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Quicksilver Messenger Service

The band that became Quicksilver Messenger Service originally was conceived as a rock vehicle for folk singer/songwriter Dino Valente (b. Nov. 7, 1943, d. Nov 16, 1994), author of "Get Together." Living in San Francisco, Valente had found guitarist John Cipollina (b. Aug. 24, 1943, d. May 29, 1989) and singer Jim Murray. Valente's friend David Freiberg (b. Aug. 24, 1938) joined on bass, and the group was completed by the addition of drummer Greg Elmore (b. Sep. 4, 1946) and guitarist Gary Duncan (b. Sep 4, 1946). As the band was being put together, Valente was imprisoned on a drug charge and he didn't rejoin Quicksilver until later.

They debuted at the end of 1965 and played around the Bay Area and then the West Coast for the next two years, building up a large following but resisting offers to record that had been taken up by such San Francisco acid rock colleagues as Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead. Quicksilver finally signed to Capitol toward the end of 1967 and recorded their self-titled debut album in 1968 (by this time, Murray had left). Happy Trails, the 1969 follow-up, was recorded live. After its release, Duncan left the band and was replaced for Shady Grove (1970) by British session pianist Nicky Hopkins. By the time of its release, however, Duncan had returned, along with Valente, making the group a sextet.

This version of Quicksilver, prominently featuring Valente's songs and lead vocals, lasted only a year, during which two albums, Just for Love and What About Me, were recorded. Cipollina, Freiberg, and Hopkins then left, and the remaining trio of Valente, Duncan, and Elmore hired replacements and cut another couple of albums before disbanding. There was a reunion in 1975, resulting in a new album and a tour, and in 1986 Duncan revived the Quicksilver name for an album that also featured Freiberg on background vocals. ~ William Ruhlmann
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Fillmore Auditorium - February 5, 1967 (Live)

1. Suzy Q (Live)

2. I Hear You Knockin' (Live)

3. Acapulco Gold & Silver (Live)

4. You Don't Love Me (Live)

5. Cod'ine (Live)

6. Instrumental (Live)

7. Smokestack Lightnin' (Live)

8. Dino's Song (Live)

9. Walkin' Blues (Live)

10. Drivin' Wheel (It's Been Too Long Now) (Live)

11. Babe I'm Gonna Leave You (Live)

12. Hey Mama (Live)

13. Hoochie Coochie Man (Live)

14. All Night Worker (Live)

15. Stand By Me (Live)

16. Pride Of Man (Live)

17. Dandelion (Live)

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Track List: Live 1966-1967

1. Dino's Song (Fillmore 1966)

2. Hair Like Sunshine (Long Distance Call) [Filmore 1966]

3. If You Live (Fillmore 1966)

4. All Night Worker (Fillmore 1966)

5. Got My Mojo Workin' (Fillmore 1966)

6. You Don't Love Me (Fillmore 1966)

7. Suzie Q (Fillmore 1966)

8. Hoochie Coochie Man (Fillmore 1966)

9. Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You (Fillmore 1966)

10. Stand By Me (Fillmore 1966)

11. Pride Of Man (Fillmore 1966)

12. Hear You Knockin' (Filmore 1967)

13. Acapulco Gold And Silver (Filmore 1967)

14. Codine (Filmore 1967)

15. Don't Tell Me You're Sorry (I Can't Believe It) [Filmore 1967]

16. A Strange, Funny World (Look Around) [Filmore 1967]

17. Walkin' Blues (Filmore 1967)

18. Duncan And Brady (Filmore 1967)

19. Who Do You Love? (Filmore 1967)

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Track List: Live At The Winterland Ballroom - December 1, 1973

1. Losing Hand (Live)

2. Play My Guitar (Live)

3. Mojo (Live)

4. What About Me? (Live)

5. The Hat (Live)

6. Who Do You Love? (Live)

7. Jam 1 (Live)

8. Jam 2 (Live)

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Track List: Live 1968-1970

1. Smoke Stack Lightning (Fillmore 1968)

2. Light Your Windows (Fillmore 1968)

3. Back Door Man (Fillmore 1968)

4. The Fool (Fillmore 1968)

5. Too Far (Winterland 1970)

6. The Warm Red Wine (Winterland 1970)

7. Mona (Winterland 1970)

8. Long Haired Lady (Winterland 1970)

9. Mojo (Winterland 1970)

10. Subway (Old Mill Tavern 1970)

11. Rain (Old Mill Tavern 1970)

12. Blues Jam (Old Mill Tavern 1970)

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Track List: Live At The Old Mill Tavern

