Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Mountain - Live The Road Goes Ever On (1972 us, rough tough jam rock, 2018 bonus track remaster)

Remastered edition of this 1972 release. Windfall assembled this outstanding live document of the original version of the band Mountain following their breakup. The album features a couple of tracks from their landmark performance at the Woodstock festival and the epic centerpiece of the album, a majestic extended version of 'Nantucket Sleighride'. Leslie West, Felix Pappalardi, Corky Laing and Steve Knight were riding their first wave of success with their first two studio albums when these performances were documented. 

This version of the band could flat-out cook and the extended cuts show that they knew how to jam with a sense of power and dynamics. The performances were mastered from the original tapes by Vic Anesini and the liner notes by Ralph Chapman place the whole project in the proper perspective. The album is fleshed out by an extended bonus performance of "Stormy Monday" that was culled from another early '70s festival performance.
1. Long Red (Felix Pappalardi, John Ventura, Leslie West, Norman Landsberg) - 5:44
2. Waiting To Take You Away (Leslie West) - 4:40
3. Crossroader (Felix Pappalardi, Gail Collins) - 6:13
4. Nantucket Sleighride (Felix Pappalardi, Gail Collins) - 17:27
5. Stormy Monday (T-Bone Walker) - 19:27
Bonus Track 5 taken from the Atlanta International Pop Festival, 1970

*Leslie West - Guitars, Vocals
*Felix Pappalardi - Bass, Piano, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
*Corky Laing - Drums, Percussion
*Steve Knight - Organ, Mellotron

1970  Mountain - Climbing! (2013 blu spec edition) 
1971  Mountain - Nantucket Sleighride (2013 japan blu spec remaster)