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Will Mountain be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


35 comments so far (post your own)

early and very good hard rock band. speak with somebody who listened to hard rock/metal in the 70's, he would place them right behind sabbath deep purple and led zep.I think they have their place in this hall

Posted by roméo on Sunday, 05.27.07 @ 10:12am

When Black Sabbath first came to America, they opened for Mountain. Ozzy Osbourne is still friends with Leslie West. I saw them last year and they still rock. "Mississippi Queen" is the supreme cowbell song along with "Hair of the Dog," "Don't Fear the Reaper" and "Working for the Weekend."

Posted by Metalsmith on Thursday, 02.14.08 @ 16:12pm

I'd have to say "Mississippi Queen" is one of the supreme "power chord" songs.

Posted by Terry on Thursday, 02.14.08 @ 16:21pm

That too.

Posted by Metalsmith on Thursday, 02.14.08 @ 16:23pm

As good a power trio as there was.

Posted by Dameon on Saturday, 03.8.08 @ 23:34pm

Don't know if they have enough good material overall to get in, but these boys could rock!!

Posted by Paul in KY on Monday, 03.17.08 @ 10:42am

I just found out that Eddie Van Halen and Randy Rhoads also said they were inspired by Leslie West's guitar playing.

Posted by Metalsmith on Tuesday, 04.15.08 @ 08:28am

Don't forget about Mountain's song "Nantucket Sleighride." Great song.

Posted by Keebord on Friday, 10.24.08 @ 20:36pm

Mountain have had some great songs most notably "Mississippi Queen" and "Nantucket Sleighride." They were a very influential and early hard rock band and were fundamental in the developement of heavy metal. Plus their songs have been covered endlessly. Yes to Mountain, yes.

Posted by Gustav on Saturday, 11.15.08 @ 11:50am

Yes,but the hall needs to induct other hard rock bands,also.Including;Deep Purple,Free,and Montrose.

Posted by S.R on Friday, 01.16.09 @ 14:34pm

Leslie West snd Felix Pappalardi must get inducted with their band MOUNTAIN

Posted by Mississippi King on Friday, 02.27.09 @ 12:57pm

I saw alot of Mountain in the early seventies. They were a really good band. Very tight, great guitar/bass lines/drumming.

RRHOF material is a stretch but if you are looking to listen to a band that had a Cream like sound with a harder edge you have Mountain. Unfortunately neither West or Pappalardi could sing as well as Bruce and Clapton. Nor was their songwriting anything close to what Jack Bruce penned.

Leslie West is an exceptional rock guitarist. He would be better suited to a rock guitar hall of fame than Mountain as a RRHOF band.

Posted by Ed on Tuesday, 03.10.09 @ 15:37pm

Nantucket Sleighride
Mississippi Queen
Theme For An Imaginary Western
Travelling In the Dark (Leslie West's best guitar solo)
For Yasgur's Farm

Lockloney says yes

Posted by Lockloney on Thursday, 04.30.09 @ 13:02pm

Mountain, UFO and Deep Purple all need to be inducted

Posted by EJn on Friday, 06.12.09 @ 18:17pm

Mountain was a very good and influencial hard rock band. And have historial significance from playing at Woodstock. Here's a sort list of artists who have covered them: Ozzy Osbourne, Zack Wylde, W.A.S.P., ZZ Top(live), Grand Funk Railroad(live), Lynyrd Skynyrd(live).

Posted by Dude Man on Friday, 06.12.09 @ 18:57pm

Mountain were a very good and very underrated band. An early metal/hard rock band. "Theme For An Imaginary Western" is one of the heaviest songs I've ever heard and "Nantucket Sleighride" is one of the greatest underrated classic rock songs of all time. Underrated songs, underrated artist.

