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Blood of the Sun: 1969-1975
     

Blood of the Sun: 1969-1975

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by Leslie West
 
Although his most famous band, Mountain, has been anthologized more than once, Leslie West had never been given a proper retrospective of his own. Classic rock fans will be thankful that this has been rectified on Blood of the Sun: 1969-75, an Australian compilation that covers West's most prolific period, an era that found him

Overview

Although his most famous band, Mountain, has been anthologized more than once, Leslie West had never been given a proper retrospective of his own. Classic rock fans will be thankful that this has been rectified on Blood of the Sun: 1969-75, an Australian compilation that covers West's most prolific period, an era that found him dividing his time between supergroups like Mountain and solo work. His key strengths were his furious electric guitar work and his bluesy vocal rasp, so its no surprises that Blood of the Sun: 1969-75 rocks from start to finish in an old-fashioned style. Accordingly, much of the running time is devoted to West's most successful group, Mountain: "Mississippi Queen" is still as bracing a rocker as it was in 1970, and tracks like "Theme From an Imaginary Western" show off the lyrical (yet still very heavy) side of West's guitar work. Fans will also be pleased to discover that this compilation includes tracks from the artist's hard-to-find records with West Bruce & Laing, including a rare Mick Jagger/Keith Richards rocker entitled "High Roller." The one real problem with this album is that it forgets to include a few crucial tracks: "Long Red," West's finest solo track, and "the Great Train Robbery," one of the Mountain's most thrilling rockers, are the most notable omissions. Despite these problems, Blood of the Sun: 1969-75 is a still a fine introduction to Leslie West's career, and is a compilation guaranteed to please old-school hard rock enthusiasts.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/30/1996
Label:
Raven [australia]
UPC:
0612657004920
catalogNumber:
49
Rank:
127397

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Leslie West   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Jack Bruce   Synthesizer,Bass,Harmonica,Vocals,Track Performer
Mick Jagger   Guitar
Mick Jones   Guitar
Mountain   Track Performer
Gary Wright   Keyboards
Corky Laing   Drums,Track Performer
Sharon Redd   Background Vocals
Tasha Thomas   Background Vocals
Kenny Ascher   Piano
Bill Gelber   Bass
Carl Hall   Background Vocals
Hilda Harris   Background Vocals
Kenny Hinkle   Bass
Steve Knight   Keyboards
Don Kretmar   Bass
Felix Pappalardi   Bass
David Perry   Guitar
Allan Schwartzberg   Drums
Marty Simon   Keyboards
Joel Tepp   Guitar,Horn,Woodwind
Jay Traynor   Background Vocals
Dana Valery   Background Vocals
Frank Vicari   Horn,Woodwind
Sredni Vollner   Harmonica
Howie Wyeth   Keyboards
N.D. Smart   Drums

Technical Credits

Jack Bruce   Composer,Producer
West, Bruce & Laing   Producer
Corky Laing   Producer
Pete Brown   Composer
Sunny David   Composer
Andy Johns   Producer
Felix Pappalardi   Producer
Leslie West   Producer
Dave Williams   Composer
Glenn A. Baker   Liner Notes,Concept
Alan Duffy   Artwork,Illustrations
Greg Klein   Artwork,Illustrations
Billy Pinnell   Liner Notes
David "Curly" Williams   Composer

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