QMS' debut album is generally thought to be their best, after which each subsequent release found diminishing critical favour, though their first five all contain something worth hearing. They seem to have been in a state of constant flux. This album includes the superb 'Dino's Song', written by singer Dino Valenti, who was absent from recordings as he'd been busted. He returned for later albums. Crucial to the success of 'QMS', however, was the presence of twin lead guitarists John Cipollina and Gary Duncan. They display a similar rapport on the magnificent instrumental, 'Gold And Silver', to that enjoyed by Ted Turner and Andy Powell on Wishbone Ash's classic 'Argus'. This track seems to take its initial inspiration from an unlikely source, Dave Brubeck's jazz hit 'Take Five'.
The longest track, 'The Fool', is less accessible but repays repeated listening. It doesn't rely as much on the fluid lead guitar lines of previous tracks and it comes as a surprise when a vocal bursts in after six minutes. The remaining songs are great covers of 'Pride Of Man' and the funkier 'Too Long' and an impressive original 'Light Your Windows'. The album only stretches to just over half an hour but is first rate throughout.