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More Cowbell!..Mississippi Queen, by Mountain, and the Bells of Rock
July 19 2014 | lee martell

Posted on 07/19/2014 3:59:50 PM PDT by lee martell

Some classic rock songs from 'back then' have a distinctive sound in the intro, a rhythmic pattern that would probably make a good ringtone on our cell phones of today. One of those songs that could instantly set the mood was "Mississippi Queen, by the group Mountain, from 1970. The band consisted of four guys; Leslie West, Corky Laing, Felix Pappalardi and David Rea. This song, their most successful, reached #21 in the Billboard Hot 100 record chart of 1970.

There are many other good songs with the everyday Cowbell in the intro including; #1. Moby Dick, by Led Zeppelin #2. Rock and Roll, Hoohie Koo, Rick Derringer, #3. Born on the Bayou, by Creedence Clearwater Revival, #4. Fool for the City, by Foghat, #5. Stone Free, by Jimi Hendrix Experience, #6. Low Rider, by War, #7. Don't Fear The Reaper, by Blue Oyster Cult, #8. We're An American Band, by Grand Funk Railroad, #9. Honky Tonk Woman, by Rolling Stones.

Mississippi Queen was recorded during sessions for Mountain's debut album "Climbing!". Drummer Corky Laing had developed some lyrics and the drum part before joining the band. Later, when guitarist Leslie West was looking for lyrics to match a guitar part he had written, Corky pulled out "The Queen", and the two worked on the song together. When the group went on to record Mississippi Queen, Pappalardi insisted on numerous takes. Growing tired of the repetition, Laing started using the cowbell to count off the song. Pappalardi liked it so much he left it in the mix, creating the instantly recognizable intro into the song. This song has been recorded by many others, including Sam Kinison in 1990, Ozzy Osbourne in 2005, and Molly Hatchet in 2008. The original version by Mountain is my favorite. It's explosive, driving and bluesy. I wish I could hear a Zydeco version, and I usually do not like Zydeco, because that technique can become too noisy with all those Creole Violinists and Fiddlers wanting to be heard.


TOPICS: History; Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: 70srock; corkylaing; cowbell; davidrea; felixpappalardi; lesliewest; mississippiqueen; mountain

1 posted on 07/19/2014 3:59:50 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: lee martell

Put that song together with Vanishing Point (the original movie) and you’ve got something. Still trying to get Vanishing Point on the internet for free.


2 posted on 07/19/2014 4:02:36 PM PDT by PapaNew (Freedom always wins the debate in the forum of ideas)
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To: lee martell

3 posted on 07/19/2014 4:03:18 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: lee martell
Just listening to some old stuff. I just suggested this one as campaign music for Mike Dickinson who is now harassing Holly Fisher.

Jethro Tull - Aqualung

Despite that, it really is some great music from my childhood.
4 posted on 07/19/2014 4:03:47 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: lee martell

5 posted on 07/19/2014 4:05:47 PM PDT by Delta 21 (Patiently waiting for the jack booted kick at my door.)
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To: lee martell

I used to practice the cowbell when I was younger but was never good enough to get noticed by any record producers.


6 posted on 07/19/2014 4:07:03 PM PDT by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: lee martell
Felix Pappalardi was an exceptional songwriter, musician and producer. He also possessed some great pipes. He and Leslie West made a great team. Too bad he wasn't more discerning in his choices when it came to women.
7 posted on 07/19/2014 4:08:44 PM PDT by Mase (Save me from the people who would save me from myself!)
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To: cripplecreek

Poor Mr. Mike. I think someone left his Cake Out In The Rain (and he ate it all anyway!).


8 posted on 07/19/2014 4:10:38 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: lee martell
Oh dear Lord. I would rather hear fingernails on a blackboard than Mississippi Queen. My roommate once blasted that song one morning when I was suffering with a hangover.
9 posted on 07/19/2014 4:10:47 PM PDT by fhayek
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To: lee martell
He's now jabbering about Ru Paul being more attractive than Holly Fisher and I think he means it.

The Band - Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
10 posted on 07/19/2014 4:12:28 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: fhayek

Yeah, if you’re not already in that kind of rough riding mood, this type of song can be similar to a root-canal,”you know what I mean?”


11 posted on 07/19/2014 4:14:31 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: lee martell

Robin Trower? “Woman in Love”? Come on! More cowbell!


