Happy Trails by Quicksilver Messenger Service
Ranked 189/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Without question, this follow-up to Quicksilver Messenger Service's self-titled debut release is the most accurate in portraying the band on vinyl in the same light as the group's critically and enthusiastically acclaimed live performances. The album is essentially centered around the extended reworkings of Bo Diddley's "Who Do You Love?" and "Mona", as well as the lesser lauded — yet no less intense — contribution of Gary Duncan's (guitar/vocals) "Calvary". This album is the last to feature the original quartet incarnation of QMS. The collective efforts of John Cipollina (guitar/vocals), Greg Elmore (percussion), David Freiberg (bass/vocals), and the aforementioned Duncan retain the uncanny ability to perform with a psychedelic looseness of spirit, without becoming boring or in the least bit pretentious. The side-long epic "Who Do You Love?" suite is split into an ensemble introduction and coda as well as four distinct sections for the respective bandmembers.
1. Who Do You Love - Part 1
2. When You Love
3. Where You Love
4. How You Love
5. Which Do You Love
6. Who Do You Love - Part 2
8. Maiden of the Cancer Moon
10. Happy Trails
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For Quicksilver fans, who cares about side two? This album is totally about side one - the "Who Do You Love" suite. For anyone who grew up in the late 60's and listened to this album, it epitomized the sign of the times - mind-altering drugs, psychedelic sounds, thunderous guitar riffs, and freedom to be who you wanted to be. "Who Do You Love" lets you feel loose, uninhibited and free, just giving in to the melody and musicality of the song in a totally carefree manner. It remains one of the most memorable albums of my youth, one of the greatest rock anthems of the era, and I liken side one of this album to side two of Iron Butterfly's debut album, which featured "In a Gadda da Vida" - who cares about the rest of the album?
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