Live: The Road Goes Ever On

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Live: The Road Goes Ever On
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Live album by
ReleasedApril 24, 1972 (1972-04-24)
Recorded
  • August 16, 1969
  • December 14, 1971
  • January 29, 1972
Venue
Genre
Length34:28
LabelWindfall
ProducerFelix Pappalardi
Mountain chronology
Flowers of Evil
(1971)
Live: The Road Goes Ever On
(1972)
The Best of Mountain
(1973)
Singles from Live: The Road Goes Ever On
  1. "Waiting to Take You Away"
    Released: July 1972 (1972-07)

Live: The Road Goes Ever On is the first live album by American hard rock band Mountain. Released on April 24, 1972 by Windfall Records, it contains four tracks from three shows in August 1969, December 1971 and January 1972. The album was produced by the band's bassist and second vocalist Felix Pappalardi, while the artwork was created by his wife and collaborator Gail Collins. The Road Goes Ever On takes its name from J. R. R. Tolkien's 1937 novel The Hobbit.

Following Mountain's breakup in early 1972, Windfall compiled a number of recordings from various shows to issue as the band's first live release. Mountain Live: The Road Goes Ever On was a minor commercial success, reaching number 63 on the US Billboard 200 and number 21 on the UK Albums Chart (the latter of which was the highest position the band achieved on the chart). The album spawned one single, "Waiting to Take You Away", which was released in July 1972.

Background[edit]

After the completion of a European tour in February 1972, Mountain went on hiatus. Guitarist and vocalist Leslie West and drummer Corky Laing continued working together in the new band West, Bruce and Laing, which also featured former Cream member Jack Bruce, while bassist and vocalist Felix Pappalardi returned to focusing on production work.[1] By the summer, the band had officially broken up after Pappalardi began to suffer hearing loss due to years of touring and studio work (which eventually led to his retirement).[2][3] The group would eventually reunite in 1973, releasing live album Twin Peaks and studio album Avalanche the following year.[4]

The group's label Windfall Records compiled a number of recordings for a live release – "Long Red" and "Waiting to Take You Away" from the August 16, 1969 show at Woodstock Festival in Bethel, New York, "Nantucket Sleighride" from the December 14, 1971 show at the Academy of Music in New York City, and "Crossroader" from the January 29, 1972 show at the Rainbow Theatre in London, England.[5] The album was released on April 24, 1972 by Windfall and Bell Records.[6] "Waiting to Take You Away" was released as the only single from the album.[7] Live: The Road Goes Ever On has received a number of reissues since its initial release; on July 13, 2018, Iconoclassic Records released a copy of the album with a bonus live recording of T-Bone Walker's "Stormy Monday" from the Atlanta International Pop Festival in 1970.[8]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2/5 stars[9]

Upon its release, Live: The Road Goes Ever On debuted at number 190 on the US Billboard 200 albums chart in the week of May 13, 1972.[10] The album spent a total of 18 weeks on the chart, peaking at number 63 in the week of July 22, 1972.[11] The release also registered on the UK Albums Chart, spending three weeks on the chart in July and peaking at number 23, the highest position achieved by the band in the UK.[12] Aside from the Billboard chart, Live: The Road Goes Ever On also peaked at number 37 on the US Cash Box magazine albums chart and number 47 on the US Record World magazine albums chart, both in June 1972.[13][14]

Live: The Road Goes Ever On received mixed reviews. Upon its release, Billboard magazine published a review outlining that "Mountain rocks on and on with seventeen minutes and thirty-eight seconds of a "Nantucket Sleighride" plus three others that will pull every emotion from you and turn into knockout enthusiasm previously undiscovered."[15] The writer went on to praise drummer Corky Laing's "thrump-ing pace", guitarist Leslie West and bassist Felix Pappalardi's "superb guitar work", and keyboardist Steve Knight's "tantalizing organ".[15] James Chrispell of the website AllMusic described The Road Goes Ever On as "a fair example of Mountain live," but criticised "Nantucket Sleighride" for "show[ing] signs of the excess that would plague the band for the rest of its career".[9] Fellow AllMusic contributor Bruce Eder claimed that "Hardcore fans appreciated the record as an extension of [the band's] recordings, but many listeners and most critics found it lacking musical cohesion."[16]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Long Red"
5:50
2."Waiting to Take You Away"West4:40
3."Crossroader"
6:20
4."Nantucket Sleighride"
  • Pappalardi
  • Collins
17:38
Total length:34:28

Personnel[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1972) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[11] 63
UK Albums Chart (OCC)[12] 21

References[edit]

  1. ^ "West, Bruce & Laing Group" (PDF). Cash Box. Vol. 33 no. 38. New York City, New York: The Cash Box Publishing Co., Inc. March 11, 1972. p. 12. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  2. ^ Chatterton, Mark (1997). Live: The Road Goes Ever On (Media notes). Mountain. BGO Records. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  3. ^ Huey, Steve. "Felix Pappalardi: Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  4. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Leslie West: Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  5. ^ Banks, Brian R. (October 2018). "Mountain - "Flowers of Evil" / "The Road Goes Ever On" (2018) review". It's Psychedelic Baby. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  6. ^ "New from Bell" (PDF). Record World. Vol. 26 no. 1300. New York City, New York: Record World Publishing Co., Inc. May 20, 1972. p. 20. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  7. ^ "Cashbox Singles Reviews: Choice Programming" (PDF). Cash Box. Vol. 33 no. 45. New York City, New York: The Cash Box Publishing Co., Inc. April 29, 1972. p. 18. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  8. ^ "Mountain Live: The Road Goes Ever On (Expanded Edition) – ICON 1048". Iconoclassic Records. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  9. ^ a b Chrispell, James. "Live (The Road Goes Ever On) - Mountain: Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  10. ^ "Top 200 Albums: The Week of May 13, 1972". Billboard. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  11. ^ a b "Mountain - Mountain Live (The Road Goes Ever On) Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  12. ^ a b "Mountain Full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  13. ^ "Cash Box Top 100 Albums" (PDF). Cash Box. Vol. 33 no. 52. New York City, New York: The Cash Box Publishing Co., Inc. June 17, 1972. p. 21. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  14. ^ "The Album Chart" (PDF). Record World. Vol. 27 no. 1305. New York City, New York: Record World Publishing Co., Inc. June 24, 1972. p. 30. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  15. ^ a b "Album Reviews" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 84 no. 20. New York City, New York: Billboard Publications, Inc. May 13, 1972. p. 51. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  16. ^ Eder, Bruce. "Mountain: Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved December 2, 2018.

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