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Happy Trails

Quicksilver Messenger Service

1969

Happy Trails

Album Summary

Happy Trails is the second album of the American band Quicksilver Messenger Service. Most of the album was recorded from two performances at the Fillmore East and Fillmore West, although it is not clear which parts were recorded at which Fillmore. The record was released by Capitol Records in 1969 in stereo.

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Rating

2.84

Votes

4678

Genres

  • Rock
  • Psychedelic Rock
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Mon May 24 2021
2

I enjoyed side 1 as, despite it being a 26 minute song in 5 movements, it was accessible and a pleasant listen. Perhaps helped that it was a well known cover ('Who do yo love?'). It was also well performed - I didn't realise it was a live version until the applause at the end. Side 2 is somehow even more self indulgent. 4 songs this time. 2 are ok covers (although Henry from Neighbours still has the definitive version of 'Mona') and the other 2 just sound like dull jams with nothing going on to keep my interest. My snap judgement: QMS maybe good at noodling on a guitar, but are not blessed with much in the way of creativity or songwriting talent.

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Fri Mar 26 2021
2

Quite a confusing album. Didn't really read or hear anything to suggest it's a worthy "1001" album and didn't massively enjoy it either. 4/10

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Fri Mar 05 2021
2

Saved Prior: None Saved Off Rip: None Cutting Edge: None Overall Notes: This is one of those albums where it inspired a lot of music that ended up being much better. The first couple of tracks were pretty cool how they overlapped and sounded like one long jam session, but not something I'll be returning to.

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Mon Sep 13 2021
2

Maybe it was subversive, edgy or outsider when it first came out but it sounds a lot like every jam band since. Reminded me of the Grateful Dead or Jefferson Airplane. I'm not sure why this would be considered important unless it were earlier than the Grateful Dead or Jefferson Airplane and influenced them.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
2

"Extended free-form jazz excursion" - Spinal Tap

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Sat Aug 14 2021
1

Oh Christ, here we go. Even just looking at the cover I can guess two things: nowhere near as country as you'd think, and (probably) psychedelic rock instead. Plus it's 1969, so expectations are low. aaaaand boom, not country at all! Just psychedelic rock, extended jam SHIT. It was so boring I forgot it was on and only paid attention once spotify started playing "radio based on" songs. Fuck this stuff. it's an angry 1/5.

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Tue Jul 06 2021
4

pretty accessible psychedelic rock with some darker, jazzy blues riffs, and a vague desert-y vibe. Good contemplation music. A bit too long for a casual listen.

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Fri Jun 18 2021
3

It's ok. Just fine. Don't know why I had to listen to it though. I'm from the SF Bay Area and never heard of Quicksilver Messenger Service before.

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Wed May 05 2021
2

Its ok but not interesting enough to get away with no Lyrics. 2/5

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Thu Oct 21 2021
2

Per Wikipedia: Quicksilver Messenger Service began as a SF-based horseback courier, but was forced to pivot their business to psych rock after an unfortunate sexual incident involving a large, valuable parcel and an Appaloosa. Tip of the hat to QMS for somehow, against all odds, squeezing a half hour of juice out of the 2 chord Bo Diddly beat and keeping it pretty interesting. C+ Also very interested to see Josh's review since he usually isn't a fan of live albums but has a special place in his heart for QMS.

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Mon Jan 31 2022
2

This album is a great guitar solo, don’t think I needed to hear it though

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Wed Mar 16 2022
2

You know, they could've shot the messenger.

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Thu Jul 07 2022
2

The first 25 minutes or so is a very long and experimental version of Bo Diddly's 'Who Do You Love'? that meanders around pretty aimlessly and doesn't ever come close to being as good as Bo's version. So there's that. It's not a 1/5 but it's unspectacular. Heard better stuff from bands who were wildly off their tits in the same era.

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Fri Apr 16 2021
1

Wow drugs

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Thu Mar 11 2021
1

Sometimes you discover a great new band. This wasn't that time.

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Fri Mar 26 2021
1

As much as the music wasn’t at all offensive, I didn’t really enjoy listening to a band jam for 30mins. It wasn’t terrible music and would normally be a 2 star, but because half the album is a cover, I have to mark it down as I did for The Sonics. The infamous “star rating system” is nothing without consistency.

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Sun Apr 24 2022
1

A song I vaguely know followed by 40 minutes of what sounds like people tuning their instruments, concluded by the worst version of Happy Trails I've ever heard.

