Raven's 2007 two-fer Climbing!/Nantucket Sleighride
's first two albums on one disc, supplemented by a few bonus tracks. They're also Mountain
's two best and biggest albums, making this a greatest hits of sorts, especially as this contains their two charting singles -- the inevitable "Mississippi Queen" and the considerably less-known "The Animal Trainer and the Toad" -- and what amounts to seven of the 12 songs on their 1973 greatest hits, The Best of Mountain
. Although both Climbing!
and Nantucket Sleighride
were reissued by Columbia/Legacy not long before this disc, this Raven set is as good as those two individual discs -- in some ways, it's better as it gets you both albums in one tidy package, along with the title track of 1971's Flowers of Evil
and Bo Grumpus
' Felix Pappalardi
's co-written "Travelin' in the Dark," taken from the 1968 album Before the War
, as bonus cuts.