Label: One Way Records - CDL-57339 • Format: CD Album, Reissue • Country: USA & Canada • Genre: Rock • Style: Psychedelic Rock
Shady Grove is comprised mostly of shorter and self-contained pieces as opposed to the long and extended jams that were so prevalent on their self-titled debut and Happy Trails Ironically, the one stretched-out instrumental is courtesy of their latest acquisition -- Brit recording session guru Nicky Hopkins keyboards. Another possible reason for the shift in style as well as personnel is the conspicuous absence of Gary Duncan guitar -- who is rumored to have been a "guest" of Bay Area India Yara - A Cigarra Que Canta enforcement at the time.
The band incorporate a number of different styles on the album. Kicking off the disc is an up-tempo rocking version of the traditional Appalachian folk song "Shady Grove. The slow and dark "Flute Song" is a trippy minor chord masterpiece that is Josephs Coat - Quicksilver Messenger Service - Shady Grove by the shimmering effect of Hopkins ' airy piano lines which mingle throughout the light orchestration.
However, the down-home cowboy waltz "Word's Can't Say" never gets out of the stable, unfortunately. This somewhat uneven effort would sadly foreshadow QMS 's journey from psychedelia and into a much more pop-oriented sound on their follow-up, Just for Love However, enthusiasts of those albums will find much more to revisit on Shady Grove than those who favored the first two records.
Release Date December, Recording Date July, Josephs Coat - Quicksilver Messenger Service - Shady Grove September, Hanging Out Road Trip Imagination. Track Listing. Shady Grove. Quicksilver Messenger Service. Flute Song. Three or Four Feet From Home. John Cipollina. Too Far. David Freiberg. Holy Moly. Nick Gravenites. Joseph's Coat. Flashing Lonesome.
Words Can't Say. Edward, the Mad Shirt Grinder. Nicky Hopkins. Too Far David Freiberg. Holy Moly Nick Gravenites. Words Can't Say David Freiberg.
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