Blood of the Sun: 1969-1975

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All Music Guide - Donald A. Guarisco
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, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Donald A. Guarisco
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/30/1996
  • Label: Raven [australia]
  • UPC: 612657004920
  • Catalog Number: 49
  • Sales rank: 131,270

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Blood on the Sun (2:37)
  2. 2 Dreams of Milk and Honey (3:36)
  3. 3 Mississippi Queen - Mountain (2:32)
  4. 4 For Yasgur's Farm - Mountain (3:24)
  5. 5 Theme for an Imaginary Western - Mountain (5:08)
  6. 6 The Animal Trainer and the Toad - Mountain (3:27)
  7. 7 Don't Look Around - Mountain (3:44)
  8. 8 Taunta (Sammy's Tune) - Mountain (1:00)
  9. 9 Nantucket Sleighride (To Owen Coffin) - Mountain (5:51)
  10. 10 Roll over Beethoven - Mountain (2:59)
  11. 11 Crossroader - Mountain (4:51)
  12. 12 Never in My Life - Mountain (4:18)
  13. 13 Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On - Mountain (5:06)
  14. 14 Why Dontcha? (3:04)
  15. 15 The Doctor (4:30)
  16. 16 Backfire (2:57)
  17. 17 Politician (5:49)
  18. 18 High Roller (4:15)
  19. 19 Don't Burn Me (3:05)
  20. 20 We Gotta Get out of This Place (4:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Leslie West Primary Artist, 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
Bruce Track Performer
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 II 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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