December 2, 2012 – 4:31 am

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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.

Uploader’s notes:

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

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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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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  1. 15 Responses to “JIM MURRAY - THE LOST ALBUM 1971”

  2. I feel honored to be the first to thank you for this treasure. As a John Cipollina fan, nothing could make me happier than this post. Thanks again.

    By john mitchell on Dec 2, 2012

  3. it was kind of a fun thing…but at the end of about a month I’d had enough…
    I wonder if this was the best part of what was recorded, or the worst part, considering all that was recorded. The vocals sound like guides only. Seven songs on the same subject - girls. Music sounds unfocused, thrown together with random contributions, which is admitted. Obviously early in the process, really too soon to tell. But if this is what the label heard, I might understand their reluctance - didn’t sound like Quicksilver, and they plainly didn’t know what they had. The home grown recording probably didn’t help. Perhaps the studio people were peeved.

    By 4yrsnojob on Dec 2, 2012

  4. john mitchell, no disrespect, obviously a treasure, and rare at that. I was intrigued by the question of why the label rejected. Some key person may have just been going in a different direction. cheers.

    By 4yrsnojob on Dec 2, 2012

  5. Thanks bigO - kind of christmas

    By fruchtas on Dec 2, 2012

  6. I have to hear this just because of the Paul Butterfield involvement.

    By sluggo on Dec 2, 2012

  7. QSM still ranks as one of my all-time favorite rocks bands! John Cipollina, a rock guitarist who used steel fingerpicks and his odd amp stack with Wurlitzer horns are iconic (his guitar and amp stack are on display in the RnR HOF).

    This is worth a listen - even if only once - for its historic value.

    By Just Fred on Dec 5, 2012

  8. an interesting find! thanks, big-O!


    By I-) on Dec 5, 2012

  9. btw, downloads for these tracks, indeed for many of the tracks from other offerings, are extremely slo-o-o-o-ow…


    By I-) on Dec 5, 2012

  10. whats the rush?

    By darth on Dec 6, 2012

  11. i timed how long it took me to dl the boc from start to finish. i use a dl manager mind u. from the second i had everything ready to go and clicked go til the last one finished it took under 5mins. i started it at 647pm it finished 652pm. thats 23 tracks. im not running at any real high speed currently. my computer that im currently using is a very very old back up laptop because my good one died and is in need of replacing so im waiting on one. this one is pretty f’n pathetic. it freezes up constantly and it barely moves at all. im lucky i can read 20 emails without rebooting. seriously. sooooo….
    im thinking that if u are having a hard time with speed of dl’ing there may be more going on than what u think. clean cache. defrag and scan your computer etc. check your connection. check the speed of your service. go to testmyspeed.com if u use aol.. dont do it while on aol. do it using ie or firefox. close all programs etc. keep in mind u can only dl as fast as things are uploaded or offered also. bigo staff might be able to offer more ideas too.

    By darth on Dec 6, 2012

  12. I-), check your computers flux capacitor.

    By barth on Dec 6, 2012

  13. :-) flux capacitor - that’s it, by jimminy! :-)


    By I-) on Dec 7, 2012

  14. one suggestion about listening to these tracks… make up a playlist that puts the songs together - the vocals version and then all the takes of that songs.


    By I-) on Dec 8, 2012

  15. Would there be a copy cd now ?
    Would love to have one. Why did Jim quite QMS ?
    It seems he went to Hawaii and that is where QMS recorded there next two albums. Conflict with Dino I assume. What did Jim do later on in his life ?
    Would like anyone to reply to my e-mail.
    Thank you

    By John on Jan 27, 2017

  16. John again. My e-mail [email protected]

    By John on Jan 27, 2017

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