sally, Go 'Round The Roses" (Lona Stevens, Zell Sanders)  – 6:32
  2. "Didn't Think So" (Grace Slick)  – 3:23
  3. "Grimly Forming" (Peter Vandergelder)  – 3:53
  4. "Somebody to Love" (Darby Slick)  – 4:27
  5. "Father Bruce" (Darby Slick, Grace Slick, Jerry Slick, David Miner)  – 3:31
  6. "Outlaw Blues" (Bob Dylan)  – 2:27
  7. "Often as I May" (Grace Slick)  – 3:43
  8. "Arbitration" (Peter Vandergelder)  – 3:58
  9. "White Rabbit" (Grace Slick)  – 6:15


The Great Society


  1. ^ a b c "Conspicuous Only in its Absence review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-01-27. 
  2. ^ "The Great Society Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-01-27. 
  3. ^ "How It Was review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-01-27. 
  4. ^ "Conspicuous Only in its Absence – Billboard chart placing". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-01-27. 
  5. ^ "Conspicuous Only in its Absence". Retrieved 2010-01-27.