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Still ClimbingLeslie West is set to releases his album Still Climbing in 2013 via Provogue Records / Mascot Label Group.
Originality, excitement, honesty and survival are all part of what makes a legend, and those qualities ripple through every song on the album. It's a testimonial to the strength and durability of West's artistry. Born October 22, 1945, as he approaches his 68th birthday, West has packed some of the most soulful and searing vocal performances of his half-century career into these 11 tracks. His guitar has never sounded more massive or riff-orientated.
What's different on Still Climbing is that I wanted my guitars to sound as big as I look. So I used four of my Dean Signature model guitars with my Mountain of Tone humbucking pickups. I plugged them into my Blackstar amps - no pedals - and turned them up loud and raw, and what you hear is exactly what I did in the studio. These Blackstar amps deliver everything I need without 'confidence' pedals. I played one of the early tracks we recorded for Slash, and he said, 'That is as heavy as it gets.'
Still Climbing is co-produced by West and Mike Metal Goldberg, who engineered all of the sessions. Songs like Dyin' Since The Day I Was Born, Hatfield or McCoy, and Busted, Disgusted or Dead establish a new litmus test for heavy.
The latter features West and Johnny Winter on duelling slide guitars. West also gave up smoking cigarettes and pot after a bout with bladder cancer, so it's no wonder many of Still Climbing's numbers explore the theme of survival and, ultimately, triumph. To that end, West avows, Not only am I lucky to be here, but because I stopped smoking my voice is now stronger than it's ever been - as strong as my guitar playing.
His inclusion of Feeling Good, a song by British actor-musician Anthony Newley that was made famous by Steve Winwood's group Traffic, is a testimonial to all of that. Its lyrics celebrate a new dawn for me as West and his long-time buddy Dee Snider (Twisted Sister) trade vocal lines.
West has always been an outstanding vocalist, earning comparisons to soul legends like Otis Redding since his 1969 debut Mountain, which gave his historic band its name. On Still Climbing West revisits the catalogue of another classic soul man, Percy Sledge, with the enduring When a Man Loves a Woman. He's joined by now 32 year-old soul man Jonny Lang, who he met 15 years ago when Lang was a rising guitar prodigy. West says they cut the tune side-by-side in the studio, their soaring guitars and voices twining to bring fresh blood and a blues-soaked arrangement to the song.
When a Man Loves a Woman, Never Let Me Go and Fade Into You explore a romantic theme. In 2009 West married his wife Jenni, who co-wrote many of Still Climbing's songs with the guitar giant.
Balls, guts, heart - more words that are part of West's legend and describe the roaring crescendos and deep emotional roots of Still Climbing - and West himself. You know, when it comes to talent, we don't all move at the same rate of speed, West muses. Some people start at the top of their game and after 10 or 20 years you wonder what the hell happened to them. I like to joke that the older I get the better I used to be, but after giving up drugs and smoking, my voice can hit notes that I never could reach before. I'm thankful for that.1. Dyin' Since The Day I Was Born (With special guest Mark Tremonti)
2. Busted, Disgusted or Dead (With special guest Johnny Winter)
3. Fade Into You
4. Not Over You At All
5. Tales Of Woe
6. Feeling Good (with special guest Dee Snider)
7. Hatfield or McCoy
8. When A Man Loves A Woman (With special guest Jonny Lang)
9. Long Red
10. Don't Ever Let Me Go (With special guest Dylan Rose)
11. Rev Jones Time (Somewhere Over The Rainbow)$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Go For Your LifeAfter pursuing separate musical paths for almost a decade, Leslie West and Corky Laing reunited Mountain, with Mark Clarke on bass and recorded Go For Your Life in 1985. Leslie West has never received his proper place in the pantheon of great rock guitarists. Apart from incredible technique and imagination, he achieved what so few guitarists ever manage - his own voice with Mountain. The album was dedicated to Felix Pappalardi's memory.1. Hard Times
3. She Loves Her Rock (And She Loves It Hard)
4. Bardot Damage
5. Shimmy on the Footlights
6. I Love Young Girls
7. Makin' It in Your Car
8. Babe in the Woods
9. Little Bit of Insanity$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Best Of Mountain
The Mountain 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series Continues On Friday Music!