12 posted on 07/19/2014 4:14:50 PM PDT by subterfuge (Hey NSA snoop, get a real job you idiot!)
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To: Telepathic Intruder
I used to practice the cowbell when I was younger but was never good enough to get noticed by any record producers.

Yeah. Somewhere out there is the Van Cliburn or the Horowitz of cowbell, practicing alone, forgotten by the rock industry just as cruelly as by the classical music industry. I say it's racism.

13 posted on 07/19/2014 4:18:34 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Billthedrill
Gene Frenkle was the Van Cliburn of cowbell...RIP


14 posted on 07/19/2014 4:21:38 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: cripplecreek

Rumor has it that somewhere, in Larry Flynt’s dusty old files that have not yet been transfered online, there is a Manila folder about Dickerson. The folder is filled with photographs. Some of the photos have to do with that Company sponored New Years Eve Party of 2003. One shows a picture of Dickerson shirtless and wearing a bonnet while sitting in a playpen, next to a (muzzled) St. Bernard puppy.
There is a red Valentine sketched around that photo. The caption says, “Man’s Best Friend!”.


15 posted on 07/19/2014 4:27:43 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: lee martell

Great song by an underrated group. Their cover of “Theme for an Imaginary Western” remains one of my favorites.


16 posted on 07/19/2014 4:31:02 PM PDT by Eccl 10:2 (Prov 3:5 --- "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding")
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To: lee martell
This one is said to feature an African cowbell.

Time Has Come Today--The Chambers Brothers (1968)

17 posted on 07/19/2014 4:38:39 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: lee martell

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFhM1XZsh6o


18 posted on 07/19/2014 4:42:59 PM PDT by MuttTheHoople (Ob)
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To: Eccl 10:2

Mine too. “The King of Tone” has some pretty impressive chops and collaborators and lost a leg to diabetes a few years ago, so I’m sure he’d be pleased to be remembered here.


19 posted on 07/19/2014 4:44:12 PM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: cripplecreek

I love that band song. Levon could belt it out, couldn’t he. I have the digitally remastered version of Last Waltz. It’s a masterpiece.


20 posted on 07/19/2014 4:47:45 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: lee martell

Neil Peart. Rush.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9KAMkGF-xA


21 posted on 07/19/2014 4:50:19 PM PDT by paintriot (On the Conservative Coast.)
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To: Eccl 10:2

Thank you. Was struggling to remember the name of that tune.


22 posted on 07/19/2014 4:51:46 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Eccl 10:2

Nantucket Sleighride is another great one, about being pulled around by a harpooned whale.

Freegards


23 posted on 07/19/2014 4:55:33 PM PDT by Ransomed
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To: Lurker

If you like “Theme”, you might also like one of Mountain’s less well known album tracks, a prog rock opus called “Nantucket Sleighride”, from the LP of the same name:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3S77sZnnVY4

If you’re not familiar with it, look up the lyrics. Even for us landlubbers, it’s one that puts a shiver up the spine.


24 posted on 07/19/2014 4:56:09 PM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: bigbob

I remember that one. Thanks.


25 posted on 07/19/2014 4:57:06 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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FReepers! Let's go!
Every donation counts!



26 posted on 07/19/2014 5:19:55 PM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: lee martell

I never has a chance to see Mountain in concert, but I did see West Bruce and Laing in Lincoln Nebraska in ‘73 while I was stationed at Offutt. The opening act was the Edgar Winter Band (Frankenstein) with Ronnie Montrose on guitar. Felix was stone cold deaf from too many years in front of stacks of Marshalls. Ah the days......


27 posted on 07/19/2014 5:29:19 PM PDT by W.Lee (After the first one, the rest are free.)
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To: lee martell

Oh...and I thought the Mountain keyboard player was Steve Knight. At least that’s who is credited on the albums.


