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Quicksilver Messenger Service 1968-11-9&10 Fillmore West San Francisco, CA (SBD/FLAC)

Quicksilver Messenger Service
Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA
9 & 10 November 1968

Soundboard recording
SBD > reel-to-reel > Bill Graham Archives > ? > FLAC

9 November 1968:
1. Smokestack Lightning 11:47
2. Suzie Q 4:45

This is the second night of three extraordinary QMS shows at the Fillmore West. The wonderful quality of the recording aside, this is also a fantastic performance.

This is a partial show recording, and this fragment begins with "Smokestack Lightning," a staple of all early QMS sets. The song starts with the classic riff that defines this song, but soon ventures off into some ferocious jamming territory. It builds momentum several times with Cipollina and Duncan's intertwining guitars leading the way, before they bring it to a close.

"Suzie Q," a song more often associated with Creedence Clearwater Revival, is played similar to the CCR arrangement, but with a more aggressive dual guitar attack. This is a strong version that they were perhaps considering for the Happy Trails LP, but remains unreleased to this day.


10 November 1968
1. Smokestack Lightning 14:56

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

Recorded on the final night of three extraordinary performances at Fillmore West, this recording contains yet another incendiary version of "Smokestack Lightning." A staple of their sets at the time, the band must have been strongly considering this song for the album, as excellent versions were captured from every night of this run. This is the longest of the three versions and the most compelling of the run, serving as a remarkable addition to the material featured on Happy Trails.


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