November 02, 2010
Esoteric Recordings
Pop/Rock, Hard Rock

Album Review

Balanced a little uneasily between a best-of and an anthology geared toward the more serious fan, Crossroader does offer a good deal of music from Mountain's career and includes most or all of the songs listeners would want from a greatest-hits collection. The two-CD set, adding up to about two and a half hours of music, is divided between an In the Studio disc and a Live in Concert disc. Expectedly and properly emphasizing their first two albums (Climbing! and Nantucket Sleighride), the studio disc makes sure to include the songs you would expect (particularly "Mississippi Queen," "For Yasgur's Farm," and "Theme from an Imaginary Western"). The hard blues-rock of "Mississippi Queen" is present in force, of course. But there's more in the way of gentler, more melodic tunes that expand from the usual hard rock instrumentation than some listeners give the group credit for on songs like "Laird," "Boys in the Band," "Taunta (Sammy's Tune)," and "King's Chorale." Disc two is going to be a tougher listen for general fans and even some Mountain fans, emphasizing their more drawn-out (sometimes excessively so) hard rock side. The 16-page liner note booklet includes vintage illustrations and comments from Leslie West.
Richie Unterberger, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Mississippi Queen
  2. For Yasgur's Farm
  3. Never in My Life
  4. Silver Paper
  5. Theme From an Imaginary Western
  6. Laird
  7. Boys in the Band
  8. Taunta (Sammy's Tune)
  9. Nantucket Sleighride (To Owen Coffin)
  10. The Animal Trainer and the Toad
  11. Don't Look Around
  12. You Can't Get Away
  13. Travellin' in the Dark (To E.M.P.)
  14. Flowers of Evil
  15. Crossroader
  16. King's Chorale
  17. One Last Cold Kiss
  18. Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
  19. Sister Justice
  20. You Better Believe It
  21. Dream Sequence: Guitar Solo/Roll Over Beethoven/Dreams of Milk and Hone
  22. Long Red [Live]
  23. Waiting To Take You Away [Live]
  24. Crossroader [Live]
  25. Blood of the Sun [Live]
  26. Nantucket Sleighride (To Owen Coffin) [Live]