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Tue Oct 27 2020
5

the past 2 acid rock albums ive heard were both pretty underwhelming, but this one was great!!! about half the album is taken up by one long continuous track, apparently it's a bo diddley cover? im gonna be honest ive never heard a bo diddley song i dont think. maybe one on the radio but thats it. the cover is really good though, it goes thru a ton of sections that're all pretty cool (Where You Love is some rly weird improvisational bs for 1969), and the guitar tones are really good. Mona isnt my favorite thing ever but it picks right back up after that! also worth mentioning: this is the first live album ive gotten from this site! not sure how many there are :o very nice guitar tones on here, cool noodling. most of it is instrumental (i kept forgetting there was a vocalist at all) so its pretty nice to put on in the background and just let it go wild in the back of ur brain. great stuff :D 9/10

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Sat Jul 03 2021
5

Love that this was recorded live and hat hte musicians just put thier stamp on some Bo Diddley tunes. Great psych rock record to listen to.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
5

Loved this.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
5

Loved it, loved their other music as well

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Fri May 14 2021
5

Loved this album. A staple in psychedelic rock

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Mon Sep 13 2021
5

I dig this a lot.

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Fri Oct 15 2021
5

Alright I’m biased as a big fan of psychedelic bands from the 60s, especially ones from San Francisco, but surprisingly I didn’t know much about quicksilver other than hearing who do you love on car commercials. I thought about giving it a 4 because it certainly won’t appeal to everyone or be “objectively” great, but it’s accomplishes everything it’s going for and more. It’s an impressive feat to be a musically talented half forgotten live acid band in the 60s and yet still have your music played in mainstream 2020 commercials.

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Thu Dec 09 2021
5

Awesome psych rock album, great solos

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Wed Apr 06 2022
5

Fantastic freak out medley on side 1. Then "Mona" Maiden Of The Cancer Moon" Does any other album scream San Francisco more than this?

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Fri Apr 08 2022
5

This was right up my wheelhouse. I was wondering how long track 1 could be when I looked and realized I was deep into track 3. I mean that as a compliment. The whole first side of this album was a fantastic and interesting jam. Like the pig-pen era Grateful Dead with a harder and tighter edge. Great guitar parts. I never heard to this and will come back to this for sure.

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Fri Apr 08 2022
5

This is a wonderful tribute to Bo Diddly. Most of the album is comprised of Bo Diddy covers or Bo Diddly inspired tunes. Side one is a tour de force - Who Do You Love Suite. Almost all rock groups in the late 60s and 70s wore the Bio Diddly influence on their sleeves for a song or tune. What Quicksilver Messenger Service did was something different. Rather than simply play or modify the famous Bo Diddly rhythm, they use it as a starting point and explore all the intricacies contained therein. I also love that it was recorded live at Fillmore East and Fillmore West, but they don’t tell us which coast.

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Sat Apr 09 2022
5

Meu favorito até agora! Kkkk Muito bom. É bem mais rico do que os outros que eu escutei até agora. 5/5. Definitivamente.

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Wed Aug 10 2022
5

очень круто! треки перетекают один в другой, альбом как одна полу-импровизационная композиция (как выяснилось (так пишут в вики) - смесь рока и джаза) захотелось снять короткий метр построенный полностью на хэппи трэйлс (что опять же говорит о его структуре)

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Wed Aug 10 2022
5

Возвращаюсь в игру. Тру Детектив + Джентльмены Гая Ричи (в подтверждение!!! у меня после окончания альбома медиатека продолжила проигравание похожего и включила Cream — Sunshine of your love из Джентльменов) Такое я люблю Очень приятные мне звучание и музыкальность, кайфово просто сидеть и слушать, следя за мелодией

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Fri Sep 09 2022
5

Over half the album is one big fucking jam. Sick

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Fri Sep 09 2022
5

10/10 super nice, proggy stuff love it

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Tue Oct 18 2022
5

YES! So trippy. Where has this been all my life???

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Wed Nov 25 2020
4

Good psychedelic rock, but sort of spirals into repetitive instrumentation at times

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Thu Apr 01 2021
4

It was good. Jazzy in a way that reminded me of Jethro Tull. I would definitely listen to it again.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

4/5. Jammy electric guitar riffs and solos, with upbeat drum kicks and deep-voiced vocals. The first 25 minutes is just one long, rambling and waning guitar riff. Great background music for introspective, manly things.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

Sounded like a jam session or an experimental album -- didn't realize it was a live recording until I heard the crowd. Luckily, it's a jam session I enjoyed. Would listen again!

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Thu Jun 24 2021
4

Cool jam bad album, starts out strong with "Who do you love" and is basically a set. Solid song changes. Lots of mood changes. Cool album

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Tue Jan 26 2021
4

@@@½. all-time classic, nice playing, hippie stuff.

