Quicksilver Messenger Service (album)

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Quicksilver Messenger Service
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Studio album by
ReleasedMay 1968
GenrePsychedelic rock, acid rock
LabelCapitol (US)
ProducerNick Gravenites, Harvey Brooks, Pete Welding
Quicksilver Messenger Service chronology
Quicksilver Messenger Service
Happy Trails

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. Gary Duncan and John Cipollina displayed innovative duelling lead guitars, which can be seen on extended jam tracks such as "Gold and Silver".

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

Professional ratings
Review scores
Rolling Stone(favorable)[2]

Track listing[edit]

Side one

  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

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


Quicksilver Messenger Service



Billboard (United States)

Year Chart Position
1968 Pop Albums 63


  1. ^ Unterberger, Richie. Quicksilver Messenger Service at AllMusic
  2. ^ Rolling Stone review
  3. ^ Sputnikmusic review
  4. ^ Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 42 - The Acid Test: Psychedelics and a sub-culture emerge in San Francisco. [Part 2]" (audio). Pop Chronicles. University of North Texas Libraries.