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QMS - One of those bands who helped define, not only the San Francisco Sound, but the 60s Sound in general.

Quicksilver Messenger Service – Live At The Fillmore – 1967 – Past Daily Backstage Weekend

QMS - One of those bands who helped define, not only the San Francisco Sound, but the 60s Sound in general.

QMS – One of those bands who helped define, not only the San Francisco Sound, but the 60s Sound in general.

Click on the link here for Audio Player – Quicksilver Messenger Service – Live at The Fillmore – February 4, 1967 (2nd set) – Gordon Skene Sound Collection

Following on the heels of my post in last nights Roundtable (It’s A Beautiful Day live at The Fillmore, 1968), here’s another pivotal and highly influential band in the San Francisco Sound canon of the mid-late 1960s. Quicksilver Messenger Service got off to an early start, and were one of the first bands to capitalize on interest in all things musical and chemical in San Francisco. Fueled by the unmistakable sound of John Cipollina on lead guitar, Quicksilver became one of the leading lights in a movement that captured attention and imagination from all over the world.

Quicksilver went in and out of personnel changes many times over the next few years enticing, among others, Nicky Hopkins (Jeff Beck Group, Rolling Stones . . just about everyone else) to join in on their 1969 album Shady Grove,contributing the benchmark Edward, The Mad Shirt Grinder to the mix.

But the fortunes of the band started changing in 1970 and by 1974, Quicksilver was pretty much over, with key members going separate ways.

This weekend it’s the band during their halcyon days, the days just before signing with Capitol when they were still struggling and getting good word of mouth. Here is the second set from the second night of a three night stint at The Fillmore on February 4, 1967.

Play loud and back to back with IABD. Anything else is up to you.

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2 Responses

  1. dougdenslowe says:

    I’ve listened to both Jeff Beck Group posts,and now this.I’ve got all three on my iPod but these sound better with headphones on my iPad!Quiicksilver was at their best when this was recorded.They were my favorite “local band” back then (until Blue Cheer made their power trio debut)and hearing them again with all that youthful vitality really makes my day.Thanks so much for posting.

  2. dougdenslowe says:

    P.S.what I wouldn’t give for a pair of boots in the above picture………!!

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