MOUNTAIN - TRUE CLOSING OF THE FILLMORE 1971 [LESLIE WEST R.I.P. 1945 - 2020]

July 20, 2017 – 6:07 am

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LESLIE WEST R.I.P. 1945 - 2020

Leslie West, the towering guitarist who created the hard-rock milestone “Mississippi Queen” with his band Mountain, died Wednesday (December 23) morning. West’s brother, Larry West Weinstein, confirmed the musician’s death to Rolling Stone. He was 75. The cause of death was cardiac arrest. On Monday, West was rushed to a hospital after suffering cardiac arrest at his home near Daytona, where he never regained consciousness.

A contemporary of Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix, West was respected for his versatile playing (from fingerpicking to metallic power chords) and was revered by a new generation of guitar players who followed. In 2011, Eddie Van Halen told Rolling Stone that West and Deep Purple’s Ritchie Blackmore were among his biggest influences: “Leslie West has this incredible tone in Mountain,” Van Halen said.

With the help of Cream producer and bass player Felix Pappalardi, who met West when he was producing the Vagrants, West made a solo album, Mountain. Mountain also became the name of the band the two men formed. Although Mountain garnered a large following, the group broke up in 1972. Taking his Cream roots to a new level, West formed a Cream-style power trio with Mountain drummer Corky Laing and Cream’s Jack Bruce. The group released three albums and sold out New York’s Carnegie Hall, but in 1974, West reformed Mountain for two more records.

West, who had moved to Florida, is survived by his wife Jenni Maurer; the couple married onstage at a Woodstock 40th anniversary concert in 2009. Of his own mixture of blues and metal, West told The Morning Call in 2000, “It’s like being a chef. You might use the same ingredients as everyone else, but it’s how you put them together. You end up with your own style.” - rollingstone.com

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MOUNTAIN
True Closing Of The Fillmore 1971 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Fillmore East, New York; June 27, 1971; Very good stereo soundboard remastered by Pink Robert. Second version includes radio interviews. Fairly good FM.

Bill Graham opened the Fillmore East in March, 1968 at 2nd Avenue and 6th Street in New York City. With spectacular light shows, dancing, and extraordinary performances from rock’s biggest names, it quickly became legendary. Graham’s success with his Fillmore’s East and West contributed to the changing demands of the musicians he featured, opening the door to a commercial atmosphere of bigger salaries and larger venues. Anticipating those changes, Graham closed the Fillmore East with a month-long celebration that culminated in the June 27, 1971 concert…

With Albert King, the J Geils Band, Edgar Winter, Mountain, the Beach Boys, Country Joe McDonald, and the Allman Brothers Band all featured on the bill, it was an appropriately epic and genre-spanning lineup. Admission into the venue was invite-only, but it was broadcast in New York over WNEW-FM and WPLJ-FM; fittingly, Don McLean’s “American Pie” received its first radio airplay during those broadcasts, as a bit of music history died in the early morning hours of June 28, 1971 when the Fillmore East finally shut its doors. - concertvault.com

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Thanks to Pink Robert for the remastering; and to Dowling for keeping the tracks alive on the net. Thanks also to geoffgoold for sharing the (full) show at The Traders’ Den.

Lineage:
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Disc 2: 1st Gen analog cassette
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CDR > EAC V1.2 > TLH

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Disc 1 (Pink Robert)
Track 101. Never In My Life 6:43
Track 102. Theme For An Imaginary Western 5:12
Track 103. Guitar Solo/Roll Over Beethoven 8:47
Track 104. Dreams Of Milk And Honey 15:33
Track 105. Silver Paper 8:09
Track 106. Mississippi Queen 6:14
51 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Radio Interview with Bill Graham 9:21
Track 202. Intro by Bill Graham 0:31
Track 203. Never In My Life 6:00
Track 204. Theme From An Imaginary Western 5:26
Track 205. Jam/Roll Over Beethoven 8:07
Track 206. Dreams of Milk and Honey 15:12
Track 207. Silver Paper 7:43
Track 208. Radio (backstage before encore) 1:50
Track 209. Mississippi Queen 6:06
Track 210. Radio outro 0:57
62 mins

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  1. 23 Responses to “MOUNTAIN - TRUE CLOSING OF THE FILLMORE 1971 [LESLIE WEST R.I.P. 1945 - 2020]”

  2. Dudes another home run . You is listenin to me as you always should wit dis great 70s Muzak . Da mountain wuz a great band and deserves lots of respect. Please continue to makes me happy by keepin da Muzak in da 70s and no lipsinkin, auto tune modern shit or old geezer who can’t cut da mustard no mo 70s rock 70s roll 70s rule

