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Interesting for completists (like me).

I'm a huge Mountain fan,so I bought this one. If you're a casual fan,DO NOT buy this. These 2 discs contain the following (as far as I know): 1)Some early singles by The Vagrants (Leslie West's earlier band) and singles by Energy (Corky Laing's earlier band). These songs are OK to listen to,but nothing brain shattering. 2)Some tracks are apparently early demo versions of Mountain songs (the last 6 songs of disc one). They sound pretty close to the final versions. The vocals are missing,though. By the way,a decent chunk of the songs on disc one have surface noise as though they were from a vinyl acetate. It's nothing major,but you do notice it.
Disc two begins with possibly my favorite track on this set: a 12 minute Felix Pappalardi bass solo/rehearsal. There's free form playing along with pieces of familiar Mountain songs. It seems to be in a studio with occasional background talking. Man,Felix could play!
The remainder of disc two is a mystery to me. It sounds like a live recording in a small club,but I don't know which band it is or even who's singing. Also,the sound quality on these songs is only about average (or below).
So,if you're a Mountain-head like me,you will find this to be a fairly enjoyable 2 disc set. If you're not a Mountain-freak,it's best to stay away.


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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Making of a Mountain, Mountain
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  • $19.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: Nov 02, 2009

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