Quicksilver Messenger Service Download
Nov 7, 1968Fillmore West (San Francisco, CA)
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Total Length:
44:15
Copyright:
© Wolfgang's Vault

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What Makes Our Downloads Great

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. 1Cowboys & Indians (Incomplete)08:47
  2. 2Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You06:26
  3. 3Smokestack Lightning11:36
  4. 4Mona06:37
  5. 5Maiden Of The Cancer Moon04:14
  6. 6Calvary06:35
Item Number:
  • 604-5673-AD
Date:
  • Nov 7, 1968
Venue:
Sample this concert
  1. 1Cowboys & Indians (Incomplete)08:47
  2. 2Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You06:26
  3. 3Smokestack Lightning11:36
  4. 4Mona06:37
  5. 5Maiden Of The Cancer Moon04:14
  6. 6Calvary06:35
Total Length:
44:15
Copyright:
© Wolfgang's Vault

Liner Notes

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

This performance was the first of three extraordinary QMS shows from an inspired run at the Fillmore West. The wonderful quality of the recording aside, this is just a fantastic performance.

Unfortunately, this is only a partial recording, as the tape begins with the show in progress. The first track, "Cowboys and Indians," is an outstanding, unreleased instrumental that contains all the elements that made this lineup so well respected among San Francisco musicians of the day. By late 1968, when this concert was recorded, Cipollina and Duncan's guitar playing was reaching peak levels of intensity and their creativity seemed boundless - this track exemplifies that and more.

After almost nine minutes, this segues directly into "Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You," a song QMS recorded for the 1967 movie Revolution soundtrack. Here it is far more developed and has a much heavier sound. "Smokestack Lightning," a staple of all early QMS sets, follows. They must have been considering this track for the Happy Trails LP, as excellent versions are available on these reels from three different nights on this run. Why no version was ever released when they obviously had several phenomenal live takes remains a mystery.

This version of "Mona" is just as exciting as the Happy Trails version, which was likely also recorded during this run. "Mona" transitions into introspective jamming on "Maiden Of The Cancer Moon," before exploring deep psychedelic space on "Calvary."

This is unquestionably one of the finest unreleased QMS recordings in existence - intriguing music from beginning to end.

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