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Sunday and just kicking back a bit after another stress filled week at work and here is one of my favorite ways to create a little fresh air space in the old noggin: listening to John Cipollina and his friends in Quicksilver Messenger Service make the Bo Diddley beat and the wailing solo guitar become as one.  Few guitarists had as unique and instanly recognizable style as JC.  I got to see him 2 weeks before his death from Emphysema and he looked like a straw man only thinner.  Yet he could still sit on his Fender Amplifier and with a band composed of members of 3 other Bay area bands (P. Albin-Big Brother, Spencer Dryden-Jefferson Airplane and Barry Melton-Country Joe & The Fish) blast out his signature riffs with the usual amazing aplomb.  Here's a taste...

and I can't resist this bit of JC with the Dead:

Originally posted to pholkiephred on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 09:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by An Ear for Music and DKOMA.

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  •  Tip Jar (8+ / 0-)

    'cause Mr. Charlie told me so - Robert Hunter/"Pigpen" McKernan

    by pholkiephred on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 09:00:07 AM PDT

  •  My husband plays the Bo Diddley version all (1+ / 0-)
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    the time.  I'll let him listen to this version.  It's a great song.  Thanks.

    I am a work in progress. Still.

    by broths on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 09:13:02 AM PDT

  •  I knew those guys pretty well (1+ / 0-)
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    The band I roadied for, the Sons of Champlin, practiced in the hall next to the Quicksilver's, and both bands were managed by the same company, West Pole.  We did shows together, including one New Year's Eve at Winterland.  I was hanging out at the practice hall one night when Gary Duncan and David Freiberg were headed over to the Avalon Ballroom.  I rode with them, and when you arrive with rock royalty, Ben, the door guy at the Avalon, steps aside for you.

    Cippolina's trademark was a burning cigarette stuck on the end of a guitar string on his guitar's headstock.  He continued to smoke even after diagnosed.

    I delivered a piano to his parents' house, and they had a little shrine set up there, with the red SG guitar.

    I didn't like Dino Valente very much.  His real name, BTW was Chester Powers, and he wrote the Youngbloods hit, "Get Together."  Aside: I saw The Youngbloods at the Avalon on my 21st birthday.  I am now 66.

  •  One of the favs of ALL time (2+ / 0-)
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    BOHICA, bakeneko

    Happy Trails

    Who Do You Love Suite

    1. Who Do You Love? (Ellis McDaniel) (a.k.a. Bo Diddley) This is a straightforward rendering of the song in Quicksilver's rock/blues style.

    2. When You Love (Gary Duncan) A guitar solo by Duncan in a style somewhere between jazz and rock (described as "Bloomfield-like" [10] with a walking bass line by Freiberg.

    3. Where You Love (Quicksilver and Fillmore audience) Some apparently improvised guitar and bass plucking and sliding, with feedback, handclapping and audience participation 'almost like a "found object" out of Dada.' [11]

    4. How You Love (John Cipollina) A rock guitar solo by Cippollina, returning to the Bo Diddley beat.

    5. Which Do You Love (David Freiberg) A bass solo by Freiberg over the Bo Diddley beat.

    6. Who Do You Love? (Part 2) (Ellis McDaniel) A slower, quieter reprise of one verse of the Bo Diddley song, leading to a pianissimo ensemble vocal, and a finale in which "they hit it all at once, guitars harder and harder. Elmore pounding, voices screaming; everything working." [12]

    The original live performance of the "Who Do You Love Suite" (approximately 26:53 in length) was cut to 25:17, perhaps to make it fit on an LP record. Most of the deleted music was from Duncan's guitar solo ("When You Love"). The uncut version is on Etree.

    "When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains, And the women come out to cut up what remains, Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains An' go to your Gawd like a soldier." Rudyard Kipling

    by EdMass on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 09:28:38 AM PDT

  •  The first Pride of man (1+ / 0-)
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    Written by Hamilton Camp 1964
    Recorded in 1964, released in 1966

    White-collar conservatives flashing down the street, pointing their plastic finger at me..

    by BOHICA on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 09:41:16 AM PDT

  •  Acid Rock! (1+ / 0-)
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    Quicksilver reworked Dave Brubeck's (actually Desmond's) Take Five, changing it to 6/8 and called it Gold and Silver. It's taken me years to be able to play Take 5 in 5/4 as a result.
    And I so love that SG with the Bigsby, probably my favorite rock guitar.

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