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Track List: Live At Winterland 1970

1. Subway (Live)

2. Too Far (Live)

3. Warm Red Wine (Live)

4. The Truth

5. Mona

6. Long Haired Lady (Live)

7. Mojo

8. Pride Of Man (Live)

9. Edward, The Mad Shirt Grinder (Live)

10. Who Do You Love? (Live)

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Track List: Peace By Piece

1. Good Thang

2. 24 Hour Deja Vu

3. Midnight Sun

4. Swamp Girl

5. Wild In The City

6. Pool Hall Chili

7. Crazy Jesse

8. Pistolero

9. Electric Love

10. Peace By Piece

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Track List: Live From The Summer Of Love

Disc 1

1. Mona (Live)

2. Walkin' Blues (Live)

3. Codeine (Live)

4. Babe I'm Gonna Leave You (Live)

5. Gold And Silver (Live)

6. Dino's Song (Live)

7. Back Door Man (Live)

8. I Hear You Knocking (Live)

9. Pride Of Man (Live)

10. Light Your Windows (Live)

11. Hoochie Coochie Man (Live)

12. Year Of The Outrage (Live)

13. Duncan And Brady (Live)

Disc 2

1. The Fool (Live)

2. I Can't Believe It (Live)

3. Who Do You Love (Live)

4. All Night Worker (Live)

5. Drivin' Wheel (It's Been Too Long) (Live)

6. Stand By Me (Live)

7. A Fool For You (Live)

8. You Don't Love Me (Live)

9. Hey Mama (Live)

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Track List: Anthology Box 1966-1970

Disc 1

1. Dino's Song (Studio Outtake From The 1967 Sessions)

2. Studio Chat (From The 1967 Sessions)

3. Gold And Silver (Take 17) [Studio Outtake From The 1967 Sessions]

4. Light Your Windows (Studio Outtake From The 1967 Sessions)

5. Pride Of Man (Studio Outtake From The 1967 Sessions)

6. I Hear You Knockin' (Studio Outtake From The 1967 Sessions)

7. Stand By Me (Take 1) [Studio Outtake From The 1967 Sessions]

8. Stand By Me (Take 2) [Studio Outtake From The 1967 Sessions]

9. The Fool (Studio Outtake From The 1967 Sessions)

10. Gold And Silver (Take 18) [Studio Outtake From The 1967 Sessions]

11. Calvary (Studio Outtake From The 1969 Sessions)

Disc 2

1. Dino's Song (Live At The Fillmore Auditorium - May 11, 1966)

2. Hair Like Sunshine (Long Distance Call) (Live At The Fillmore Auditorium - May 11, 1966)

3. If You Live (Live At The Fillmore Auditorium - May 11, 1966)

4. All Night Worker (Live At The Fillmore Auditorium - May 11, 1966)

5. Got My Mojo Workin' (Live At The Fillmore Auditorium - May 11, 1966)

6. You Don't Love Me (Live At The Fillmore Auditorium - May 11, 1966)

7. Susie Q (Live At The Fillmore Auditorium - May 11, 1966)

8. Hoochie Coochie Man (Live At The Fillmore Auditorium - May 11, 1966)

9. Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You (Live At The Fillmore Auditorium - May 11, 1966)

