Quicksilver Messenger Service
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I must admit I didn't know this existed, having owned Happy Trails on vinyl/cd for more years than I care to remember!
This is far superior to Happy Trails in every way. Read more
The first and best album from this fantastic band; superb playing, crisp sound and fresh. I feel it dates well - but I have a biased opinion!Published 7 months ago by Peter Horah
If you are into American Psychedelia this is the daddy (along with Happy Trails).Published 14 months ago by reddirt
I have been putting off buying this waiting for the powers that be to include the two QMS tracks, featuring this line-up, from the
'Revolution' soundtrack, (which I never... Read more
This CD (BGO CD 861 from 2009) is in MONO. The original LP (US & GB: Capitol ST 2904) from 1968 is in true STEREO. A mono version of this record did not exist. Read morePublished on 19 April 2011 by WHim
Seeing as no-one else has reviewed this I'm putting a bit based on 20 years of joy that my old vinyl copy has brought me. Read morePublished on 8 Aug. 2009 by chris