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QUICKSILVER GIRL:  Ten Years with Quicksilver Messenger Service
QUICKSILVER GIRL: Ten Years with Quicksilver Messenger Service
Price: 1.90

1.0 out of 5 stars quick quick slow, 27 July 2013
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Very little insight into QMS offered by these schoolgirl type memoirs. Still ambivalent about feelings for her husband; confirms my own prejudices about Valente. Only fact of note is that Cipollina' s pet wolf was never housetrained. Avoid, or lend to your daughter if she's endangered by the glamour of shallow youg men.

Psychedelia - An Ancient Culture, A Modern Way Of Life
Psychedelia - An Ancient Culture, A Modern Way Of Life
by patrick lundborg
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lucid Lysergics, 12 May 2013
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An astonishing tour de force which delves into the science, history and philosophy. Excellent footnotes and bibliography for those who wish to trip further into the sublect. A mind expanding read on its own. Will become a standard text on the subject.

Casio MQ-24-7BLL Mens Analogue Resin Strap watch
Casio MQ-24-7BLL Mens Analogue Resin Strap watch
Offered by Londonmagicstore
Price: 6.60

5.0 out of 5 stars Classic, 29 July 2011
Amazing value for an accurate and well styled watch which simply tells you the time! Functional, and cheaper than buying a new battery, or having the links removed from those gigantic metal link bracelets that come with pricey and pretentious fashion watches!

Paranormal Activity [DVD]
Paranormal Activity [DVD]
Dvd ~ Katie Featherston
Offered by CP UK And Global LTD
Price: 3.48

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lost An Hour Last Night!, 28 Mar 2010
This review is from: Paranormal Activity [DVD] (DVD)
What a treat in store. With the wife away in London for the weekend and the neighbours off skiing I had the house to myself with the mobile turned off and sole control of the dvd player. I'd taken all the hype seriously and looked forward to an experience on a par with the Blair Witch. Would I hack it; would I have to turn the film off half way through; would I have a sleepless night, cringing at the slightest sound?

Slipped the dvd in, turned on to DTS, then sat back with the light out. What a disappointment. The 5.1 option is a complete waste as all the action is filmed on the hand held camera which only outputs stereo. There's no point in having the surround sound option as it simply isn't activated. The sound is actually so feeble that I had to resort to the subbies after 10 minutes. No fear there then.

I became increasingly annoyed by the use of the hand held camera - used to such effect and with a clear rationale in Blair Witch. It was used when the characters were viewing the previous night's footage so that we could see the footage (again) and their reaction. This isn't 'real'.No matter what trouble the characters found themselves in one of them picked up the camera and started shooting. This lack of realism / sensitivity to the situation made me fail to empathise with the characters. If they weren't scared enough to forget to grab the camera, then I certainly wouldn't be, and I wasn't. The metaphor just doesn't work; it feels like a gimmick.

Lost an hour last night due to the clocks going forward. I feel as if I lost another one watching this film. Soooo disappointed. Don't know when I'll get such a solo opportunity again; wife back at 22.00, me currently cleaning.
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Price: 9.38

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Being Here Being There, 9 Jan 2010
I feel I have to redress the balance here. OK, so the liner notes are a little shoddy and the concert was probably played at the newly renamed Fillmore West on the date suggested. But just listen to the music!

The recording is of a really excellent quality for the year and both Duncan and Cipollina really smoke across the whole album. Compare the clarity of Cipollina's ringing tones on this with the 'classic' QMS bootleg 'Maiden of the Cancer Moon' (repeated on 'Lost Gold and Silver) where he's almost cut out on a mix that doubles Duncan's volume. This concert catches a band at the early peak of their powers after spending months honing their unique sound, caught between the first two classic albums. The flute and sax were instrumental embellishments used in some of their '68 gigs. The flautist here is, I think, Martin Fierro (of Mother Earth). Historically this concert is of great interest in showing the development of the group; the flute actually complements the mood of 'Light Your Windows.'May as well criticise this consummate version of 'The Fool' for not featuring Freiberg's viola! The 'Let's get together' 40 minute end of concert Bay Musicians Blues Jam may not be everybody's cup of tea, but hey its what they did back then man! (Try to spot the guest musicians - Airplane's Jorma Kaukonen on 23 minutes, John Weider on violin and a stoned Country Joe? shouting 'Awwwwwwwlright for 10 disposable minutes)

How infinitely preferable this (never really meant to be released anyway) concert is to subsequent albums, after the band had been hijacked by that domineering folkster Dino Valente. This one lights all my windows. Be here and be there!
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Turn on Your Mind: Four Decades of Great Psychedelic Rock
Turn on Your Mind: Four Decades of Great Psychedelic Rock
by Jim Derogatis
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.39

