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Makin' It On The Street

Makin' It On The Street

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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. 


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