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Twin Peaks Original recording remastered, Import

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  • Audio CD (7 Feb. 2006)
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Repertoire
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

1. Never in My Life
2. Theme for an Imaginary Western
3. Blood of the Sun
4. Guitar Solo
5. Nantucket Sleighride
6. Crossroader
7. Mississippi Queen
8. Silver Paper
9. Roll over Beethoven

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. A. McRae on 27 Mar. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Recorded live in Osaka in August 1973, Twin Peaks is notorious for its 31-minute version of "Nantucket Sleighride" (here restored to a single track - it occupied two sides of the original double LP), in which Leslie West and Felix Pappalardi's hand-me-down Cream-isms eventually outstay their welcome.
Elsewhere, though, there are invigorating versions of "Never in my Life", "Blood of the Sun" and "Silver Paper" which make up for all that excess riffage and lickery, and the band generally sounds in fine fettle, despite the absence of original Mountaineers Corky Laing and Steve Knight.
Well worth a listen for hard-rock aficionados and devotees of no-nonsense plank-spanking, though probably not the best place to start if you're new to Mountain, in which case the upcoming remasters of the "Best of" compilation and the "Nantucket Sleighride" album (both due April 03) would be better bets.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Mansfield on 3 Oct. 2014
Format: Audio CD
If over-the-top 70's guitar brilliance and top class heavy blues rock is your cup of tea you'll love this! Personally I couldn't care less if Nantucket Sleighride went on for three or four hours! I could listen to Leslie West jamming for ever! In the track 4 guitar solo he even plays Jingle Bells! What more could you possibly want?!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. K. C. Brook on 7 Oct. 2013
Format: Audio CD
I wanted to enter my review of this album if only to restore a bit of parity to the marking system of stars which, when I saw the album reviewed just recently, left me aghast at the low level of regard apparently held. 3 & 1/2 stars is visually off-putting. Then I noticed there were only two "reviews", one of which was just a statement about giving the album as a gift.
Let me tell you now that Mountain's Twin Peaks is probably the greatest live album I have heard. From the opening track of "Never in my Life" to the storming "Roll over Beethoven" this album soars like a majestic flying titan unleashing its blues soaked power chords across it's never fading wake. This album has songs of beauty such as "Theme for an Imaginary Western" (sung brilliantly by Felix Pappalardi) and "Silver Paper", surrounded by tracks that, were they boxers, would cauliflower your ears yet leave you wanting more. "Blood of the Sun", "Crossroader" & the classic "Mississippi Queen" being three musical pugilists here. Then of course there is Leslie Wests "Guitar Solo" at track number 4 preceding the gargantuan epic that is "Nantucket Sleighride"(superb vocals again by Felix).
I have always loved my rock music and guitar especially. Indeed I hold Leslie West up as my favourite guitarist of all time. But there is something about the rawness of the vocals that Leslie West also performs on this album, that lead me to feel he gave his heart and soul, more than ever, for Mountain on this tour. Special!
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1 of 8 people found the following review helpful By claire55 on 13 Dec. 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is not my kind of music but OH has been a keen follower of this group and its music for years,
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
It's not polished, and better for it 18 July 2005
By Nathan Zastrow - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is a tough album to review, because it depends what you're looking for when you buy it. If you're looking for a polished, studio-esque perfect live performance, this sure ain't it. But if you're looking for the epitome of 70's rock, in its most pure and raw form, this is it. This is the only Mountain CD I listen to, because it makes me feel like I was there, at the concert. This is what 70's rock was about... not about hitting every note exactly, but about the energy and what the music conveys to you.

The climax of this album is the half hour long version of sleigh ride. While many complain it is too long and in poor taste, that's what the heart of 70's rock is. Playing what you feel. And Leslie West felt like playing for that long. The crowd is loving it, and so am I every time I listen to it.