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Turn On Your Ears, 5 Jan 2010
Yes, Archie's review is spot on. This disappointing book seems an attempt to justify the author's own choice of favourite albums by squeezing them in to his loose definition of psychedelic; or to give the modern psychedelicists (Boy George indeed!) a tad of undeserved repectability by tracing their roots back to the classic 60's exponents. It follows well worn paths (the currently out of favour Sgt Pepper scrapes in at 132 despite its enormous impact at the time of release) and offers minimal original critical stances on any of the featured artists (the fact that he doesn't get the Dead surely disqualifies him from any plausible pronouncements about the genre?). I get the impression that the author is a little peeved that he wasn't around in the 60's to experience the first wave of psychedelia in context. Its also loosely and lazily written - he often loses sight of his subject by resorting to cliche. Its a long and ultimately unrewarding read. Better to subscribe to Mojo for a year, or work your way through the seminal Joynson's 'Tapestry of Delights' or 'Dreams Fantasies and Nightmares' with your own ears. Or go back to Derogatis's inspiration; Lester Bangs he ain't.

The Grateful Dead - Music Box Biographical Collection [DVD]
The Grateful Dead - Music Box Biographical Collection [DVD]
Dvd ~ Grateful Dead
Price: 6.25

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bin It, 15 Nov 2009
Caught this in a Pound Shop and thought it worth a punt. Its the worst thing I've ever seen. Features shots of the Dead playing on a Flintstones type tv in the middle of the screen. No Dead music, just a horrendous 80s muzak sountrack, with obligatory cheezy sax overdubbed. This is interrupted by the laziest couple of 60 plus year olds relaying inaccurate information about the band whilst sat on a sofa. The 29 minute running time is 29 minutes too long. Worthless and superficial videomaking of the lowest order. Come and get my copy from the bin! Not worth a single star.

In the Court of the Crimson King, 40th Anniversary Series
In the Court of the Crimson King, 40th Anniversary Series
Price: 12.96

21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Caught By The Crimson King!!, 12 Oct 2009
Received the discs this morning and have just played the 5.1 mix in surround sound. Its the best thing I've heard in years. The seperation of the instrumentation is achieved with such an attention to detail that the room really does become a magical space, the court of the crimson king indeed. Just pick out the bass drum in the title track; or hear the clarity of Fripp's majestic power chords in 'Schizoid Man' taking turns to appear in each of the four speakers. It's like hearing the album for the first time with a new set of ears and represents a massive advance in quality from the previous anniversary edition...and I haven't even delved into the extras yet! This will keep anyone going until the surely definitive 50th Anniversary Edition.

Castles In The Sand
Castles In The Sand
Offered by SourceMediaUK
Price: 5.59

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Valente's Backing Band, 17 May 2009
This review is from: Castles In The Sand (Audio CD)
Quicksilver Messenger Service produced the finest acid rock to come out of the late 60's West Coast scene. The first two classic albums were recorded whilst erstwhile founder member Dino Valente was 'Doin' Time In The USA' for drug possession. Gary Duncan left the band prior to the 3rd album, 'Shady Grove' to re-join Valente upon his release. He then brought him back into QMS in 1969, from where these sessions date.

Now there have been some excellent recent live releases of QMS liberated from the vaults - concerts from the Avalon and Fillmore, and the double Kabuki cd, essential to any QMS or West Coast collector. This studio jam recorded at Corte Madera, isn't one of them. It is billed as an insight into the band working on new material for the next album but consists of an over exposed Valente singing at top volume out of the left hand channel whilst the rest of the band is crammed, at a lower volume, into the cente and right channel. Valente barks out orders from time to time to suggest chord changes, and the one time John Cipollina gets going into a lucid lead break, on 'Subway', the tape is stopped because the backing is too loud in Valente's 'phones!

Indeed, 'Subway' is the only song which made it onto a subsequent album (not the next, 'Just For Love' but 'What About Me'). The rest are substandard country/blues numbers seemingly designed to give an airing to Valente's lungs after his time in prison. My growing disappointment with the album was completed when hearing the last number. I was hopefully expecting a re-working of 'The Fool' from the first QMS album but got a further eight minutes of Dino singing about different fool.

Necessary only for completists, or for those seeking insight into why QMS went downhill after those first two glorious albums.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Only one disc!, 15 Sep 2007
This review is from: Shazam (Audio CD)
Information on Amazon describing this as a 2 disc edition is incorrect. It is one disc with bonus tracks. The remastering is excellent, and the Busher review below which only gives it 2 stars is actually a review for the first album 'Move', so you can ignore it! Pricing seems a little erratic too; on Amazon the 2 disc first album costs considerably less than the single disc Shazam! Both should be bought by connoisseurs of 60's pop and proto psychedelia. Where on earth was the 'Yellow Rainbow' leading us to?

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