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Album Review

Now this is more like it! 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," while the worst is "Nantucket Sleighride." But even the latter, at 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. A worthy document of a Mountain concert at their summit, this album has appeared on CD from both Columbia Records and Repertoire. The latter version, remastered in 2006, offers superior sound and packaging. ~ James Chrispell & Bruce Eder, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Great "ride"

Have to disagree with the review: this long version of Nantucket Sleighride is great, it's just not a 3-chord rock'n'roller. Especially good for long highway drives, etc, when you can settle in and let it build.

Mountains Best

This is one my favorite live albums ever. This baby was meant to be played loud "REAL LOUD", not a bad song on it. Crank it up and rock on out.

Wrap my love in silver paper....

Anyone that knows Mountain is aware of the fact that Leslie and the band can get a little sloppy, and the group doesn't always "connect". Not here. Leslie West's playing is superb and the rythym section is right on. Pappalardi and West also show some of their better live vocals on this record. For any Mountain fan, or if you're new to the group, this is a must. DESERVES TO BE PLAYED LOUD!!

Biography

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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