Born to Be Burned is a compilation album by the San Francisco garage rock and psychedelic rock band The Great Society. The album is made up of material recorded during the band's short-lived association with Autumn Records in 1965, with the majority of it being previously unreleased. The exceptions to this are the songs "Someone to Love" and "Free Advice" (tracks 1 and 2 on the album), which had both been issued as a single on Northbeach Records, a subsidiary of Autumn Records, in February 1966.
The album contains many of The Great Society's signature songs, including "Free Advice", a drone-laden piece of raga rock, greatly influenced by Indian classical music, and "Father Bruce", a song inspired by comedian and counterculture hero, Lenny Bruce. The oriental-sounding "Daydream-Nightmare-Love" and the darkly psychedelic "Born to Be Burned" are also included. "Someone to Love" is arguably The Great Society's most famous song, due to the later hit single version by Jefferson Airplane (retitled "Somebody to Love"). The Great Society's vocalist, Grace Slick, joined Jefferson Airplane in late 1966 and consequently she sings lead vocal on the Airplane's recording of the song, which became a Top 5 hit in the U.S. in May 1967.
Famous quotes containing the words born to be, burned and/or born:
“the whole seems to fall into a shape
As if I saw alike my work and self
And all that I was born to be and do,
A twilight-piece. Love, we are in Gods hand.”
—Robert Browning (18121889)
“I want to ask You if it stands to reason
That women prophets should be burned as witches,
Whereas men prophets are received with honor.”
—Robert Frost (18741963)
“Women ... are completely alone, though they were born and bred upon this soil, as if they belonged to another class in creation.”
—Jennie June Croly 18291901, U.S. founder of the womans club movement, journalist, author, editor. F, Demorests Illustrated Monthly Mirror of Fashions, pp. 363-4 (December 1870)