Steamhammer were one of those unlucky bands swept away by Glam rock, personnel changes and tragedies, and Mountain was their finest hour. The band was part of the Ladbroke Grove/Notting Hill Gate scene in the early seventies and late sixties, and there are some intriguing similarities to their virtual next door neighbours, the glorious Quintessence. Both feature fiery wah-wah guitars to the fore, but what redeems Steamhammer (don't be fooled by the name, they were a surprisingly subtle band) is their tightness. This is displayed to the full on the live tracks, which brims with invention and sparkle. The vocals on this album from Kieran White are absolutely top notch. He had a most unusual voice.. check out two stand-out studio tracks, the sombre Henry Lane and the anthemic Mountains. Sadly, the kind of fame that could have come their way went instead to looser bands like the Faces, but this is a classic and a joy to listen to.
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