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Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Quicksilver Messenger Service - Live Fillmore East 1968

This is Quicksilver’s first night of a two-night, four-show run, opening for Electric Flag and headliners Steppenwolf. This live concert recording is essential listening. Fans of the quartet lineup that recorded the first QMS LP and Happy Trails will love these sets, as they took place right between those first two LPs. This is possibly the best overall early QMS set ever captured on tape. It's a sheer delight for fans of the band's early experimental and improvisational material as all of the band's "jam vehicles" are included. The set opening cover of "Smokestack Lightning" starts things off in a sizzling manner. They follow with a cover of Buffy Saint Marie's "Codine" which the band recorded the previous year for the Revolution movie soundtrack LP. A track from their first album is up next, with the rarely played "Light Your Windows," providing a breif glimpse of the band's quieter side before they really let loose.Beginning with the ominous opening groans from the guitar, they kick into "Who Do You Love" at full bore. This cooks for a solid 13 minutes and while it's not quite as expansive as it would become, the concentrated energy level is captivating throughout. They return to the first album for the highly adventurous "The Fool," now fully developed and performed with total confidence. In all, it’s another great performance of classic San Francisco psychedelia at its prime.

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

01. Smokestack Lightning 11:08
02. Codine 6:43
03. Light Your Windows 3:02 Quicksilver Messenger Service - Live Fillmore East June 1968
04. Who Do You Love 13:39
05. The Fool
LOCATION / VENUESan FranciscoFillmore EastDATE06-68
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Blogger bzak said...


Is this the same concert that is described? The set list is not what I'm hearing in the download.
Song one is "Fresh Air", for instance, and I don't find "The Fool" anywhere. Just thought I'd ask.

Brian James Riedel

4:42 AM  
Anonymous zazafromjohor said...

do you recon that this Show might be another date at the fillmore???

9:08 PM  
Blogger bzak said...


It might be. Far as I can tll the set list for the download I got goes like this:

1. "Fresh Air"
2. "Pride of Man"
3. "Mona"
4. a jazzy instrumental
5. blues number 1
6. blues number 2

I believe it's Dino Valente on vocals for "Fresh Air".

Thanks for all your hard work,

Brian James Riedel

9:27 PM  
Blogger bzak said...


Just found this, the John Cipollina Discography site:

The closet recording listed is Winterland, 23 February, 1970

Brian James Riedel

9:37 PM  
Blogger bzak said...


On further inspection, it might be Fillmore West, 23 February,1970.


9:41 PM  
Blogger tomatodon said...

I think it is - Fillmore West (aka Winterland 02-23-70). Track list for that date is:
01 Fresh Air
02 Pride of Man
03 Mona
04 Gold and Silver
05 Mojo
06 Subway
07 Edward the Mad Shirt Grinder

2:54 AM  
Blogger bzak said...


Thanks for that info tomatodan. Now if I could only find a live recording of "The Fool"...


12:13 AM  
Blogger Mona said...

Okay just to stir up the pot, this would suggest that it is actually January 23 1970 and fyi Winterland and Fillmore West were two different auditoriums...
Thanx for it anyway!

10:00 AM  
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