Collection

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All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
The blues has informed Leslie West's work since the earliest days of Mountain, but Collection, which cherry-picks from his output for the Blues Bureau label (1993-2006), is the most concentrated assemblage yet of the guitarist's covers within the blues idiom. It's easy to imagine West putting plenty of muscle into classics like John Lee Hooker's "Boom Boom," Robert Johnson's "Crossroads," and Muddy Waters' "Baby Please Don't Go," and he does. The latter especially burns, with West unreeling a screaming solo and strangled vocals, ably abetted by drummer Aynsley Dunbar, bassist Tim Bogert, and rhythm guitarist Kevin Curry. But some of the most surprising moments occur where...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
The blues has informed Leslie West's work since the earliest days of Mountain, but Collection, which cherry-picks from his output for the Blues Bureau label (1993-2006), is the most concentrated assemblage yet of the guitarist's covers within the blues idiom. It's easy to imagine West putting plenty of muscle into classics like John Lee Hooker's "Boom Boom," Robert Johnson's "Crossroads," and Muddy Waters' "Baby Please Don't Go," and he does. The latter especially burns, with West unreeling a screaming solo and strangled vocals, ably abetted by drummer Aynsley Dunbar, bassist Tim Bogert, and rhythm guitarist Kevin Curry. But some of the most surprising moments occur where you'd least expect them. The album ends with two songs that couldn't be more opposite in tempo: a rowdy take on Procol Harum's "Whisky Train" and a "Summertime" that puts more soul into the George and Ira Gershwin standard than anyone has since Janis Joplin. And Ray Charles' "Hit the Road Jack," stripped down to a core of West's guitar and Brian Mitchell's piano, and devoid of its familiar jumping rhythm, recasts the song in a mournful mode befitting of its finality.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/25/2007
  • Label: Blues Bureau Int'l
  • UPC: 026245205826
  • Catalog Number: 2058
  • Sales rank: 79,340

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Leslie West Primary Artist, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Slide Guitar
Randy Coven Bass
Steve Hunter Dobro
Tim Bogert Bass, Bass Guitar
Aynsley Dunbar Drums
Andy Doerschuk Drums
Brian Mitchell Piano
Brad Russell Bass
Timothy Fahey Bass
Todd Wolfe Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Mike Onesko Rhythm Guitar
Brian John Mitchell Piano
Kevin Curry Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Tim Fahey Bass Guitar
Art Groom Hammond B3
Kevin Neal Drums
Technical Credits
Leroy Carr Composer
Lowell Fulson Composer
John Lee Hooker Composer
Percy Mayfield Composer
Robin Trower Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Robert Johnson Composer
Michael Lardie Engineer
McKinley Morganfield Composer
Paul Orofino Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Keith Reid Composer
Mark "Mooka" Rennick Engineer
Mike Varney Producer, Audio Production
Leslie West Producer, Audio Production
Sonny Boy Williamson [II] Composer
Larry Brewer Engineer
Mike Onesko Producer
Dave Stephens Graphic Design
DuBose Heyward Composer
Tim Gennert Remastering
Kevin Curry Engineer, Guitar Arrangements
Stephen Jensen Cover Photo
Matt Breunig Engineer
R.G. Ford Composer
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