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Dino Valenti – new recordings surface

16 Feb

Splendid news reaches us of some lost Dino Valenti recordings about to show the light of day. I first heard ‘Time’ on one of the Rock Machine comps a very long time ago and was pleased to get the Epic album on CD when Koch put it out at the back end of the 90s but as you can read form the press release this is a fascinating prospect:

Who would have thought that Philadelphia record label ItsAboutMusic.com would uncover lost music from legendary Quicksilver Messenger Service lead vocalist Dino Valenti, and the quality would be this good? And when we say “lost” – we really mean it. The tapes used to form this new CD ‘Get Together’ were found in a storage unit in northern California by some very nice people who just knew that this music was valuable without even hearing the tapes. They figured out how to reach Dino’s son, Joli and the rest is history in the making.

This CD marks the very first time that a Dino Valenti album offers his own recording of his song, “Get Together” (made more than famous by The Youngbloods). It also features covers of “Midnight Rider” (Gregg Allman) and “I’ll Try Something New” (Smokey Robinson) which are both stellar performances. But the true gems on this album are the original tunes that were recorded back in the early to late Sixties. How did this music survive all this time and sound so cool? And since the recordings have been literally lost, it’s a question as to who’s playing on it besides Dino. Some of the tracks sure sound like Quicksilver Messenger Service – you decide. Continue reading