Quicksilver Messenger Service

Quicksilver Messenger ServiceFrom: San Francisco, CA, USA

Quicksilver Messenger Service gained wide popularity in the San Francisco”Bay Area” and through their recordings, with psychedelic rock enthusiasts around the globe, and several of their albums ranked in the Top 30 of the Billboard Pop charts. Though not as commercially successful as contemporaries Jefferson Airplane and The Grateful Dead, Quicksilver was integral to the beginnings of their genre. With their jazz and classical influences and a strong folk background, the band attempted to create a sound that was individual and innovative. Member Dino Valenti drew heavily on musical influences he picked up 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.

Recently, original members Gary Duncan and David Freiberg have been touring as the Quicksilver Messenger Service, using different musicians to back them up.

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Tracks played on Psychedelicized…

Singles/Unreleased…

Capitol 2320 – 1968

  • Stand By Me

Original LPs/EPs…

Revolution Motion Picture Soundtrack – 1968

  • Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You

Quicksilver Messenger Service – 1968
Quicksilver Messenger Service

  • Pride Of Man
  • Dino’s Song
  • Gold And Silver
  • The Fool

Happy Trails – 1969
Happy Trails

  • Who Do You Love Suite

Shady Grove – 1969
Shady Grove

  • Edward (The Mad Shirt Grinder)

Just For Love – 1970
Just For Love

  • Cobra
  • Fresh Air

What About Me – 1970
What About Me

  • What About Me

Quicksilver – 1971

  • Fire Brothers

Compilations…

Live At The Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, 28th October 1966

  • Smokestack Lightning (Live 28/10/1966, Avalon Ballroom) [Originally Unreleased, 1966]