Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Mountain's Bob Dylan Tribute Album, Featuring Ozzy Osbourne

I don't remember if I've written about this yet, but Mountain is working on a tribute album to Bob Dylan, and they've asked Ozzy Osbourne to help out:

"Singer-guitarist Leslie West and drummer Corky Laing have recorded a number of Dylan songs for the project, including 'Subterranean Homesick Blues,' 'Gotta Serve Somebody,' and 'Blowing in the Wind.'

"They've also enlisted some all-star help, including Allman Brothers Band and Gov't Mule singer-guitarist Warren Haynes and Ozzy Osbourne. West told that he recently got together with Osbourne and gave him a set of lyrics: You know, I rearranged these Dylan songs, and I picked a really great one for him to do with me -- 'Masters Of War.' So he's got it, and as soon as he finishes OzzFest, he's gonna sing it. We'll alternate verses and do the choruses together... It's really (a) thrill. He's so great, man. He's still freakin' got it."

Pretty amazing stuff. Leslie West didn't do enough to be called Advanced, but this is fine effort. I also appreciate his look these days, especially his choice of guitar. Of course, he looked pretty amazing in the old days, too.

3 comments:

Philco Brothers said...

I think the 31:49 minute live version of Nantucket Sleighride is quite advanced. And if that is not enough proof of advancement maybe this photo is: lou and leslie.

Anonymous said...

Leslie West hasnt done enough to be considered "advanced!?!?" Leslie has the most respected tone and vibrato in rock history.

Jack Bruce has said Leslie West had the greatest vibrato he's ever heard.

Look for this Theme From an Imaginary Western song on youtube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qc02XRNR7jo

THAT IS ADVANCED TONE.

Move along... nothing to see here...

Thomas said...

I'm curious why LW changed the lyric on subterranean homesick blues - "you don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows" is now "to know which way the wind blows". The original lyric is very well known as it gave Weatherman - the SDS faction (RYM I) that became Weather Underground Organization - their name. So I'm wondering if West changed it for some political reason or...? Great CD in any case. Oz is wonderful on Masters Of War and the arrangements are all inspired. Leslie is ***amazing***