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The original Woodstock festival launched the career of quite a few artists — namely Santana and Joe Cocker — who seemed to go from obscurity to the top of the charts in the blink of an eye, thanks to show-stopping performances. Another group that also used Woodstock as a launching pad for its career, but is often overlooked when discussing the legendary multi-day festival from 1969, is Cream-worshippers Mountain. As part of the group's ongoing Official Bootleg Series, 2005 saw the release of volume seven of the series, which showcases Mountain's Woodstock performance. Think of a recording that is on par with a cleaned-up bootleg, and you're not far off from the sound quality here. But as a historical document for the hardcore Mountain/Leslie West fan, it's a must-have, as such Mountain classics as "For Yasgur's Farm" (titled "Who Am I But You and the Sun" here) and a gorgeous reading of "Theme for an Imaginary Western" are featured. Also rounding out the release is a performance from a month after Woodstock, at New Canaan High School in Connecticut. While the bootleg quality may deter the casual fan, the band is at an early peak throughout both performances — before drugs and indulgent soloing led to the group's downfall.


Formed: 1969 in Long Island, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

The breakup of Cream in late 1968 had consequences that rippled across the rock music world -- in its wake were formed directly such bands as Blind Faith (whose tragedy was they never had a chance to actually become a band) and Ginger Baker's Air Force, as well as the rich solo careers of members Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce. And it yielded -- by way of Cream associate and producer Felix Pappalardi -- something of a successor band in 1969, in the form of Mountain. The band's history all started with...
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