The Legendary Greatest Hits ..First Time On Audiophile Vinyl!
Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso At Friday Music Studios.
Manufactured By R.T.I.
In 1973, the good folks at Windfall and Columbia Records compiled
an amazing overview of Mountain's most memorable and fan driven
favorites simply titled The Best Of Mountain. This collection featured the
brilliant lead vocals and dangerous guitar work of Leslie West, the sorely
missed bass guitar, lead vocals and production of Felix Pappalardi (Cream),
the driving keyboards of Steve Knight and the heavy metal drums of Corky
This mammoth collection had something for every one of its devoted
fans as it culled tracks not only from the band's output on Windfall like their
earth shattering smashes Mississippi Queen and Nantucket Sleighride, but
it also included the rare LP edit version of Roll Over Beethoven. Therefore,
a good majority of the hits and definitive Mountain tracks are included on
this career overview of songs which will forever stand the test of heavy metal
Their most familiar songs from Climbing!, Flowers Of Evil and
Nantucket Sleighride are featured with hard rockers like Never In My Life,
Don't Look Around and Crossroader. Plus even more Mountain classics are
included like Tanuta, The Animal Trainer And The Toad and The Boys In The
The hard rocking progressive sound of Mountain is also highlighted
with massive hits like their definitive interpretation of Jack Bruce & Pete
Brown's Theme For An Imaginary Western and their stellar tribute to the
Woodstock nation with the legendary For Yasgur's Farm.
The music of Mountain has made them one of the most loved bands
of all time. Even to this day, their concerts are important events worldwide,
their albums and songs are of legendary proportion, and the undying energy
between each of its individual members is second to no one.
Friday Music is honored once again to announce another installment
to our beloved Mountain/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series
with the first time HQ vinyl release of The Best Of Mountain. This audiophile
event is mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso and features all of the original
Windfall Records versions of their finest recordings ever.
For this special 40th Anniversary limited edition release, we are also
including for the first time in four decades, the original alternate front cover
LP gatefold artwork not seen in years, which will truly enhance your hours
of listening enjoyment. And as always, we include a protective vinyl sleeve
for the fine album cover and poly-lined sleeve for the audiophile vinyl disc to
help keep your musical investment in mint shape.
The Best Of Mountain ..Relive your favorite hard rock moments
once again with Leslie, Felix, Corky and Steve . now an audiophile vinyl
reality .from your friends at Friday Music.1. Never in My Life
2. Taunta (Sammy's Tune)
3. Nantucket Sleighride (To Owen Coffin)
4. Roll Over Beethoven
5. For Yasgur's Farm
6. The Animal Trainer and the Toad
7. Mississippi Queen
8. King's Chorale
9. Boys in the Band
10. Don't Look Around
11. Theme for an Imaginary Western
12. Crossroader$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
Climbing!Mastered Impeccably from the Original Windfall Records Tapes by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios with Kevin Gray and Pressed at R.T.I., This 1970 Masterpiece is Seeing its First Time Audiophile Vinyl Mastering as well as Seeing the Vinyl Format in Almost Four Decades!
Includes the Original LP Cover Gatefold Cover Graphics, Including the Stunning Artwork and Photography not Seen in Years and the Unique Windfall LP Label Artwork Which was also a Part of the Whole Package.
Climbing! also referred to by fans as Mountain Climbing! was released in 1970, went gold immediately and began a very successful partnership albeit brief for this arena packing quartet. Consisting of guitar shredder/vocalist extraordinaire Leslie West, the late great Felix Pappalardi on bass, keys and vocals, the explosive Corky Laing on drums and the masterful Steve Knight on organ/piano, Mountain was the band of choice for many hard rock fans throughout the seventies.
Gaining mass momentum from their appearance at Woodstock in 1969, the band got in the studio and cut this masterwork with mega producer and Mountain bassist Felix Pappalardi (Cream, Hot Tuna, Jack Bruce), churning out soon to be smash hits that would be forever played on classic rock stations globally. Since Cream was no longer an entity, the great Felix Pappalardi's affiliation with this groundbreaking trio surely paid off with his studio skills, production techniques and knowledge of working with sounds and elements that surely changed the way a lot of us listen to albums these days.