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Thu May 13 2021
4

Pretty good sound. Like it but it’s not likely to make my rotation. 3.5

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Fri Feb 19 2021
4

What the f——-? Mind blowing guitar solos. Like Roy Rogers on acid. Loads of fun but I don’t think I’ll be listening to it again except as mood music for my apocalyptic western RPG.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

Alrighty, from Donovan's drippy end of psychedelia, to the proggy jam band guitar wailing end. I enjoyed this a lot. Fave track - the entire first 6 tracks being one long noodly "Who Do You Love?"

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Mon Feb 08 2021
4

Cool mostly instrumental album.

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Tue Jan 26 2021
4

Und so sehr der Adamsapfel vor Virilität wie bei Morrison zu bersten droht, und so sehr die Anfänge ein Pendeln im comme il faut der Zeit zwischen Santana und Led Zep gefangen sein mag, es gibt ihn dann doch, den spielfreudigen, freien, jazzig-psychedelischen Ausbruch ganz weit raus. Dorthin, wo der Art Rock das Licht der Welt erblickt hat, Jodorowsky einsam diese Welt zu fassen versucht, Motorpsycho durchs Wurmloch hinüber wandern auf Happy Trails, tripping but not falling.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

Exceeded my expectations. Starts as fairly common 60s rock, then shines with seamless song transitions and fascinating experimentation.

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Sat Jul 10 2021
4

A nice slice of psychedelia. Like a DJ trance mix with guitars. A total surprise and definitely one I'll revisit.

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Sat Jul 10 2021
4

Half the album sounds like an improvised jam session and I am absolutely on board with that. A joyous treat of psychedelic rock and amazing guitar work. Will definitely stay in rotation for me.

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Mon May 31 2021
4

Really cool, A side is phenomenal but B side got a little boring, it’ll get played again

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Tue May 18 2021
4

Hmmm. They show up with three KSHE Klassics, but none on this album. Fun to listen to, but mostly instrumental. Many of the songs are variations of Bo Diddley's "Who do you Love". I like it. Good jamming background music.

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Sat Jun 19 2021
4

Yup. Gonna keep this one on a faves list for a while. I can see it now.

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Fri Aug 06 2021
4

Love me some psych rock and extended jams are my jam so this was right up my alley. The side B tracks are great too.

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Sun Sep 05 2021
4

I could listen to this again. Got a cobra snake for a necktie

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Thu Oct 21 2021
4

Cool psych music. Gets pretty far out there at times, perhaps too far out there on Song three. Some of the songs sound straight out of the Mayonnaise fake book, specifically Calvary, which slaps real hard. 4

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Thu Dec 23 2021
4

A little self indulgent, but a lot of fun nevertheless.

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Mon Jan 03 2022
4

Psychedelic Rock Bo Diddley remixes 13 minute instrumental A lot of guitar riffs

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Wed Feb 23 2022
4

I really dig it

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Wed Mar 02 2022
4

Happier trailing

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Thu Apr 07 2022
4

Opens with a group of songs based around Love, and they're all pretty good. Where You Love gets a little grating to the end with the screaming, but then kicks into the next tune and picks things back up. I should have realized Who Do You Love is a cover, I only know the Thorogood version. After the Love set, we get into "some Rock" as the frontman puts it. It definitely turns away from the bluesy-ness and leans into the psychedelic guitar with the next few songs. Calvary is looooong, I don't know that it needs to go as long as it does. Overall, was excited when the album started as I'm into this type of music, but Calvary was the point I was ready for it to end. Still lots of good in here so it's getting 4 stars, but I think if it was a bit shorter it would have been a 5.

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Fri Apr 08 2022
4

Wow, hard to believe that they made an entire album out of two classic, short songs. I liked this a lot, although some of the more trippy parts of of the jams were a bit much. That said, great guitars and mostly great jams. You can clearly see why they played so many shows on the same bill as the Dead. I will listen to this again and probably download.

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Fri Apr 08 2022
4

I imagine this album is going to score quite well in this group. I thought it was a very interesting concept to have one long song broken up into segments for half the album. I really enjoyed the guitar in When you love. Like when the Dead jam there were some parts I didn’t enjoy as much (where you love) but overall liked this one.

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Fri Apr 08 2022
4

1969 - Rock, Psychedelic rock, Acid rock, Jam band, Art rock

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Wed Jun 08 2022
4

Alkupuolen Who Do You Love Suite on suorastaan jazzahtavaa klassikkorockia! Sen perusteella annetaan 4/5, ei ne muutkaan biisit huonoja olleet.

