quicksilver: shady grove
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  • shady grove (LP)

  • sku: HE69009
  • Condition: Brand New In Stock
  • 21.90
  • $23.00


  • Format: LP
  • Label: Endless Happiness
  • Genre: Psychedelic

"Shady Grove" is the third album by the American rock band Quicksilver Messenger Service, released in December 1969. This album marked a significant shift in the band's sound, primarily due to the addition of British keyboardist Nicky Hopkins, who brought a more polished, piano-driven element to their music. "Shady Grove" blends the band's characteristic psychedelic rock with more structured, melodic compositions.

"Shady Grove" is characterized by its blend of psychedelic rock, blues, and folk influences, with a significant emphasis on piano and keyboard arrangements due to Nicky Hopkins' contributions. The album features more structured and melodic compositions compared to the band's earlier, more improvisational work. The inclusion of acoustic elements and a focus on songwriting craftsmanship mark a departure from the extended jams of previous albums.

"Shady Grove" reflects a period of transition and experimentation. While it did not achieve the same level of commercial success as some of their other records, it is appreciated for its musical diversity and the incorporation of Hopkins' distinctive keyboard style.

The album showcases the band's ability to evolve and adapt their sound, blending various musical genres into a cohesive whole. "Shady Grove" remains a testament to the band's creative ambition and their willingness to explore new musical directions.

Nicky Hopkins' influence on the album is particularly noteworthy, as his contributions helped to shape the band's sound during this period. "Shady Grove" continues to be celebrated by fans for its innovative approach and the unique blend of styles that define its tracks.

Track listing:

  • A1 Shady Grove
  • A2 Flute Song
  • A3 3 Or 4 Feet From Home
  • A4 Too Far
  • A5 Holy Moly
  • B1 Joseph's Coat
  • B2 Flashing Lonesome
  • B3 Words Can't Say
  • B4 Edward, (The Mad Shirt Grinder)