Leslie West is also a great guitar player, RIP Felix Pappalardi, and Corky Laing is a Hell of a drummer

Posted by Hamburger on Friday, 07.3.09 @ 13:38pm

Yep Hamburger, in fact here is a list of some great underrated songs:

"Nantucket Sleighride" - Mountain
"The Green Manalishi" - Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac
"Time Captives" - Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come
"Doctor Doctor" - UFO
"Come Dancing" - The Kinks
"Full Moon" - The Kinks
"How" - Spooky Tooth
"I'm Crying" - The Animals
"Around and Around" - The Animals
"Time Was" - Wishbone Ash
"Man on the Silver Mountain" - Rainbow
"Love In Vain" - The Rolling Stones
"Little Red Rooster" - The Rolling Stones
"Gallon of Gas" - The Kinks
"She Said Yeah" - The Rolling Stones
"April" - Deep Purple
"Child In Time" - Deep Purple
"Sing Me a Song" - Willie Nile
"I Can't Explain" - The Who

Posted by Keebord on Friday, 07.3.09 @ 13:46pm

Heck yes, I love "April" by Deep Purple and "Time Captives" is a fantastic song. Good list. Here's some underrated songs in my opinion:

"Crucifiction Lane" - Procol Harum
"Rollin' and Tumblin" - Cream
"Pride of Man" - Quicksilver Messenger Service
"You're Gonna Miss Me" - 13th Floor Elevators
"Cotton Fields" - CCR
"Jack the Ripper" - Link Wray
"Still I'm Sad" - The Yardbirds
"Salisbury" - Uriah Heep
"Lady In Black" - Uriah Heep
'What's Going On" - Taste

Posted by Hamburger on Friday, 07.3.09 @ 13:51pm

Ok Keeborder, we've got songs down, but how about underrated rock artists? I'd like to nominate:

Captain Beefheart
Uriah Heep
The Amboy Dukes
Big Star
The Move
April Wine
The Troggs
Ten Years After

Posted by Hamburger on Friday, 07.3.09 @ 13:59pm

Here's some I'd add to those lists:

"Breadfan"- Budgie
"Parents"- Budgie
"Riding the Sky"- Lucifer's Friend
"Astronomy"- Blue Oyster Cult
"Vetern of the Psychic Wars"- Blue Oyster Cult
"Sunrise"- Uriah Heep
"Sweet Lorraine"- Uriah Heep
"Tin Soldier"- The Small Faces
"Come on Children"- The Small Faces
"Black Cloud"- Trapeze
"Monster/Suicide/America"- Steppenwolf
"Rock Bottom"- UFO
"Pull Me Under"- Dream Theater

Posted by Dude Man on Friday, 07.3.09 @ 13:59pm

Nice picks Dude Man

Alright Hammy you've got it:

Spooky Tooth
Wishbone Ash
Rory Gallagher
The Small Faces
Johnny Winter
Willie Nile
The Amboy Dukes
The Soft Machine
Allan Holdsworth
The Nice
The Zombies

Posted by Keebord on Friday, 07.3.09 @ 14:02pm

Also don't forget:

-Captain Beyond
-Blue Cheer
-Iron Butterfly
-Thin Lizzy

Posted by Dude Man on Friday, 07.3.09 @ 14:45pm

Listen guys, Leslie West deserves credit I'd say him and Ritchie Blackmore are perhaps the two greatest guitar players who haven't been honored by the RRHOF yet.

Posted by Milestones on Saturday, 09.5.09 @ 05:59am

I don't care if they get in or not, sure they're influential, as were many bands that aren't even close to HoF material, but the body of work isn't there. "Mississippi Queen" is one of the great songs of all time, though.

Posted by Chris on Sunday, 11.15.09 @ 15:02pm

Name speaks for itself
Leslie and Corky together 40 years and not in Hall total bullshit
They must be blackballed or something
One of the best live acts and still going, Upcoming playing with Jack Bruces Son
Cmon now lets get the boys in

Posted by Nunzio on Tuesday, 01.19.10 @ 15:52pm

Nunzio, I know what you mean. I was thinking the other night about the Stooges' & their induction.

I then thought about Mountain & how much better they are than the Stooges. Compare their bodies of work, Mountain has much better songs than the Stooges (IMO). In fact, I think The MC5 has a better case than the Stooges.

I don't know if Mountain will ever be considered or not, but they can rock hard.

Posted by Paul in KY on Wednesday, 01.20.10 @ 05:59am

"Ok Keeborder, we've got songs down, but how about underrated rock artists?"

