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Infinite Love: Live At The Queen Elizabeth Hall 1971


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  • Audio CD (12 Oct 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hux Records
  • ASIN: B002M25VAI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 184,105 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Quintessence recorded five albums (for Island and RCA) between 1969-73 – all five are currently available on CD. This is the first ever 'new' Quintessence material unearthed – and doubles at one stroke the quantity of vintage Quintessence music available. Sound quality – recorded and preserved on 16-track multitracks - is extraordinary. Mastered by Cormac O'Kane, responsible for the sound on Sanctuary/Universal's widely acclaimed Pentangle box set and for numerous BBC soundtracks. 36 page full colour booklets designed by Mark Case, award-winning graphic designer. Includes 18,000 word group history and chronology from music biographer Colin Harper.

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By M. Pearson- Smith on 18 Nov 2009
Format: Audio CD
I've been fortunate to have experienced a lot of great concerts on three different continents since the late '60's. Highlights would include four Floyd, three Dead, two Quicksilver, two Love, two early 70's Jefferson Starship (when they were still great before it all started to disintegrate) Zappa and the Mothers (four different concerts - all great and completely different from each other) Beefheart (twice), Soft Machine (twice),Amon Duul II, Yes and Genesis at their peak, King Crimson (three), Family (twice), Pentangle, Colosseum (twice), Man (four), Hawkwind (twice), Country Joe (twice), Renaissance (twice), John Mclaughlin, Santana, Steve Hillage, Nektar, Blossom Toes, Steve Miller (before he was famous), Blue Oyster Cult, Racing Cars, John Martyn, Stackridge, Patto; Madder Lake and Spectrum in Australia - the list goes on and on, and I haven't even got to the punk/new wave era and beyond - Patti Smith, Television and the Stranglers were all fantastic in the late '70's....etc. etc.

But the one concert that comes out on top of all of the rest - the most uplifting evening of music I ever experienced - was Quintessence Live at Sheffield City Hall on 6th March 1971.

I actually saw Quintessence four times between 1970 and 1972 and was always blown away by their ability to improvise - seemingly forever - sometimes mellow and ethereal, sometimes making it impossible for the audience to stay in their seats, so infectious was the rhythm, and then reaching crescendos that literally put us into a state of ecstasy. I must be honest and admit that some nights it came together better than others. I also saw the Manchester Free Trade Hall gig on that '71 tour and though still a great night, it certainly wasn't as good as the one in Sheffield.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By noddy g on 8 Dec 2010
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I was too young to see them in 71, but this Cd makes up for it. In fact I only got into Quintessence by seeing the modern day Maha Dev's Quintessence perform all the old classics remarkably well. ( Still touring in 2010 and 2011) Since then Ive back tracked ! and this is a good start to getting the Quintessence live sound . I would recomend seeing the modern day line up and would recomend listening to this , the 'classic' line up !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ang on 18 Aug 2010
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waited a long time for live music from quintessance fantastic regret i never saw them live
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "Belgo Geordie" on 22 July 2012
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This was one of the last prog/rock concerts I saw. Quintessense at the Festering Hall. Circa 1971, and it was being recorded and rumour had it, it was to be their next release. You can hear me, I'm the one falling face first into the buckets of burning joss sticks during "Gunga Mai". Thanks Shiva for emptying your pint of lager over my head, you don't know what an influence that went on to have in my life. So, was it worth the forty year wait. I asked the doctor to take me off the plethora plus of meds I'm on so I could listen to it with as much purity as I then possessed as a fifteen year old. Now, as all know who saw them live, they were a good live act. You felt brilliant after a hit of Quintessence, could dance down the Strand (Lyceum Ballroom) kissing coppers and spending a night in the nick. This CD captures the live sound, hurrah! The cosmic energy of the band or at least a naive memory of what the band was about as I believe they were not such happy campers in the alltogether after gigs. But this, a double CD, is a great addition to their early and in my view best years. It has "Pearl and Bird" a beautiful track on "In Blissfull Company" and also "Giants" from same album. They work well live. What is muted on the live material as opposed to studio is Raja Ram's flute. In its stead you hear up front the great guitar playing of Allen and those cut glass vocals of Mr Shiva. Eeeh, the lad had (probably still has) a fine set of lungs and a warble to rattle the lights. Unlike other live offerings from this period, it is well enough recorded to stand in its own right. Well done all those chaps/chapettes at Island-unlocking the vaults and putting this one out to the world. What else you got hidden away then?
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Colin Harper on 27 Oct 2009
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As the Prof has said above, Ralph Beauvert's excellent mooncow website - especially Prof Cornelius' relatively recent interviews with three ex members reflecting on their time in the band - was indeed a major source for the notes. But it was by no means the only one, and (lest anyone think plagiarism was involved!) express permission to use the material was sought and given, by Ralph, before even a word of the 18,000 word notes was committed to type!

Other sources for quotation (all credited) include a substantial amount of the band's 1969-72 UK press coverage from NME, Melody Maker, Sounds, Disc, Zigzag, etc. Some of this material was acquired from press cuttings kept by band member Dave Codling but a lot was bought from rare magazine dealers specifically for the project by me (using a large part of the modest fee for writing said notes!), the writer of the notes and overseer of the mastering and design (36 page full colour booklets, no less). The notes are, without doubt and deliberately so, what historians would term a 'work of synthesis': taking disparate existing materials - primary and secondary sources - and weaving them into an accessible, substantial overview. Band members Phil and Dave are, I'm very happy to say, very pleased with the end result - and both looked over the notes BEFORE the CDs were printed and both also contributed personal anecdotes and extra bits of information - such as Phil's dealings with the Sun Records label and Dave's memories of the St Pancras gig, which can be heard on the 'Cosmic Energy' CD that accompanies this one - that were added in (either in paraphrase or in the form of direct quotation).
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