10. Stand By Me (Live At The Fillmore Auditorium - May 11, 1966)

11. Pride Of Man (Live At The Fillmore Auditorium - May 11, 1966)

12. I Hear You Knockin' (Live At The Fillmore Auditorium - February 4, 1967)

13. Acapulco Gold And Silver (Live At The Fillmore Auditorium - February 4, 1967)

14. Codine (Live At The Fillmore Auditorium - February 4, 1967)

15. Don't Tell Me You're Sorry (I Can't Believe It) (Live At The Fillmore Auditorium - February 4, 1967)

16. A Strange, Funny World (Look Around) (Live At The Fillmore Auditorium - February 4, 1967)

17. Walkin' Blues (Live At The Fillmore Auditorium - February 4, 1967)

18. Duncan And Brady (Live At The Fillmore Auditorium - February 4, 1967)

19. Who Do You Love? (Live At The Fillmore Auditorium - February 4, 1967)

Disc 3

1. Smoke Stack Lightning (Live At The Fillmore East - June 7, 1968)

2. Light Your Windows (Live At The Fillmore East - June 7, 1968)

3. Back Door Man (Live At The Fillmore East - June 7, 1968)

4. The Fool (Live At Winterland 1970)

5. Too Far (Live At Winterland 1970)

6. The Warm Red Wine (Live At Winterland 1970)

7. Mona (Live At Winterland 1970)

8. Long Haired Lady (Live At Winterland 1970)

9. Mojo (Live At Winterland 1970)

10. Subway (Live At The Old Mill Tavern - March 29, 1970)

11. Rain (Live At The Old Mill Tavern - March 29, 1970)

12. Blues Jam (Live At The Old Mill Tavern - March 29, 1970)

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Track List: Studio Outtakes 1967-1969

1. Dino's Song

2. Gold And Silver (Take 17)

3. Light Your Windows

4. Pride Of Man

5. I Hear You Knockin'

6. Stand By Me (Take 1)

7. Stand By Me (Take 2)

8. The Fool

9. Gold And Silver (Take 18)

10. Calvary

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Track List: Castles In The Sand

1. Seor Blues

2. Subway

3. I Know You Rider #1

4. I Know You Rider #2

5. Walk In Jerusalem

6. Castles In The Sand

7. May You Never Be Alone

8. Warm Red Wine

9. Look Over Yonder Wall/State Farm

10. Wake Up, Dead Man (Part 1)

11. Wake Up, Dead Man (Part 2)

12. The Fool

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Track List: Reunion

Disc 1

1. Vera Cruz (Live)

2. Edward (Live)

3. Mona (Live)

4. Pride Of Man (Live)

5. Steve McQueen (Live)

6. Gold & Silver (Live)

7. I Don't Want To Live In Fear (Live)

8. Bubba Jeans (Live)

9. Dino's Song (Live)

Disc 2

1. Edward The Mad Shirt Grinder (Live)

2. Vera Cruz (Live)

3. Gypsy Lights (Live)

4. Holiday (Live)

5. Who Do You Love (Live)

6. Harp Tree Lament (Live)

7. Killing Floor (Live)

8. Close Enough For Jazz (Live) (Reunion Version)

9. Smokestack Lightning (Live)

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Track List: Classic Masters

1. Pride Of Man (24-Bit Remastered 02)

2. Light Your Windows (24-Bit Remastered 02)

3. Who Do You Love (Part 1) (24-Bit Remastered 02)

4. Stand By Me (24-Bit Remastered 02)

5. Dino's Song (24-Bit Remastered 02)

6. Shady Grove (24-Bit Remastered 02)

7. Joseph's Coat (24-Bit Remastered 02)

8. Flute Song (24-Bit Remastered 02)

9. Fresh Air (2001 Digital Remaster)

10. What About Me? (24-Bit Remastered 02)

11. Just For Love (Part 1) (Extended Version)

12. Hope (24-Bit Remastered 02)

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Track List: What About Me?

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Track List: Happy Trails

1. Who Do You Love

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 (Live)

7. Mona (Live)

8. Maiden Of The Cancer Moon (Live)

9. Calvary

10. Happy Trails

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Track List: Quicksilver Messenger Service