If I may:
-Thunder (UK Hard Rock group, broke up in '08. Not really original, never made a dent in the US and not HOF worthy, but they could rock.)
-Thin Lizzy (Despite a massive influence, they sometimes don't get the credit they deserve. Deserved to be much bigger than they were.)
-Porcupine Tree (Prog band out of London. Their current material is equal parts Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Rush and Tool. I highly reccomend checking them out.)
-T. Rex (Underrated Stateside.)

Okay, we need some Americans:

-Quiet Riot (Were hugely important to getting the Sunset Strip scene going, yet aren't always credited for it.)
-Alice in Chains (Despite their success haven't always got the same musical respect that their Seattle peers have, despite being important to getting that scene into the spotlight.)
-The Runaways (Still probably dismissed as a female boy band with guitars, despite showing one of the bands that showed girls they could become the next Aerosmith or Deep Purple, and despite the fact that they did play their own instruments, had the right energy and attitude and actually wrote some original material that was pretty good.)
-Screamin' Jay Hawkins (Haven't really listened to him, but was the first shock rocker and usually isn't credited with that.)
-Ted Nugent (Could play some mean guitar, and his band was just as competent and rocking as most other bands that were around.)
-Testament (Thrash metal band from the Bay Area; could definitely play)
-Exodus (see Testament)

That'll do for now; keep them coming, guys.)

I could take it or leave it with Mountain. "Mississipi Queen" is a great song, so I'm sure they have other great ones. Leslie West influenced Randy Rhoads, who deserves induction with Ozzy and was an excellent player who was massively influential. So I'm sure they have some influence. Innovation? Not sure. I don't know if they can be credited with Perpetuation since they didn't really manage to stand out from the other bluesy hard rock acts of the time. Wouldn't upset me if they were inducted. And Paul in KY: The Stooges did deserve their induction, but MC5 should've gone in first. Iggy has actually said that The Stooges wouldn't have existed without MC5. It seems to be a sad trend of ignoring the originals (and when they do induct them it takes a long time; like with the Stooges and Sabbath.)

Posted by Sam on Sunday, 05.2.10 @ 19:55pm

I would really like to see Mountain get in, don't know if it's realistic, but they were a great band

Posted by Stefan on Friday, 05.28.10 @ 09:22am

Peter Cetera copied the music/guitar riffs for Mississippi Queen on the Chicago song, Hideaway. Lyrics by Peter Cetera.

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 07.20.10 @ 13:49pm


You know I gotta go
Got to find a place
Get away
From the human race
Find a place where the air is clear
On a sunny day, sunny day
I got to find
A hideaway, hideaway


You know I gotta leave
Got to find a place, any place
Get away
From the city pace, city pace
I gotta go out where the air is fresh and clear
On a sunny day, sunny day
And I got to find
A hideaway, yeah, yeah

©1974 Chicago Records, Inc.

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 07.20.10 @ 13:52pm

"I could take it or leave it with Mountain. "Mississipi Queen" is a great song, so I'm sure they have other great ones" - Sam

Sam, if you want to expand your Mountain familiarity I recommend taking a listen to "Nantucket Sleighride" and "For Yasgur's Farm." On their list of the "The Greatest Underrated Rock Songs," Digitaldreamdoor put "Nantucket Sleighride" at #10 (Deep Purple's "Child In Time" was #1).

Here's "For Yasgur's Farm:"

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Friday, 08.27.10 @ 12:42pm

Thanks Tahvo. Good stuff.

Posted by Sam on Thursday, 09.9.10 @ 14:23pm

"Mississippi Queen, if you knoooooowwwwwww what I mean!"

Posted by Charlsy on Thursday, 12.22.11 @ 13:04pm

Just read on Daily News site that Gail Collins, who wrote lyrics for the band, did alot of their cover art, was girlfriend to & then killed bassist Felix Pappalardi, has died in Mexico at age 72.

After she was released from prison, she moved to Mexico & basically lived as a semi-recluse.

She also was a lyricist for Cream.

Posted by Paul in KY on Monday, 02.24.14 @ 08:16am

Minor correction on last post: Ms. Collins was married to Mr. Pappalardi when she killed him.

Posted by Paul in KY on Monday, 02.24.14 @ 13:06pm

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