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Canadian born Corky Laing has been in many groups including
Bartholomew PlusIII, Energy and more famously Mountain.
Corky has also played with a legion of famous musicians
including but not limited to John Lennon, Meatloaf, Eric Clapton,
Jack Bruce, Ian Hunter, Mick Ronson and Paul Butterfield.
Corky's first brush with fame literally came after seeping the
stage one night just prior to the Ink Spots performing. They
asked him to play drums behind them for the show. From such
stories legends are built.
With Mountain Corky enjoyed immense success and even
acquired two gold discs for the Woodstock album although he
didn't actually play the gig with Mountain. One of his songs had
been used as a basis for the song Yasgur's Farm and he had
also been asked to overdub the drums on the Ten Years After
track Goin' Home as for technical reasons the microphones on
Ric Lee's drum kit had failed, strange but true.
Mountain despite being phenomenally successful suffered from
the normal problems associated with a successful rock band
including drug problems and disagreements between the band
members and in 1972 Corky along with Leslie West formed a
new trio with former Cream bassist Jack Bruce (West Bruce and
Laing). The band recorded two studio albums and a live album
before Leslie and Corky returned to Mountain.
In the mid Seventies Mountain had once again decided to go
their separate ways and the various members recorded solo
albums. Makin' It On The Street was Corky's solo album released
in 1977. The album was a diverse album taking in a number of
different styles and featured many musicians including Clydie
King, Vanetta Fields, Joe English, Randall Bramlett and Eric
Clapton who features on the track On My Way (By The River)
which also features Allman Brothers guitarist Dickey Betts.
Makin' It on the Street is an album that bears repeated listening
and one that will appeal to fans of Mountain and adult
contemporary rock music. This re issue has been re mastered
for release and this release will be the first time this album has
been released in the UK on CD.