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Fri Jun 17 2022
4

Starts off shy, but later progression makes it shine. A solid prog-rock album. Highlight: Calvary

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Sat Jul 16 2022
4

very good. Valente seems like a cool guy

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Wed Jul 27 2022
4

A whole lot of fun jams. Best track: Calvary

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Wed Sep 07 2022
4

Well I was kind of distracted so I will listen again. Sounded indulgent. But I think when I listen again with my headphones I will really like it. So going to give it a four.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
4

So 60s, so viby

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Sun Sep 11 2022
4

A very specific mood. It's nice, hippie alt rock realness

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Mon Oct 17 2022
4

really enjoyed listening to the first few, nothing mindblowing

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Thu Oct 27 2022
4

Loved it, very chill.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
4

My dad has this record, I heard it a few times in high school because it was one of his favorites so even though it's the 1990s this is blasting out of the speakers in our home. It's a good record to my ears still. I like the psych. And I probably got that from my POP. But also, you see, there's this Boris record Rainbow with guest guitarist Michio Kurihara who likened inspiration for his tone to the tone of the lead guitar on this record. And, all I have to say is that as good as Happy Trails is that Rainbow record slays it. So it's hard to not rate this one relatively and in that context.

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Wed Nov 02 2022
4

I wasn't holding out a lot of hope for this based on the name and the cover art, but it's true what they say about assumptions. I really liked this album. It was really ahead of its time given the whole "do you love" theme, connected tracks that bleed together, and the fact that they seem to have beaten everyone to the drug-rock era (clear and obvious influence on the Doors and others). I'm giving it a bump in the rating just for being early to this scene.

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Sun Nov 20 2022
4

Zuivere rockmuziek live gebracht. Erg leuk album

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Mon Feb 08 2021
3

6.5/10 FT: When do you love

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Wed Apr 14 2021
3

nice overal, at time it can be a bit too instrumental which long lasting random noises but i think its not too bad

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Tue May 04 2021
3

Rock Jam session. Lidt lange men sjovt setup. Musikken fejler som sådan ikke noget men live Jam er ikke det samme når man ikke hører det live

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Mon Mar 08 2021
3

Some really good stuff liked it a lot,

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Thu Feb 18 2021
3

I had never heard of this album before it was recommended. It starts out so strong, but the second half of the album is less interesting. Part of me thinks that this album would be better if it was all instrumental. Every time the vocals come in I sort of tune out. 3/5

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Fri Feb 19 2021
3

Some interesting songs on this album, including who do you love. Other than that many songs blended together.

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Sun Jun 20 2021
3

Trippy.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
3

It's impossible to listen to this without at least tapping a foot, shaking your head, dancing a little. That Bo Diddley rhythm is irresistible. I'm not one for solos usually, but the first 'side' of this album is pretty great. I didn't even realise it was live until I read the Wiki page. The B side loses its way a bit though.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
3

enjoyed the classic rock vibes of this one

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Fri Mar 05 2021
3

Psych Rock. It’s not my style but I enjoyed it

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Sun Mar 14 2021
3

Some good tracks, some hard to listen to.

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Fri Apr 09 2021
3

Definitely great for its time, and pretty interesting, but it lags at points.

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Sun Feb 07 2021
3

The deconstruction of "Who Do You Love" into a whole side of an album was interesting. I liked the album as a whole, don't think I had heard anything by Quicksilver Messenger Service before this.

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Fri Mar 19 2021
3

70s prog rock (ish)

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Wed Feb 24 2021
3

very fun. good stuff

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Thu Mar 11 2021
3

I remember liking Quicksilver Messenger Service more than this, upon relistening to this record. Maybe it was other records of theirs I liked more? My AP Gov teacher in HS introduced me to them. COOL DUDE

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Fri Jan 29 2021
3

Rock psicodélico. Algunas cosas interesantes.

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Thu Jul 22 2021
3

Eléctrico, setentero. Guitarrero, pero no estridente

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Thu Apr 22 2021
3

I definitely was feeling a 2, but two elements changed my mind. 1, I was blown away that this was live. 2, the back half is absolutely slappin.

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Tue Jan 26 2021
3

Kannte ich nicht. Angenehm beim hören. Morgen wieder vergessen.

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Tue Jun 29 2021
3

"I've got a tombstone hand in a graveyard mine, Just twenty-two and I don't mind dying," (Who do you love)

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Thu Jul 22 2021
3

yeah enjoyed this 3.3

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Fri Jun 11 2021
3

Aika kivoja kitararalleja, mutta intensiteetti ei riittänyt ihan koko levyn mitalle. Iloinen ylläri ettei ollut ihan sellaista peruskantria niin kuin kansikuvasta ja nimestä olisi voinut veikata!

