Leslie West - Mountain album review
Solo blueprint for early-70s blues-rock behemoths
A sporting reference to his oversized girth gave New York singer-guitarist Leslie West the name for his first solo album, then the earth-shaking power-trio that emerged after he clicked with producer-bassist Felix Pappalardi.
In 1969, West was striking out solo after playing with rock and soul outfit The Vagrants. Working with drummer ND Smart and Pappalardi, he was overjoyed to discover the latter had produced Disraeli Gears, his favourite Cream album.