Monday, January 5, 2009

Quicksilver Messenger Service-Happy Trails

Short history of the group by Wiki:

Quicksilver Messenger Service is an American psychedelic rock band, formed in 1965 in San Francisco and considered to be a part of the city's psychedelic scene. Essentially a jam band, Quicksilver Messenger Service gained wide popularity in the Bay Area and with psychedelic rock enthusiasts around the globe. Many of their albums ranked in the top 30 of the Billboard Pop charts. Though not ultimately as popular as contemporaries Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead, the band was integral to the beginnings of their genre. With their jazz and classical influences, as well as a strong folk background, the band attempted to create a sound that was individual and innovative.Member Dino Valente pulled heavily from musical influences learned during the folk revival of his formative musical years. The style he developed from these sources is evident in Quicksilver Messenger Service's swung rhythms and twanging guitar sounds.After many years, the band has attempted to reform despite the deaths of band members. With the modest success of these ventures, many members have also attempted solo careers. Among these is Gary Duncan, former guitarist of Quicksilver Messenger Service. He has had a prolific musical career after parting ways with the group.

Happy Trails is the second album of the American band Quicksilver Messenger Service.
Happy Trails consists mainly of a performance cover of Bo Diddley's - aka Ellas McDaniel - "Who Do You Love?" spread out over 25 minutes. The song was divided into several parts ("What Do You Love," "How Do You Love," "Where Do You Love," etc.) in order to recoup a greater share of royalty payments.The live portions of the album were recorded at the Fillmore East and at the Fillmore West.
The second half of the album consists of an almost continuous suite. Beginning with another Bo Diddley song ("Mona"), guitarist Gary Duncan's "Maiden of the Cancer Moon" follows and the album closes with "Calvary", which manifested itself during a studio acid trip. As a coda, the band sing the theme tune from Roy Rogers' western television show, which lends its title to the album.
The record was released by Capitol records in stereo.

In 2003, the album was ranked number 189 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Quicksilver Messenger Service-Happy Trails @320

1 Who Do You Love - Part 1
2 When You Love
3 Where You Love
4 How You Love
5 Which Do You Love
6 Who Do You Love - Part 2
7 Mona
8 Maiden of the Cancer Moon
9 Calvary
10 Happy Trails



1 comment:

mbrindell said...

One of my favorite albums of all time. I learned how to play guitar to this album amoungst others. John Cipollina's guitar playing is inspiring to say the least. Gary Duncan does a great job too. Back in the 80s I finally played with a band willing to play this entire version of "Who Do You Love". Thanks for the reminder. I'm gonna listen to it right now.