(1997) Climbing!

Mountain

... read moreMountain was the combined forces of Leslie West, a gigantic guitarist/vocalist who had played with New York garage-psych rockers the Vagrants, and Felix Pappalardi. Pappalardi had a slightly more impressive track record, coming from the modern East Coast folk-rock movement (the Youngbloods), before...

36′:49″ 10 Songs

1
Mississippi Queen
Mountain
2:31
2
Theme For An Imaginary Western
Mountain
5:08
3
Never In My Life
Mountain
3:52
4
Silver Paper
Mountain
3:18
5
For Yasgur's Farm
Mountain
3:23
6
To My Friend
Mountain
3:38
7
The Laird
Mountain
4:39
8
Sittin' On A Rainbow
Mountain
2:23
9
Boys In The Band
Mountain
3:38
10
For Yasgur's Farm (Live)
Mountain
4:19
Released 08 December 1997, Orig. Rec. Prior To 1972 & Released 2003, Originally Released 1970 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

Review

Mountain was the combined forces of Leslie West, a gigantic guitarist/vocalist who had played with New York garage-psych rockers the Vagrants, and Felix Pappalardi. Pappalardi had a slightly more impressive track record, coming from the modern East Coast folk-rock movement (the Youngbloods), before he applied his production skills to Cream. Through this, Felix never really stopped playing and eventually formed Mountain. Often billed as a junior-league version of Cream, Climbing!, Mountain's debut, had a lot of things going for it as well. Indeed, West was a changed man from the moment he saw Clapton play, and Pappalardi was able to help him achieve the exact same tone Clapton employed on Disraeli Gears. The hit off Climbing!, "Mississippi Queen" is a boogie classic, and it paved the way for countless imitators such as J. Geils Band, Foghat, and others. There are a lot of other great tracks here, such as "Never in My Life," which was an FM radio staple at the time. [The 2003 reissue on Columbia/Legacy adds a live version of "For Yasgur's Farm" as a bonus track.] ~ Matthew Greenwald