Anthology Box 1966-1970
Limited Edition, Ltd ed.
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DISC 1: STUDIO OUTTAKES
1967 Sessions: Quicksilver Messenger Service
1. Dino s Song
2. Gold And Silver (Take 17)
3. Light Your Windows
4. Pride Of Man
5. I Hear You Knockin
6. Stand By Me (Take 1)
7. Stand By Me (Take 2)
8. The Fool
9. Gold And Silver (Take 18)
1969 Sessions: Happy Trails
DISC 2: LIVE 1966-1967
November 5, 1966: Live at The Fillmore Auditorium
1. Dino s Song
2. Hair Like Sunshine (Long Distance Call)
3. If You Live (Your Time Will Come)
4. All Night Worker
5. Got My Mojo Workin
6. You Don t Love Me
7. Suzie Q
8. Hoochie Coochie Man
9. Babe, I m Gonna Leave You
10. Stand By Me
11. Pride Of Man
February 4, 1967: Live at The Fillmore Auditorium
12. I Hear You Knockin
13. Gold And Silver
15. Don t Tell Me You re Sorry (I Can t Believe It)
16. A Strange, Funny World (Look Around)
17. Walkin Blues
18. Duncan And Brady
19. Who Do You Love?
DISC 3: LIVE 1968-1970
June 7, 1968: Live at The Fillmore East
1. Smokestack Lightnin
2. Light Your Windows
3. Back Door Man
4. The Fool
1970: Live at Winterland
5. Too Far
6. The Warm Red Wine
8. Long Haired Lady
March 29, 1970: Live at The Old Mill Tavern
12. Blues Jam
Monterey Pop Festival (1967)
1. Dino s Song
From the film Revolution (1968)
2. Babe, I m Gonna Leave You
Sonoma State College (1970)
4. The Warm Red Wine
5. Baby Baby
Fillmore Carousel Ballroom - July 4, 1971
8. Fresh Air
Winterland Ballroom - December 1, 1973
10. Losing Hand
11. Play My Guitar
13. What About Me
14. The Hat
15. Who Do You Love?
Running Time: 1 Hour, 40 Minutes
Special limited edition multimedia box set covering the crucial late 60s period of the legendary San Francisco-based jam band, Quicksilver Messenger Service!
Features rare studio outtakes from the band s highly celebrated first 2 albums, plus 2 full discs of live material recorded at the epicenter of America s countercultural revolution, the Fillmore Auditorium - released here for the first time!
Includes a BONUS DVD of more vintage live performances - all packaged in a gorgeous box with full liner notes, collectible poster, button and more! --Official Press Release
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Wow. And I don't mean that in a good sense. Being a long time QMS fan (since I was lucky enough to hear them live in '68/'70 in the Bay Area) I thought this was going to be so much better. By now we've all gotten used to "deluxe" editions of older music-complete with studio and live tracks-usually in good to great sound. This is not the case here.
The first disc of studio outtakes is listenable for the most part (think average bootleg), but is certainly nothing special. The sound is indifferent, and the tracks don't deliver what you expect-some are better than others, but not by much.
The second disc of live tracks has much better sound-from 1966/67 Fillmore Auditorium. A lot of it is basic r'n'r-without the long guitar duels from Cippolina and Duncan. In all honesty, some of this is what I remember hearing at the time, so it's okay, but nothing special. QMS was heavily influenced by the blues, Bloomfield and the ELECTRIC FLAG, (their first album was produced by Nick Gravenites and Harvey Brooks from that band), and they never really shook off that influence for better or worse. Gone are the Haight-Ashbury guitar flashes. Gary Duncan was the band's secret weapon-he could (and did) play both lead and rhythm guitar (as did Cippolina at times), and he constantly pushed the band into r'n'r/r&b/blues. On a good night they were phenomenal, unbelievable-the rhythms the band threw out were, at times, overwhelming.
The third disc is from 1968/70, from the Fillmore ('68), Winterland ('70), and The Old Mill Tavern ('70), and is more of the same. The sound is a bit better here, with "Light Your Windows" sounding pretty good. Likewise "The Fool"-it's a fair representation of the song. "Mona" is okay sound/performance-wise, with the other tracks relying heavily on blues changes. The "Blues Jam" is just that. Blues legend James Cotton (harmonica) is heard here, but this is truly something you'd hear on a drunken night in a tavern, like The Old Mill, from any passable band.
