At number five from Woodstock, Leslie West of Mountain, Blood of the Sun.
Mountain didn’t appear on the original Woodstock triple album; they came later on the Woodstock II double album. But here’s where things get a bit uncertain.
The two tracks on Woodstock II aren’t from Woodstock; they’re from a different concert.
Finding original Mountain material from Woodstock is a bit more challenging. We’re going with this version of Blood of the Sun, purportedly of original Woodstock vintage.
This might not be Leslie West at his finest, but it’s still a solid piece of work. As always, West’s tone, one of the best in the guitar world, shines. You don’t get shredding, machine gun licks; but rather, some of the tastiest playing you’ll hear delivered in typical Leslie West fashion.
As a bonus, West adds a great little guitar riff at the end to cap off the song.
Not Leslie West at his peak, but anytime this guitar master plays, it’s well worth a listen.
To hear Leslie West and Mountain at their best, give Flowers of Evil a listen. As a bonus, you get a live guitar solo with Leslie interspersing his trademark lead riffs and volume swells to create a masterful guitar piece. Also look for the live version of Stormy Monday to hear a 20-minute Mountain tour de force.
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