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    RIP Leslie West

    Someone may have already posted this sad news..
    https://www.rollingstone.com/music/m...-dead-1106777/

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    RIP !


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    Wow another great one gone. Have to play some Mountain. RIP Leslie

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    Sad news indeed, RIP.

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    I hope someone let's Progeezer know. He'll be devastated (with glee)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeuhlmate View Post
    RIP !

    This just kills. An all-time favorite.

    RIP, Leslie. My favorite guitarist
    "A conspiracy of silence speaks louder than words."

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    Descanse Maestro!!
    Pura Vida!.

    There are two kinds of music. Good music, and the other kind. ∞
    Duke Ellington.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronmac View Post
    This just kills. An all-time favorite.

    RIP, Leslie. My favorite guitarist
    Listening right now!.
    GREAT!
    Pura Vida!.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronmac View Post
    This just kills. An all-time favorite.

    RIP, Leslie. My favorite guitarist
    I can't recall any other guitarist that gutsy !

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    Huge as a mountain!
    Macht das ohr auf!

    COSMIC EYE RECORDS

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    RIP. He had a hell of a tone with that Paul Jr. LP Jrs sound great with overdrive. Leslie was a huge influence on all things HEAVY.

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    I can't imagine any tone better than this:

    "A conspiracy of silence speaks louder than words."

    - Dr. Winston O'Boogie

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    I recall being 13 and buying both the Woodstock albums, this being mid-80s when anything even remotely reminiscent of 60s pop culture and heritage was shunned as the plague in Norwegian trend-circles. I'd left my childish loft of Kiss- and Rainbow-fanaticism out of interest in precisely that music's alleged origin, discovering 60s psych and vintage hard rock as a result. Being 13 at the time, most freaky and stretched examples of that decade's transcendence either deluded or scared the shit out of me - like the aggressive chaos of Blue Cheer or the dopey ecstasy of Fudge in b/w performing "Keep Me Hanging On". But having just moved on from piano and acoustic guitar to electric such myself, and obviously being an apostate of 80s hard-rock (which I duly deemed goodbye on buying the first TSister- and Mötley-records), Mountain's "Blood of the Sun" was something I could relate to.

    I still think it paved the way, for me, into more overt difficult and radical 60s US rock like The Doors and Love, and for that I am eternally grateful. Ironically, perhaps, some of West's voice lost a lot of its "fat" sound once he - on doctor's orders, supposedly - lost bodily weight. It was such a significant part of not only his image but his actual sound. There's still a lot to dig on those 70s Mountain albums, even on Avalanche; they were undoubtedly influential on following artists particularly in swampy American hard rock. And the devastating fate of Pappalardi was one of the most tragic ever in rock - truly worthy of a biopic all in itself.
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    One of the greatest axemen to have played the instrument. RIP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeuhlmate View Post
    I can't recall any other guitarist that gutsy !
    He passed that gutsiness down to his students. In a Guitar Player interview, he said he put students in a small room in front of a cranked up Marshall Stack. Eventually, they'd learn to control it.
    "Well my son, life is like a beanstalk, isn't it?"--Dalai Lama

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    I saw a LWest interview a few years ago
    He said he got his tone from a Sunn bass amp head. In the same interview he said how he developed his vibrato and pinch harmonics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vic2012 View Post
    I saw a LWest interview a few years ago
    He said he got his tone from a Sunn bass amp head. In the same interview he said how he developed his vibrato and pinch harmonics.
    I don't see tone as a particular sound. Maybe the amp enabled his tone, but I see tone as something that comes from inside the artist. It's an extension of their soul that comes out through their playing.
    "A conspiracy of silence speaks louder than words."

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    There are 2 videos (I found one of them here) on YT with guys who have bought the Sunn Coliseum P.A. head type that Leslie used - and the sound is there, but the amp is definetely not enough. His brain and fingers was the crucial part.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ronmac View Post
    I don't see tone as a particular sound. Maybe the amp enabled his tone, but I see tone as something that comes from inside the artist. It's an extension of their soul that comes out through their playing.
    But do you know how he developed his vibrato?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vic2012 View Post
    But do you know how he developed his vibrato?
    Technically? No. But, I know where it came from.
    "A conspiracy of silence speaks louder than words."

    - Dr. Winston O'Boogie

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    Just finished listening to Mountain's entire Woodstock performance. In the song Dreams of Milk and Honey, his guitar was slightly out of tune. When he went into the unaccompanied solo portion of the song, he made bringing the guitar back in tune part of his performance. Any other guitarist would've said 'scuse me while I tune this guitar. Except Hendrix, who had the uncanny ability to make an out of tune guitar sound in tune.
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