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The Lost Album 1971 [no label, 1CD]
Demos and sessions recorded at Mickey Hart Ranch, December 1970 to January 1971, and at John Cipollina’s Apartment in Mill Valley January 1971. Generally excellent soundboard, slight hiss.
Jim Murray was a former original member of Quicksilver Messenger Service. This album was recorded and rejected by United Artists.
Thanks to the person who shared these tracks on the net in 2005.
Regarding the song titles, I just report here the titles that John Cipollina himself kindly wrote on my master reel to reel back in 1979. This is one of the best lost piece of music I ever heard.
Here is an extract from John Cipollina’s interview with Pete Frame regarding this project (zig zag magazine, number 52, february 1975):
“My first project upon leaving Quicksilver Messenger Service was to produce an album by Jim Murray, who was originally in Quicksilver with me - we were the first two members. The fact that the album never appeared could be attributed to ‘record company hang-ups’; United Artists were going to do it, but for some reason decided not to at the last minute… I can’t work record companies out - the closer I’ve been involved with them, the more confused I’ve become about their mysterious ways.
“We cut at least a whole album, in my living room, as a matter of fact, with a 3M eight-track and a load of other equipment that we brought in… it was kind of a fun thing - we didn’t leave the house for over three weeks. We kept the tapes running about 20 hours a day, with two engineers taking 8-hour shifts at the board, but at the end of about a month I’d had enough - I had to get them all out of my house.
“It was fun, alright, and we got (as you can imagine) a lot of material recorded - with contributions from everyone who happened to pass by the house… like Paul Butterfield played some harmonica (sitting on three cases of beer), Mike Bloomfield was on piano (he’d cut his finger and it was all bandaged up), Nick Gravenites was playing a 12-string acoustic (sitting in a rocking chair), my little brother Mario was playing bass, and I was playing steel and slide guitar. Gravenites’ wife and some of the girls that were at the house did back-up vocals, and we got really loose… it was party-time; a lot of indulging, a lot of laughs… staying up forever, with no trouble at all.”
Complete, never circulated version, unedit and uncut master stereo soundboard.
Master stereo reel to reel > equalizer > CD > EAC > Wav > Flac
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Track 01. Great White Lady (She’s So Fine) (1 channel is lower for some seconds) (5.7MB)
Track 02. This Woman (6.4MB)
Track 03. Sweet Lady (Take 1) (6.0MB)
Track 04. It’s Alright Girl (Take 1) (5.0MB)
Track 05. It’s Alright Girl (Take 2) (4.8MB)
Track 06. From A Friend Who Loves You (6.0MB)
Track 07. I Can Love You Woman (Take 1) (12.3MB)
Track 08. From A Friend Who Loves You (instrumental) (5.9MB)
Track 09. This Woman (Take 1 - instrumental) (9.9MB)
Track 10. This Woman (Take 2 - instrumental) (6.3MB)
Track 11. It’s Alright Girl (Take 1 - instrumental, cut) (4.2MB)
Track 12. It’s Alright Girl (Take 2 - instrumental) (4.8MB)
Track 13. Great White Lady (She’s So Fine) (instrumental) (6.5MB)
Track 14. I Can Love You Woman (Take 2) (12.1MB)
Track 15. Sweet Lady (Take 2) (5.8MB)
Produced by John Cipollina; with Jim Murray, John Cipollina, Mario Cipollina, Gregory Elmore, Paul Butterfield, Mike Bloomfield, Nick Gravenites and many others.
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