    By Boom Boom Mancni on Jul 20, 2017

  3. No 70s Muzak please,keep it in the two thousands with Miley , Katie , Britney, Mumpford and son ,and the Beiber 2000nds rock and roll and rule

    By STP CLONE on Jul 20, 2017

  4. Mmmmm, like my noodle!

    By Bum Bum Linguini on Jul 20, 2017

  5. THANKS !!!!! Mountain climbing is always refreshing !!!

    By Arto Parviainen on Jul 20, 2017

  6. Other than a few hits sounding a bit distant in spots, this is AAAHH—–SSSTTTOOOUUUNNDDING! Also, thanks for offering a sans-interview version.

    By ScarRad on Jul 20, 2017

  7. Off-topic, but Senator John McCain’s brain cancer is particularly nasty. You talk in terms of how many months he might have left and how bad he is feeling. Survival rate = zero. My friend is twice as worse, a very short time of remaining life left. There is no treatment other than very basic left.

    By ScarRad on Jul 20, 2017

  8. during track 201, in the background, you can hear the cartoon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQGN0UwuJxw Sunshine Makers (Van Beuren 1935)

    By I-) on Jul 20, 2017

  9. If this is the true closing of the Fillmore, what was the false closing?

    I didn’t get to the Fillmore East or West, but I did make it to the Fillmore Notth a few times before it closed.

    By Brian Griffin on Jul 21, 2017

  10. 1969 - 71: The peak of the musical liason between fat Leslie West and Felix P. I really like this!

    By Tony Lauber on Jul 21, 2017

  11. Whenever I see a new [to me] Mountain concert , if the song is played I go to Theme for an Imaginary Western , listen to it and then decide whether to obtain the whole concert or not.I just love that song so much and this is a great version here. thanks guys

    By sluggo on Jul 21, 2017

  12. Mountain was a great band, especially as long as keyboardist Steve Knight was in the band up to 1972. Later lineups did not come close to the original. Of course Felix&Leslie was the most important players, but Knight`s organ sound made the band more interesting in my opinion. (West&Bruce&Laing made one great album though in 1973 Why Dontcha.

    By Stig on Jul 22, 2017

  13. fat Leslie West….BEING FAT DOES THAT MAKE HIM LESS A GUITAR PLAYER…WHY NOT EXCELLENT,OR OUTSTANDING ETC!but Fat You should get a job Revewing for Rolling Stone

    By skinned knees on Jul 23, 2017

  14. Thanks, skinned knees. I don’t care if Leslie West is fat either, he is an extremely talented guitarist.
    As for this recording, very good quality. Thanks, Big O, Pink Robert, geoffgoold and The Traders’ Den for sharing!

    By Hubert on Jul 23, 2017

  15. The radio folks are from WNEW in NYC (102.7) and they sound a bit speeded up. You can really hear it on the last track, radio outro, that’s Scott Muni talking - his voice was much deeper in reality. It’s a bit too fast.

    By Ray B., Richmond, VA on Jul 26, 2017

  16. I made a “frankenvid” of Mountain performing this (Fillmore East, 1971) version of “Dreams of Milk and Honey” (from the “Flowers of Evil” album) combined with film footage recorded at the New York Pop Festival the prior year. Check it out: https://vimeo.com/247863757

    By Mountaineer on Dec 31, 2017

  17. Rumor has it Leslie had a Big Un

    By U L E on Dec 24, 2020

  18. Leslie was a Jew

    By U L E on Dec 24, 2020

  19. Jews have Big Pricks Noses and Ears

    By U L E on Dec 24, 2020

  20. Also long pockets short arms

    By U L E on Dec 24, 2020

  21. U(se)LE(ss)-
    Thanks for reminding us it’s 2020 and that your’r an asshole.
    Merry Christmas from this jew to you!

    By It's Smee on Dec 25, 2020

  22. Fantastic!!!!!
    Thank you

    By frank on Dec 28, 2020

  23. The BIG-O is a singular phenomenon in the world of music. What you do and have done over the years is a service to humanity. Some of the newer bands are cool enough but for my opinion I’ll stick with the tried and true. Thank You a thousand times.
    Has there ever been a LIVE “All Things Must Pass” concert recording? I owned a record store for 22 years and never saw any sort of a copy come through the door or mail.
    Happy New Year and be well.
    Thank You

    By John McNea on Jan 2, 2021

  24. I love penis so sue me

    By U L E on Jan 2, 2021

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