Quicksilver Messenger Service – Quicksilver Messenger Service (1968)

Artist Credit
Harvey Brooks Producer
David Brown Engineer
Hamilton Camp Composer
John Cipollina Guitar, Performer, Vocals
Gary Duncan Bass, Composer, Guitar, Performer, Vocals
Greg Elmore Drums, Percussion, Performer
David Freiberg Bass, Caixa, Composer, Guitar, Performer, Violin, Vocals
Nick Gravenites Producer
Rick Griffin Cover Design, Design, Jacket Design
Dan Healy Engineer
Mike Leary Engineer
Jim Marshall Photography
John Palladino Producer
Quicksilver Primary Artist
Quicksilver Messenger Service Performer, Primary Artist
Bob Shumaker Engineer
Dino Valente Composer
Pete Welding Podorythmie, Producer

Quicksilver Messenger Service’s debut effort was a little more restrained and folky than some listeners had expected, given their reputation for stretching out in concert. While some prefer the mostly live Happy Trails, this self-titled collection is inarguably their strongest set of studio material, with the accent on melodic folk-rock. Highlights include their cover of folksinger Hamilton Camp’s “Pride of Man,” probably their best studio track; “Light Your Windows,” probably the group’s best original composition; and founding member Dino Valenti’s “Dino’s Song” (Valenti himself was in jail when the album was recorded). “Gold and Silver” is their best instrumental jam, and the 12-minute “The Fool” reflects some of the best and worst traits of the psychedelic era.

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