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Great Fatsby (1975)

Artist: Leslie West
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Format: CD
Sku: 211030841
UPC: 604388330621
UPC 14: 00604388330621
Release Date: 5/19/2009
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Don't Burn Me ~ Leslie West
2. House Of The Rising Sun ~ Leslie West
3. High Roller ~ Leslie West
4. I'm Gonna Love You Thru The Night ~ Leslie West
5. E.S.P. ~ Leslie West
6. Honkey Tonk Women ~ Leslie West
7. If I Still Had You ~ Leslie West
8. Doctor Love ~ Leslie West
9. If I Were A Carpenter ~ Leslie West
10. Little Bit Of Love ~ Leslie West

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Leslie West (vocals, guitar, guitars, bass guitar); Jay Traynor, Dana Valery (vocals, background vocals); Joel Tepp (guitar, guitars, woodwinds); Mick Jagger (guitar, guitars); Sredni Vollmer (harmonica); Frank Vicari (woodwinds, horns); Howie Wyeth (piano, Mellotron); Gary Wright, Marty Simon (piano); Don Kretmar, Ken Hinkle, Don Kretmar, Bill Gelber (bass guitar); Corky Laing, Nick Ferrantella (drums, percussion).
Muze PNote Recording information: Electric Lady Studios, New York, NY.
Muze PNote Released on Foreigner manager Bud Prager's RCA imprint -- Phantom records, it is one of two albums released by Leslie West on that label in 1975, the other being titled simply The Leslie West Band. The Great Fatsby's album cover has the rock & roll guitarist in front of a mansion surrounded by babes ? la the F. Scott Fitzgerald character. It opens with a nice and bluesy Paul Kelly tune, "Don't Burn Me," and for the post-Mountain work here, that direction works best. "The House of the Rising Sun" features a duet with Dana Valery and is an interesting read on the traditional tune made famous by the Animals. Mick Jagger plays some guitar on a tune credited to himself, Keith Richards, West, Corky Laing, and Sandra Palmer. "High Roller" is a second cousin to "Brown Sugar," and for Rolling Stones fans, it's a must have, a rare '70s co-write and collaboration with another artist. For Leslie West fans, the album is a departure from the Mountain onslaught and a treat. "I'm Gonna Love You Thru the Night" has an elegant guitar riff and brings West back to the blues. Though it's an original from Corky Laing and his guitarist, the influence of the band Free is obvious. West does an admirable job on Andy Fraser's "Doctor Love" on side two, as well as the Free song "Little Bit of Love." Tim Hardin's "If I Were a Carpenter" is a total diversion for the hard rock guitar slinger, and it comes off very nicely. At five minutes and 20 seconds, "Carpenter" is the album's longest track. The instrumental "E.S.P." might be the strongest statement here (isn't that the name of label owner Bud Prager's management firm, E.S.P.?). With 12-string guitars and superb musicianship, it's the best of West on display. Gary Wright makes an appearance on this album on piano, and The Great Fatsby emerges as a unique look at an important rock & roll artist with some surprises tucked inside. ~ Joe Viglione

Producer: Dod D'oleans; Leslie West; Bud Prager; Dod D'oleans; Leslie West; Bud Prager

Engineer: George Lopez; Maurice Weilbacher; Skip Cassidy; George Lopez

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations River Of Dreams
Muze Music Compilations Carmine Appice's Guitar Zeus
Muze Music Compilations Covering Clapton From Cream Beyond
Muze Music Compilations Guitar Heros Rock Legends
Muze Music Compilations Primitive Son

Associated Artists and Works

Laing, Corky
Transylvanian Mountain Boys

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 2008
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1975
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : VP 455CD
Music Label Name Label : United States of Distribution
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 06043883306214

Professional Reviews

Record Collector (magazine)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "[It's] a bona fide classic. Gravelly vocals and consummate guitar licks cover an eclectic range of material that includes the strident rocking of 'High Roller' and a smoky, laconic, 'House Of The Rising Sun.'"

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   West,Leslie
Product attributeLabel:   United States Of Dist.
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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