Leslie West died yesterday-So Sad. Great Guitarist! One of the best
We used to party a lot to Mountain and West, Bruce and Laing back in the day. I may just have to dig out Twin Peaks. Killer live album.
Whilst I was never a great fan of Mountain, I respected Leslie West's playing, especially when Jack Bruce worked alongside him, which demonstrated the esteem that he was held in. The live clip of him playing Jack's 'Theme From An Imaginary Western', (on another post on the forum,) shows Leslie using a headless guitar with a vibrato arm to great effect. The tone and style reminds me of Reeves Gabrels to some degree.
It's been said so many times here in Dreamsville that we're losing far too many musicians from what is now increasingly looking like a golden era of rock music. Rest in peace Leslie West.
I don't know whether anyone is familiar with the Chris Spedding song "Guitar Jamboree", which I think came out in about 1976. It was a tribute to the guitar greats of that era (and of course enabled him to showcase his own skills). The only guitarist that I hadn't heard of on that track was Leslie West, so I checked him out. Well I wasn't disappointed and could see why Spedding had included him amongst people such as Jimi, Chuck Berry etc etc. Have a look at:
Just recently I was watching a video about Leslie West explaining how good Blackstar amps are. Well that's true, but ultimately with the great players it's about their technique and what comes from the heart rather than the gear that they use.
RIP Leslie West
See Bretts earlier post on this very sad news .You only have to see the numerous tributes from fellow guitarists to see how influential he was.