Tracks like Jack Bruce and Pete Brown's Theme For An Imaginary Western and For Yasgur's Farm would show not only the studio wizardry of the great Felix Pappalardi but also his unique vocal prowess and artillery like bass playing, which today is emulated by many, and made this album the masterpiece it is.
More burners like Leslie West's delivery on Never In My Life and Sittin' On A Rainbow showcase the brilliance of the man, the guitar and the voice which is equally important whenever discussing the talents of this superstar blues rock master. Corky Laing and Steve Knight propel the band into realms not heard in years with their never tiring percussive drum and keyboard interplay. Just check out the hard work driving sounds of Silver Paper and Boys In The Band.
Even an acoustic side of Mountain enhances the masterwork with a pair of exceptional tunes To My Friend and The Laird, highlighting the acoustic and folk roots of both Leslie West and Felix Pappalardi.1. Mississippi Queen
2. Theme For An Imaginary Western
3. Never In My Life
4. Silver Paper
5. For Yasgur's Farm
6. To My Friend
7. The Laird
8. Sittin' On A Rainbow
9. Boys In The Band$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
SoundcheckLeslie West's Soundcheck has contributions by the renowned British guitarists Peter Frampton and Brian May, ex-Jeff Beck keyboard virtuoso Max Middleton, vocalist extraordinaire Bonnie Bramlett and the late great Cream bassist and longtime friend of Leslie's, Jack Bruce. One of the most respected and successful rock/blues guitarist on the scene; Johnny Ramone, a fan of West, has called him, one of the top five guitar players of his era.
Soundcheck was co-produced and engineered by West's collaborator Mike 'Metal' Goldberg who he shared, helped me get my sound down on tape as they used to say, and did an amazing job as he always does. I'm so happy with the sound of this new record. The guitar sound we captured is fantastic, and my voice is feeling better than ever.1. Left By The Roadside To Die
2. Give Me One Reason
3. Here For The Party
4. You Are My Sunshine
5. Empty Promises / Nothin' Sacred
6. A Stern Warning
7. People Get Ready
8. Going Down
9. Stand By Me
10. Eleanor Rigby
11. Spoonful$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
First Time Friday Music 180 Gram Vinyl + Gatefold Cover Presentation
Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso
Pressed At R.T.I. On Super Limited Edition Clear Vinyl!
Includes 12 By 24 Lyric/ Photo Insert
After an blistering performance at Woodstock in 1969 and a great chart run with Mississippi Queen & their first album Climbing!, Mountain roared back a year later with their stellar masterwork Nantucket Sleighride.
Featuring the legendary Leslie West (guitars/vocals), the late Felix Pappalardi (bass/vocals), Corky Laing on drums and the late Steve Knight on keys, Mountain were one of the biggest super groups of the seventies as the 9 stellar tracks on this Lp will attest.
In addition to the brilliant title track, the Lp opens with one of their biggest hits Don't Look Around, along with the hard rockin' You Can't Get Away. Other fan favorites include The Animal Trainer and The Toad, as well as the album closer The Great Train Robbery.
Friday Music is no stranger to the magic of Mountain, therefore we are truly honored to release their incredible Nantucket Sleighride for the first time on 180 Gram Audiophile CLEAR Vinyl. Impeccably mastered by Joe Reagoso (Mountain/Deep Purple) and pressed at RTI, this limited edition release will also be featured in the original gatefold Lp art, along with a lyric/ photograph 12 by 24 insert which will truly enhance your listening pleasure.1. Don't Look Around
2. Taunta (Sammy's Tune)
3. Nantucket Sleighride (To Owen Coffin)
4. You Can't Get Away
5. Tired Angels (To J.M.H.)
6. The Animal Trainer And The Toad
7. My Lady
8. Travellin' In The Dark
9. The Great Train Robbery$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
Step BackBlues legend Johnny Winter will release a new studio album, Step Back, via Megaforce Records. The album, the followup to 2011's Roots, will find Winter exploring a more aggressive vintage-blues style.
The album also will feature a host of special guests, including Eric Clapton, Ben Harper, Billy Gibbons, Joe Perry, Dr. John, Leslie West, Brian Setzer and Joe Bonnamassa.
