By early 1970, Dino Valenti, a veteran of Quicksilver's earliest incarnations, had returned to the frontline of the group. Touring constantly, the band were riding high from the success of their third album 'Shady Grove', released just a few months previously. Says Gary Duncan, "Live shows were our bread and butter. We didn't sell a lot of records like some of the other groups... But we played a lot of shows – constantly."
From the CD liner notes by famed writer Dave Thompson: "The six-piece band – Dino Valenti, Gary Duncan, John Cippolina, David Freiberg, and Greg Elmore – had only been playing together a few months, since New Year at the Fillmore rang in this new decade, and they are blazing tonight. Fiery and more fiery still...waiting in the wings for encore time was harmonica legend Jimmy Cotton, whose eponymous Blues Band was kicking the crap out of more or less every band it came up against in concert. Apart from Quicksilver... There's a lot of live Quicksilver material out there, and that is how it should be. The records are great but, as all the members have said, it was live that the Messenger Service really smoked, and the live tapes that truly mark the life and times that they lived so well. This recording punches all of those buttons, and a whole bunch more besides!"
Blues Jam #1 feat. James Cotton
Blues Jam #2 feat. James Cotton
To purchase Quicksilver Messenger Service 'Live At The Old Mill Tavern – March 29, 1970' CD:http://www.amazon.com/Live-The-Old-Mill-Tavern/dp/B00DELHULO
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