“Twin Peaks”is a live album by hard rock band Mountain. Their first release following their 1972 breakup and subsequent reformation, the lineup consisted of original member Leslie West and Felix Pappalardi joined by guitarist/keyboardist Bob Mann and drummer Allan Schwartzberg. The revamped Mountain toured Japan, from which the album’s material is culled. The original release was a double album consisting of a whole second disk (31 minute, 49 second, both sides) LP version of “Nantucket Sleighride”, the first one holding all other tracks.
Recorded in Osaka, Japan, in 1973, Twin Peaks was Mountain’s second consecutive live album (with The Best of Mountain compilation between them), albeit featuring the re-formed, somewhat reconfigured version of the group, consisting of Leslie West (guitar, vocals), Felix Pappalardi (bass, vocals), Bob Mann (guitar, keyboards), and Allan Schwartzberg (drums). It overlaps with its predecessor, Mountain Live (The Road Goes Ever On) on only two cuts, “Crossroader” and “Nantucket Sleighride,” and the latter is stretched out even further here than it was on the earlier album, to 32 minutes. The content ends up showing off the best and the worst attributes of Mountain — the best being such staples as “Theme from an Imaginary Western,” “Mississippi Queen,” “Never in My Life,” and “Roll Over Beethoven”.
Nantucket Sleighride: over half-an-hour, was precisely what audiences of the period were paying to see and hear, and captures the band’s music in all of its excessive glory. Additionally, “Nantucket Sleighride” doesn’t seem that long in the actual listening, mostly because it’s difficult not to be impressed with the playing, especially the guitar dialogue between West and Mann.
I guess the audience was stunnend after this jamming Sleighride … including a fine bass-solo by Felix Pappalardi.
Bob Mann (guitar, organ)
Felix Pappalardi (bass, vocals, piano)
Allan Schwartzberg (drums)
Leslie West (guitar, vocals)
01. Never In My Life (West/Pappalardi/Collins/Laing) 4.16
02. Theme For An Imaginary Western (Bruce/Brown) 5.01
03. Blood Of The Sun (West/Pappalardi/Collins) 3.04
04. Guitar Solo (West) 5.41
05. Nantucket Sleighride (Pappalardi/Collins) 31.49
06. Crossroader (Pappalardi/Collins) 5.56
07. Mississippi Queen (West/Laing/Pappalardi/Rea) 4.17
08. Silver Paper (West/Pappalardi/Collins/Gardos/Knight/Laing) 6.15
09. Roll Over Beethoven (Berry) 2.24