While this CD is certainly not for everybody, if you love mountain, and love the 70's rock style, this is for you. If you're looking for the most polished and produced Mointain CD, this is definitally not it. But it's perfect at what it is, a live snapshot of 70's rock at its finest.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Heavy music pioneers rock Osaka '73! Go Leslie! 2 Aug. 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I've seen Leslie West at guitar shows around Westchester before. He's in great shape now, and seems not to be bitter, but I'd understand if he were. Mountain were one of the galvanizing forces of hard rock, overdriven jamming white boy blues, and even early metal, yet most people know none of their music or "Missippi Queen" at best. Leslie was fat then, but he could still CRANK on a Gibson at saturation point; Felix Pappalardi was one of the great rock bassists who did more than play the root note, and here Bob Mann (guitar/keys) and Alan Schwartzberg (drums) round out the band. Recorded on a hot summer night in August 1973 in Osaka, Twin Peaks is live rock and roll at its best -- sloppy, loud, joyous, a magnificent noise. You either like live albums or you don't. I love 'em, when they're really live. They're a different and often more honest take on music you already know. All of Mountain's major hits are here (Never In My Life, Theme for an Imaginary Western, Nantucket Sleighride and of course Mississippi Queen). You can feel the sweat dripping off Leslie as he diddles into pentatonic heaven. The vocals are middling to bad, the fuzz boxes are on high, a little country pickin' slips into those monster solos...but oh is that guitar a glorious noise. Fans of Townshend, Clapton, Blackmore, Frank Marino, Pat Travers, need to check this out. The Black Crowes got half their musical ideas from these guys. Sidebar, this album gets "best unintended Syd Barrett impression" for most of Silver Paper.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Watch Out!!!! 13 July 2009
By Bangsmith - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
PLEASE make sure you know which version you are getting!! I attempted to buy the remastered import version, and got the new unremastered Sony BMG Custom Marketing version, which is also listed. The remastered import version I tried to get is supposed to be the Repertoire(a German label, but with all notes in English) version from 2006, but is listed as being from Sony Japan. Problem is, THAT version(MUCH more expensive!) also has its own listing! Several third-party sellers have understandably listed their CDs under the wrong listing, including at least two under the Repertoire(supposedly) listing as I explained earlier. The Repertoire version DOES exist, as I bought the correct version from another not-to be-named website! E-mail the seller first if you're not sure!!!
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
mountain were giants 18 Feb. 2007
By J. Talsma - Published on
Format: Audio CD
One of my alltime favorite (live)albums, Mountain was always more a live-act. In their relative short career they only brought out a handfull of studiowork, to begin with the Leslie West solo-album "Mountain" after which the then born band was named (and of which "Blood of the Sun" is presented in this package). Having released a handfull of albums a third part of it contained already livematerial, i.e. "Live/The Road Goes Ever On" and the second side of "Flowers of Evil". Mountain almost always consisted of West on vocals and leadguitar, Felix Pappalardi on bass, Corky Laing drums and Steve Knight keyboards, the band had disengrated all too soon after releasing the epic "Nantucket Sleighride" album in 1971. Centred around the nucleus of West/Pappalirdi, who are pictured in the innersleeve only, with the addition of Bob Mann on guitar and keyboards and drummer Alan Schwartzberg they did a fine job playing a few shows in Japan. This album (originally four sides vinyl now on a sole CD, far better because the lengthy N.T. can be played without changing LP's) is recorded in Osaka on 30 Augustus 1973. The sound is crystalclear, so I won't know if the newer 2006 release can overdo that and without extra tracks I am not gonna buy it. Anyway nowaydays plenty of liverecordings see the daylight, some of them incorrectly named after the venue they might have played but certainly not on that specific album, so beware. Stick to your guns and go for the originals. This album has it all. Great songs, good playing, it is a real band, not juist two guys with sidemen. A handfull of the hits are present, i.e. a rousing "Never in My Life", the Jack Bruce written "Theme for an Imaginary Western" with West on top vocals, a track simply called "Guitar Solo" but it is far more than that, West playes the electric guitar like a one-man-orchestra, using the volumeknob as a device to create violinlike sounds and adding sustain. The end is a nod to Christmas with a flawless "Jingle Bells" tune. The icing on the cake is of course the half an hour plus rendition of "Nantucket Sleighride" which give the musicians free reign to improvise but the playing together is stunning. The set closes with some heavyrock songs: "Crossroader" (like N.T. also on "Live"), "Mississippi Queen" (with a snippet of the Johhny Kid's "Shaking All Over" in the intro) and a beautiful extended "Silver Paper". Closer is a Berry tribute "Roll over Beethoven" which again showcases the extraordinary skills of Leslie West. This same band dissolved afterwards, only to record "Avalanche" with the aforementioned original bandmembers in 1974 but they could not repeat old times and didn't survive. So this set is a true souvenir of a great band.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I climbed the Mountain, and I'd gladly climb it again 14 Sept. 2007
By B. E Jackson - Published on
Format: Audio CD
What's the deal with all sorts of negative reviews for Mountain's Twin Peaks album? It's actually a really solid live album released right before the style of hard rock/blues rock Mountain performed so well was about to come to an end as the music scene would change just a couple years later (and people would unfortunately prefer disco over this- yuck). This kind of music was never to regain the same kind of popularity again in the world of popular music. That's why it's important to treasure the oldies and respect the musicians from back in the day to create rock music that was refreshing, different and creative. Mountain is one of these bands. Besides, I feel Twin Peaks is a better all around performance compared to their more popular Flowers of Evil album.

