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  • Audio CD (March 1, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • ASIN: B0012GN2WY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,829 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Blood of the Sun
2. Long Red
3. Better Watch Out
4. Blind Man
5. Baby, I'm Down
6. Dreams of Milk and Honey
7. Storyteller Man
8. This Wheel's on Fire
9. Look to the Wind
10. Southbound Train
11. Because You Are My Friend

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The 1969 album that made "The Great Fatsby" a guitar hero and led to the formation of the namesake power trio. Felix Pappalardi's already on board for Blood of the Sun; Blind Man; Baby, I'm Down , and eight more.

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A must-have CD for heavy rock fans!
Hardyboys.us
Any other Leslie West/Mountain albums are for true fans only!
Philip D Thompson
Look to the Wind--I was made to shine as bright as the Sun."
OLD GUY.

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By BluesDuke on August 19, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Fresh from the split-up of Cream, whom he produced (and for whom he did co-write but two songs, "Strange Brew" and "World of Pain"), Felix Pappalardi spotted Leslie West fronting a semi-legendary garage band (the Vagrants, who actually charted with an absolutely glorious, grungy version of "Respect") and thought to cut a solo album on him. With Pappalardi joining in the fun on bass and keyboards, this was the result. And a damn good one.

As a guitarist, West's calling card was chunky power chords, smooth distorted riffing, and precise, lyrical solos (he was never a speed merchant but he didn't have to be); as a singer, his rasping yelp was immediately recognizable and - as "Blind Man" and (especially) "Southbound Train" revealed - he was a passable blues singer as well. The heavy riff style and Pappalardi's presence (never mind his bass style) got only too obvious a round of comparisons to Cream, but West's first solo album stood up in its own right - maybe not a genre giant, but not exactly a pretender, either.

He unfurled about the best cover of "This Wheel's On Fire" outside the Dylan/Band axis of them all; "Blood of the Sun" and "Dreams of Milk and Honey" still acquit themselves very well as riff-and-rollers. Of course, in early 1969, who knew he had anything as transcendent as "Mississippi Queen" in his immediate future? For its own time and place, this was a surprising - and pleasing - solo debut. West, Pappalardi, and drummer N.D. Smart added organist Steve Knight, dubbed the band the same name as the album, went to Woodstock, and became stars, albeit not for very long...
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Philip D Thompson on December 1, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This album is truly smokin! This is the record Leslie put out before officially naming the group "Mountain", although that is the albums name. This album, along with Climbing & Nantucket Sleighride are all you need. Any other Leslie West/Mountain albums are for true fans only! Believe me this album is very excellent!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Daniel L. Aversano on November 14, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Well, there he is, the fat kid from Long island who finally gets a record deal and gets his first record produced by the powerful (Cream) and brilliant (just listen to later Mountain in the studio!) Felix Pappalardi. This is no crack back-up band as some have said---while the drummer wasn't the best, and would be replaced by the Hard Rockin' Corky Laing on the first true Mountain album, 1970s 'Climbing!'---the bass player is one to listen to: none other than Felix himself!

Just listen to the grinding unison riff of Blood of the Sun----what you are hearing is the beginning of one of the most ferocious, hard rock bands ever---their signature 'heavy', driving sound, as in Mississippi Queen and Never In My Life. The fact is, ONLY Mountain sounded like that...They were clearly one of the great American Hard Rock bands of that era (as were Grand Funk Railroad, though constantly maligned by the press), and could be outstanding Live on a good night.

This is a raw, in your face example of a young talent and experienced producer, and the result was very good. Some of the highlights are the gutsy blues 'Blindman', 'Southbound Train', and 'Dreams of Milk and Honey'---the last one a song which would later become part of the band's long, improvisational jam piece live: the 'Dream Sequence' which can be heard played flawlessly on 1971's 'Flowers of Evil' album.

So while it is not Leslie West at his best---Felix had yet to hone his skills as a guitarist---it is some of his most freewheeling, let it hang-out there playing, a very good first record, and would lead to much BIGGER and better things! I would say that for all of us hard rockers of the late 60s and early 70s, this record is a classic, and a must have, especially for any youngsters who are interested in what good hard guitar driven rock sounded like in 1969. American style. And the record stands the test of time.

'The Lorp'
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By MJC on August 9, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I first heard this album in the late 6o's when it was originally released. Starting with the first track, "Blood of the Sun", I was hooked. Leslie West was and has been a vastly unnoticed guitarist treasure. His throaty singing and driving band, featuring Felix Pappalardi, made this band one that should be placed on the list of "great ones". Probably due to the many other better publicized bands, like Led Zeppelin and the like, Leslie West and Mountain seemed to get shoved away into the closet. Open the closet, you guitarists out there, and give this CD a try. I don't think you will be anything but delighted
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Shelby Lambert on June 10, 2003
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It's amazing the gems you'll find when you search for obscure albums by then-unknown artists on then-low budget record labels. This is defintely one of them! Leslie West was a desperate man in those days--out to prove to the world that he was among the best and needed to be heard on a large scale. Even before Mountain officially got off the ground, he hounded Felix Pappalardi for almost a year to produce him, got himself a spot on the Woodstock bill when Led Zeppelin couldn't, and when he finally got Felix to produce this album for him, played such balls-to-the-wall, fired-up, heavy metal guitar that made Felix never regret his decision to produce him and guarantee him an eventual contract with a major label. Never mind the low-budget sound quality here. Never mind the fact that Leslie was surrounded by a crack garage band with a keyboardist that sounds badly out of place competing with Leslie's guitar. In spite of all those limitations, this was Leslie's best guitar EVER on record from start-to-finish, from a man making the most of a bad situation for one shot at fame. His best riffs ever are on "Blood of the Sun", "Dreams of Milk and Honey", and "Southbound Train". And like Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page, he likes to show his diversity as well with the acoustic number, "Because You Are My Friend". The weakest track here is "Long Red"--why this one ever made this album is beyond me! For one thing, it's a cheesy, keyboard driven song performed by that crack garage band backing Leslie up, with almost no lead guitar from Leslie--just his vocals. If the attempt was to get a "hit single" for the top 40 charts, it doesn't even have upbeat or catchy-enough lyrics. Not to mention the song is out of place for a guitar prodigy introducing himself to the world.Read more ›
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