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Psych Rock Vinyl Records
Happy Trails (Pure Pleasure)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.
- John Cipollina (guitar)
- Gary Duncan (guitar, vocals)
- David Freiberg (bass, vocals)
- Greg Elmore (drums, percussion)
About Pure Pleasure
At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.
During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s – or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.
A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.
We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.
We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.
To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.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
$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - SealedBuy Now
Live In San Jose - September 1966One of the earliest live recordings of the quintessential San Francisco psychedelic jam band, the legendary Quicksilver Messenger Service! Features original vocalist Jim Murray alongside the classic Cipollina-DuncanFreiberg-Elmore quartet performing their trademark tunes plus rare numbers such as “Walkin’ Blues” and “All Night Worker!” Includes liner notes from rock historian Dave Thompson!1. All Night Worker
2. Walkin’ Blues
3. I Hear You Knockin’
4. If You Live (Your Time Will Come)
5. Smokestack Lightning
6. Who Do You Love?
7. Back Door Man
8. Acapulco Gold & Silver
10. The Fool
$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs SealedBuy Now
Live At Winterland Ballroom in San FranciscoImport
Despite being at the tail end of Quicksilver’s career, this live date from Winterland on December 1, 1973 shows that they were still a force to be reckoned with live. Headlining a bill that also featured Cippolina’s new project, Copperhead, as well as the Sons Of Champlin, Quicksilver rip through a number of classics from their catalog. Though primarily Valenti’s band towards the end, this live set features all of the original members and is a particularly rollicking live effort. Presented here in a deluxe clear vinyl addition with a bonus CD featuring extra tracks.1. Losing Hand
2. What About Me
3. Who Do You Love?
4. Play My Guitar
6. The Hat
CD Bonus Tracks:
1. Jam #1 At The Winterland Ballroom
2. Jam #2 At The Winterland Ballroom
$32.99Clear Vinyl LP + CD - SealedBuy Now
Live at the Old Mill Tavern 3/29/70A vintage live album from a newly reunited 6-piece lineup of San Francisco’s premier psychedelic jam band, Quicksilver Messenger Service!
With Dino Valenti back at the helm as lead vocalist and keyboard wizard Nicky Hopkins (Rolling Stones) on board alongside the classic Cipollina-DuncanFreiberg-Elmore quartet, QMS rips through several new songs and old favorites with a outrageous energy and spirit!
Also includes the legendary blues harpist James Cotton trading licks with the band on 2 extended jam sessions!1. Subway
2. The Truth
4. Baby Baby
7. Blues Jam #1 feat. James Cotton
8. Blues Jam #2 feat. James Cotton
$39.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs SealedBuy Now
Live At The Winterland Ballroom - December 1, 1973Packaged with rare photos and detailed liner notes by rock historian Dave Thompson!
A very special night in the career of San Francisco’s legendary psychedelic jam band captured for posterity on this exquisitely packaged double LP gatefold vinyl!
Though longtime QMS guitarist John Cipollina had left the band by this time, he joins the band on stage (as does recently dismissed bassist Dave Freiberg) for a rousing reunion and leads them through fiery renditions of QMS classics!1. Losing Hand
2. Play My Guitar
4. What About Me?
5. The Hat
6. Who Do You Love?
7. Jam 1
8. Jam 2
$39.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs SealedBuy Now