Mountain - Nantucket Sleighride

8.6 | 5 votes |
Release date: January 1971
Style: Hard rock, Blues rock


15 have it

01. Don't Look Around
02. Taunta (Sammy's Tune)
03. Nantucket Sleighride (To Owen Coffin)
04. You Can't Get Away
05. Tired Angels (To J.M.H.)
06. The Animal Trainer And The Toad
07. My Lady
08. Travellin' In The Dark (To E.M.P.)
09. The Great Train Robbery
10. Travellin' In The Dark (To E.M.P.) [live] [bonus]

I wasn't planning to do any more staff picks this year, and especially not of early protometal stuff, since I just did one in which I also linked ten other 1970 protometal songs, including Mountain's hit, "Mississippi Queen". But Leslie West, guitarist and vocalist of the band, just died. Instead of going the usual Climbing! route, I propose a different trail, with 1971's Nantucket Sleighride, whose 50th anniversary isn't that far away either. Though none of the songs here have the immediate awesomeness of the riff and cowbell of "Mississippi Queen", the blues licks and jammy tone of this one as it moves through psychedelic, progressive and heavy undertones, coupled with some fine ass drumming as well, it's one of the best showcases of why Leslie was so appreciated as a guitarist, and perhaps it's time we saw that instead of just listening to that one song. Or we could go the live route with 1974's Twin Peaks, that somehow referenced Lynch's show before it even aired.

R.I.P. Leslie West (1945-2020)

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