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West was born in New York City, grew up in Hackensack, New Jersey, and in East Meadow, New York, Forest Hills, New York and Lawrence, New York. After his parents divorced, he changed his surname to West. His musical career began with The Vagrants, an R&B/Blue-eyed soul-rock band influenced by the likes of The Rascals that was one of the few teenage garage rock acts to come out of the New ... Read more in Amazon's Leslie West Store

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  • Audio CD (20 Sept. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Voiceprint
  • ASIN: B000E6GBU8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,770 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. Motherload 3:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Theme For An Imaginary Western 4:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. I'm Crying 3:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Red House 4:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Love Is Forever 3:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. I Ate It 2:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Spoonful 7:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Love Me Tender 1:30£0.79  Buy MP3 

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Leslie West first picked up a guitar in anger as it were in the sixties when he was a member of the Vagrants. The Vagrants were just one of many bands on the club circuit on Long Island during the sixties. Two other bands were the Young Rascals and The Hassles, which featured a young Billy Joel. Many people however will remember Leslie West as a founder member of Mountain alongside Felix Papalardi and long time (although not founder) drummer Corky Laing. In fact, aside from a short period of time during the seventies when Leslie was a member of West, Bruce and Laing alongside Corky and former Cream bassist Jack Bruce, Mountain has taken up a large part of Leslie's time. His first solo album entitled Mountain led to the formation of the band of the same name. Leslie's second solo album The Great Fatsby emerged in the mid seventies during a break in Leslie's activities with Mountain and featured many world-renowned musicians including Mick Jagger who allegedly only participated if he could play guitar rather than sing! This album features a number of tracks closely associated with Leslie including Theme for an Imaginary Western and also covers, in the shape of Elvis Presley s Love Me Tender and the Jimi Hendrix song Red House. This album also features Jack Bruce who was of course one third of West Bruce and Laing in the seventies and has recently been collaborating with ROBIN TROWER on our SEVEN MOONS album. Original copies of this album sell for up top $150 on ebay which means this reissue is doubly welcome for Leslie s large and devoted fan base.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Green VINE VOICE on 7 Mar. 2013
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Another album that's been sat in my collection for a long time now and sees the light of day on many an occasion as it contains my favourite rendition of "Theme For An Imaginary Western"
Forget all the references to Jack Bruce because this here gem of an album is ALL about the vocal chords and the guitar of Leslie West who, once heard, is NEVER forgotten and, whilst probably more known for his work with Mountain, has had a long and fruitful solo career and "THEME" bears witness to that.
Certainly, by today's standards, this is only an audio doodle in that it weighs in at only 35 minutes, but, this is all quality material displayed as only Mr West knows how with his big gravelly voice and even bigger guitar sound that leaves you each and every time with a great big grin on your face, even though some of the numbers here are better known from other artists. But, Mr West makes them all his very own - bear witness to "Red House" and "Love Me Tender" (sung as a threat!) and, of course, "Spoonful" and you will see what I mean. And don't forget "Theme For
An Imaginary Western" which is one of the most haunting pieces of music that either West or Bruce has ever put their name to - simply spine chillingly superlative!
Although not the best of all the solo material that Leslie has put out since the late 60's, in my book it has to rate among my top 5 Leslie West albums of all time!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Best Version of Theme for Imaginary Western 7 July 2006
By Bluematter - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Theme came out in the 80s with Leslie working with Jack Bruce again. This is a great sounding CD with Jack doing the honors on vocal for the Title Tune (Excellent) Other highlights include a great version of Hendrix's "RedHouse" and Cream's Version of "Spoonful" segueing into "Love me tender" Leslie is in fine form throughout the offering. Highly recommended to WBL, Mountain, and Leslie West fans.
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The old heart on the sleeve 28 Aug. 2011
By Gary B. Gray - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I already own most of Leslie West's efforts, and I thought I had him pretty much covered. That's the beauty of this. Found some jewels here and had to have it. Maybe someday this Phat cat will be given his due. Hendrix picked up a bass to jam with West. What does that tell you? This guy wears it on his sleeve. If you don't have his very first solo effort, I highly recommend it. There are musicians out there that live for record sales or notariety. Not this dude. Do yourself a favor and track down some video of Mountain's performance at Woodstock. He's always challenging -- always in the moment. Blackmore, Page, Beck, Hendrix. I love 'em. Still, there is a special quality in this man. An urgency. Always best when played loud.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
west bruce and franco 23 Jan. 2013
By jonathan rock - Published on
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This is one of Leslie Wests better cds,it has Jack Bruce,and legendary Good Rats drummer Joe Franco liner notes by Howard Stern.Hard rockin and to the point Good stuff
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Incredible Album. Leslie West, Jack Bruce and Joe Franco, amazing line-up 31 Dec. 2013
By matthew bogosian - Published on
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One of my favorite albums. Leslie's version of Mountain's classic "Theme For An Imaginary Western" is sung by it's composer, Jack Bruce. Jack's voice with Leslie's guitar is hauntingly beautiful. The live cuts "Spoonful" and "Red House" are perfect. Leslie just started using Steinberger guitars at the time which is evident in the unique riff in "I Ate It" where you can hear Leslie pulling chords up and down. Only complaint, "Love Me Tender" faded out too soon just as Lesie's guitar starts too cry. Great production, great sound and great performances.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
To everything, STERN STERN STERN. There is a season, STERN STERN STERN! 4 Jun. 2008
By Smegma Cheese - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Howard Stern should take credit for this album. Back in late '85 Howard was talking about how much he loved Mountain. Listening to him was none other than Leslie West who later called in and said how much of a fan he was of Stern. The two became friends and Leslie became a regular on his show. Then something weird happened, Mountain records started to sell again as Howard introduced a new generation of fans to the Mississippi Queen himself. Pretty soon Leslie was in demand for live shows and recording offers came in.

Leslie pays tribute to Stern with the song ''Motherlode''. 0ne would think it was ''Talk Dirty'', but it's not. Howard wrote the liner notes on the back of the album, which in itself is worth the price.
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