On April 9, 2013, Purple Pyramid (a subsidiary of Cleopatra Records) will release a 2-CD live Quicksilver Messenger Service recording from June 7, 1968 at the legendary Fillmore.
The extensive liner notes by Dave Thompson illustrate the historical context for the aural trip on which this collection sets the listener out. Quicksilver had already conquered the Monterey Pop Festival, already signed to Capitol making them label mates with the Beatles, and were so familiar to Fillmore audiences (this was not their first appearance at a Fillmore venue) the line was around the block for the bill which included Steppenwolf and Electric Flag. Drugs were a enhancing factor in the creativity and the experience, and there was no set list; the night was organic, free-flowing, and extraordinary.
From the crowd-favorites “Pride of Man” and the jammy “Acapulco Gold & Silver” to the soulful covers of Bo Diddley’s “Mona” and Willie Dixon’s “Back Door Man,” there’s a definitive transport back to the era, but also a genuine rock ethic that holds water today. Gritty, earnest vocals from Gary Duncan, his twin guitar interplay with John Cipollina, and David Freiberg’s bass meshing with Greg Elmore’s drums, as Thompson writes, “kicks in where your senses have yet to travel.”
- Pride Of Man
- If You Live (Your Time Will Come)
- Dino’s Song
- Smokestack Lightnin’
- Light Your Windows
- Back Door Man
- Acapulco Gold & Silver
- Who Do You Love?
- The Fool