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Old 12-23-2020, 05:12 PM   #1
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R.I.P. Leslie West (Mountain)

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Very sad.



I remember being knocked out when I first heard this Look to the Wind track on Thomas Aquinas' progressive rock show on CFPL in London, Ontario back in July or August 1969:






I immediately went out and bought his newly released Mountain LP for $3.33 at a discount record outlet that had just opened on the edge of the downtown area.

I've seen Mountain with Leslie West and Corky Laing three times in the last twenty years. We still have the drumstick that Corky Laing deftly flipped into The WOMAN's lap at Hippiefest on the Lake Ontario shore where we had front row seats. Laing could fling a drumstick on target at an audience member and pick up another without missing a beat.

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Very sad. I remember being knocked out when I first heard this Look to the Wind track on Thomas Aquinas' progressive rock show on CFPL in London, Ontario back in July or August 1969:






I immediately went out and bought his newly released Mountain LP for $3.33 at a discount record outlet that had just opened on the edge of the downtown area.


Yeah,,,I still have that original vinyl..love all the stuff they did especially that one and the first 2 official Mountain lp.s
Saw Mountain Aug 1970 in Chicago at The Auditorium Theater,,,,,,
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I also saw them in Chicago in May, 1970, but not at the Auditorium. I can't remember the name of the venue. I went to a lot of concerts back then. They were loud and heavy, but often melodic as well, thanks to Felix Pappalardi.

But Leslie West was a force of nature. His guitar solo(s) in Theme From An Imaginary Western is a masterclass in tone and economy of notes. RIP.
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I also saw them in Chicago in May, 1970, but not at the Auditorium. I can't remember the name of the venue. I went to a lot of concerts back then. They were loud and heavy, but often melodic as well, thanks to Felix Pappalardi.

But Leslie West was a force of nature. His guitar solo(s) in Theme From An Imaginary Western is a masterclass in tone and economy of notes. RIP.
They played the Aragon Ballroom 5/22...smaller venue standing room only then...I think.
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They were loud and heavy, but often melodic as well, thanks to Felix Pappalardi.
Truth! Pappalardi was instrumental to Mountain's early sound.



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I long for the days when big name bands would play concert theatres and auditoriums instead of hockey arenas and baseball stadiums. And at ticket prices only slightly higher than that of a typical LP!

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But Leslie West was a force of nature. His guitar solo(s) in Theme From An Imaginary Western is a masterclass in tone and economy of notes. RIP.
West's solo on "Theme For An Imaginary Western" for me is one of the best guitar solos of all time. At least a top 10.

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Leslie West lost his 85 pounds of excess weight in the late 1980's when he started watching his diet after being diagnosed with type-2 diabetes. In recent years he's looked like this:



A big strapping older fellow!

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Leslie West lost his 85 pounds of excess weight in the late 1980's when he started watching his diet after being diagnosed with type-2 diabetes. In recent years he's looked like this:

A big strapping older fellow!

Sadly in 2011 Leslie's lower right leg was amputated in a life-saving operation related to his diabetes. He performed in a wheel chair for the rest of his life.

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Also highly recommended....imho every bit as good as the Mountain material....

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