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Mon Feb 22 2021
3

hey this aint half bad! pretty fun psych rock acid jam band

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Fri Feb 19 2021
3

Sounds like the kinda stuff me and some buddies jammed to in the basement, so I'm going to muse about improvisational rock for a moment. Typically, the drummer lays down a 4/4 beat and plays that for 64 measures. During that, the guitarist usually plays some sort of noodley riff and the bassist matches up to the key. Play around that for the however many measures then the drummer switches things up. Sometimes there's change in dynamics (see: Where You Love) and sometimes they synchronize to certain "hits". The overarching point is that the band has to be in lockstep with one another (known as being "in the pocket") to know where to make smooth transitions and where to play around for a bit. It's a departure from typical songwriting and requires building on (or borrowing from) foundational elements of the craft started by many others (see: The Grateful Dead and Phish). For 1969, this can be pretty impressive because these guys were at the forefront of "Jam Rock", a genre that isn't super highly regarded. That's why looking back on this today can seem pretty mediocre and uninspired, especially considering the lack of vocals which delegates this to mainly background music than anything. But for what it's worth, I think it's perfectly good. Wouldn't put it on a pedestal or anything, but it has it's place in music history and I think that's worth something.

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Sat May 01 2021
3

Ok music made by people taking lots of drugs?

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Sat Jul 10 2021
3

Strangely enjoyable in parts but also let down by some dreadful recording standards, guitar is lots of fun

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Thu Apr 22 2021
3

A fun psychedelic trip. Some parts of it translate better live-to-album then others, however.

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Mon Jun 28 2021
3

Pretty strange. First half a live album (as always: would be way better to hear the same music as studio versions. I really don't understand what people get out of this...) and then a couple tracks tacked on. I guess this is what some would describe as guitar-wankery. Although I like this kind of music in general, I'm not gonna lie, these guys sound particularly show-offy. They definitely do know how to play their instruments and this was quite pleasant to listen to in the background. But they lose a point for the live music and for the generally lacklustre production of the album, that doesn't quite fit the technicality of the musicianship.

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Fri Apr 02 2021
3

O álbum era bastante secundário, nenhuma música chamou me a atenção ou cativou. Nota:5/10

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Thu Mar 18 2021
3

Did you want to hear a jam band riff on "Who Do You Love?" for most of an album? Happy Trails has got you!

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Mon May 03 2021
3

Loved the transitions between the songs and guitar solos. Nothing too extraordinary from this album though. Solid 3.5/5

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Fri Jun 18 2021
3

A pretty good album that flows well

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Sat Jul 10 2021
3

New band and album to me, but I enjoyed most of the songs. Some felt real jam bandy, but was easy to listen to.

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Sat Jul 10 2021
3

It was a good album

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Fri Jun 18 2021
3

This was an OK album.

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Mon May 10 2021
3

Not a big fan of the first side, also known as the who do you love suite. The second side, or the B side, is what makes this album for me. ‘Mona’ is a very good track.

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Tue Jun 22 2021
3

Really cool extended Bo Diddly cover. Wait there's another side? Wasn't impressed.

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Wed Jun 02 2021
3

Good

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Sun Aug 01 2021
3

I feel like I would enjoy this more if I was on acid and seeing it live, otherwise it’s just fine. Some cool sounds going on though.

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Thu Aug 05 2021
3

The first side of the album consists entirely of a live performance of Bo Diddley's song, "Who Do You Love?". In a self-deprecating poke at the rendition's extended length, it is listed as the "Who Do You Love Suite", with individually titled "movements" which give writing credits to the soloist on each segment.

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Sun Aug 08 2021
3

Yet more 60s psych. This one goes "ooooh baby baby *10 min guitar noodling* baby I need your loving". The noodling parts are pretty far-out and cool. It's one of the cleaner and more interesting live albums I've heard - but I still dislike live albums, and would prefer this as a studio recording. 3*, might listen again once in a while.

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Wed Aug 11 2021
3

Kinda cool... Didn't really grab me but I enjoyed having a predominately instrumental rock album for a nice change.

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Fri Sep 10 2021
3

Trippy San-Fran freak out

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Fri Sep 17 2021
3

Sí me gustó pero no me siento cómodo calificandolo con 3. Ni modo.

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Fri Sep 17 2021
3

Pues si es algo diferente a lo que ha salido de esa época en el listado.

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Thu Sep 30 2021
3

Classic rock jam band mostly instrumental songs or live album

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Thu Oct 21 2021
3

I'm not generally a fan of live albums, but I like this live album because it isn't trying to sound like a live album. Sure, there's some crowd noise, but on the whole it isn't trying to replicate the concert experience. I love hearing moments where they seem to sort of lose their place. Like "oh yeah, I need to stop staring at my fret board and get to the fucking bridge." Fun fluid movement through a psychedelic take on genre mashing. Not my favorite QMS album, but happy trails to you nonetheless, partner.

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Sun Oct 24 2021
3

didnt move me at all

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Wed Dec 22 2021
3

3/5

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Thu Dec 23 2021
3

I understand that this was pretty definitive of this era of rock but i'm not a big fan. There was a lot of really long psychadelic songs that again made it hard to tell each song apart. Not great.

