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Leslie West

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If Heartaches Were Nickels Leslie West 07:51
Stormy Monday Leslie West 07:09
Blood of the Sun Leslie West 02:34
Blood of the Sun (feat. Zakk Wylde) Leslie West, Zakk Wylde 03:03
Blood of the Sun Leslie West, Mountain 03:22
Blues Before Sunrise Leslie West 04:33
One More Drink For The Road Leslie West, Steve Lukather 03:14
Left By The Roadside To Die Leslie West 04:08
When A Man Loves A Woman Leslie West, Jonny Lang 05:09
The Party's Over Leslie West, Slash, Zakk Wylde 03:21

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Born Leslie Weinstein on October
22, 1945 in New York City, guitar god Leslie West would go on to popularize a
specific electric blues guitar sound with his band Mountain. He bought his
first guitar with money given to him at his bar mitzvah. After some low-level
success with The Vagrants, West released his debut album, Mountain, in
1969. That album established his blues-rock chops, and set the template for the
sound of the band, also named Mountain, that he would also form that year with
bassist Felix Pappalardi and drummer Corky Laing. Their sound, a forerunner to
heavy metal, led to the single “Mississippi Queen”, a top 40 hit that
became the song most closely identified with West throughout his career. The
trio stayed together for just three years, though they would perform and record
together intermittently for decades. He formed the trio West, Bruce, and Laing,
with regular collaborator Jack Bruce, but they were together briefly. After a
pair of solo albums, 1975’s The Great Fatsby and 1976’s The Leslie West
Band
, West’s addiction issues forced him to retreat from music for nearly a
decade. After yet another brief reincarnation of Mountain in the mid ‘80s, he
released the solo album Theme in 1988. During his career he
collaborated with a wealth of people including such notable artists as The Who,
Ian Gillan, and Joe Bonamassa, and appeared in a handful of films as an actor.
He would continue to have health issues, and even though he lost a leg due to
diabetes in the 2010s, he recorded a trio of albums that decade (2011’s Usual
Suspects
, 2013’s Still Climbing, and 2015’s Soundcheck) that
all went top5 on the U.S. Blues chart. West died on December 23, 2020,
prompting public declarations of respect and tribute from a wide swath of music
greats including Robbie Robertson, Dave Davies, and Joe Satriani.