Tuesday, July 08, 2008


Quicksilver Messenger Service - Shady grove

Yesterday I was listening to some sixties albums, remembering living a short while in a kinda commune with some soccer friends at that time. It was fun. Old farm, cows, chickens. Just one problem. They (working guys) played heavy psych music while I had to study. This Quicksilver Messenger Service album was one of them. I especially like Nicky Hopkins playing piano on Edward, The Mad Shirt Grinder.

Quicksilver Messenger Service - Shady grove _1969
01-Shady Grove
02-Flute Song
03-Three Or Four Feet From Home
04-Too Far
05-Holy Moly
06-Joseph's Coat
07-Flashing Lonesome
08-Words Can't Say
09-Edward, The Mad Shirt Grinder

Lindsay Planer from All Music Guide reviews :
The third long-player from San Francisco psychedelic icons Quicksilver Messenger Service (QMS) is a direct contrast from their previous discs. Shady Grove (1969) is comprised mostly of shorter and self-contained pieces as opposed to the long and extended jams that were so prevalent on their self-titled debut (1967) and Happy Trails (1968). Ironically, the one stretched-out instrumental is courtesy of their latest acquisition — Brit recording session guru Nicky Hopkins (keyboards). Another possible reason for the shift in style as well as personnel is the conspicuous absence of Gary Duncan (guitar) — who is rumored to have been a "guest" of Bay Area law enforcement at the time. The band incorporate a number of different styles on the album. Kicking off the disc is an up-tempo rocking version of the traditional Appalachian folk song "Shady Grove." The QMS reading is highlighted by John Cipollina's trademark fluid fretwork and a familiar "Bo Diddley" backbeat — reminiscent of both "Who Do You Love" and "Mona" from the live ensemble LP Happy Trails. The slow and dark "Flute Song" is a trippy minor chord masterpiece that is augmented by the shimmering effect of Hopkins' airy piano lines which mingle throughout the light orchestration. Additionally, QMS try their hand at the same country & western-flavored sound that was making the rounds with their San Fran contemporaries the Jefferson Airplane ("The Farm") and the Grateful Dead ("Dire Wolf"). However, the down-home cowboy waltz "Word's Can't Say" never gets out of the stable, unfortunately. This somewhat uneven effort would sadly foreshadow QMS's journey from psychedelia and into a much more pop-oriented sound on their follow-up, Just for Love (1970). However, enthusiasts of those albums will find much more to revisit on Shady Grove than those who favored the first two records.

Quicksilver Messenger Service - Shady grove (title song)

Aurora1957A, who placed this video on Youtube, says :
The video playing along with the audio is, uh, oh, some old psychedelic thing, a sub genre from a band probably long forgotten, they were called Sgt. Marine or something like that, I think, one of the songs of theirs that got FM radio airplay was about smoking beatles or roaches or peppers or something like that to get high...
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