Quicksilver Messenger Service - Live At The Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, 4th February 1967 : 2 x CDs (Mega Blowout Sale)

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“This Feb 4th 1967 concert finds QMS in good form, evolving into the band that produced 2 fine albums over the next 2 years. Still a five piece, still plenty of R&B covers, Cippolina is in fine form and rest of the band's advancing musicianship seems to have left Murrays vocals behind.
In about two thirds of this performance, the band sound like the four-piece they would become later that year when Murray departed. The guitar work is not quite up to the standard of '68 QMS, but it's close. Interestingly, they back Dino Valenti for three numbers as he guests between prison spells. If you like the music of the four-piece,'68 QMS the best, this concert is a good addition to a regrettably small body of recorded work.
This is a valuable document of the five-piece band, which included Jim Murray on harmonica, vocals and guitar, Gary Duncan on lead guitar and vocals, John Cipollina on lead guitar, David Freiberg on electric bass and vocals, and Greg Elmore on drums. In early '67, the QMS still sounded a lot like a west coast version of the early Butterfield Blues Band, when Butter had Mike Bloomfield and Elvin Bishop on guitars. However, like the "East-West" era Butter band, this period also found Quicksilver augmenting it's electrified Chicago blues boogie with more musically ambitious forays into jazz and eastern raga improvisations.
The two CD version includes outstanding second set versions of "Dino's Song" "Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You", "Hoochie Coochie Man", "Pride of Man", and "Who Do You Love", which is performed in a rather truncated six minute version, perhaps because of the band's second billing status. Also Dino Valente joins the band for three songs on the first set, and someone, most likely Freiberg, plays violin on the second set performance of Valente's "Stand by Me", which was later recorded by QMS as a single side.
The sound quality is hardly pristine, although it is presented in quite listenable stereo, and the two guitars of Cipollina and Duncan are clear in the mix. However, there is nothing wrong with the sound quality or performance on this or the other Fillmore show in the series and are excellent quality, if somewhat raw, soundboard recordings taken from the master reels sourced from promoter Bill Graham's personal archive.”
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