Data de nascimento
22 Outubro 1945 (idade 71)
Local de nascimento
New York, New York, Estados Unidos
Classic Rock/Blues - USA (New York, New York)
Steve Knight : Teclas
Leslie West : Vocais, Guitarra Mountain
ND Smart II : Bateria
Felix Pappalardi : Baixo, Teclas
Leslie West (nascido Leslie Weinstein, Forest Hills, Nova Iorque, Estados Unidos, 22 de outubro de 1945) é um guitarrista, compositor e cantor norte-americano. Foi considerado o 66º melhor guitarrista de todos os tempos pela revista norte-americana Rolling Stone.
Mountain (LP - 1969) mp3
The Great Fatsby (LP - 1974) mp3
Theme (LP - 1988) mp3
Alligator (LP - 1989) mp3
Live ! (CD - 1993) mp3
Dodgin' the Dirt (CD - 1994)
Blood of the Sun, 1969-75 (Compilation - 1996)
The Leslie West Band - the Great Fatsby (Compilation - 1997) mp3
As Phat As It Gets (CD - 1999) mp3
Blues to Die for (CD - 2003)
Guitarded (CD - 2004) mp3
Got Blooze (CD - 2005)
Blue Me (CD - 2006) mp3
Sixty Minutes with Leslie West (Compilation - 2007)
The Leslie West Collection (Compilation - 2007)
Unusual Suspects (CD - 2011) mp3
Still Climbing (CD - 2013)
Originality, excitement, honesty and survival are all part of what makes a legend, and those qualities ripple through every song on Leslie West’s album Still Climbing (Provogue Records / Mascot Label Group on October 29, 2013). The disc is also a testimonial to the strength and durability of West’s artistry. Born October 22, 1945, as he approaches the age of 68, West has packed some of the most soulful and searing vocal performances of his half-century career into these eleven tracks, and his guitar has never sounded more massive or riff-propelled.
West, who ascended rock’s Mt. Olympus with his band Mountain in a historic performance at 1969’s Woodstock festival, accomplished all of that despite a life threatening battle with diabetes that cost him most of his right leg in 2011, just after his previous Mascot Label Group release Unusual Suspects was recorded. “I’m lucky it wasn’t one of my hands or I’d be screwed,” West says with his customary candor. “It was a difficult struggle, and after the amputation I didn’t know whether I’d ever want to or be able to perform again. But a month later I played at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp in New York City, and I heard my guitar on stage and that was it. I knew I had to keep going.”
Following the success of Unusual Suspects, West approached the new release with vision of tying the albums together. “This record is a sequel to Unusual Suspects, where I had friends of mine that include Slash, Zakk Wylde, Steve Lukather, Joe Bonamassa and Billy Gibbons come to the studio and play,” West explains. This time Jonny Lang, Johnny Winter, Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider and Alter Bridge / Creed’s Mark Tremonti do the honors. “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.’” Also making an appearance on the album is Archer’s Dylan Rose, performing a guitar solo on “Don’t Ever Let Me Go.”
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