Someone asked me in the comments what I thought about Quicksilver Messenger Service. My response was that outside of a couple of songs I love, they never really did it for me. It’s a little strange, in a sense, in that Dino Valenti was a fantastic singer and John Cipollina was a tragically underrated guitarist, but the band’s history was chaotic, to say the least, and that’s probably why they never really developed a lot of traction with me.
Still, there are those two great songs, “Fresh Air”…
… and “What About Me?”.
Too bad they couldn’t keep their shit together.
If you want a good taste of Cipollina’s talent, here’s the band in one of their many re-groupings, in 1975 at Winterland, performing “Fresh Air”.
Dude definitely had some serious chops.