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  • Audio CD (1 July 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Repertoire
  • ASIN: B00004TKAQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,038 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Who Do You Love - Part 1
2. When You Love
3. Where You Love
4. How You Love
5. Which Do You Love
6. Who Do You Love - Part 2
7. Mona
8. Maiden Of The Cancer Moon
9. Calvary
10. Happy Trails

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Medium 1
  1. Who Do You Love (part 1)
  2. When You Love
  3. Where You Love
  4. How You Love
  5. Which Do You Love
  6. Who Do You Love (part 2)
  7. Mona
  8. Maiden Of The Cancer Moon
  9. Calvary
  10. Happy Trails

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4.0 out of 5 stars

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63 of 65 people found the following review helpful By See Why on 8 Feb. 2006
Format: Audio CD
If there is one album that would neatly justify the description 'not for all tastes' then this is it but for goodness sake folks don’t write it off just because you don’t get it!
For example one reviewer here says 'Better than anything the Grateful Dead ever did'. Such a comment would have any self-respecting old hippie tutting and shaking their heads. It’s nothing like the ‘Dead, it’s nothing like Cream. Believe it or not it actually has it’s own identity. To the reviewer who criticized the lyrical content. Please do your homework, they were written largely by Bo Diddley. Go accuse him of being lowbrow – see what response you get!
OK, so this album is clearly dividing opinion and maybe I'm not the best person to sum it up because I love it so but I felt the need to defend it from some of the attacks it has received here. About the audience participation: anyone who knows what it was actually like to be there, somewhere on the west coast, in the arena during one of those 'acid rock' gigs (hardly anybody called it that in those days) knows that audience participation was both such a new and an unusual thing that the musicians and the audience were learning as they went along. The most famous example I suppose being the ‘rain chant’ at Woodstock. Happy Trails contains one such segment that some reviewers seem to find objectionable. Why? What would you have done if you were there, NOT join in? I bet you would have ;-) It’s all about the time and the place. It's also one of my favourite parts of Happy Trails, building up the tension, finally exploding into a thoroughly expected but nonetheless satisfying guitar ambush. What’s not to love about that?
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mr. John L. Dyble on 23 Nov. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Bought this superb album when it was released and it has always divided opinion amongst all my friends as to its merits. Sure the vocals are unimpressive and at times the album labours. But this album contains in my opinion some of the finest structured guitar passages i have had the pleasure to listen to. The 5 minute Gary Duncan solo on When Do You love is simply amazing and still delights even today. Worth buying for that track alone. Other wonderful moments are Mona, Calvary and Maiden of the Cancer Moon. It does sound slightly dated but the lovely liquid guitar sound has only ever been emulated on early Country Joe and the Fish albums. Buy it and you will be in guitar heaven.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Paul of London on 20 Oct. 2012
Format: Audio CD
I can see why some people aren't that keen on Happy Trails, as 30-plus minutes of Bo Diddley rhythms won't be to everyone's taste. This occurred to me when I was subjected to a lengthy patch of some modern electronic stuff in the barber's the other day (some youngster might be able to inform me to which sub-sub-genre of 'dance' music it might belong), and nothing is quite so tedious as lengthy work-outs on one or two chords with a cement-mixer rhythm behind it, if you don't appreciate that particular brand of it. Each to his own; the various snippers seemed happy enough to work all day with it blaring out, as much as I found it a truly awful experience.

And Happy Trails does hammer away relentlessly. Still, I'm a sucker for that West Coast guitar sound, and John Cippolina perhaps was the San Francisco guitarist who encapsulated the essence of it best of all. His solo on 'Maiden of the Cancer Moon' still grips me as it did some 40 years back when I first heard it. Gary Duncan was no mean guitarist either, and he had a good voice too, barking out Bo Diddley's lyrics with enthusiasm. 'Calvary' is a fascinating instrumental with Latin overtones that ends up in a barrage of feedback; it could have slipped into melodrama with its tolled bells at one point, but keeps within the bounds of good taste. It also slips nicely into the title track, an incongruous and delightfully silly cowboy song which ends what was a pretty lengthy LP.

I must admit that I don't play the 'Who Do You Love?' suite in full that much; I usually programme it to omit the audience chanting in the middle. Greg Elmore's drumming isn't well recorded, which gives it a much more leaden feel than on other QMS albums.

And so, a classic? For me, it's one of its time, and one that has stood up pretty well over the decades. It has its faults, but where it's good it is indeed good.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By David Sandilands VINE VOICE on 3 Dec. 2000
Format: Audio CD
Who do you love and Mona are excellent examples of QMS live , the audience interaction is exciting and enervating, Cipollina's guitar playing is ecstatic and moving. Calvary is like a psychedelic spaghetti western and is quite in place and a good ol' boys yippee ay yay ending in Happy Trails means a great trip is guaranteed for all you heads out there :-)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By The Pure Flying Poco Sage on 19 Jan. 2011
Format: Audio CD
This is simply the San Francisco live,'acid rock', sound at its best. Obviously comparisons with the Dead will be made but for reasons well expressed by the other reviewers here they are pretty meaningless. I can understand why opinions are divided over this album, indeed at first I didn't like it myself being unable to as we said then, "get my head round it". However, I persevered (probably because you had to like it to be cool then) and I am so glad I did. It is one of the great, maybe the greatest, guitar album(s) flowing in a way that no other has ever equalled. Don't look for structured songs here just, to quote the Airplane,"ride the music". One of the two or three albums that would be in my top ten whenever you asked me.
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