Quicksilver Messenger Service
1975-07-13 San Jose, CA Civic Auditorium (M1-AUD)
"You better come up here & smoke what we're smokin'!"
01. --tune-up & hellos--
02. Dr. Feelgood
03. Fresh Air
04. Baby Baby
05. Mona -> guitar solo -> ? (instru.) -> bass solo -> Mona
06. The Hat -> They Don't Know -> Play My Guitar
07. What About Me
08. Freeway Flyer
Total Time ::: 1:10:36
::: Very fine, up-close, warm, great stereo recording. Check samples for believability factor or to jump start your trip.
::: Warts: Not many after mastering. 1st 2 minutes of 1st song has 2 distortion spots from taper volume overload. volume repaired but distortion remains. couple of seconds of mono patches were needed to repair microphone failure in 2 or 3 places. Some audience participation towards the end. Other than that, it's groovy.
::: A show I've had for many the year that seems to be missing from various databases & timelines & it's a good one!
Line-up ::: Gary Duncan - guitar, vocals // Dino Valenti - guitar, vocals // Greg Elmore - drums // Michael Lewis - keyboards // Skip Olsen - bass.
Recording Information ::: unknown equipment -> master stereo audience tape -> 1st generation Maxell XLII-90 cassette, Dolby B on.
Playback 2011-07-30 ::: 1st generation Maxell XLII-90 cassette on Nakamichi BX-300 cassette deck, Dolby B on, azimuth & pitch adjusted, heads cleaned & demagnatized -> Tascam CD-RW900SL pro CD recorder -> CD-RW -> computer, EAC secure -> wavs -> Audacity (fades &/or glitches, dropouts, volume adjustments, no EQ) -> CD Wave (track splits) -> Trader's Little Helper -> yer ears. First uploaded week of 2012-02-05.
Nothing here ever commercially released to my knowledge. If I'm wrong, please advise & I'll take the offending trax offline.
CoolSonics 125 ::: Thanks to the original taper & trader! ::: Corrections welcome ::: Joyful complete set from one of San Francisco's finest. If you "can't deal with Dino" it might not be for you, but I think it cooks. Perhaps I'm in the minority, but I like all QMS line-ups. Dino is generally fine with me, though he has his bombastic moments here. "Just For Love" & "What About Love" are no slackers when compared to the 3 albums before them - love 'em, even the next batch of 3, though the songwriting took a slide. Still, some great ones on them including the "Solid Silver" reunion album, recorded the same year as this gig. Anyway, if it's yer turf you'll really dig it, quality is most enjoyable & with a little volume, it's pretty much guaranteed to turn yer living room into a dance hall for an hour or so. Have at it! I ain't hearin' no John, though it is in the middle of a year where he was back in the band & certainly rehearsed with them in June. If I'm wrong, speak up! All in all, the guitar work is still very worthwhile & I dig the show.
P.S. One of the great puzzles of in the record biz for me since the advent of CDs is the blatent disregard for the Quicksilver catalog. Half-ass remastering, no bonus tracks, no upgrades*, almost nothing rare ever issued. Then when some stuff comes out it is usually no better than already circulating recordings (or worse!). No box set. Albums licensed to budget label reissue companies like One Way Records (who at least only gave us rather flat transfers - probabaly all they could get)."Happy Trails", ostensibly one of the greatest rock records of all time, gets ignored by the major label who owns it & turned into a piece of brickwalled JUNK by Repertoire. Charly Records issues tapes lifted from bit torrent sites. It doesn't really add up. In the late 60s & up into the 80s, akmost EVERY single collection that came into the record stores had copies of one or more QMS records. They must have sold very well. (*Now there may be some worthwhile Japanese remasters around at prices most of us can't afford, but I certainly don't rate the BGO reissues at all). Oh well, apologies for the rant. Just praying for a legit box set of 50 to 60 outtakes....
More recordings on the way, making up for years of slow netspeed. Kudos to Zongo for life support, Lochner for mikes & much more, & to Fast Freddie for runnin' Video Dick's Record Emporium with the bathroom office full of tape decks. Thanks to Hanwaker (few among us can keep his pace) for over 30 years of trading & friendship. Mountains of gratitude to Davmar, D.White, Sanchez, Elliot, The Florida Kid, Kloiber, Zingg, JTW, Bershaw, Boston Gold, Weeks, Dixon, Moore, Gough & SO many more for all that collecting & sharing... Royal thanks to The Man In The Palace, Doc Tinker, Brinkhoffs, Barely Eatin', Reel Master Gaule, Parrish & all the traders who housed me thru my music acquisition & travel years. Hats off to Brother Kent, Uncle Jake, Little Queenie (& her neighbor Frank) & his honor Ptomaine Thomas. Glasses raised to Byron for musical horizon expansion & much obliged to J & Thurston for keepin' my concert fires burnin' since my continental shift. Thanks to the Mods for keepin' DIME alive. Enjoy, share, give, spread peace. Yers truly, Knees
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