Mountain Climbing! 180g LP
180g Audiophile Vinyl Mastered by Friday Music's Joe Reagoso With Kevin Gray From Original Windfall Records Tapes! Pressed at RTI!
Mountain’s Mississippi Queen is one of the most revered hard rock songs in
modern time. Amongst other staples like Deep Purple’s Smoke On The Water and
BTO’s Takin’ Care Of Business, the song will forever stand the test of time.
That particular smash hit was the lead off track from their top album chart hit
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
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
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.
Friday Music proudly announces The Mountain/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile
Series with this first installment of the group's first album 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 vinyl PERIOD in almost four decades!
As part of this limited edition release, we are also including 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.
Let’s start the New Year right with Mountain and their smash album Climbing! A
first time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl release. Only from your friends at Friday
Music... Next Up... Nantucket Sleighride.
• Limited Edition
• 180g Audiophile Vinyl
• Mastered from Original Windfall Records Tapes
• Mastered by Joe Reagoso with Kevin Gray
• Pressed at RTI
• First time 180g audiophile vinyl
• First time gatefold edition with original cover graphics
• This record was made to be played LOUD
1. Mississippi Queen
2. Theme For An Imaginary Western
3. Never In My Life
4. Silver Paper
1. For Yasgur's Farm
2. To My Friend
3. The Laird
4. Sittin' On A Rainbow
5. Boys In the Band