The founding member of the New York hard rockers “Mountain” — Leslie West — will release his stunning new album ‘Soundcheck’ on November 20 via Provogue / Mascot Label Group.
Mountain was one of the bands considered a precursor of the heavy metal genre…
Nowadays the sounds of Mountain have become closely associated with the sampled drum breaks in hip hop — with moments of mountain cropping up in mixes by EPMD, Beastie Boys, A Tribe Called Quest, Nas and Kanye West to name a few.
Martin Barre, the extraordinarily guitarist talented Jethro Tull guitarist has said in interviews that Leslie West had a direct influence on his own playing.
The larger-than- life “King of Tone” had his lower right leg amputated due to complications from diabetes in 2011… Yet still got up on stage to perform during the same year.
‘Soundcheck’ is the sixteenth solo album from legendary rock guitarist, and it sees him lay down some of his most inspired music to date with the assistance of some true rock royalty.
The eminent British guitarists Peter Frampton and Brian May, the former Jeff Beck keyboard virtuoso Max Middleton, the superlative vocalist Bonnie Bramlett (Delaney & Bonnie) and the late great Cream bassist Jack Bruce — a longtime friend of West — all contributed on the new record.
The album is co-produced and engineered by West’s collaborator Mike “Metal” Goldberg.
The new album can be pre-ordered here: Soundcheck by Leslie West