July 27, 2011 – 4:41 pm

The American response to the British Invasion was less pop, more noise.

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At The Fillmore 1966 [no label, 1CD]

Live at Fillmore Auditorium, SF, CA; November 5, 1966. Ex soundboard stereo.

In 2008, Bear Records emerged and released a number of Quicksilver Messenger Service albums of live performances from 1966 to 1968. Some of these had already circulated around 2004 and 2005 on the then new bittorrent music sites. Bear Records was the label of sound engineer Owsley Stanley, more infamous for spreading LSD then recording live bands. Apparently Owsley had been busy during the hippie years recording many of the concerts  at the various San Francisco venues.

What made Quicksilver different was their more measured response to the new heavy sounds coming from Cream and Hendrix. Where the power trio was all about loudness and dexterity, Quicksilver was more about  lengthy arrangements, guitar duels and a trance-like rhythm in the singing and music. You’re not meant to easily hum along to a Quicksilver tune. Whereas you could “space out” to them. John Cipollina’s guitarings is already well-known but he actually started as a classical pianist. It gave the band a larger canvas to work on.

This gig at the Fillmore West offers that spacey, trance-like sound. Back then it was called “psychedelic”. And Quicksilver, more than any other SF band, showed the way. This tape likely came from John Cipollina’s private collection and it was shared on bittorrent sites late in 2004. Cipollina died in May 1989. He was just 45 years old. A big thanks to whoever shared this.
- Professor Red

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First Set
Track 01. Dino’s Song (5.2MB)
Track 02. Hair Like Sunshine (9.4MB)
Track 03. I Hear You Knockin’ (7.0MB)
Track 04. Babe I’m Gonna Leave You (7.5MB)
Track 05. Smokestack Lightning (21.1MB)
Track 06. If You Live (9.0MB)
Track 07. All Night Worker (6.6MB)

Second Set
Track 08. Got My Mojo Workin’ (9.0MB)
Track 09. You Don’t Love Me (4.2MB)
Track 10. Suzy Q (6.2MB)
Track 11. Hoochie Coochie Man (10.8MB)
Track 12. Babe I’m Gonna Leave You (9.0MB)
Track 13. Gold & Silver (4.8MB)
Track 14. Stand By Me (8.8MB)
Track 15. Pride of Man (6.0MB)

Gary Duncan - guitar, vocals
John Cipollina - guitar
Jim Murray - guitar, vocals
David Freiberg - bass, vocals
Greg Elmore - drums

The first album Quicksilver Messenger Service released was a good one and a half year’s after this concert at the Fillmore West. The self-titled album contained Pride Of Man, Dino’s Song and Gold And Silver which were also played at the Fillmore. Buy it here.

  1. 16 Responses to “MORE SHARING THE GROOVE”

  2. what a treasure !

    The true sound of San Francisco

    in a beautiful recording

    By juju on Jul 27, 2011

  3. Still one of my favorite groups. With or without Dino singing but best with the Cipollina/Duncan guitar duals. Nowadays Duncan & Freiberg are still carrying on the name and while not the same as the classic line up they can still put a smile in my brain.

    Thank you BigO. Now I’ve got to check my files to see if I already have this one.

    By Sking on Jul 28, 2011

  4. hey bigo, i’m still here. i’m just waiting for you to post something i’m interested in and or familiar with.

    the last show i got was colosseum ii. fan.

    was listening to r.e.m. - dublin 6.19.05 walking this morning. it’s a good one.

    i got an e-mail from mary today! she’s the best.


    By Ed Saad on Jul 28, 2011

  5. These files have been circulating also as flacs (they sound louder and tape hiss is noticeable sometimes). Good to present them to the broader public, too.

    Like Sking, I still find QMS the Recording Quartet my (60’s) favourite. Unfortunately, Murray isn’t in perfect tune. I guess it’s a bit of a suprise to folks (who have learned that QMS was “psychedelic”) to hear these garage-rockjazz classics: there’s energy, drive and precision you don’t expect to hear from a bunch of acid-dropping hippies.

    Sking: “Now I’ve got to check my files to see if I already have this one.”

    I bet you have. ;)

    By Mr. Jukes on Jul 28, 2011

  6. Great Thanks to You BigO!!!!!!

    By udo on Jul 28, 2011

  7. If this was recorded in 1966, then it was indeed at the Fillmore Auditorium as stated at the top of the page and not at Fillmore West as stated at the bottom of the page. They were two different locations. The Fillmore Auditorium is still presenting shows but Fillmore West was a Ford dealership the last time I was in SF.

    By BrianK on Jul 28, 2011

  8. Yes Mr. Jukes, as it turns out I did have this one. And I agree with you that Jim Murry is not a strong singer. He makes me cringe sometimes on some of the live stuff like Maiden of the Cancer Moon. But the lack of a good singer is probably why QMS loaded their songs with extended jams to compensate. That’s why we like ‘em. You work with what you have. I find it ironic that the originally planned lead singer, Dino Valente, was doing time for possession while another group member has been quoted as saying that the only reason they formed the band was to make enough money to afford to smoke pot.

    By Sking on Jul 29, 2011

  9. Hey Ed Saad-
    If you are not interested in this I won’t try to influence you but if you are unfamiliar with QMS you might try listening to track 13-Gold and Silver and see what you think.
    You will never hear another guitar player like John Cipollina. He had six Wurlitzer horns mounted atop his amps then played his guitar using those metal finger picks like a banjo player would use. This allowed him to just grab a string and bend a note.

    If this is still not for you go down to the Restarts and get Mal Waldron’s Cool World Soundtrack. It’s a good one.

    By Sking on Jul 29, 2011

  10. hey sking, thanks. yes, i have mal waldron. it’s cool. i’ve been getting blue oyster cult boots off viva. they’re great!

    i may check out qms later, though.


    By Ed Saad on Jul 29, 2011

  11. Hey Ed, what’s the link for the Blue Oyster Cult Boots?

    By tunafan on Jul 29, 2011

  12. hey tunaman, here you go. enjoy! man, i already had the thing!, but i got imiginos live and minneapolis. will get pasadena 83 next. they rule. i wish biloxi, ms was closer to b’ham, al cause they’ll be there in nov. it’s further than atlanta, ga.

    bigo offered cleveland 90, if you don’t have it. all the hits. do a search. enjoy! OYSTER CULT


    By Ed Saad on Jul 29, 2011

  13. sorry tunafan.

    By Ed Saad on Jul 29, 2011

  14. Great stuff. Classic 60’s. Above average sound quality…..

    By Timmy on Jul 29, 2011

  15. I loved the Anthology, 2 albums, but can.t find it
    Any ideas Thanks

    By Kim on Jul 31, 2011

  16. Hi Kim,
    It seems most of the Quicksilver albums are only available as imports these days. But you should be able to find Sons Of Mercury domestically. It is a 2 cd anthology that has pretty much replaced the double lp anthology.
    read about it here-

    try Amazon - good luck

    By Sking on Jul 31, 2011

  17. By the way, an independant label 3-CD + DVD “Anthology Box” collection of unreleased studio & live material will be released in the Uk & U.S.A. in mid-September, and this will contain another 1966 Fillmore Auditorium show(recorded later that year) and some alternate takes from the group’s debut L.P. sessions.

    By Philip Cohen on Aug 11, 2011

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