Mountain

Live

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While this European import may not be a bootleg, technically speaking, it is definitely a gray-area release on which song titles are not quite right: there are no songwriting credits and the unsigned liner notes misspell Felix Pappalardi's name. The sound quality is not quite up to the standard you'd expect from a fully legitimate release. The frequent references to a new year, the set list, and stray stage remarks suggest that the concert at hand was performed on New Year's Eve 1970/New Year's Day 1971, which means that this is Mountain in its prime, just about to release Nantucket Sleighride and playing several songs from that LP along with ones from its predecessor (Climbing!) and Leslie West's solo album Mountain. The songs are stretched out in concert and West even gets a ten-minute instrumental-dubbed "Solo" at the end of the first disc. The 23-and-a-half-minute track credited as "Dreams of Milk and Honey" on the second disc is a version of the "Dream Sequence" medley later released on the live side of Flowers of Evil, and it is a typical jam of the period, with drum'n'bass solos. Mountain fans may welcome this release, if they can find it, but it doesn't add much to the band's recorded legacy.

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