Sunday, July 17, 2011

Psychedelic Pioneers: Quicksilver Messenger Service

Quicksilver Messenger Service

Quicksilver Messenger Service, an American psychedelic rock band, was formed in 1965 in San Francisco and is considered one of the first jam bands.

Quicksilver Messenger Service gained wide popularity with psychedelic rock enthusiasts around the globe. With their jazz and classical influences, as well as a strong folk background, the band attempted to create a sound that was individual and innovative.

The original band members were John Cipollina (guitar), Gary Duncan (guitar, vocals), David Freiberg (bass guitar, vocals and viola), Greg Elmore (drums), and Jim Murray (vocals, guitar and harmonica), though Murray left before the band recorded.

Cipollina recalls how they came up with the name for the band as: "Jim Murray and David Freiberg came up with the name. Me and Freiberg were born on the same day, and Gary and Greg were born on the same day, we were all Virgos and Murray was a Gemini. And Virgos and Geminis are all ruled by the planet Mercury. Another name for Mercury is Quicksilver. And then, Quicksilver is the messenger of the Gods, and Virgo is the servant, so Freiberg says 'Oh, Quicksilver Messenger Service'."

Quicksilver Messenger Service - Fresh Air .mp3
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Quicksilver Messenger Service - Mona .mp3
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