Quicksilver Messenger Service Download
Nov 5, 1966 (Set 2)Fillmore Auditorium (San Francisco, CA)
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Total Length:
43:09
Copyright:
© Wolfgang's Vault

Quicksilver Messenger Service Download

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Our downloads are all from master recordings owned by Wolfgang's Vault, an archive built from more than a dozen historic collections spanning a wide spectrum of musical genres and legendary performers.

We have painstakingly restored every tape using the highest quality analog-to-digital converters available and the light engineering touch we’ve come to be known for that makes you feel like you were at the show.

All song files are high-quality 320k mp3s, delivered to you in a single zip file. If you haven't used a zip file before, it’s quite simple. On most computers you can just double-click on the zip file to extract it to a folder containing the mp3 song files, which you can then drag into iTunes or whatever library you use.

Sample this concert
  1. 1Dino's Song03:19
  2. 2Long Distance Call06:12
  3. 3I Hear You Knockin'04:16
  4. 4Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You04:28
  5. 5Smokestack Lightning11:55
  6. 6Your Time Will Come05:49
  7. 7All Night Worker04:24
  8. 8Duncan and Brady02:46
Item Number:
  • 20053074-5673-AD
Date:
  • Nov 5, 1966 (Set 2)
Venue:
Sample this concert
  1. 1Dino's Song03:19
  2. 2Long Distance Call06:12
  3. 3I Hear You Knockin'04:16
  4. 4Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You04:28
  5. 5Smokestack Lightning11:55
  6. 6Your Time Will Come05:49
  7. 7All Night Worker04:24
  8. 8Duncan and Brady02:46
Total Length:
43:09
Copyright:
© Wolfgang's Vault

Liner Notes

Jim Murray - vocals, percussion; John Cipollina - guitar, vocals; Gary Duncan - guitar, vocals; David Freiberg - bass, vocals; Greg Elmore - drums

This concert is among the earliest known professional live recording of the band, made in 1966 at the Fillmore Auditorium. Promoter Bill Graham recorded four shows over two days in November of that year, all of which are available at Concert Vault. Along with contemporaries Big Brother and the Holding Company, Jefferson Airplane, and the Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service were among the earliest of the San Francisco "Summer of Love" bands who frequented the Avalon, the Fillmore and other area venues. Originally conceived as a band to back San Fran folk-rocker Dino Valenti (best known for writing The Youngbloods' classic "Get Together"), Quicksilver Messenger Service, had to go on without their frontman in 1965 when Valenti got busted for drugs and sent away to prison. Valenti would re-join the group later on, but not before the band made a name for themselves as one of the most popular Bay Area rock bands of the era.

This recording is the band's second set of the night, and they took the stage after an in-between performance by Muddy Waters. At the time, the band was still very much in its infancy, having yet to release an album, even though some of the members had begun working together as early as 1963. Back in 1966, when this show was recorded, the group was still feeling its way through old rock standards, classic blues numbers, and newer psychedelic originals. Kicking off with "Dino's Song," the group explores some material that was never recorded in the studio, including "Long Distance Call," "All Night Worker," and "Duncan and Brady," the song they end the set with. Another highlight is Quicksilver's rendition of "Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You," a ballad also recorded by Led Zeppelin on their debut album.

Though Valenti would have considerable control over the musical direction of the band after he joined, during this mid-'60s period it appears that guitarist John Cipollina had the most input over the style of music Quicksilver recorded and performed. Cipollina spearheaded the band's idea to use dual lead guitars and would eventually leave Quicksilver in 1970 to form his own band, Copperhead. In 1989, he died at the age of 45 from emphysema, aggravated by years of respiratory problems. Bassist David Freiberg eventually left to join his friends in the Jefferson Airplane in 1972, morphing into the Jefferson Starship around the same time.

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