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In this final chapter, I will examine the”supergroup” West, Bruce & Laing.
Jack Bruce coming in from the legendary Cream.
Just 3 years removed from that other “super” teaming of Blind Faith, let’s take a close listen to West, Bruce & Laing, shall we?
I’ll start off with the title track of the LP Why Dontcha?
From a review, “Jack Bruce mixes the blues of Cream with the hard rock of Mountain, while the label gave them maybe a third of Blind Faith hype.”
Flo & Eddie had a surprisingly nasty quote about Mountain keyboardist Steve Knight.
So we will be hearing some very interesting music, to say the least!
Got a terrific song called Pollution Woman.
Then there is the strange tale of Felix Pappalardi’s wife and songwriting partner, shooting him to death in their Manhattan apartment.
I cannot understand the charge nor the incredibly light sentence she received.
I will close it all out with some really good blues, and the favorite of Engineer Ken and I, called Third Degree.
Which may or may not have a particularly different meaning for New Yorkers!
And I have to point out, if you listen closely in this chapter, you can actually HEAR Engineer Ken Stanley, who many people seem to think is a figment of my imagination, lol! 
Hope you enjoyed the Mountainous terrain!
Here are those necessary links, to Soundcloud and Podomatic, in order to listen to this concluding episode, at Mike Pell Rockollections:

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Comment by Jon on August 11, 2012 at 9:00am

Sure you can post pictures. Just find a thread where they fit (maybe Classic/Modern Rock Talk?) and then load up the pictures. I for one am interesting to see pictures of the station, not so much Ken since those pictures will probably be blurry and out of focus.

Comment by Mike Pell on August 11, 2012 at 12:44am

No, I have REAL pictures of Ken at the station.

I'll send them direct, although I wonder if I could put pics of the old station here somehow.

Comment by Jon on August 10, 2012 at 7:09am

That's right, I'm sure you have pictures. Of a shadowy "Ken" walking through the woods.

Comment by Mike Pell on August 10, 2012 at 12:11am
See, I TOLD you he exists!
But like Bigfoot you still think he's fake, lol!
I have to send some pictures.
I know I ramped up the heaviness, not normally my style- I joked with Engineer Ken about us being Heavy Metal and next week Bobby Vinton, lol!
But naturally I do like some Metal and Hard Rock.
I forgot about what precisely happened to Felix not because of getting old, but that show was from 2008.
Think about that, at one show a week, that was over 200 SHOWS AGO!
At least I don't buy Live albums not knowing they are LIVE, LOL!
Thanks for listening and writing and staying unlazy buddy,
Comment by Jon on August 9, 2012 at 9:58am

Finally...I heard "Ken"! Still think he's fake, but whatever.

I think I liked this show the best since it was the heaviest. All the other shows were heavy, but this ramped up the heaviness.

And see? You DID know what happened to Felix! You're geting waaaaay to old cause you are forgetting stuff!

Comment by Mike Pell on August 3, 2012 at 11:21pm
Wow, that's high praise.
And I was just looking through some old shows to cover me for vacation, lol!
Kinda figured you guys might like it though- but I wasn't sure how familiar you were with Leslie West or Mountain.
Turned out that new/old music worked for you!
That's great that you ordered the remastered version of West, Bruce and Laing. 
Makes me happy that I introduced you to something you really enjoyed.
Watch, I'll screw it up next week, lol!
Have an odd Theme chosen, be interesting to see how it is received.
See, now I liked Why Dontcha the most in this chapter...but we are all such individuals!
After a three-way tie, it's a two-way tie!
And the Golden Pell goes to Love Is Worth The Blues and Pollution Woman.
Hey that's right, I said in the writing I liked Pollution Woman a lot too.
Maybe I have a two-way tie also, lol!
I noticed the bass playing too, but you DO love your guitar work!
Too bad I didn't think to send you the West, Bruce and Laing CD.
Mine isn't re-mastered you should be in for some outstanding listening.
And I will have had a hand in choosing Album Of The Week!
Man, my work is never done at this place, LOL!
Thanks for listening and writing, great to hear from you,
Comment by RJhog (Admin) on August 3, 2012 at 11:51am

Mike, I have to tell you, this was a fantastic series.  You have introduced me to some great "new" "old" music.  And today's show may be my favorite.  I've already gone to Amazon and ordered the remastered version of West, Bruce and Laing. 


And the Golden Pell choice is really tough today.  I like the opener, Why Dontcha? a lot.  Other than Mississippi Queen, it's definitely heavier than Mountain. 


Love Is Worth The Blues and Pollution Woman are so good.  They both get the Golden Pell.  For the former, the guitar work is so incredible it's ridiculous.  And the tempo change in the middle just puts the song over the top. 


Notice how terrific the bass work is throughout the album?  Huh?  Did you notice? 


Great series bro and I can't wait until the CD comes in.  It will definitely make a future appearance in Album Of The Week.

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