10 Songs, 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Long Island’s Mountain rose from the ashes of The Vagrants and, as leader/guitarist Leslie West said, they wanted their music to sound like Cream’s Disraeli Gears. It didn’t hurt that the album’s producer, classically trained Felix Pappalardi, joined Mountain on bass and produced. So this 1970 debut launched a million dirty rock and boogie bands. The landslide guitars and searing vocals on the classic “Mississippi Queen” and its doppelganger “Never in My Life” are untouchable. The psych of “Sliver Paper” stings, and fetching left turns like “The Laird” and the Cream-esque “Boys in the Band” make Climbing! a classic.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Long Island’s Mountain rose from the ashes of The Vagrants and, as leader/guitarist Leslie West said, they wanted their music to sound like Cream’s Disraeli Gears. It didn’t hurt that the album’s producer, classically trained Felix Pappalardi, joined Mountain on bass and produced. So this 1970 debut launched a million dirty rock and boogie bands. The landslide guitars and searing vocals on the classic “Mississippi Queen” and its doppelganger “Never in My Life” are untouchable. The psych of “Sliver Paper” stings, and fetching left turns like “The Laird” and the Cream-esque “Boys in the Band” make Climbing! a classic.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

blue58 ,

Great Rock Album

If you're looking for an album that really rocks from start to finish, this it. Don't just get the hit's, you'll be happy with the whole thing.

Sisao Tresed ,

Way Back When

These guy were a 4-man power band when bands were a dime a dozen. They often played smaller venues but never disappointed an audience. The soulful input from all four of the members brought many a concert hall to its feet. This was truly a rock-till-ya-drop band.
I remember walking from the Capital Theatre in Port Chester New York during the winter of 71' totally exhausted! These guys earned their money! They just don't make em like this anymore. After Felix died they were never the same.

Pepino1976 ,

Pretty good album.

Well, Mississippi Queen might have been more popular (overplayed), but if you listened to the good FM stations of the day, they were playing Never In My Life which I like. Also, Theme from an Imaginary Western is my other favorite on this album.

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