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Quicksilver Import, Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (January 14, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Bgo - Beat Goes on
  • ASIN: B0000011NF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,603 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hope
2. I Found Love
3. Song For Frisco
4. Play My Guitar
5. Rebel
6. Fire Brothers
7. Out Of My Mind
8. Don't Cry My Lady Love
9. The Truth

Editorial Reviews

One of the group's better albums, despite coming so late in their history that it was ignored by almost everyone. "Hope," "Fire Brothers," and "Don't Cry for My Lady Love" are among the best songs the group ever cut, and "I Found Love" is one of the prettiest, most upbeat songs ever to come from any classic San Francisco band. Some of the rest is self-indulgent, but that's what this era of music was about -- the guitar pyrotechnics of "Song for Frisco" and "Play My Guitar" make them both more entertaining than their somewhat bland melodies; the latter song, in particular, sounds like a Marty Balin/Jefferson Airplane outtake that would have been right on target about four years before the release date of this album. The whole record feels that way, a throwback to the psychedelic era circa late 1967. It's also very much a folk-rock record, with a rich acoustic guitar texture on many of the songs. For the record, since the CD reissue has no personnel information, the band at this point was Dino Valenti (guitar, vocals), Greg Elmore (drums), Gary Duncan (vocals, guitar), Mark Ryan (bass), Mark Naftalin (keyboards), and Chuck Steaks (keyboards). If you ever wondered what the Airplane might have done as a follow-up to Surrealistic Pillow with Marty Balin still singing lead, this is it. ~ Bruce Eder, All Music Guide

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Richard D. Hodgson on September 16, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Coming so late in their career, this album was overlooked by almost everyone, fans and non-fans alike. That's too bad, because it's one of their best. Most people agree that the shining moment for this band was their first album, and they may be right. But although this album sounded entirely different, it was another definite high point, and it's sad that almost nobody heard it. "The Truth" is one of my all-time favorite QMS songs, right up there with "Fresh Air" (the closest they ever came to having a "hit" song), from the "Just For Love" album. "Song For Frisco" is another favorite. And "Fire Brothers" and "Don't Cry My Lady Love" are downright pretty. Great stuff. If you're already a fan and never bought this album, I would highly recommend it. If you're not a fan and are just curious about this band, this really wouldn't be a bad place to start. But while you're at it, pick up the first album, too.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 22, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Not all Quicksilver albums were great. Or even good. But this one is simply an unspotted diamond. Brings you straight back to the Summer of Love, melancholy voice, soaring guitars and some great songs. Listen to Hope or I Found Love. Or my all time favorite Don't Cry My Lady Love. Just pianos and voices. The album has the same sorryfull tone as Layla or Year of The Cat. And makes you think of the girl you meet 20 years ago - and you still wonder why she left. If you're into the West Coast music from the 70'ties you simply gotta give this album a try. But get the right album - most of the others are best forgotten.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Terry Saundry on May 20, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This album was the sixth by Quicksilver (Messenger Service). On first listen, it sounded like a non-event. The second side (from "Fire Brothers" to "The Truth") is, however, absolutely wonderful! These four songs just flow. I hardly ever played the first side. Obviously, I don't have the CD so I can't vouch for the sound - as it seems to have been reissued in 1994 it should be good, though. The best QMS album for my money is the first. I never got as excited as others over "Happy Trails" (although the sleeve is fabulous!) and would have to say this is my second favourite. They were almost a different band by this stage (1971), of course, so don't expect instrumental fireworks. Recommended.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Herman on June 10, 2004
Format: Audio CD
It ain't "Happy Trails," and Cipollina, Freiberg, and Hopkins have all disappeared, but this is possibly the best of the Valenti-fronted QMS albums, in part because the band is really no longer pretending to be Quicksilver. It's Dino's show from first to last, with Duncan as sidekick, and some of the tunes ("Play My Guitar," "Song For Frisco") are as good as this team will produce. Of course, there's also some junk ("Out of My Mind," "Rebel"), but most of the songs fall comfortably in between.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. Griffin on March 19, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
At this point in their career, QMS were kinda stuck in second gear. The last 2 Lp's had done ok but not enough to warrant any big push from Crapitol, I mean Capitol Records. But Duncan, Valenti, et al responded by making this record. Jazzy , Folky and rocking all at the same time,for me this is the best QMS album. A big plus is that Bill Inglot did the remastering. QMS albums always suffered from crappy sound quality, but this remastered disc sounds great!!! I highly recommend this along with the next one (Comin' Thru)...........
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By DooDude on June 19, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This isnt really a Quicksilver Messenger Service album/CD. This is more of a Dino Velenti effort with some of the QMS members backing him. All the songs were written by Velenti except "I found Love" written by Gary Duncan.

Velenti's style brings more of a San Francisco/Western Acid Rock Accoustic flavor throughout the album that the other albums lacked. Velenti's was the style they should have stayed with if they were looking for major success. Velenti also wrote "fresh Air" "Cowboy on the run" & primarily all the memorable QMS tunes.

Having said that, the only other exceptional Quicksilver album, IMHO, was "Happy Trails" & Velenti wasnt on it. I think he was in jail for a drug conviction at the time of recording. "Happy Trails" shows what a good 'jamming band' they were without Velenti. But Velenti was the writter/front man they needed to bring it all together.

This album, simply titled "Quicksilver" was without a doubt their best & I think most definitive of who they wanted to be.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. K. Anderson on May 8, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I first heard Quicksilver Messenger Service in the late sixties and still prefer the original line-up of John Cippolina, Gary Duncan, David Frieberg and Greg Elmore. In my opinion, their best album was the live 'Happy Trails.'As personnel began to mutate in later albums and Dino Valenti began to control the group's direction, I liked them less and less. However, this 1971 offering is a gem. From the double-tracked lead guitars of the first song, 'Hope,' on through, the writing is masterful and the musicianship exquisite. Duncan proves himself a capable guitarist without the idiosyncratic Cippolina. Recommended.
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