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Happy Trails [Live]

Quicksilver Messenger ServiceAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 9, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000002UTY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,011 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Possibly the best live album to come out of psychedelic San Francisco, with epic re-workings of Bo Diddley's Who Do You Love and Mona . John Cipollina rules!

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95 of 96 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
The Quicksilver Messenger Service was never as well-known as some other San Francisco bands of the late sixties, but they played first-rate music that was original and inspiring. In my own humble opinion, the band was at its best when vocalist Dino Valente was NOT a participant (i.e., pre-1970), and the first two albums produced by QMS remain among the very best recordings of the legendary "San Francisco Sound."
"Happy Trails," recorded at the Fillmores East and West and released in 1969, represents an (edited) example of the band's very finest live performances; the music sounds fresh and exuberant even after more than thirty years.
What was originally the first side of a vinyl lp showcases the Quick's interpretation of Bo Diddley's fabulous "Who Do You Love." The result is a fabulous musical journey featuring incredible guitar solos by Gary Duncan and John Cipollina and also by bass player David Freiberg. Drummer Greg Elmore holds the whole piece together not only with his tight and steady rendition of the trademark Bo Diddley beat, but also his ability to provide a solid rhythmic backing to the improvised guitar solos.
The long, jazz-tinged solo by Duncan has always particularly impressed me with its inventiveness and structural near-perfection. "Who Do You Love" also includes a playful interchange between band and audience that leads gloriously into Cipollina's exuberant solo. Overall, this recording represents some of the finest and most memorable music to emerge from the amazing San Franciso rock scene that emerged during the "psychedelic era."
What was side two of the vinyl album begins with a fine version of another Diddley classic, "Mona," and finishes with a fun, campy rendition of the Roy Rogers/Dale Evans theme song, "Happy Trails.
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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive QMS August 8, 2004
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This is a superlative example of west coast, jam innovation from the late 60s. Hard to believe this is from 1968 and pre-dates some of the best Dead, Hendrix guitar feedback exercises. The 25 min version of Bo Diddely's Who Do You Love highlights the album along with a shorter but no less startling Mona. This is a must if you want to explore the Dead around that time. John Cippolina is in full force. Check him out too on the recently released Grateful Dead. Closing of Winterland, where he leads a 20 min "Not Fade Away".
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock's Longest Song, Worth Every Minute December 3, 1999
Format:Audio CD
I've worn out two vinyl albums, several cassette copies and will probably wear out the first cd soon. The two Bo Diddley songs have enormous depth and Quicksilver's interpretation excavates many rich layers not evident on versions of these songs by others. The legendary extended guitar solos dominate the album and have been thoroughly scrutinized by other reviewers. Most people dismiss the middle portion of the recording as an undisciplined ego trip and boring, but it is for me among the most interesting and creative musical performances every captured on tape. It does not become apparent to first-time listeners that this is a live performance until Gary Duncan's jazzy, bluesy guitar solo ends and Greg Elmore's bizarre drum interlude begins. The strange squeaking and chiming noises, uncontrolled feedback, and other messiness emanating from Duncan's and Cipollina's guitars, which is admittedly annoying on first listen, support Elmore's marvelous rhythmic interpretations of the Bo Diddley theme. This is no ego-inspired power trip. Whoever heard of a drum solo being the quietest part of the record? Elmore's drumming slides into a completely unique, beautiful and spontaneous interaction between the band and the audience that has quite likely never been attained by any another performing band, or at least it hasn't been recorded. Audiences no longer behave like they did when Quicksilver performed, nor did they behave that way very long. For the first third of Who Do You Love, the audience listens to the music. For the next third they become part of it with shouts and hand claps and screams. Then Cipollina levels them with his stunning solo. Read more ›
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most representative San Francisco album of all August 7, 2012
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To call this a classic is an understatement. Live albums are ubiquitous but "Happy Trails", the Allman's "Fillmore East", CSNY "Four Way Street", and the Who "Live at Leeds" are my personal favorites because each is so much more than a mere live representation of the particular artist. John Cipollina (ranked #32 on Rolling Stone critic David Fricke's list of Greatest Guitarists) along with guitarist Gary Duncan are best heard on this album. Critic William Ruhlmann wrtes that Cipollina's lead guitar work "came to typify the San Francisco Sound of the 1960s" and that with his death in 1989 "a major chapter in the history of rock and roll must be closed."

There are 3 live albums that capture the San Francisco sound as a neat trilogy: 1)Quicksilver's "Happy Trails", 2)Grateful Dead "Live Dead", and 3)Jefferson Airplane's "Bless It's Pointed Little Head". All were released within months of each other in early 1969 and really can't be beat as a remarkable representation of a unique moment in music history.

I have had multiple versions of Happy Trails on vinyl and cd. This one is definitely the best sounding (especially for a live album released in '69). All of the Culture Factory CD Vinyl Replicas are encoded using state of the art, high definition remastering in 96 kHz / 24 BIT audio and this one is no exception.

The reviewer who says it is not good sound quality either has an older version or needs a new stereo system.

John Cipollina, R.I.P.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 11 days ago by J. Manock
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Gary Duncan is the smokin' guitar player on the album.
Published 27 days ago by RM Kingfish
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the finest albums ever recorded from the heyday of San...
I first heard this when I was 14 years old, and was completely floored by it. To me, it was an astonishing listening experience, really transformative, and it became sort of a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Henry D. Lord
5.0 out of 5 stars This is not anything like Fresh Air and What about me
I was primarily only aware of the 2 hit songs sung by Dino Valenti, until I purchase this album. This is not anything like Fresh Air and What about me. Read more
Published 1 month ago by John P. Butler
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Still a phenomenal album - now even better without the hiss and pops of vinyl.
Published 1 month ago by drtotten
5.0 out of 5 stars Quicksilver Messenger Service Happy Trails
I bought the album in 1969 mainly because I saw them perform in Merced Ca. in 1969 (I was 14 years old, my first concert) If my memory serves me correctly, there were 5 bands... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Joel Gibbs
1.0 out of 5 stars Painful To Listen To This Garbage
This is really painful to listen to. They call this jamming - sounds like goose farts. The worst of the worst 60s pot heads. No music here. AVOID AT ALL COST!!!
Published 4 months ago by MJH
5.0 out of 5 stars Quicksilver's Masterpiece
When it was released in 1969, "Happy Trails" was something of a shock to fans of the first album, who hadn't heard Quicksilver perform in concert. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ricardo Mio
2.0 out of 5 stars Pop goes the album
This album was supposed to be new. However, it was full of pops throughout the entire album. It is hard to enjoy an album when there are constant pops. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Derk VanAllsburg
5.0 out of 5 stars Music Treasure
Best album by an extremely talented band, They had a very particular sound and the sound is still world class these decades later.
Published 5 months ago by Phyl
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john cippollina
What can you say about John Cipollina except that he was one of the best guitarist to play in the San Francisco area and other places. They were a great jam band. Quicksilver Messenger Service. If you like double lead guitar work you'll love any of their seven original studio albums.
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