"If there's good people, other good musicians, people enjoy it. I just love it, Winter says. [Step Back] is just to bring it to the people of today who haven't listened to the old music. It's better than anything they hear today.
Produced by Winter's guitarist, Paul Nelson, Step Back opens with "Unchain My Heart," which features Winter and his band joined by the Blues Brothers horns. ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons is featured on "Where Can You Be."
"I never had the opportunity to jam with him [in the Sixties and Seventies]," Gibbons says. "I was content to remain in awe and admiration."
"If it weren't for Johnny Winter, I would have never picked up the guitar," adds Aerosmith's Joe Perry, who joins Winter on Lightnin' Hopkins' "Mojo Hand."
Other highlights include Winter's guitar and vocal trade-offs with Harper on Willie Dixon's "Can't Hold Out (Talk to Me Baby)," Winter and Clapton's rendition of Bobby Bland's "Don't Want No Woman" and Winter and Dr. John honoring Fats Domino with "Blue Monday."
"When you hear that sound come out of that Firebird guitar, you know it can be the one and only Johnny Winter," says Setzer, who is featured on Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown's "Okie Dokie Stomp."
- Jackson Maxwell (Guitar World)1. Unchain My Heart - Johnny Winter
2. Can't Hold Out (Talk To Me Baby) - Johnny Winter with Ben Harper
3. Don't Want No Woman - Johnny Winter with Eric Clapton
4. Killing Floor - Johnny Winter with Paul Nelson
5. Who Do You Love - Johnny Winter
6. Okie Dokie Stomp - Johnny Winter with Brian Setzer
7. Where Can You Be - Johnny Winter with Billy Gibbons
8. Sweet Sixteen - Johnny Winter with Joe Bonamassa
9. Death Letter -Johnny Winter
10. My Babe - Johnny Winter with Jason Ricci
11. Long Tall Sally - Johnny Winter with Leslie West
12. Mojo Hand - Johnny Winter with Joe Perry
13. Blue Monday - Johnny Winter with Dr. John$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
River Of Dreams (Awaiting Repress)
The Billy Joel/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Continues!
First Time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl & Gatefold Cover Presentation
Featuring: Danny Kortchmar, Leslie West, Will Downing, Ira Newborn, Liberty Devitto, Richie Cannata
Mastered By Joe Reagoso At Friday Music And Capitol Mastering, Hollywood, Ca. Manufactured At R.T.I.
Billy Joel's last studio album River of Dreams wound up becoming one of his most successful albums
of his amazing career. Released in 1993, he was at the top of the charts with a number one album and
a number one single with The River of Dreams. The Doo-Wop influenced pop record thrilled audiences
worldwide as he toured all over the world promoting the great album that it was.
Two decades later, these tunes still resonate with his fans as Billy Joel is currently embarking on
a very successful concert tour, and Friday Music is proud to be a part of the celebration with one of his
greatest achievements River of Dreams.
As another installment in our exclusive Billy Joel/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series, this
impeccably mastered first time audiophile LP features some of his greatest songs like the brilliant album
opener No Man's Land, the R&B infused All About Soul, the hard rock nod to Cream with Shades of Grey
and the stellar album closer Famous Last Words.
The masterwork contains even more of his most loved classics like the stunning ballad Lullabye
(Goodnight, My Angel) and the acid rock tinged flavor of The Great Wall of China.
Impeccably mastered by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios and Capitol Mastering in Hollywood,
Billy Joel's River of Dreams will be one of the most definitive classic rock releases in the audiophile vinyl
domain in some time.
For a very limited time, we are also enhancing your listening enjoyment with a first time gatefold
cover artwork presentation, which features the first time LP sized cover art, as well as lyrics to all of these
great Billy Joel songs, making this a keepsake for years to come.
Billy Joel River of Dreams Celebrate 2 Decades of the voice, the songs, the musicianship and the
memories 1st Time Audiophile Vinyl An exclusive Only from your friends at Friday Music.
In the middle of the night1. No Man's Land
2. The Great Wall of China
3. Blonde Over Blue
4. A Minor Variation
5. Shades of Grey
6. All About Soul
7. Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)
8. The River of Dreams
9. Two Thousand Years
10. Famous Last Words$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now