Thursday 16 August 2018
Mountain - Flowers of Evil (1971)
The third album from this US band.
The band was a quartet on this album with a lineup of organ, bass, drums, guitars and vocals.
Leslie West was and still is the main man in this band. He had been running the band on their first two albums and continued on this album too.
At that time, he was regarded as one of the best guitarists around. His guitars has always carried this band and been their main attraction. Today, in 2018, he is a guitar hero legend. And rightly so.
This album is divided into a studio section, side A, and a live/jam section, side B.
The live section, with it's sub-standard sound, is not interesting at all so I am leaving that one out of this review. Just use the Stop button when you arrive at the live stuff and start the album from the beginning again.
The studio part last sixteen minutes and showcases some good old US hard rock and blues. There is even some boogie and country stuff here. The vocals (Leslie West) is really good. The guitars are very good.
Nevertheless, the songs are not good and the live bit is awful. Hence the verdict.