Nantucket Sleighride (album)
|Studio album by Mountain|
The Record Plant
New York City, New York
- "Don't Look Around" (West/Palmer/Pappalardi/Collins) - 3:42
- "Taunta (Sammy's Tune)" (Pappalardi) - 1:00
- "Nantucket Sleighride (To Owen Coffin)" (Pappalardi/Collins) - 5:49
- "You Can't Get Away" (West/Collins/Laing) - 3:23
- "Tired Angels (To J.M.H.)" (Pappalardi/Collins) - 4:39
- "The Animal Trainer And The Toad" (West/Palmer) - 3:24
- "My Lady" (Laing/Pappalardi/Collins) - 4:31
- "Travellin' In The Dark (To E.M.P.)" (Pappalardi/Collins) - 4:21
- "The Great Train Robbery" (West/Laing/Pappalardi/Collins) - 5:43
- "Travellin' In The Dark (To E.M.P.) [Live Bonus Track not included on original vinyl album]" (Pappalardi/Collins) - 5:14
The songwriters are the members of the band plus Collins (Gail Collins Pappalardi) and Palmer (Sue Palmer).
- Leslie West - guitar, vocals
- Felix Pappalardi - bass, rhythm guitar, piano, vocals
- Corky Laing - drums, percussion
- Steve Knight - organ, handbells
- Gail Collins Pappalardi - cover design, painting, photography, visual director, calligraphy
- Mick Brigden - calligraphy
- Bud Prager - executive producer
- Bob d'Orleans - recording engineer
- Tom Cachetta - assistant engineer
- Dave Ragno - assistant engineer
The song and album title is a reference to the experience of being towed along in a boat by a harpooned whale (see Nantucket sleighride). Owen Coffin, to whom the song is dedicated, was a young seaman on the Nantucket whaleship Essex, which was rammed and sunk by a sperm whale in 1820. In the aftermath of the wreck, Coffin was shot and eaten by his shipmates. The story of the Essex was recorded by its First Mate Owen Chase, one of eight survivors, in his 1821 Narrative of the Most Extraordinary and Distressing Shipwreck of the Whale-Ship Essex.
The instrumental break in the second half of the track uses the melody of the Irish song "Parting Glass".
The closing section of "Nantucket Sleighride" was used as the theme to the long-running British political television show Weekend World.
A cover version was recorded by British heavy metal band Quartz in 1980.
- Allmusic review
- Chase, Owen (1821). Narrative of the Most Extraordinary and Distressing Shipwreck of the Whale-Ship Essex. New York: W. B. Gilley. OCLC 12217894. Also in Heffernan, Thomas Farel, Stove by a whale: Owen Chase and the Essex, Middletown, Conn. : Wesleyan University Press ; [New York] : distributed by Columbia University Press, 1981.