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Thu Dec 23 2021
3

Like a boring mix of Grateful dead and the Allman Brothers. I will probably forget this band as soon as I leave this review.

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Thu Jan 06 2022
3

Weird shit. Good stuff.

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Thu Jan 27 2022
3

Bom. Não conhecia nada sobre a banda.

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Mon Jan 31 2022
3

Psychadelic and trippy and woah man vietnam

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Wed Feb 16 2022
3

3.6 - Extended jams. Good for zoning out.

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Fri Feb 18 2022
3

Decent, but not great enough to save

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Sun Feb 20 2022
3

Happy Trails by Quicksilver Messenger Service (1969) Well, this is a pleasant treat. The psychedelic rock, album-oriented work of QMS is not well-known these days, but it’s instructive for the historical development of much that was to come. Happy Trails is mostly instrumental, improvisational, live, and weird. San Francisco weird, in fact. Bouncing off a Bo Diddly platform, these performances are basically neo-Dadaistic jam sessions with fingers on the knobs of the Marshall amps. It’s best listened to indoors, in the evening, accompanied by mild intoxication, such as a high quality bourbon, open to being interrupted by the insights of close friends. Party music for serious partiers. It’s ‘not thinking’ music, from ‘not thinking’ times. In other words, don’t bother asking “What were they thinking?” They weren’t. Reverb, tremolo, distortion, feedback. Trippy, man. No need to be distracted by the virtuosity of a Jimi Hendrix or the profundity of a Jefferson Airplane or the musicality of a Grateful Dead. These guys were content to let the psychedelic fly solo. Forget the final (and title) track. Good for nostalgia—bringing to mind how it was back then, without the paranoia. 3/5

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Sun Feb 20 2022
3

Quicksilver Messenger Service was a new band for me. All of the tracks from Happy Trails were new to me. Side one of the album was an interesting take on "Who Do You Love" and had some interesting jams ("How You Love"). The album felt like the music rested firmly in rock and roll music, but nothing stood out enough to make me think I'll be back for more later.

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Wed Feb 23 2022
3

Different, but I think this would grow on me.

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Wed Feb 23 2022
3

Bon

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Wed Mar 02 2022
3

Nice start, but I was a bit over it by the end.

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Sat Mar 05 2022
3

Rock. Long instrumental parts, wierd on moments, psychedelic. Would listen again.

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Wed Mar 09 2022
3

A little less known today than other pivotal acts from the San Francisco Bay Area (Jefferson Airplane, The Grateful Dead and the likes), Quicksilver Messenger Service sure had an idiosyncratc way of performing the sort of psychedelic folk rock those more famous acts were known for. And nowhere was it more idiosyncratic than on this live album, whose first side is devoted to a long trippy jam based on a Bo Diddley song. Good extended jams are always a question of dynamics and textures, and it is true that, in that area at least, QMS pulls it off quite gracefully. Some very short moments of the "How Do You Love" and "Which Do You Love" sections even inadvertently foretell the great experimentations on rhythm and harmonies that Can would only attempt a few years later from their side of the pond. And some of those great moments can also be found on the second side. See the ending of "Maiden Of The Cancer Moon", or the sepulchral background vocal harmonies lending an unmistakably mystical atmosphere to "Calvary"... Is *this* an essential listen, though? I'm inclined to say it isn't. The problem with extended jams and the album format has always been that one only rarely fits the other--at least in the field of rock'n'roll (jazz is another story, since improvisation is central to its core tenets, contrary to other song-based genres). At best, the album sounds like an interesting archive documenting the progress and skills demonstrated by great musicians at some early points of their careers. But it's nothing more than this, really. "Happy Trails" has no story to tell. It only rarely evokes vivid imagery. Those peaks are there--see my first paragraph--but overall, they are too far and between. And the plains between those peaks are a little too samey, with guitar licks that neither break new grounds nor give some decipherable structure to the whole thing. It's not to say that Quicksilver Messenger Service have exactly been *self-indulgent* when they released this live record (a reproach one can throw at many jam albums). Indeed, there's some form of musical generosity to be found there, and one can sense QMS's gigs have been memorable experiences for their audience at the time--see that part on side one where the audience clap their hands in a way that feels as if they are participating in the performance itself, and not merely enjoying it as outsiders. And yet, today, more than 50 years later, the aesthetics displayed here are just a little too quaint given everything that has since transpired. In other words, the offerings we have here are way too obscure in their true intents to make any sort of sense. Maybe you needed to be there to understand what this thing was all about. Which generally marks the line between "interesting" and "essential". After all, 1969 was a year of many transitions. Prog-rock and krautrock woud soon take free-form experimentation to more promising levels. And decades later, post-rock would show how electric guitars can convey newfound mystical mindsets to its audiences. But you can't blame QSM for trying at least. "Happy Trails" is maybe a lost opportunity in rock history. If more musicians had followed those strange trails winding their way between between early r'n'r and psychedelia, maybe genres in the seventies and beyond would have sounded a little different than they actually did. But no one really ventured there. Those trails are long gone. All that remains now is thickets of wild weeds, dry grass and dust bowls... Number of albums left to review or just listen to: 957 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: 19 Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 8 Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important to me): 14 (including this one) Albums I might not be the best person to judge, but that I *might* include in my final list: 3.

