Nantucket Sleighride (album)

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Nantucket Sleighride
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Studio album by Mountain
Released January 1971
Recorded late 1970
The Record Plant
New York City, New York
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal, blues rock, psychedelic rock
Length 35:12
Label Windfall (US)
Island (UK)
Producer Felix Pappalardi
Mountain chronology
Climbing! (1970) Nantucket Sleighride
(1971)
Flowers of Evil
(1971)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Nantucket Sleighride is the second album by the American hard rock band Mountain.

Title track[edit]

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 whaler 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.[2]

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.

Bonus Tracks[edit]

The bonus tracks on the 2004 edition include the Chuck Berry cover Roll Over Beethoven and the original song Crossroader, which were released as the A- and B-sides of a promotional single in 1971. The latter was later released on Flowers of Evil (1971). Live versions of both tracks appeared on subsequent live releases, such as Mountain Live: The Road Goes Ever On (1972) and Twin Peaks (1974).

Track listing[edit]

Original Album
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Don't Look Around"   Leslie West, Sue Palmer, Felix Pappalardi, Gail Collins Pappalardi 3:42
2. "Taunta (Sammy's Tune)"   Pappalardi 1:00
3. "Nantucket Sleighride (To Owen Coffin)"   Pappalardi, Collins 5:49
4. "You Can't Get Away"   West, Collins, Corky Laing 3:23
5. "Tired Angels (To J.M.H.)"   Pappalardi, Collins 4:39
6. "The Animal Trainer And The Toad"   West, Palmer 3:24
7. "My Lady"   Laing, Pappalardi, Collins 4:31
8. "Travellin' In The Dark (To E.M.P.)"   Pappalardi, Collins 4:21
9. "The Great Train Robbery"   West, Laing, Pappalardi, Collins 5:43

Personnel[edit]

  • 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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ 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.