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Live At The Winterland Ballroom [VINYL] Live

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  • Vinyl (25 Nov 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Cleopatra Records
  • ASIN: B00F0MXA8C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 605,369 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Losing Hand
2. Play My Guitar
3. Mojo
4. What About Me?
5. The Hat
6. Who Do You Love?
7. Jam 1
8. Jam 2

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By P. Chitty on 8 Mar 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I appreciate the sound deficiencies and the detailed analysis given by some but hey....we are listening to performances the best part of 50 years ago although this particular set is from '73!!!! Give me this anyday over the stuff i have to endure from my 2 sons in their early 20's! Just enjoy it and be thankful these gems are there!!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Mercury Rising 14 Dec 2013
By Stewart Hickey - Published on
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First off, let me clarify my four star rating; I'm giving this CD three stars for the sound quality and five stars for the concert performance, which balances out to four stars. This performance was taken from a December 1, 1973 concert at Winterland in San Francisco, which had Quicksilver Messenger Service headlining a bill that also included the Sons of Champlin and John Cipollina's Columbia label recording group, Copperhead. There is some extant film footage of the Copperhead and QMS sets, which can be found on the expanded, two DVD reissue of the documentary John Cipollina: Electric Guitar Slinger. The film of QMS performing "Who Do You Love?" is also posted on Youtube.
The QMS lineup had original members John Cipollina on guitar and David Frieberg on keyboards, rejoining the then current lineup consisting of Dino Valenti on lead vocals and guitar, Gary Duncan on lead guitar and vocals, Mark Ryan on bass guitar, and, dig this, a tandem drum kit battery, like the Dead and the Allmans, with Greg Elmore and Harold Aceves in the drum seats.
The recording is presented in a monophonic mix, and I'm wondering if it might have even been taken from the film soundtrack. There also does seem to be some variation in the quality of the mix, with both lead guitars coming through very clearly in the opening track, and a bit less so on some others. However, the rhythm section is done the greatest injustice by the mix, as it's lacking in the bass end range. Mark Ryan was an outstanding bassist who had a heavy, full tone reminiscent of Jefferson Airplane/Hot Tuna bassist Jack Casady, and the double drum setup was very powerful.
The live performance itself is stunning. One of the complaints leveled by some reviewers of the Valenti QMS lineups, is that his frontman act reigned in the jamming facet of the band. Not so here. Perhaps it was the energy of the double drum kits, or the challenge of playing before a large Winterland audience with promoter Bill Graham cracking the whip, but Duncan and Cipollina take no prisoners here, pushing the music higher and higher. The band is tight and the playing is energetic and focused. The highlights include an excellent take on the blues standard, "Losing Hand", done in a Latin jazz rock arrangement similar to "Fresh Air", a scorching version of Valenti's "Mojo", and a 19 minute jam up on "Who Do You Love" that includes a spacy psychedelic section.
The CD comes in a digipack format and includes a booklet with photos and liner notes. A sizzleing perfornance by a great guitar band, just be aware of the bootleg sound quality limitations.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Riveting Performance -- Mono Sound 19 July 2014
By Ricardo Mio - Published on
Format: Audio CD
If your idea of Quicksilver is guitarists John Cipollina and Gary Duncan going head-to-head in the live arena, this is for you. Almost as compelling is Dino Valenti who by this time had developed into a raw, gritty and nuanced blues singer.

About the reunion -- it was a one-shot deal. Cipollina's band Copperhead was opening for Quicksilver at Winterland, David Freiberg was backstage, thus making a reunion not only possible but inevitable. The band: Mark Ryan (no slouch) on bass, Freiberg on keys, two drummers--Greg Elmore and Harold Aceves on separate sets of drums--Valenti on vocals, and of course Cipollina and Duncan on electric guitars.

About the performance -- it's riveting. The band begins with "Losing Hand," an old Ray Charles' number that, after Valenti sings the opening verses, Cipollina and Duncan take turns in the spotlight, back and forth, ever tighter and tighter. Running over nine minutes, it's the highlight of the set. From there, the band rips through "Play My Guitar" and "Mojo," featuring more of Cipollina's and Duncan's heated guitar dialogue. After that, the band cools off a bit for "What About Me" and "The Hat" before lighting up again for "Who Do You Love." "Jam 1" and "Jam 2" extend the groove begun with "Who Do You Love." The playing on these closing numbers is a throwback to the band's earlier psychedelic days, in which Cipollina and Duncan produce a variety of electronic sounds from their guitars. Hot stuff.

About the sound -- it's mono, and varies in quality throughout the set, probably because the sound people kept adjusting the levels. For example, the guitars never sound as clear and sharp as they do on "Losing Hand." After that, the sound quality drops off. Mind you, you can pick out who's playing what, but must pay closer attention. The sound quality improves on "Who Do You Love" but not to the level of "Losing Hand." Bottom line: B- sound for A+ performance.

Summary: led by Cipollina and Duncan the band plays like their lives depended on it--raw, driven, emotional. A stellar performance. Whether you appreciate Valenti or not, on this night he too shines. "Losing Hand" by itself makes this a keeper. Five stars.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By C. Saunders - Published on
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I bought this entirely with the idea in mind that there might be some more vintage guitar playing of the criminally under-recorded John Cippolina. Well, the first song really got me excited and I was thinking oh baby, homerun! But then as I plowed through the rest of it, unfortunatly the criminally over-recorded Dino Valenti (IMHO, one song was too many to record him!) steps in and puts his two-cents into the whole thing and it never reaches the peak I hoped it would. It is not a bad recording of the band but I honestly have to say, I think the two longer cuts that feature Dino Valenti drags down the entire effort so when I burned my own copy, I left them off the CD and added a couple extra vintage cuts of Quicksilver from Wolfgang's Vault to fill it in.
Quicksilver Messenger Service 15 Mar 2014
By THOMAS C. BIAGI - Published on
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Saw Quicksilver many times at the ballrooms in the late sixties. Great to hear the stuff they continued doing.
Sound quality was much better than in the past.
Performance good-Sound fair 15 Oct 2013
By Michael Sphar - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
QMS was never on my radar screen until I saw them live in Santa Barbara,CA. I was one of the lucky ones to see them twice around 1968(The Golden Years). After that, they dropped out of sight. They started out as a blues band and morphed into a monster band that displayed a fierce, personal style. Listeners can go to You Tube and listen to parts of this concert. The sound is better on You Tube vs the CD which is why I gave it four stars. The bass and keyboards are barely audible in the mix and the CD isn't that crisp. Looks like Duncan, Cipollina, Elmore, Michael Lewis on Keyboards, Bass?(I don't know), and Valenti. Even though Valenti is fronting the group, if you can take the macho posturing and whiny voice in stride, this is good concert. On all the songs, the band really stretches out their guitar work with a bit more length and edge vs the studio versions. Duncan, with his bittersweet, high wire solos is the perfect complement for the stinging, tremolo inflected style of Cipollina. And when they latch on to a groove, drummer Elmore keeps it all together. For drummers, he is one of the best and deserves more credit. Finally, they do a marathon version of "Who Do You Love" that ends in a spectacular crescendo. Check it out on You Tube!
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