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Fri Mar 11 2022
3

weirdly ahead of its time jam band

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Thu Mar 31 2022
3

Enjoyed the album:)

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Mon Apr 11 2022
3

country blues with 60s 70s

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Wed Apr 13 2022
3

Eine gute, nur an wenigen Stellen etwas nervige (v.a. letzter Song), gar nicht sooo psychedelische Sixties-Platte mit ein paar schönen Soli und ein paar durchschnittlichen.

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Wed Apr 13 2022
3

Honestly, I usually don't find much of value in the sixties tips I've had from this project, but I'm enjoying this one.

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Thu Apr 28 2022
3

04/27/2022 Groovy opening tracks with impressive guitar work, but by track 5 it becomes a little too repetitive and predictable. Decent enough, though.

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Sun May 01 2022
3

Rating: 6/10

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Wed May 04 2022
3

Typical late 60’s psychedelica. Nice and groovy live performance, but also a bit on the average

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Wed May 18 2022
3

You know, I'm usually here for the psychedelic jam band vibe. And, for the first few tracks at least, I was digging this record. But then I hit track three which dissolves into pure, nonmusical noise about a minute in leaving the listener to suffer through five minutes of pointless cacophony. They brought it back around to, you know, actual music on the next track but it took most of the remainder of the album to regain its groove. And then, it totally lost the groove all over again on track ten before ending with an atonal rendition of a country song for some unknowable reason. Which is a shame because I can tell that these guys really do have chops. This should have been a much better experience overall. A talented psychedelic jam band recorded live at not one but BOTH of the legendary Fillmore venues? Should have been a slam dunk. But, at the end of the day, it never quite managed to be great. Grateful Dead did it better the very same year. And they only needed one Fillmore to do it.

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Wed May 18 2022
3

Begins pretty emphatically with a Bo Didley cover that the first half of the album is devoted to. Two renditions bookend a fifteen minute instrumental. The second half, again is strong - taking a darker turn with Calvary, which is a far more engrossing instrumental than the bulk of the Who Do You Love suite, before ending with a chipper Happy trails. The album is standard of the 60s San Francisco psychedelic scene, I don't think it is anything particularly ground-breaking but all-in-all, an enjoyable album.

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Thu May 19 2022
3

Ok. It's nice for a 1-hour long guitar solo.

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Fri Jun 17 2022
3

Brzdąkanina. Widać, że skillowi gitarzyści i fajnie sobie eksperymentują brzmieniowo, ale się dłuży i w żadnym momencie nie wciąga

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Wed Jul 06 2022
3

It is an "okay" psychedelic album. Maybe less would be more.

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Fri Jul 15 2022
3

Pretty good

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Fri Jul 15 2022
3

An interesting album. Was very chill but compelling.

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Mon Jul 18 2022
3

is it jazz? is it psych? is it blues? dunno what this is and i can't decide if i liked it or not.

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Wed Aug 03 2022
3

2.5/5. This was kind of boring, but I didn't mind listening to it.

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Thu Aug 11 2022
3

Enjoyable enough, but definitely gets dull at times and doesn’t quite earn the length of the jams.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
3

Yea, fun album

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Sun Sep 11 2022
3

Good blues instrumental type album, would listen again

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Fri Sep 16 2022
3

Psychedelic but boring after a while

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Mon Sep 26 2022
3

i dont know man

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Thu Sep 29 2022
3

Not at all what I was expecting but a really strong album of psychedelic blues jamming. Prefer this sort of experimental noodling to most of the “acclaimed” jam bands out there, but it didn’t completely capture my attention for the whole record. The first side is the highlight although the quasi-western jaunt “Cavalry” is another great listen.

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Thu Oct 06 2022
3

A big long psychedelic jam session. Felt like Wild West music at times. I liked the lead guitar tone a lot; and the bass guitar when it appears for a sec on “Which” Favorite moment was probably midway through “Cavalry” I enjoyed it enough; don’t need to hear it again though

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Wed Oct 12 2022
3

Its alright. Lots of noodling. Not sure why it's on the list.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
3

Not what I was expecting from the album cover, but in a good way. It was enjoyable but at times it does feel like they only have 2 songs.

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Wed Nov 02 2022
3

Haven't listened to them much. Good jam band SF vibe.

