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Quicksilver Messenger Service

Postby Samoan » 08 May 2019, 11:09

I've stumbled seriously into the aforementioned and I'm beguiled listening to the whole of Happy Trails and Fresh Air. Wonderful stuff. I almost went through a red light listening to it on the way to work this morning I was so mellow.. :roll:



Highest of praise here for a newbie to read -

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-album-reviews/happy-trails-116494/
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Postby Matt Wilson » 08 May 2019, 16:41

First two albums are great, sporadically good after that. The two-disc Sons of Mercury comp on Rhino is the best intro to the band.

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Postby GoogaMooga » 08 May 2019, 17:50

Have another hit - OF FRESH AIR
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Postby Sneelock » 08 May 2019, 19:34

"Happy Trails" is terrific. everybody has their own definition of "acid rock". I think "acid rock" is the rock that sounds like it was made on acid. I don't know what Quicksilver took the day they made these recordings but I'll bet there was some acid in there somewhere.

this version of "Mona" really sends me. I won't say it's better than Bo Diddley but it's certainly it's own thing.
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Postby Snarfyguy » 08 May 2019, 19:59

Every so often I need to hear this album:

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for some reason.
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Postby Neige » 08 May 2019, 22:22

Snarfyguy wrote:Every so often I need to hear this album:

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for some reason.


My introduction to the band - I love its stoned and sunny vibe and Dino Valente's vocals a lot.
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Postby The Fish » 08 May 2019, 22:38

Matt Wilson wrote:First two albums are great, sporadically good after that.


That's pretty much my take. I guess they were always Dino's band, but they sounded better when he was in jail. He seemed to clip Cipollina's wings, whereas he's in full flow on those first two. Dino's solo album is great though.
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Re: Quicksilver Messenger Service

Postby Charlie O. » 09 May 2019, 17:21

The Fish wrote:I guess they were always Dino's band, but they sounded better when he was in jail.

:lol:

I've known and loved the first two albums since college (mid-'80s), but only really started digging into the subsequent albums a couple of years ago. I was surprised to find that I liked most of it okay. I have very mixed feelings about Dino as a singer, but I could say that about David Freiberg as well. Dino's album is interesting, and there was a posthumous solo collection that was - again - surprisingly good.

But there was another QMS cd that came out some years back that was a rehearsal tape from not long after he'd gotten out of jail, and on that he comes off as a serious creepazoid - badgering and belittling the other members, constantly telling them how much better off they are now that he's around, and no-one else utters a word. I think we could use the word cult here.
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Postby Six String » 09 May 2019, 19:59

The anthology (2lp) with the black cover (not to be confused with the first album) is another good place to start.

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Postby never/ever » 10 May 2019, 01:11

I came to QMS through the 70s-albums and still find them very enjoyable. But yeah, Sons Of Mercury is pretty much peerless and a top collection.
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Postby Powehi » 10 May 2019, 14:09

Saw John Cippolina playing with Man at the Roundhouse in May 75 at the show that was released as Maximum Darkness the folllowing year. Remember it as being a pretty good show - even if many of JCs guitar parts later apparently had to be overdubbed in the studio. Also saw Led Zep at Earls Court twice that same weekend

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Re: Quicksilver Messenger Service

Postby GoogaMooga » 10 May 2019, 16:01

Freiberg went to Jefferson Starship
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Postby frimley_greener » 10 May 2019, 20:10

"Mona" live....wonderful stuff....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vu_hiGOrRI
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Postby Hepcat » 02 Jun 2019, 05:08

I recall giving a borrowed copy of their first LP several listens some fifty years ago:

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I thought it was alright, but I was never thereafter compelled to actually purchase any of their recordings.

It's been fifty years though. Perhaps I should give then another try.
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Re: Quicksilver Messenger Service

Postby Charlie O. » 04 Jun 2019, 00:31

GoogaMooga wrote:Freiberg went to Jefferson Starship

By way of the Airplane. He's on their last, live album Thirty Seconds Over Winterland - just as a singer, though, not as bassist. He had shared a house with Paul Kantner and David Crosby for a time, before any of them became famous.
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