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CD Rooftop Revolutionaries Resolute review

QUICKSILVER MESSENGER SERVICE

LIVE AT THE FILLMORE JUNE 7, 1968

CLEOPATRA

2013

 

A BAND THAT COMES ALIVE 'LIVE'

 

Never a band to really breakthrough in to the big leagues Quicksilver messenger Service is one of those bands that you might remember the name even if you can’t recall any of their songs. But time has served these guys well an in the live setting the extended jams of blues standards by the likes of Bo Diddly (Mona and Who Do You Love) and Howling Wolf (Smokestack Lightning) put many of today’s jam bands to shame, even their brand of psychedelia is tempered by the strong blues  and Morrison-like vocals. Indeed a jazzier version of The Doors isn’t a bad comparison for these San Francisco natives who seemed to have more in common with their LA contemporaries then with the Grateful Dead or Jefferson Airplane.

 

 


Listen to tracks like ‘Acapulco Gold and Silver’ which starts as a soft jazz jam before rocking out into an extended guitar work-out. Its that laid against the earthier tunes like ‘Who Do You Love’ (which was of course also covered by the Doors) that makes Quicksilver such an interesting and essential band.

 

 


This is a great recording of a great band that will have you reaching for a rich back catalogue that is well worth checking out, but like so many bands of this era it’s ‘live’ that they come alive.

 

 

 

Mark Diggins