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Fri Oct 02 2020
2

just ok - all sounded the same

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Thu Mar 18 2021
2

1969. Key Songs: Who Do You Love Pt. 1, Cavalry

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Fri Mar 19 2021
2

More of a Richard album than a Jeff album

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Mon Jan 25 2021
2

Oookay?? Not what I was expecting given the cover art! Think Doors lite, without Jim. Mainly instrumental 60's rock. Ok, but nothing mind blowing.

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Mon May 10 2021
2

there's better psychadelic rock

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Thu Mar 11 2021
2

sometime when the groove works, it really goes. then... most of the time... it's just a bunch of psychedelic noodling.

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Fri Feb 19 2021
2

Endless jamming. Nexttt.

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Fri Jun 11 2021
2

Noisy, unstructured, and not charming at all

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Tue Jan 26 2021
2

Live-Platte; wäre ich gern dabei gewesen, trippin on Acid 69 in San Francisco. Andererseits, wo ich tatsächlich dabei war, zB 96 trippin on E bei Underworld hat’s mir auch super gefallen, da kickte die Musik auch mehr. Aber schönes Cover hier, gefällt mir!

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Thu Feb 18 2021
2

Not unlistenable but pretty indulgent. Not sure I'll come back to this.

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Mon May 24 2021
2

a bit arty for my liking. too much jazz in with the rock

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Wed May 05 2021
2

Background music

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Wed Jan 20 2021
2

Yawn

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Fri Mar 26 2021
2

A lot I didn’t like but Mona was great wasn’t it!

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Fri Mar 26 2021
2

Track 3 was a low point, but for the most part it was an inoffensive psychedelic rock album to have on in the background.

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Thu Apr 29 2021
2

somebody give me a fugees album or something

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Fri Feb 19 2021
2

never ever heard of this -- no ideas about it... not doing anything special for me; blues-inspired stuff that is sort of jam-band-y probably 2/5 unless it gets better in songs 4-10. it didn't. sort of quiet white-guy bluesy jam band stuff. Forgettable.

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Mon Apr 26 2021
2

Okej musik, men är riktigt trött på den här typen av musik

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Tue Jun 01 2021
2

Not a fan of psychedelic rock

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Fri Aug 06 2021
2

I'm quite partial to a good instrumental but you better make sure they're pretty next level if you plan on making an entire album of them. This didn't.

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Thu Sep 02 2021
2

By the track listing, it would seem like this is a concept album or something. This is another band I've never heard of, and it's becoming abundantly clear that the acclaimed and inspirational albums in rock are not those that I generally know about. Let's give it a try. Who Do You Love - Ok - we have a rock record here. The name and the album artwork led to believe I was in for more rock-a-billy stuff. When the vocals come in I hear Jim Morrison style singing for sure. This is 1969, so they were contemporaries. When/Where do you Love - Jamming songs. Lots of avante-garde guitar. It's all liver performance, so it seems to be performance art equal to typical album music if not moreso. Side 2 is kind of the same thing. One traditional rock song followed by some experimental jamming. Like Grateful Dead meets Jethro Tull and Iron Butterfly. There's talent with this band, but it doesn't really lend itself to album listening to me.

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Wed Sep 08 2021
2

All the songs sounded the same. The best song in the whole album was the last one

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Mon Sep 13 2021
2

I accept that this was probably an important album in the "white men appropriating blues" genre genre and who does not love that? However, it also feels like the album that launched a thousand jam bands so it can burn in hell.

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Fri Sep 17 2021
2

Too jammy for my tastes… like the doors if they were drunk and couldn’t be arsed!

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Sun Sep 19 2021
2

The first half of the album is just a way too long live version of a meh song. The extended almost silent live portions with shouting are just so bad. The second half of the album redeems it a bit, calvary is nice

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Thu Nov 04 2021
2

Jam band album. Not very good. Probably fun to see live but the album is underwhelming.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
2

bunch of hippie nonsense

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Fri Nov 19 2021
2

Psykedeliskt så det förslår! Bandet (med 7 nuvarande och 21 gamla medlemmar) lever SJUKT MYCKET på det här albumet (glid in på deras hemsida och kolla). För lite syra i mitt liv för att verkligen uppskatta detta dock

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Fri Nov 26 2021
2

Boring. A full album of the boring parts of other albums.

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Wed Dec 08 2021
2

Dumb jam band noise

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Fri Dec 10 2021
2

Second listen. Still not getting it.

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Mon Dec 20 2021
2

Did not finish.

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Thu Dec 23 2021
2

More 60s naval-gazing. Pass.

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Wed Dec 29 2021
2

Too much noodling - this one should have stayed in the 60s

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Mon Jan 17 2022
2

Ágætt í bakgrunni.

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