Quicksilver Messenger Service (album)

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Quicksilver Messenger Service
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Studio album by Quicksilver Messenger Service
Released May 1968
Recorded 1968
Genre Psychedelic rock, acid rock
Length 31:46
Label Capitol (US)
Producer Nick Gravenites, Harvey Brooks, Pete Welding
Quicksilver Messenger Service chronology
Quicksilver Messenger Service
Happy Trails
(1969)Happy Trails1969

Quicksilver Messenger Service is the debut studio album of Quicksilver Messenger Service, released in 1968.


This was Quicksilver Messenger Service's first album, although they had already produced two songs for the soundtrack of the 1968 movie Revolution. The album displays the group's jam sound amidst lighter pop-oriented songs. Unlike contemporaries such as the Grateful Dead, Quicksilver's jams were highly planned as can be heard by comparing the studio versions of songs with those from bootleg live performances.

"Dino's Song" was written by founding member Dino Valenti who was at that time in prison due to marijuana-related offenses.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone (favorable)[2]
Sputnikmusic 4/5 stars[3]

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Pride of Man" – 4:08 (Hamilton Camp)
  2. "Light Your Windows" – 2:38 (Gary Duncan, David Freiberg)
  3. "Dino's Song"[4] – 3:08 (Dino Valenti)
  4. "Gold and Silver" – 6:43 (Gary Duncan, Steve Schuster)

Side two[edit]

  1. "It's Been Too Long" – 3:01 (Ron Polte)
  2. "The Fool" – 12:07 (Gary Duncan, David Freiberg)




Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1968 Pop Albums 63