The DVD is not much. The video image leaves a bit to be desired. Bad quality Monterey Pop Festival, a couple of tracks from the "quicky" hippie exploitation movie "Revolution" (the vinyl soundtrack also featured MOTHER EARTH, and THE STEVE MILLER BAND-and has never been issued on CD), Sonoma State College ('70), and some stuff from late period QMS ('71/'73) from (I guess) either the Fillmore or The Carousel, and Winterland.
This release is a missed opportunity. I was so full of hope and expectations that this would be a good addition to the first couple of QMS albums-but it's not. The electricity on a good night set the band on a higher plateau, above whoever else was playing that night. If you're a QMS collector, or a die-hard fan I suppose this would be worth purchasing. But for those who remember the band during it's prime, either on album or (preferably) live-this isn't the real deal. Too bad.
Although I got ALL the other 60's Psychedelic Band's albums out there (including the Grateful Dead, who I also love) back then, I have been "Touched" by the "Quicksilver-Gene" and for me, it is QMS all the way.In other words, ever since them, I never grew up - and never want to. Quicksilver Messenger Service (the Original 4-Piece: "non-Dino Valenti version", of course) are truly Gods to me in Human Form.
Therefore, if you are like me - all you old "Hippies" out there - this Box set is a MUST for you to make it thru the rest of your Life here on this Planet. For me it's "Planet Quicksilver" Forever, Also to boot, you get a spectacular QMS "Freak Flag" "in specially-marked packages" (LOL) for you to proudly display your QMS Loyalty to your Friends & Neighbors as they drive by - even if they'll never "get it" !
Disc 1 "Outtakes": The track titled 'Studio Chat' is no such thing. It's a brief recording of echoed and distorted laughter, which might or might not be of members of Quicksilver. Track 9 is supposed to be a recording of "The Fool", but there's nothing really there.
Disc 2 "Live 1966-1967": This disc constitutes the best part of the Anthology, but it doesn't really represent the best of what the band did. I was about to suggest that the recording of "Acapulco Gold and Silver" on this disc is beautiful, but it's only two minutes long! I think the latter portion of the disc is mislabeled, too, becuase Dino Valenti's on it. To my knowledge, Dino didn't perform with the band in 1966 and 1967. (Correct me if I'm wrong.) In any case, Dino wasn't a rock 'n roller and didn't do anything but detract from Quicksilver. The last track on this disc is a rendition of "Who Do You Love" that, despite an absence of notes to tell me otherwise, I'd swear features Country Joe on vocal.
Disc 3 "Live 1968-1970": The first four tracks feature 1968 recordings by the classic Duncan, Cippolina, Elmore, Freiberg line-up; the remaining eight tracks do not and, so, in my view, are rather useless. (If you like the post-Happy Trails editions of the band, then pay no attention to my remarks.)
All of the recordings featured in the Anthology are of what I'd call reasonably-good to rather-good bootleg quality sound.
The DVD is almost entirely worthless. The first clip features a poor quality copy of the Monterey Pop Festival performance of "Dino's Song". There is a great copy of this clip on the Criterion Collection edition of D.A. Pennebaker's Monterey Pop Festival film; the images there are sharp and the sound quality is good. The same clip on the Anthology is inferior in terms of both sound and imagery. The one isn't even properly synched with the other. The remainder of the DVD is about as poor a collection of nonsense as one could find.
The booklet features badly edited notes that were, evidently, written by Dave Thompson. At one point, there's a reference to the Happy Trails album, followed almost immediately by one to "Happy Days". Just an indication that the producers of this set weren't really paying attention.
So, here's my bias. Take it for what you will: My interest in Quicksilver Messenger Service amounts to a hoplessly romanticized fascination with the band that made the 1968 and 1969 LPs and it stops right about there. I'd rather hear Gary's vocals than David's and I'd rather hear the guys jam on extended blues workouts and abstract noise than I would listen to them sort their way through some of the other dross that occupied them. I'll have to content myself with the 1968 and 1969 Capitol Records LPs; they remain the best collective representation of the band.
OK. By now, I've listened to most all of the set. Yeah. Skip this one. I'm sorry I bought it.