The Ouicksilver Messenger Service – Fresh Air (Aug.1970, Capitol)
When I think of freedom, “Fresh Air” comes to my mind. This is the biggest hit of the legendary San Francisco/bay area psychedelic band, The Quicksilver Messenger Service, released in August 1970 and reaching #49.
Quicksilver Messenger Service was one of the most acclaimed San Francisco psychedelic rock groups from the 1960s. Their origins lie in the folk and rock and roll scenes in San Francisco during the early 1960s, two musical circles that rarely mixed. John Cipollina recalled in Guitar Player, “The folk scene was going strong in San Francisco in the early 60s, and rock and roll and electric guitars were pretty much identified with greasy hair, beer, and teenage trauma.” Folk singer and guitarist David Freiberg, intent on forming a band with New York folk singer Dino Valenti and singer Jim Murray, began playing with rock guitarist John Cipollina. Drummers came and went, and Freiberg switched to bass guitar. After Valenti was arrested for possession of marijuana in 1965, he was replaced by two members of the San Francisco garage group The Brogues, drummer Greg Elmore and guitarist Gary Duncan. The band had a strong local reputation, playing the Monterey Pop Festival and an appearance in the film Revolution in 1967 spread it’s name nationally.
In memoriam of Panagiotis Boukouvalas, an old friend who passed away in October 2011. He inspired and motivated us all to learn, listen and respect 60’s garage, blues and psychedelic. R.I.P