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Live at the Carousel Ballroom 1968 Import
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Live At The Carousel Ballroom, San Francisco, 4th April 1968
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The sound is absolutely excellent throughout, especially for a concert in '68 not being specifically taped for a commercial release. On my equipment the balance of the mix seems about right. I note that another reviewer complains that Cipollina is overpowered by the rest of the band but I don't find that a problem. I can hear him fine. I particularly like the fact that you can also pick up Freiburg's bass very well throughout, which is often not the case in recordings from that period, and David's bass lines are well worth paying attention to. I also reckon the vocals from Duncan and Freiburg are fairly decent for the most part. Let's face it, they are about as good as you were ever going to get on just a regular night like this. Freiburg struggles a bit with the "heaven's above" highpoint on 'The Fool" but by and large makes a pretty good fist of those high vocal parts which most male singers of the rock genre would find challenging anyway.
Their aforementioned opus "The Fool" closes disc 1 and is certainly the highlight. I rate this a better live version than the one on "Lost Gold and Silver" or the Psycho release "Maiden of the Cancer Moon" (same take on both those albums). Gary Duncan's fretwork here, on the song he co-wrote with Freiburg, is superb and worth the price of this cd alone.Read more ›
All of the great bands have off nights. I wouldn't say this is a good or a terrible performance, and there are some very good moments. The guitars are out of tune, Gary Duncan's vocals and guitar are way too prominent in the mix, and overwhelm John Cippolina's guitar. Quicksilver was never known for great vocals, and left to Duncan and Frieberg, they can be quite distracting from the overall experience, and unfortunately, at times downright painful. When they are playing their classic "Who Do You Love" and sections of "The Fool" there are glimpses of their greatness, although who wants to hear Duncan's rhythm guitar overpower Cippolina's lead sections in the mix, no one I think. We have a guest flute player on "Light Your Windows" which gives it a different feel, the "Who Do You Love" is a more laid back take than usual, and in fact there is a jazzy quality to much of the guitar jamming, that is enjoyable. This is only the second live version of "The Fool" to see release. It is perhaps their "Dark Star", a truly unique and great song, if you can forgive the vocals in search of unreachable (for Duncan) notes.
The second disc is a 41 minute jam. Those of us old enough to have attended shows from this era remember the tradition. After all the bands have finished their sets, a number of musicians from all the groups get up on stage, and like this example, they riff at great length on a blues progression.Read more ›
The performance is quite good, though a bit laid back, particularly during "Who Do You Love", compared to other recordings of this lineup. The band is also joined onstage by a flautist during "Light Your Windows". Though not identified from the stage, it could be jazz icon Charles Lloyd, who played the Fillmore, and was known to jam onstage with the Grateful Dead. Disc one features good run-throughs of "Who Do You Love", "The Fool", and Quicksilver's underappreciated arrangement of "Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You", soon to be made famous by Led Zepplin.
The entire second disc is given over to a 41 minute jam. Nothing more than an extended blues shuffle, it's not quite as imaginative or exciting as the band's other jam forays. However, it is of historical interest, and also features playing from the previously mentioned flautist and an unidentified violin player.Read more ›
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Definitely, one heck of a surprise for the listener(s) who hasn't seen the track listing for the live QMS 2-CD title. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Mike Reed