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Studio album by Mountain
Released March 7, 1970
Recorded 1969 - 1970 at Record Plant Studios, New York City
Genre Blues rock, hard rock, heavy metal
Length 32:38
Label Windfall
Producer Felix Pappalardi
Mountain chronology
Nantucket Sleighride

Climbing!, also known as Mountain Climbing!, is the official debut studio album by American blues rock band Mountain. Released on March 7, 1970, the album featured the 'classic' Mountain lineup of Leslie West (guitar, vocals), Felix Pappalardi (bass, piano) and Corky Laing (drums, percussion), and followed the West solo album Mountain featuring Pappalardi and drummer Norman Smart, released in 1969 and often credited to the band. Produced by Pappalardi, the album reached number 17 on the American Billboard 200 albums chart and featured the band's best-known song "Mississippi Queen". "For Yasgur's Farm" was actually performed at the Woodstock Festival in August 1969 with a different title. It was retitled for the album.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Mississippi Queen"   Corky Laing, Felix Pappalardi, David Rea and Leslie West 2:31
2. "Theme for an Imaginary Western"   Pete Brown and Jack Bruce 5:06
3. "Never in My Life"   Gail Collins, Corky Laing, Pappalardi and Leslie West 3:51
4. "Silver Paper"   Gail Collins, George Gardos, Steve Knight, Corky Laing, Felix Pappalardi and Leslie West 3:19
5. "For Yasgur's Farm"   Gail Collins, George Gardos, Corky Laing, Felix Pappalardi, David Rea and Gary Ship 3:23
6. "To My Friend"   Leslie West 3:38
7. "The Laird"   Gail Collins and Felix Pappalardi 4:39
8. "Sittin' on a Rainbow"   Gail Collins, Corky Laing and Leslie West 2:23
9. "Boys in the Band"   Gail Collins and Felix Pappalardi 3:33
Total length:
2003 North American reissue
No. Title Writer(s) Length
10. "For Yasgur's Farm" (live) Gail Collins, George Gardos, Corky Laing, Felix Pappalardi, David Rea and Ship 4:19
Total length:

Track timings listed on original 1970 Windfall Records LP pressings of the album differ slightly from the above, with the notable exception that the listed duration of 4:50 for "Never in My Life" is significantly in error.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link


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