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R.I.P., Leslie West

Postby Charlie O. » 23 Dec 2020, 22:10

Leslie West, co-founder and guitarist of pioneering hard rock band Mountain, has apparently died at age 75.

His long-time guitar company confirmed the news, though no other details were given. Dean Guitars CEO Evan Rubinson also offered his condolences, describing West as “a man that I truly loved more than most — the funniest, most honest guy I’ve met.”

The musician suffered a series of health issues in recent years: In 2011, West's lower right leg was amputated following diabetes complications. But he continued to record and perform throughout his life.

West was born Oct. 22, 1945 in New York City and launched his career as a member of the Vagrants. The R&B/soul act earned a pair of minor regional hits in the mid- to late '60s, including a cover of Otis Redding's "Respect" — but in 1969, West left to record his debut solo LP, Mountain.

While credited to West alone, that album essentially served as a launching pad for Mountain the band. Former Vagrants producer Felix Pappalardi — who'd also helmed projects by the Youngbloods (their self-titled record) and seminal power-trio Cream (Disraeli Gears) — contributed bass, keyboards and production.

Recruiting keyboardist Steve Knight and drummer N.D. Smart, they adopted the Mountain moniker — and in August 1969 played their third show at the Woodstock Festival. Drummer Corky Laing soon replaced Smart, and the quartet released their debut LP, 1970's Climbing!, featuring the signature, cowbell-heavy single "Mississippi Queen."

Amid multiple lineup shifts, Mountain released several more albums during their prime '70s run, including 1971's Nantucket Sleighride, the part-studio/part-live Flowers of Evil from the same year and 1974's Avalanche. West and Laing also teamed with former Cream bassist Jack Bruce to form the blues-rock supergroup West, Bruce and Laing, releasing two studio LPs and one live set.

While Mountain originally disbanded in 1974, West and Laing revived the group several times over the next several decades, remaining the sole consistent members. They released four more studio albums, including the 2007 Bob Dylan covers record, Masters of War, which featured guest spots from Ozzy Osbourne and Warren Haynes.


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Re: R.I.P., Leslie West

Postby never/ever » 23 Dec 2020, 22:27

That's a damn shame.
I think a lot of people underrated his influence on hard rock. Mountain certainly was a big band in those circles.
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Re: R.I.P., Leslie West

Postby slightbreeze » 23 Dec 2020, 22:27

Have a great fondness for Mountain. Sad news

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Re: R.I.P., Leslie West

Postby kath » 24 Dec 2020, 02:37

snifffffffff.

i'll come back to it. someone tell c.

even my ridiculously 60s-psych-pop sister loved leslie. it's true.

... to say naught of me and reap.

may he rest in peace.

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Postby kath » 24 Dec 2020, 02:47

yeah, it's a cover. it's THE cover for me.



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Re: R.I.P., Leslie West

Postby kath » 24 Dec 2020, 02:51

just listen to the damn thing.



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Postby jimboo » 24 Dec 2020, 06:01

oliltownofkathlehem wrote:yeah, it's a cover. it's THE cover for me.




They owned that song as far as I am concerned.
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Re: R.I.P., Leslie West

Postby robertff » 24 Dec 2020, 07:40

Sad news. Great player, great band.



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Re: R.I.P., Leslie West

Postby LMG » 24 Dec 2020, 09:50

Very sad news. For some reason, I always play Mountain anyway this time of year. I think it has to do with an American friend of mine who was a huge fan of the band and a drummer, and who I used to see every Christmas until he died at an age far too young.

Ah well, they will be jamming up there in heaven with Felix and guest appearances from Jack Bruce and Allen Woody.

Cheers, lads, for all the memories and the damn fine music.
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To take another turn and walk along
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Re: R.I.P., Leslie West

Postby Purgatory Brite » 24 Dec 2020, 11:03

Sad news. RIP

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Re: R.I.P., Leslie West

Postby C » 24 Dec 2020, 14:16

oliltownofkathlehem wrote: someone tell c.


I've just seen the sad news on Reap Corner.

This is bad news

Leslie was a hero of mine - a great guitarist and truly underrated

Listen to his contributions on The Who's Next bonus tracks.

You could recognise the lad's sound a mile off.

Sadly now both The Animal Trader and The Toad are no longer with us.

Leslie's back with his dear friend.

RIP Leslie





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Re: R.I.P., Leslie West

Postby C » 24 Dec 2020, 15:19

A posse of cowbells

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Re: R.I.P., Leslie West

Postby C » 24 Dec 2020, 15:22

jimboo wrote:
oliltownofkathlehem wrote:yeah, it's a cover. it's THE cover for me.




They owned that song as far as I am concerned.


Yep



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Re: R.I.P., Leslie West

Postby Hightea » 25 Dec 2020, 01:57

RIP Leslie West

While I always like Mountain we became more of a fan of Leslie in the 90's as he was a common guest of Govt Mule. I'll remember Leslie mostly for closing out one of the best shows I've ever attended on 9/21/00 One for Woody Show (he comes in exactly at the 4 hour mark):


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Re: R.I.P., Leslie West

Postby C » 25 Dec 2020, 14:11

Hightea wrote:RIP Leslie West

While I always like Mountain we became more of a fan of Leslie in the 90's as he was a common guest of Govt Mule. I'll remember Leslie mostly for closing out one of the best shows I've ever attended on 9/21/00 One for Woody Show (he comes in exactly at the 4 hour mark):



Excellent Steven! Thanks for posting





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Re: R.I.P., Leslie West

Postby yomptepi » 25 Dec 2020, 22:32

Sad news. Mountain were one of the great trios.
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Re: R.I.P., Leslie West

Postby Charlie O. » 26 Dec 2020, 03:17

yomptepi wrote:Sad news. Mountain were one of the great trios.

And one of the very few that were a quartet! :P
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Re: R.I.P., Leslie West

Postby C » 29 Dec 2020, 14:24

It occurred to me that it's now only Corky left...

[Not counting ND Smart who didn't play tubs on any of the studio albums but appears on the posthumous Woodstock album and therefore the opening two tracks on the The Road Goes... - Mountain Live album]

Steve Knight departed a few years ago and we all know about Felix...





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Re: R.I.P., Leslie West

Postby C » 06 Jan 2021, 12:35

Charlie O. wrote:


Fantastic Chas - thanks form posting!!



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