Mountain is an American hard rock band that formed on Long Island, New York in 1969. Originally comprising vocalist and guitarist Leslie West, bassist and vocalist Felix Pappalardi, keyboardist Steve Knight and drummer N. D. Smart, the band broke up in 1972 and has reunited frequently since 1973. Best known for their cowbell-tinged song “Mississippi Queen”, as well as the heavily sampled song “Long Red” and their performance at the Woodstock Festival in 1969, Mountain is one of many bands to be commonly credited as having influenced the development of heavy metal music in the 1970s. The group’s musical style primarily consisted of hard rock, blues rock and heavy metal.
After pursuing separate musical paths for almost a decade, West and Laing reunited Mountain, recruiting Miller Anderson (ex-Savoy Brown & Keef Hartley) on bass in 1981. After Anderson had Travel visa troubles, he was replaced in 1984 by Mark Clarke and the group recorded Go for Your Life (March 1985). This line up played at the Knebworth Fayre on June 22, 1985 alongside Alaska, Mama’s Boys, Blackfoot, Meat Loaf, Scorpions and Deep Purple. Go For Your Life was dedicated to Pappalardi’s memory. Shortly thereafter, the band performed with Triumph at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Illinois. (wikipedia)
And here´s the complete show from the legendary Knebworth Festival … not the original Mountain, but nevertheless a great Rock Power Trio … with wild versions ffrom some clasic Mountain and West, Bruce & Laing tunes ..
I dedicate this entry to Felix Pappalardi !
Backstage at Knebworth, 1985:
Mark Clarke (bass, vocals on 02.)
Corky Laing (drums)
Leslie West (guitar, vocals)
01. Why Dontcha (West/Bruce/Laing) + Never In My Life (Laing/Pappalardi/Collins/West)
02. Theme For An Imaginary Western (Bruce/Brown)
03.1.Nantucket Sleighride (Pappalardi/Collins)
03.2.Guitar Solo (West)
03.3.Jam (incl. Rollin´& Tumblin´)
03.4. Mississippi Queen (West/Laing/Pappalardi/Rea)