Sunday, 18 May 2008

Sunday night rock 'n' roll

Mountain is an American rock band. The band broke up in 1972, reformed two years later, broke up soon after that, and have since reconvened and resumed performing and recording. Mountain remains popular in some circles despite having fallen out of the mainstream during the seventies. They were influential during the development of hard rock and are considered a forerunner to heavy metal music. Their hit song "Mississippi Queen" became a radio hit and is something of a rock standard.

I reckon that most of you have never heard of this band and might be surprised to find that VH1 ranked Mountain number 98 on its 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.

Featuring the world's largest guitar hero, Leslie West, along with Felix Pappalardi, Corky Lang and Steve Knight, Mountain produced a string of decent songs in the early 70s. Pappalardi was killed by his wife in 1983, which brought to an end an illustrious career including 3 gold albums with Mountain, as well as being the producer for Cream's classic Disraeli Gears.

Mississippi Queen



Don't Look Around



Southbound Train (recorded live at Woodstock 1970 - this is fantastic IMHO)



(Nothing Follows)

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