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Wednesday, November 01, 2006
Number 748 - Mountain
Number 748 Mountain "Mississippi Queen " (1971)
One of the "True" Classic songs of Rock. You would probably find this on most radio stations "classic rock" play-list's as a staple diet that one must listen to. Failure to do so means listening to Milli Vanilli "I Cant Stand The Rain" non stop for 72 hours straight. With no sleep. (And you thought GUANTANAMO BAY was hard!)
"Hard rock band Mountain was formed in 1969 by guitarist Leslie West and bassist and former Cream producer Felix Pappalardi. The two met while West was a member of Long Island R&B band the Vagrants, local heroes who never broke nationally; when West left to record the solo album Mountain, Pappalardi produced it for him. The results were satisfying enough for the two to form a partnership, and Mountain's first lineup included drummer N.D. Smart and keyboardist SteveKnight. The group played its fourth live performance ever at Woodstock, after which Smartwas replaced by Corky Laing. Their debut album, 1970's Mountain Climbing!, went gold, thanks in part to the hard rock classic "Mississippi Queen." Nantucket Sleighride was equally successful, but the group failed to progress with its next album, and after Mountain Live in 1972, the group broke up.
"About Mountain's third album, I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is that they have finally recorded a quality set of live rock & roll. The bad news here concerns a type of artsy-fartsy lyricism that pervades the new studio-recorded material."
"What happened, then, when Mountain entered the studio to record side one for Flowers of Evil? All the spirit and energy present in the live set is absent from songs like "Pride and Passion" and "Crossroaders." Is this the same band that recorded "Mississippi Queen" and "Don't Look Around?" Where are those effective marriages of music and verse that graced "My Lady" and "Theme for an Imaginary Western"? No offense to Felix Pappalardi or his wife and lyricist Gail Collins, but wispy stuff like "One Last Cold Kiss" belongs not in Mountain's repertoire. I applaud these efforts to expand the group's stylistic range, but I kinda wish Mountain would stick with that rowdy rock & roll music for a while, they are so much better at it. (RS 106)"~JOHN KOEGEL
Besides Rolling Stone scathing remarks (Hold breath), I've always wondered where the term "Artsy Fartsy" came from ... now i know.
Rolling Stone Top 500 Songs ranked this song at Number (Mountain? Hell we wouldnt even if it was Everest!) and the Album ranked at Number (They did a whole album?)
This song has a crowbarred rating of 66.4 out of 108
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