January 3, 2013 – 4:58 am

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Hawaii 1970 [no label, 1CD]

Rehearsal recordings, Opaglua Lodge Cahu, Hawaii; June 4, 1970. Excellent soundboard.

Here’s some unadulterated guitar magic from John Cipollina.

Thanks to 38f for sharing these tracks at Dime and to amellowsoul for keeping them alive.

Original notes:

Basically those are the rehearsals for Cobra and Won’t Kill Me.

Spectacular sounboard studio recording never circulated before straight from a John’s master that was given to me by him as a gift for my birthday. A copy of this tape was sent by me to SK some years ago, so it was a first generation tape, now I decided to share this master, cause it does not make any sense that other friends like all of you cannot listen to this beauty. Obviously, this tape being a rehearsal, most of the songs are not complete and some drops are present sometimes… you know the deal and enjoy it!

Master reel to reel > behringer ultra curve pro deq 2496 equalizer > tascam cdrw750 > plex tool professional XL > 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. Cobra (6.9MB)
Track 02. Tuning (3.6MB)
Track 03. Cobra (8.1MB)
Track 04. Chat (1.7MB)
Track 05. Cobra (8.1MB)
06. (omitted cause is just blank tape)
Track 07. Guitar Jam (3.4MB)
Track 08. Won’t Kill Me (6.8MB)
Track 09. Won’t Kill Me (4.2MB)
Track 10. Drums (1.1MB)
Track 11. Won’t Kill Me (3.3MB)
Track 12. Won’t Kill Me (1.5MB)
Track 13. Won’t Kill Me (3.9MB)
Track 14. Won’t Kill Me (3.8MB)
Track 15. Won’t Kill Me (467k)
Track 16. Won’t Kill Me (4.2MB)
Track 17. Won’t Kill Me (3.4MB)
Track 18. Cobra Acoustic (1 channel only) (1.8MB)
Track 19. Cobra Acoustic (2.0MB)
Track 20. Won’t Kill Me (3.4MB)
Track 21. Won’t Kill Me (3.8MB)
Track 22. Won’t Kill Me (with Dino Valenti on vocals) (2.3MB)
Track 23. Won’t Kill Me (with Dino on vocals) (2.4MB)
Track 24. Won’t Kill Me (with Dino on vocals) (2.8MB)
Track 25. Won’t Kill Me (with Dino on vocals) (3.2MB)
Track 26. Won’t Kill Me (with Dino on vocals) (1.7MB)
Track 27. Won’t Kill Me (with Dino on vocals) (3.5MB)
Track 28. Just For Love (7.9MB)


The finished/finalised Cobra and Just For Love were released on the Just For Love album (1970). Won’t Kill Me would appear on the What About Me? album (1970). Click on the links to order the respective albums.

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  2. Would any of these include Nicky Hopkins on piano?

    By James Cassara on Jan 3, 2013

  3. Thanks BigO. Always glad to get some QMS that I didn’t already have.

    James- I haven’t listened to this yet but if there is piano on here it would have to be Nicky Hopkins as he remained a member of the group until What About Me was released. And I know he played an integral part in the song Cobra.

    Ironically, of all the big name groups that Hopkins played for, QMS was the only one that had him listed as a group member. Therefor the only music aside from his solo albums that he received royalties from. Too bad for him that the QMS catalog was so hard to come by for so many years.

    By sking on Jan 3, 2013

  4. who-wee, bigO! love that QMS. i will get this tomorrow?


    By I-) on Jan 4, 2013

  5. sking, you’re correct. I always assumed he was listed as a member of The Jerry Garcia band but looking at the credits he isn’t. That’s a shame, as Hopkins was an integral member who very much affected their sound.

    By James Cassara on Jan 4, 2013

  6. One of my all time favorite tracks (Cobra)
    Thanks for the post!!!

    By Mark on Jan 4, 2013

  7. > Cahu

    that s/b ‘Oahu’. in the title section up top there…

    I-) ihor

    By I-) on Jan 5, 2013

  8. Favorite band, Favorite guitarist . Whats not to love. Thanks very much.

    By john mitchell on Jan 6, 2013

  9. I’ve got to share a secret. 24hrdejavu is currently re-posting his QMS boots. Get what he has and check back as he posts more. Just click on the little picture below the description for dl links.



    By sking on Jan 6, 2013

  10. And leave a comment to let him know you appreciate his efforts.

    By sking on Jan 6, 2013

  11. thanks for the secret share!


    By I-) on Jan 7, 2013

  12. 24hrdejavu ahs got THE most ridiculous collection of QMS - i had to make a freaking list to keep track of what i had and didn’t have after i got through with that collection a coupla years back.
    shit, i gotta get the list out again…thanks for the heads-up sking!

    and thanks big-O for posting this!

    By rocdoc on Jan 16, 2013

  13. man I love these websites

    By butch jones on Jan 24, 2013

  14. thank you

    By Paul on Mar 22, 2014

  15. Quicksilver recorded in Opaeula Lodge in the hills near Haleʻiwa town on Oʻahu’s north shore. “Opae” is the Hawaiian word for freshwater shrimp and “ula” is Hawaiian for red. That part of Oʻahu has many streams and in their natural state, the streams had abundant fish and shrimp. It was a magic time– one weekend night members of Quicksilver and Steve Miller Band jammed at Country Surfboards in Haleʻiwa.

    By Tino Ramirez on Sep 22, 2014

  16. Great. Is there anyway to get the video of a concert Quicksilver performed in Hawaii in 1970? I saw it on PBS back in the 70s. Here’s a photo of it:

    Jeff of Seattle Music & More Forum:

    By Jeff on Feb 4, 2016

  17. Hello…I am trying to find the lyrics for “Motel Party Baby” Would you be able to suggest where I could find them….? Thanking you…Regards Nik

    By nik on Feb 22, 2016

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