Sunday 2 September 2018
Mountain - Avalanche (1974)
The fourth album from this US band.
The band was a quartet with a lineup of bass, drums, percussion, keyboards, guitars and vocals.
Mountain was a big band in the hard blues and hard rock scene in the 1970s. They were following in Led Zeppelin's footstep. But they were an American band and followed the US tradition.
Leslie West was and still is the leader in Mountain. His vocals and guitars is pretty much genre defining. He was also a good song writer.
...Which make the start of this album so strange. It opens with their not so good version of the rock'n'roll evergreen Whole Lotta Shaking Goin On. A Jerry Lee Lewis evergreen.
The version of Rolling Stones classic Satisfaction is also very strange. It is also a cover version who totally missing the boat.
The rest of the album is hard rock with a lot of rock'n'roll. There are some blues here too.
It is a very little interesting album which will only catch the fans of this band. I find it half-decent and only that. There are some good details here and that is the only things I find satisfactory here.
I think this is the end of Mountain's path in my case although they released some more albums.