on 19 March 2008
I got this album for two reasons - the 'Weekend World' theme that I'd always loved (and lately heard again on You Tube) along with a vague notion that I'd heard the album once or twice when it was first released and that I'd liked what I heard but never got round to buying it. Without doubt, this is a great album. Dubbed as America's answer to Cream, Mountain went a stage further by making their music rock. Each track has their stamp upon it and all topped off with Leslie West's astounding guitar expertise. This is heavy rock but with subliminal overtones built around the big man's mega-sound riff work and sweet soloing. Buy and you'll not regret.
Repertoire seem to have a good eye for great albums that fall off the radar and this hard rocking gem is a perfect example. The yelling vocals and powerchording may sound somewhat derivative but the material is superb and the execution vital. "Don't Look Around", with its thunderous opening, is irresistible hard rock. Don't underestimate Steve Knight's organ-playing, though, which hauntingly underlines the guitar across the album. The title track is the centrepiece, smouldering, changing gear, exploding into that little section made famous as the theme to the 1970s TV programme, "Weekend World". Other major highlights are "My Lady" and "Travelling In The Dark", but there are no poor tracks.
As ever, Repertoire's presentation (gatefold facsimile, booklet, original artwork) is superb. You've got no excuse for not buying this if you like 1970s hard rock.
on 28 December 2013
I bought it after hearing Nantucket Sleighride on Planet Rock. I'm pleased with it. It's a good album and won't be consigned to the rack for the occasional play at year-or-so intervals - it's very much of-its-time but nonetheless listenable. Thers's no queasy sense of datedness and most of the songs are strong, melodic and riffy. You'll probably recognise a few and surprise yourself. I hear the Cream comparisons and get the point - the musicianship is excellent but the bass tends to be better and more imaginative than Jack Bruce's unison riffs. If I'd indulge a muso quibble, it would be to suggest that Mountain are actually more like Blind Faith in the latter's best moments; they have a slightly tight-but-loose feel compared with the industrial discipline and self-consciousness of Cream's studio output. Worth a place in any Classic Rock-oriented library.
on 19 September 2014
I think I've been gonna buy this album for about 35 years! Never one to rush into anything, but I'm glad I finally have. Superb melodic hard rock which still sounds great to this day. It's a shame they were once tagged as a poor-man's Cream, because as a BAND, as opposed to three huge egos which Cream were, Mountain were far better anyway, as albums like this prove.
on 5 February 2014
I inherited this album on vinyl, from a cousin who died young, and as soon as I found a CD version (over a decade later) I bought it. The music is varied, powerful, well-written and impeccably performed. It's not just the riffing, either. Listen to Leslie West's little fills on the title track to hear the man's soul in his music.
Felix was shot by the cover artist, the "Lady" of the song title. Leslie is losing limbs to diabetes, but still records and plays, and is no longer the 'toad' of the other song title. If you like this one, buy "Twin Peaks" next.