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From 1971, Mountain's second album proves that heavy metal would’ve evolved a lot differently had this band never existed. But it’s funny, because it’s also an example of hard rock chiasmus: here’s an American band influenced by an English band (Cream) that took their cues from the American blues. (Note that Mountain’s bassist/keyboardist Felix Pappalardi made his name producing Cream.) Yet at the start of the '70s, Mountain—fronted by godlike guitarist Leslie West—was all tattered stars and stripes. They rocked harder than anyone else at the time, maybe even before or since. (Both “Don’t Look Around” and “The Great Train Robbery” can simply shred trees.) Yet the (relatively) gentle “My Lady” and the hook-heavy “The Animal Trainer and the Toad” should’ve hit the American Top 40, just as the band’s gnarly signature tune (“Mississippi Queen”) did the previous year. The title song is the keystone here; its folky vocal melody and lyrical sea metaphor curl dexterously between calm and thundering shifts in tone. And forget trying to get away from “You Can’t Get Away!”

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Keep On Climbin'

Any band with Felix Pappalardi&Leslie West has got to be good.And they were,but always seemed to fall short of expectationsNot to say that this album isn't good-Nantucket Sleighride is a classic tour-de-force,Tired Angels,Travelling In The Dark and Animal Trainer & The Toad are 1st rate songs.The remainder are ok,but similar to previous tunes of theirs.Personally,I enjoyed the live "Flowers Of Evil" more than this one.If you're going to download anything,you can't miss with the title track!

One of my faves throughout the mid seventies

If you only got one Mountain album, this should be the one.

Good Mountain Music

If you like any of the other Mountain albums,you'll like this.


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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Nantucket Sleighride, Mountain
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  • $9.90
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Arena Rock, Hard Rock
  • Released: Jan 1971

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