Boys in the Band

Pulled the three vinyl albums shown above off the shelf and played them one after the other today. Probably decades since I last heard them. Mountain was one of the groups I enjoyed in my early teen record buying years. Caring only for selected songs they did back then, all of it now seems more to my liking. Musical tastes change (mature?) I suppose. I do remember being impressed with the album art at the time. The artist Gail Collins was also a song contributor and later married the bass player Felix Pappalardi. Prior to Mountain, Felix produced some of Cream’s work and Mountain’s guitarist, Leslie West, was an Eric Clapton devotee. Gail Collins was later convicted of killing her husband Felix. The surviving members; West, Steve Knight(keyboards) and Corky Laing(drums) are still around I believe. Something interesting I came across – Leslie West was known for his large girth and at one time released an album titled ‘The Great Fatsby’, but now he appears slim and trim. Coincidentally, Randy Bachman the talented guitarist for The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive was also very well rounded for most of his career but has slimmed down to just a fraction of his former size.


About Marcus

Who me? Introverted, neurotic, self-absorbed, increasingly cynical observer of human nature and part time social critic in hiding. Most of my life spent avoiding growing up. The naive idealistic passions of youth have evolved into the eclectic eccentricities of adulthood. Northeast Florida small-town native, related to people I can't relate to. Simultaneously my own best friend and worst enemy. Politically and spiritually unaffiliated, my personal ideologies put me all over the map or off it completely.
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2 Responses to Boys in the Band

  1. felixwas says:

    The live side of “Flowers of Evil” makes frequent appearances on the boom box when I run on my treadmill. Their studio stuff hasn’t aged as well, although tracks like “Theme for an Imaginary Western” or the title track to “Flowers of Evil” are exceptions.
    Back in the ’70s I didn’t appreciate what a good guitarist Leslie West was, and somehow I overlooked Corky Laing, too.

  2. joebanks says:

    i remember seeing a “Best of Mountain” album once; and I thought, hmmm. I wasn’t to famliar with to much of their work.
    I miss album art, it just isn’t the same on a five * five inch square.

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