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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Quicksilver Messenger Service - Quicksliver (1971 us - simply amazing)



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.
by Bruce Eder

Tracks
1. Hope – 3:01
2. I Found Love – 3:56
3. Song for Frisco - 4:58
4. Play My Guitar – 4:38
5. Rebel – 2:02
6. Fire Brothers – 3:12
7. Out of My Mind – 4:34
8. Don't Cry My Lady Love – 5:12
9. "The Truth – 6:58

Band
* Dino Valenti – vocals, guitar, flute, percussion
* Gary Duncan - vocals, guitar
* Mark Ryan – bass
* Greg Elmore – drums, percussion
* Chuck Steaks – piano, organ

7 comments:

adamus67 said...

Hello Marios
A great gift to all visitors blog
With pleasure I listened to this CD
Thank you for your time & efforts to share this great find,highly recommended to all
Cheers
(Thanks for Jawbone)

mkraemer55 said...

Thank you. Great taste in music.

Bob said...

Thx Marios QUICKSILVER MS IS one of my all time favorite bands

Hotroder said...

Marios the man,thanks for this classic and in flac,cheers.

Wowee Zowee said...

Just linked here from Phrockblog, after realising I didn't have a lossless digital version of this fine album.
Thanks a lot for the upgrade, Marios.

Cheers.

André Luiz said...

I did not know this album. Thanks for the post.

kobilica said...

Many thanks for this fantastic band...