January 11, 2009

Quicksilver Messenger Service - Happy Trails

Band/artist - Quicksilver Messenger Service
Genre(s) - Psychedelic rock
Origin - San Francisco, USA
Album - Happy Trails
Year of release - 1968

A band from the same regional scene as Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead, but considerably less known. QSM's music is also quite comparable to the aforementioned bands: psychedelic soundscapes, wicked dual lead guitar interplay, and lots of improvisation. However, compared to JA and the GD, Quicksilver keep a bit more firmly to the doped-up blues rock that forms the foundation of their music. Hence Happy Trails is a very chill, not too demanding album that will most likely put you in a comfortable mood no matter what state of mind you're in. I've always thought it's the album that gives the best cross-section of what their music was about, and it captures some if not most of the band's best moments. You could divide it into two halves: the Who Do You Love-suite, which is entirely based on a very much extended live Bo Diddley cover, and the part around the very much "out there" 13-minute track Calvary.
  1. Who do you love (part 1)
  2. When do you love
  3. Where do you love
  4. How do 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
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