Hempstead, Hofstra Uni, 10 Dec 1973

29 Dec 1973
Cash Box
John Martyn

HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY, HEMPSTEAD, L.I., N.Y. - After two years, one of the rock world's most popular groups, Mountain, has reformed. With a stage full of new amplifiers and a giant P.A. system, Felix Pappalardi on bass, Leslie West on lead guitar, Corky Laing behind the drums, and new member David Perry on rhythm guitar, took the stage and let loose with the hard, driving sound that their fans are so familiar with.

A new tune, from an album to be released in the new year, You Better Believe Me, opened the festivities to the resounding approval of all. Jack Bruce's Theme For An Imaginary Western continued with a nice jam in the middle. Eventually Mountain got to Nantucket Sleighride, one of their classics. It lasted for almost 40 minutes and featured everyone in a solo spot. What everyone thought would be the closing tune turned out to be far from it as the group launched into Never In My Life with Leslie singing lead, and continuing with an extended version of Roll Over Beethoven. Until you see Mountain, you can't imagine what people mean when they say "the sound and fury of Mountain". The group returned for a great version of Mississippi Queen, which put the icing on a delicious piece of cake.

Opening the show was Island/ Capitol recording artist John Martyn. In a difficult spot, he won the approval of the audience in his brief half hour set which featured his great guitar picking supplanted with different electronic devices. Jellyroll Baker was a standout.


This review was printed in the Talent On Stage section of Cash Box, 29 December 1973. The identity of P.S. is as yet a mystery.