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The Best of Quicksilver Messenger Service

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Quicksilver Messenger Service - Best Of - Cd

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Who Do You Love
  2. What About Me
  3. Shady Grove
  4. Just For Love
  5. Fresh Air
  6. Pride Of Man
  7. Dino's Song
  8. Joseph's Coat
  9. Long Haired Lady
  10. California State Correctional Facility Blues
  11. Stand By Me


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 21, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Special Products
  • ASIN: B000002TF4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,405 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By M. Allen Greenbaum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 12, 2004
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An essential 1960's San Francisco band, QSM never hit it as big commercially as some of their competitors, but they retain a huge following. Their biggest asset was the incredible lead guitarist, John Cipollina, whose biting and swirling riffs are incredibly powerful. Other major contributors were rhythm guitarist and vocalist Gary Duncan, bassist David Freiberg, and session man Nicky Hopkins (pianist with the Stones and others), drummer Greg Elmore, and erstwhile founder Dino Valenti. Their self-titled first album was released June 30, 1967 (most sites list the year as 1968).

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.
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By A Customer on February 14, 2001
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I have had this CD for some time. I love it. A good collection of Quicksilver songs. A nice one-album collection. Great for all of us that remember seeing Quicksilver at the Filmore, Filmore West, Avalon, or Family Dog on the Great Highway. The guitar work is great! Clean, clear music without the use of gizmos and tricks. Should be playd LOUD!
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Here you can find eleven tracks from assorted parts of the Quicksilver Messenger Service catalogue. The musical content is mellow, mostly guitar oriented rock.
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.
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Although it's relatively short, this bargain CD is a great introduction to Quicksilver for those who are unfamiliar with the band and curious about their music. This is one of my all time favorite bay-area bands, and although it was a bit overplayed at the time, "Fresh Air" is without a doubt one of my dozen or so all time favorite songs. For a bargain disc, the sound quality of this release is amazingly good. Most of the original albums are long out of print in America, although most are available as imports. Hearing this may indeed prompt you to seek out the others. In the meantime, you can't beat this release for the money. There are some obvious omissions, but it's a great little sampler of a great band at a great price.
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By A Customer on January 15, 2000
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This is a good disc for those new to or curious about Quicksilver. Its contents have songs from different configurations of the band. Fresh Air, Shady Grove and What About Me are classics. Recommended!
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Over all, this CD is kind of a boring let-down. A couple tedious songs, and a couple that are not really listenable.

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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this is a classic musical trip into the San Fransisco scene of the late 60`s. It is joyfully timeless in its content of songs from the highly underated quicksilver messenger service! What a band what a scene to have been lucky enough to have been at the filmore to see them live! but alas as mick and the stones sang you cant always get what you want but sometimes you get what you need, and this album is the next best thing!Rock on World!!!
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