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Mountain

Mountain are an American rock band mainly active in the early 1970s. The band still tour and have a number of UK and US dates scheduled in 2006, and remain popular in Hippie circles despite having fallen out of the mainstream.

The band formed when guitarist Leslie West, having left the Long Island R&B band the Vagrants, recorded a solo album with bassist and former Cream producer Felix Pappalardi producing. The album, Mountain, also featured the drummer N D Smart) and keyboard player Steve Knight. West's raw vocals and Pappalardi's heavy and elegant bass lines were the elements of Mountain's distinctive sound.

Mountain played their fourth live gig at the Woodstock Festival but the band did not appear in the film of the event nor was it included on the first album. Soon after, Smart was replaced by Laurence "Corky" Laing. The group's first album, Climbing! was released in 1970 and featured the band's best-known song, Mississippi Queen; the song reached the middle of the top 40 charts and the album reached the top 20 on the US album charts.

The follow-up album Nantucket Sleighride (1971) also reached the top ...

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