Mountain had the talent to do three different things. They could write pretty vocal melodies that positively tear me to pieces, they could create heavy, short effective rockers, and finally Mountain could even go the distance and write some of the longest and coolest guitar jams I've ever heard (and I've heard everything from the Allman Brothers to Fleetwood Mac to the Grateful Dead perform them). Twin Peaks gives you all three. All the special talents of Mountain are well-represented on this live album.

"Never in my Life" is exactly how a live album should begin- featuring a loud and heavy riff-driven rocker with tons of energy. The guitar solo is quite good as well. "Theme For An Imaginary Western" is all about those incredibly emotional vocal melodies I mention above. *NO ONE* could sing a vocal melody like this band. At least none of the rock bands back then that focused mainly on straight ahead rock or blues/rock knew how to write a vocal melody this memorable. Mountain had a gifted singer who wasn't afraid to hold back his honest feelings, even if it meant bringing the fans to tears. The live version of this song is somehow even more devastatingly beautiful than the studio version.

"Blood of the Sun" is quite awesome as well, with some more really fascinating guitar soloing playing *at the same time* the verse melody is playing to give the crowd exactly what they came to hear- exciting passion. I like when bands jam while a vocal melody is taking place because it means if you don't like the vocal melody you can just listen to the guitar work instead. Luckily the vocals here are decent, and the guitar jamming would be like extra spinkles on a chocolate cupcake.

"Guitar Solo" is exactly what the title says- 5 minutes or so of great guitar playing. Unfortunately the only negative about the entire album is that the final 20 seconds of this song features a rather pointless "Jingle Bells" melody. I hate that song, but more importantly, it doesn't make sense that a band like Mountain would perform a traditional Christmas song, especially as part of a live album. I bet most people would rather not hear it. It was probably meant as a joke but it shouldn't have been put on tape. I can't really complain about 20 seconds of Christmas music, though.

Let's talk about "Nantucket Sleigh Ride". It's a REALLY enormous guitar jam that stretches just over 30 minutes. Wow. It's an exhausting listen if you're not in the mood to be challenged by lots of dazzling and creative guitar work. Thankfully the song goes through all sorts of rhythm changes, riffs and seemingly a never-ending amount of guitar solos to keep listeners focused until it finally reaches its conclusion. Truth be told, it's not the best jam I've ever heard, but it was definitely a very impressive task for Mountain to play for such a lengthy period of time and end up with such successful results. Again, the vocal melody (which can be heard in the beginning and very end of the song) is really beautiful and more emotional than most rock artists would be able to create. On second listen, the lengthy jam sections are actually pretty exciting after all, and hearing it again three years later (with admittedly a better attention span) I realize this song is *totally* memorable with some pretty creative guitar licks coming and going throughout the course of the jam. Even when the guitar solos take a momentary break, there's always something worthwhile going on.

"Crossroader" is the best song on the album. A catchy guitar riff plays throughout most of it, but there's a few spots where some incredible guitar soloing occurs. It sounds a bit like the famous Cream tune "Crossroads" but it's not really the same thing. The softly sung vocal melody makes it significantly different than "Crossroads". "Mississippi Queen" is better here compared to the version we hear on the radio all the time. Less time is devoted to the annoying, screaming vocal melody and *much* more time focused on guitar soloing. If you love early 70's live rock music you will certainly fall in love with this. A significant improvement over the version we all know, that's for sure. It's nice to hear a different version for a change instead of the same old radio version. "Silver Paper" is one of those feel good rock tunes that will probably take you back to the 70's (or if you weren't alive then, make you THINK about being there). Once again, I can't say enough about the excellent guitar soloing that dominates the song (and album). It's extraordinary stuff.

An average version of "Roll Over Beethoven" finishes up the rather impressive set, but it's a heck of a lot better than the 8-minute version from Flowers of Evil which is, to put it simply, complete overkill. It's only a couple minutes long so at least it's short and harmless, and I guess it was included to wake up the people who may have fallen asleep back at the 30-minute guitar jam. There's been better versions of the song released over the years (such as the Beatles version). It's not long enough to really say it's a weak point on the album, though.

All this talk about Mountain being a terrible live band doesn't make sense to me. Twin Peaks obviously proves the band could stand up with the best live acts of the day such as the Who, Deep Purple and Humble Pie. An album well worth buying for your 70's rock collection.
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