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Leslie West is probably best known for his work with Mountain. Mountain grew out of the session for Leslie's debut solo album recorded in 1969. The album was produced by Felix Pappalardi who had more famously produced Cream. One of the first gigs Mountain ever played was at the celebrated Woodstock Festival in August 1969. From there the band recorded a number of influential and hugely successful albums. The band have gone through many ups and downs over the years including the death of Felix Pappalardi however they are still an incredibly popular draw and feature Leslie West alongside long time drummer Corky Laing.
As a solo artist Leslie West continued his career during breaks from Mountain in the mid seventies and despite working extensively with Mountain Leslie manages to also keep his solo career a going concern. The Leslie West Band was the band that Leslie West formed to play solo concerts inn order to promote his solo album The Great Fatsby. The band included former Mountain drummer Corky Laing and also future Foreigner guitarist and song writer Mick Jones. In fact Mick Jones wrote one of the more popular songs on the album Singapore Sling and also co wrote another seven of the bands ten tracks with Corky Laing and Leslie West. The album also includes two covers the first a rocked up version of the Beatles song Dear Prudence and the second a cover of the Mann Weil song We Gotta Get Out Of This Place a song made famous by the Animals.