1. Pride Of Man

2. Light Your Windows

3. Dino's Song

4. Gold And Silver (Instrumental)

5. Too Long

6. The Fool

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❤️❤️️ I got rid of pandora ads/skip limit on www.dankprom o . x y z ❤️❤️
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It is the result of lyrics and music listen up...
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garylangley0
My favorite band of the psych era. Saw them several times and never failed to inspire. My favorite combination was w/o Dino Valente but with Nicky Hopkins. A pure religious experience!
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sjgdpm
Seeing and in the early seventies was one of the greatest events in my life
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Quite interesting bobonnit. You are literally everywhere on here, kind of like me. I just don't comment much. This is the 2nd positive note I have seen you drop, the first being Flying Burrito Brothers.
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QMS were a great group. But I always got Dino Valente and Gino Vanelli confused.... . .
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Takes me back to Monterey in 1972. So glad I got to live there & then...
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I love everything I have heard from this band.
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So much originality in this band, but by and large, they have been overlooked. I believe they performed at Woodstock, but the producers of the concert lost the film.
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Great comments below about people who saw them live.
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So much talent and originality in this band, but by and large, forgotten by many. I believe the performed at Woodstock, but he video was lost.
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The original version I like best
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A Great Band one of my Favorits
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Who Do you love by QSMS is a must have in your collection!
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Experiencing quicksilver at the auditorium in Chicago in the 70's is a memory I cherish today.
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The piano on shady grove can leave you in a trance.
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garyinnm
boy, Ken you hit it on the head, boot camp in 72 and was wondering the same about vietnam
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Man brings back the memorys...19 7 0 going though boot camp,thinkin g maybe the hippys had it right. Next stop vietnam...
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Brings back memories
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QMS made some very good to great records but they really cooked on stage. They were best before Dino Valenti rejoined the band after his prison sentence. Only this cut - Fresh Air (and What About Me?) - is the best song with Valenti.
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Underated group from hey day of San fransisco. Jon Cipolina was uniquie guitarist. His brother Mario played with QMS later went to Huey Lewis. Dino Valenti - vocalist wrote Hey Joe and Get Together two classics from the l960's that are still widley recorded. Every time I hear Fresh Air from this band I am taken back to l969/70 era.Love them!
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hello,! wow this song hits it right on the nose huh......... .
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Does anyone out there remember b/street little rock ark.great tunes.here we go.great music.great times enjoy america.its always a great classic...D. D .
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When I hear fresh air....time travel
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mrschaffins
thumbs up ,storm!!!!!
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Got to love the early San Fran psychedelic scene...yep.
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Yes get summ uv these acustics.ryt h u m pleasure tone voice.happy times do we remember.I do.....DD
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Take Another Hit of Sweet Calif sunshine
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jamiecal3
I saw them do this song back in the day!!
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Wow great beat, never knew they were the ones performing this. Like it
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Don't Cry my Ladylove absolutely stunning!
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espinada9
Happy Trails! :)
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I love wolves!!!!!! ; ) ! ! ! ! !
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Love
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Never heard anything by Quicksilver I disliked or disagreed with. . .
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Then there was Little Joe.. a very rare album with bot Cippolina & Elmore...
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The rez gig was at Pyramid Lake outside Reno.
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Both John Cippolina & Greg Elmore were/are amazing talents. I loved them in both Thunder n Lightning & Problem Child.. Goddess I miss them both....
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I knew Gary Duncan and all of these players were soooooo fine!
That was when MUSIC was really happening ! I miss those days...
Dino had a great sexy voice too..I wonder where Frieberg is and
some of the other members are now...I loved them! XO
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first heard them on kppc in pasadena,ca. silver and gold was the first track i heard from them. only station to play lng fm cuts then. fanatasitc
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First rock song I've ever heard in what I think is 4\5 time. (Gold and Silver)
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Read through the comments. All right on. John was the best- a great guitar player and a good guy. Too bad Terry and the Pirates is not on Pandora. Once in a while they would transform into QMS, RIP John, and Terry, and Nicky.
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mziemba12
Saw these guys a few times back in the early 70's with Dino. I will never forget seeing them on the roof of the Fell's Point Rec Pier (Baltimore) on one hot July/Aug afternoon. I think that was 1974 - those were the days - what happened to all the talent? Quicksilver were on the bill with the New York Dolls if you can believe that one! The Doll's didn't post for the afternoon show probably because of the heat or because they couldn't get Johnny Thunders out of bed, but the guys from Quicksil
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Quicksilver Messenger Service - What About Me lyrics - On the last chorus you all left the last two lines off.

And though you may be stronger now, my time will come around.
You keep adding to my numbers, and you shoot my people down.
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saw them in waterbury connecticut early 70's, they were booed off stage and replaced by malo i still like their music
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when I came to SF in 1969,they became my favorite band of all the SF bands-saw them everytime they played in the Bay Area-loved Cippolina-st i l l love listening to them-all the memories
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I also saw them(or they saw me!) at the Avalon Ballroom S.F with Janis & Sons of Chaplain..R U EXPERIENCE?. . ( ( - i - ) ) )
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John Cippolina is my all time favorite guitarist, whether it be with Quicksilver of one of his follow up bands (and the Maximum Darkness album with Man is my all time favorite).
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mcclusky
Played pool with Greg Elmore last Saturday. He still got it!
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Fresh Air is one of my all time favorites...
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