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Climbing! by Mountain
Released: Jul 1992
Label: Columbia/Legacy
This debut could easily be called "Cowbell Overload" and have the same effect. Sure, it's the record that contains "Mississippi Queen," but Mountain's hard-hitting sludge/blues/boogie deserves to be checked out in depth. The band sounds massive, with dirty fuzzy leads repeatedly slapping you in the face and singer Leslie West sounding like a hard rock wizard.
Jon Pruett