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This budget sampler opens with an energetic, memorable version of Bo Diddley's "Who Do You Love" with a bass line used by Led Zeppelin in "Whole Lotta Love." The economical but maximally effective lead guitar riffs from John Cipollina's Gibson burst with energy. Seconds after you hear the band's signature rambling, whirling, swirling sounds (with the bottom covered superbly by bassist David Frieberg and drummer Greg Elmore) you know you're in San Francisco's psychedelic period. The "dual guitar attack" of Cipollina and Gary Duncan functions not just as a showcase, but also as tone-setting punctuation marks, infusing the sound with a trippy but tight groove. Unfortunately, this track lasts only about 3 ½ minutes. For a true feeling of the band's sound, get the 6-part, 25-minute version on the great "Happy Trails" album. "What You Gonna Do About Me" is a truly mixed bag, a stoned sounding vocal that's just credible, and a mix of Latin and jazz inflected overlays: Horns, bongos, a Santana-like beat. At 6:42, it's too long, especially for a mediocre recording.Read more ›
Musically, nothing here stands out as especially good or especially bad. I could not pick a favourite as the songs here are all likeable enough if not special.
About half of the QMS albums available today seem to be compilations, collections of out-takes etc. If you are looking for an introduction to the band, this is a very good place to start.
In terms of the selection of material, any of the compilations will provide a reasonable intoduction. For me though, this CD wins a competition of equals by virtue of its price. It is a real bargain for a decent overview of the band's music. If you are new to QMS, you should certainly buy this first.
I knew a few of their most popular songs (Pride of Man, What about Me, Fresh Air, etc) but did not recall they did "Who Do You Love", so I'm off to get the extended version on "Happy Trails":-)
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Get real! QSM, although good, are not great, as are beatles, zepplin, phil keaggy, etc.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Seems pointless to write a review of an album that appears to be out-of-print, but Marketplace buyers should know that this album is only 51 minutes long. Read morePublished on November 17, 2005 by Redgecko
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