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Mountain

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There are two artists that use this name:
1. A rock band from the United States
2. An electronic music producer from Romania

1. Mountain is an American rock band mainly active in the early 1970s. The band still tours and had a number of UK and US dates scheduled in 2006.

The classic-era lineup of the group was Leslie West on guitar, Felix Pappalardi on bass, Corky Laing on drums (the original drummer was N. D. Smart), and Steve Knight on piano and organ. West’s raw vocals, Laing’s flowing drumming, and Pappalardi’s heavy but not overly imposing bass lines were the elements of Mountain’s distinctive sound.

Mountain played at the Woodstock Festival but the band did not appear in the film of the event nor was it included on the first album. 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 20 on the US albums chart but failed to yield a hit single. (The title track from Nantucket Sleighride was used as the theme tune to the UK political and current affairs television program Weekend World, which was aired between 1972 and 1986). After these early releases the band continued to receive a certain measure of critical acclaim but never achieved great commercial success.

The band was inspired by legendary power trio Cream, which Pappalardi was an “unofficial” member of; he was featured heavily on Cream’s second LP, Disraeli Gears. Following Mountain’s initial breakup in 1972, West and Laing formed West, Bruce and Laing with Cream bassist Jack Bruce. They produced three albums.

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