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The stars shine as respect is paid to a late great on Legacy: A Tribute To Leslie West

Stars including Robby Krieger, Steve Morse, Yngwie Malmsteen and Slash make the album the late Leslie West wanted to make

Legacy: A Tribute To Leslie West
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Before guitarist Leslie West passed away in December 2020, he was planning to record some of his classics from Mountain and West Bruce & Laing, plus some new songs, with a variety of guests. West may have gone, but the guests showed up anyway to pay their respects. 

It’s a mark of West’s idiosyncratic playing that the guitarists bend their own styles to his, rather than vice versa, starting with Zakk Wylde who rips into Blood Of The Sun (from Mountain’s 1969 debut), backed by Bobby Rondinelli and Rev Jones who were West’s regular rhythm section and show up on most of the tracks here.

Former Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman handles Nantucket Sleighride with singer Joe Lynn Turner, who also shows up later with Martin Barre

Also doffing their cap are Robby Krieger, Steve Morse, Yngwie Malmsteen and Slash, who rounds it all off with West’s greatest hit, Mississippi Queen, along with Dirty Honey singer Marc Labelle.

Hugh Fielder has been writing about music for 47 years. Actually 58 if you include the essay he wrote about the Rolling Stones in exchange for taking time off school to see them at the Ipswich Gaumont in 1964. He was news editor of Sounds magazine from 1975 to 1992 and editor of Tower Records Top magazine from 1992 to 2001. Since then he has been freelance. He has interviewed the great, the good and the not so good and written books about some of them. His favourite possession is a piece of columnar basalt he brought back from Iceland.