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As we open Part 3, I will dip back into that solo Leslie West album from 1969, back when there was no group called Mountain.
His version of a Bob Dylan song made famous by the Band, and also by Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & Trinity as the theme to the British comedy Absolutely Fabulous.
In an attempt to avoid being compared to Cream, the group added a keyboardist.
So we will return to Mountain proper, for a series of songs I have always liked, including one that has always had a touch of melancholy for me.
In the 70’s there were some personnel changes.
Also in the 70’s, Leslie West kept busy by also playing with The Who on their Who’s Next sessions- and he was on the demo of Won’t Get Fooled Again.
Also on a Bo Diddley 20th Anniversary Tribute All Star Album.
And in the 2000’s, he has contributed to an Ozzie Osborne album, plus had solo and group LP’s.
I will close this chapter out with a song dedicated to our next power blackout!
In the next and final podcast, Leslie West joins a supergroup- but were they?
Here is the links nowadays, and I'll reverse the order, give Soundcloud a look- spare and simple- for this episode of Mike Pell Rockollections:
And also still at Podomatic


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Comment by Mike Pell on August 11, 2012 at 12:41am

I am shamed Jon.

Honestly, Guitar Solo is not enough information to realize it is a live album.

I apologize.

Glad it was REALLY cheap, otherwise a waste of good money!

Comment by Jon on August 10, 2012 at 7:07am

You're laughing at my mistake? Shame!

I really didn't know it was live, nowhere on the outside of the CD did it mention anything about live, but I should have figured it out since one of the song titles is "Guitar Solo". But it was REALLY cheap and I thought I had found me a bargain. 

Comment by Mike Pell on August 10, 2012 at 12:00am
It sure does, I just went through it and still can't get back in the swing of things.
I'll be taking another vacation too, lol!
Those songs you like are from my favorite Mountain album, Nantucket Sleighride.
This is you being funny again, not sure if you meant it that way, but I swear it makes me laugh:
I had picked up Twin Peaks not realizing it was a live album and I'm not into live albums that much. it was cheap though.'re not into live albums that much...and the last sentence is priceless...but cheap though, LOL!
Thanks for listening and writing and getting unlazy,
Comment by Jon on August 9, 2012 at 9:17am

Holy crap, I have to catch up! Vacation makes you so lazy. Really lazy.

This was really good, especially Traveling In The Dark and Don't Look Around. I have a couple Mountain CD's, Twin Peaks and Greatest Hits but think I might be buying me some of their studio albums. I had picked up Twin Peaks not realizing it was a live album and I'm not into live albums that much. it was cheap though.

Comment by Mike Pell on August 2, 2012 at 12:06am
"Superb series", "More good stuff"- wow, sounds like you are into this one.
And you do dig killer riffs.
Wasn't that a horror movie, lol?
Traveling In The Dark was from Nantucket Sleighride, as was Don't Look Around, so a group effort.
Now you know why that is my favorite Mountain album.
And Don't Look Around would be my favorite in this chapter.
That's right buddy, if you have never heard a song before and it's new to you, it's BRAND NEW, LOL!
Now you're thinking like me...that's the ticket!
Never In My Life was from Mountain Climbing, so Mountain also.
So you couldn't pick one, and for the first time EVER, a three-way tie for the Golden Pell!
Thanks for the listen and writing, and the praise (I take a bow!),
Comment by RJhog (Admin) on August 1, 2012 at 10:53am

More good stuff.  I think I tend to like the Mountain stuff more than the solo stuff, but it's all really good.


Never In My Life was great.  That killer riff is reminiscent of Mississippi Queen.


Don't Look Around was another great song.  New to me, so it's brand new, right? 


And Traveling In The Dark was also really cool.  I think this one was solo.  I'm not sure.  Either way, it's a tremendously difficult decision for Golden Pell.  I don't think I can do it, so the Golden Pell, for the first time ever, goes to 3 songs:


Never In My Life

Don't Look Around

Traveling In The Dark


Superb series my friend.

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