2007's Sixty Minutes with Mountain
is described as a compilation that is "drawn from a number of sources and different eras." Wow, thanks so much for that exhaustive source info! As many longtime Mountain
fans can attest, there has been an absolute mountain of Mountain
live sets and compilations issued over the years, and this set isn't all that different from any handful of the oodles already out there. As expected, the set includes amped up versions of such Mountain
classics as "Never in My Life" and "Mississippi Queen," but there are also a few pleasant surprises. Tops would be a stripped down, bluesy version of the gorgeous ballad "Theme for an Imaginary Western," and an early reading of "Animal Trainer and the Toad" -- from back in the day when few other bands (besides Zeppelin
) could match the mighty Mountain
for sheer riff superpower. Not the greatest live Mountain
release, but certainly not the worst, either.