Quicksilver Messenger Service – Happy Trails (1969/2014) [Qobuz FLAC 24bit/192kHz]

Quicksilver Messenger Service – Happy Trails (1969/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz  | Time – 50:06 minutes | 2,05 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © CAPITOL

Possibly the best live album to come out of psychedelic San Francisco, with epic re-workings of Bo Diddley’s Who Do You Love and Mona. John Cipollina rules! If the quintessential San Francisco Sound is defined by lengthy improvised guitar-work and near-telepathic interplay, then „Happy Trails“ crystallizes the genre on record. Extemporizing mightily two Bo Diddley songs (‘Who Do You Love’ and ‘Mona,’ the quartet introduces new realms of expression to rock music.

Guitarists John Cipollina and Gary Duncan offer contrasting textures and sound, goading each other to greater heights. Largely recorded live in concert, „Happy Trails“ encapsulates an era of experimentation, employing images that embodied the outlaw chic of the hippie subculture. Its strengths are not, however, bound to that era; the album’s mesmerizing power remains as true as ever. The George Hunter cover painting is also indispensable.

‘…It begins with an entire side dedictated to Bo Diddley’s `Who Do You Love,’ superbly recorded at the Fillmores East and West…a beautiful example of the kind of communication rock’n’roll is all about…’ (Greil Marcus, Rolling Stone)

01. Who Do You Love (Pt. 1)
02. When You Love
03. Where You Love
04. How You Love
05. Which Do You Love
06. Who Do You Love (Pt. 2)
07. Mona
08. Maiden Of The Cancer Moon
09. Calvary
10. Happy Trails

John Cipollina, guitar, vocals
Gary Duncan, guitar, vocals
Greg Elmore, drums, percussion, vocals
David Freiberg, bass, piano, vocals

Digitally remastered

Ranked #44 in Rolling Stone’s ’50 Coolest Records’
Ranked #189 in Rolling Stone’s ‘The 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time’



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