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  • Audio CD (9 Aug. 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000002UTX
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 212,641 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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I always believed Happy Trails was the only lp/cd to own by the Quicksilver Messenger Service. Partly because of the boring later albums.
Quicksilver Messenger Service is simply a great debut though. I don't really understand why it was critizised at first. The songs are fine, the playing is terrific. Although the guitarplaying is not as spectacular as on Happy Trails (maybe that's why), it's all excellent. The only lesser song is The Fool but that also features some great jamming by the band.
Quicksilver Messenger Service is not to be overlooked. You should own the 1st TWO albums by this band.
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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.
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This is indeed a great album and a bit of a lost classic from the West Coast 60s scene, but I feel I should just put a polite correction concerning the reviewer claiming this never had a mono release; It did, and I know because I'm looking at my mono LP. The original release did come out on EMI/Capitol in stereo, cat no. ST 2904, as advertised on my mono copy. The mono version has the cat no. T 2904, so please enjoy this re-mastered mono CD without fear of somebody somewhere having messed up during the mastering.
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For some reason QMS never had the kind of success in UK enjoyed by the Doors and the Airplane nor seemed to attract the kind of cult following of Love or the Dead. However this is one of those albums of that era that should not be missed. If you appreciate great guitar playing - pretty much as described by other reviewers - then you will enjoy this. And . . . if you like this you'll like "Happy Trails" where their extended version of "Who do you Love?" is another classic.
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No getting away from it. I love this album. From start to finish. When it ends I turn around, go back down, go back the way I came.
Given my stated bias I will try to objectively review this album as best I can. From the point of view of being a debut album, this is superb. Everything in it is top quality. For instance the songs and their arrangements are exceedingly well done and the album has a sophistication about it that many of it's contemporaries lack. The songs are more than the standard four minute love songs which predominated the charts on both sides of the Atlantic at that time. Similarly the band were not afraid to break new ground as shown by the length of the closing number, 'Fool' with the sumptuous wah-wah solo.
The band have a very strong presence, a togetherness, throughout the album where no one band member predominates or overwhelms. Dino Valenti's vocals have a distictive sound which gave him and Marty Balin a bit of an edge over other Bay Area male vocalists.
John Cipollina and Gary Duncan, both with their different playing styles and techniques are the perfect foils for each other and the entire album has these great litlle interplays as well as some measured and some less measured, solos from both which add to the tightness of the band.
The limitations of the songs for the purpose of recording are a little limiting for a band which had a reputation for jamming, vying for pole position at the time with the Grateful Dead, but they are alluded to here on several occasions, firstly on Gold and Silver, a sort of tribute to Dave Brubeck which the Stranglers were to do something similar with years later.
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By Mr. G. Morgan TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Nov. 2013
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I think that for anyone having the beauteous 'Happy Trails' in their collection yet ambivalent about the Valenti and other QMS discs as I am, this is as manna from Heaven: it is EXACTLY what you need. 'Gold and Silver' and 'Fool' would not be out of place on 'Happy Trails' - in fact they very much belong with - the beautiful, fluid not-quite-blues sprung from the guitars of the wonderful Gary Duncan and John Cipollina on 'HT'.. Oh yes, there's other stuff here like 'Pride of Man', that lyrically portentous, po faced effort, with its slightly insipid early 60's vocal one finds in even Beefheart's first outing - very dated, and not in a good way - , but those two main tracks are the real and loooong, deal, well worth the price of the whole thing, easily so. 'Gold and Silver' features the haunting tone that's the band's hallmark at its peak and the soft/hard licktrade is often delicate, whining and stirring; equally so 'Fool', featuring Freiburg's more than decent vocal and inspired riffing by the boys against the usual thumpetty thump of Greg Elmore's drums,( never going to get a Bonham style solo out of this boy!) including a wah-wah pedal that really RASPS as Cip cranks it almost tuneless and slowing to a gentle croon about Love/Life and other semi apercus of the time. It's a disc I cannot recommend too highly to the 'Happy Trails' fan , since at its two-track-best it's up to that high level. And the rest's fine too. To think, I listened all those years loving 'Trails' and not much loving 'What About Me' and 'Shady Grove' when this gem eluded me. Don't ignore it even if it IS ridiculous that this has 5 stars and 'Trails,' manifestly a disc whose nearly every track is GREAT, has half a star fewer. This is terrific but Happy Trails' is unquestionably their masterwork. You must buy this if you like that, though. You just MUST!
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