28 posted on 07/19/2014 5:31:29 PM PDT by W.Lee (After the first one, the rest are free.)
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To: lee martell

bump for later


29 posted on 07/19/2014 5:39:39 PM PDT by real saxophonist (Fightin in a basement)
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To: lee martell
Cowbell? One Van Halenized cowbell coming up--Dance the night away! [Cool video, too]
30 posted on 07/19/2014 5:45:26 PM PDT by W. (Democrats need the 'poor' to justify their political existence. What'd LBJ say? "I'll have them ni..)
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To: W.Lee

Edgar is or was one of the greats. I know his brother Johnnie just passed this week. I never knew anything about their family. How they grew up. It takes work to put a show on, a lot of work, reliability, planning, mathematically correct pay schedules and focus. You may need a bailbondsman you can trust to keep his mouth shut. Same with a nurse or doctor. You need the right instruments, kept in tune for that particular venue. I presume they would practice together almost daily, once you become that famous.


31 posted on 07/19/2014 5:48:44 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: lee martell

Played it a million times with my classic rock band. Great song.


32 posted on 07/19/2014 5:51:03 PM PDT by Bullish (You ever notice that liberalism really just amounts to anti-morality?)
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To: lee martell
Blood, Sweat and Tears: after the horn section's short intro followed by David Clayton-Thomas singing a short first line of vocals over a piano thumping out a bass line, drummer Bobby Colomby kicks in on cowbell in Spinning Wheel.

Nazareth: you can't miss the cowbell in Hair of the Dog.

Earth, Wind & Fire: it's amazing how clearly the cowbell cuts through what sounds like a Hammond B3 played by keyboardist Larry Dunn, plus the horn section and vocals in September.


33 posted on 07/19/2014 5:58:49 PM PDT by bd476
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IT has one of those quintessential unforgettable riffs.

the original:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFhM1XZsh6o

Peter Frampton, Leslie West, Mississippi Queen, The Paramount, June 23 2013
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMhPgo2fofg


34 posted on 07/19/2014 6:03:12 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: lee martell

Prominent cowbell in Fleetwood Macs “Oh Well”


35 posted on 07/19/2014 6:11:50 PM PDT by Figment
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To: bd476

Thanks a bunch. Just spent too much time grooving to the oldies!!

Woohoo


36 posted on 07/19/2014 6:16:53 PM PDT by GRRRRR (He'll NEVER be my President, FUBO! Treason is the Reason! Impeach the Kenyan)
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To: PapaNew
Love that movie. "Tis my new quest.


37 posted on 07/19/2014 6:21:30 PM PDT by Delta 21 (Patiently waiting for the jack booted kick at my door.)
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To: GRRRRR

LOL! You’re welcome and maybe this will make you feel better, I did too.
:)


38 posted on 07/19/2014 6:32:53 PM PDT by bd476
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To: Fiji Hill
Time Has Come Today--The Chambers Brothers (1968)

I have a story about that song.

I would listen to that song in 1968 and it sent chills up my spine and scared me and I didn't know why. I just felt like somehow my time was up. Something was going to happen. Sure enough in August of 1968 through a series of unexplained circumstances, I received Jesus Christ as my Savior. I honesty believe I might have died if that hadn't happened.

39 posted on 07/19/2014 6:35:31 PM PDT by PapaNew (Freedom always wins the debate in the forum of ideas)
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To: Figment

Good song, but are you sure that’s not a Glockenspiel vs Cowbells?


40 posted on 07/19/2014 7:05:42 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: lee martell

Mountain is one of my all time faves, though I liked their ballads with Felix singing lead better than Leslie’s rockers. Critics hated them for not being Cream and hated West for not being Clapton, but their music is great. Didn’t Leslie West pass on recently?


41 posted on 07/19/2014 7:50:17 PM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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To: Eccl 10:2

I saw Mountain in Kansas City in the mid 70’s and still have fond memories of that day. I was also pleased to find their CD’s (including Climbing!) at Nebraska Furniture Mart in Kansas City (very reasonably priced). Leslie West remains a legend to this day. Be sure to play it loud! The Great OZ has spoken.


42 posted on 07/19/2014 7:54:18 PM PDT by WyCoKsRepublican
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To: Some Fat Guy in L.A.

Leslie West had leg amputation surgery a few years ago while preparing to perform in Mississippi. To the best of my knowledge he’s still alive and well.


43 posted on 07/19/2014 7:56:40 PM PDT by WyCoKsRepublican
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To: lee martell

Richie Blackmore’s Rainbow, ‘Still I’m Sad.’ Get your vitamin bell fix here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRpsA-UvJDg

Freegards


44 posted on 07/19/2014 8:03:16 PM PDT by Ransomed
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To: W.

I like Santana’s version better.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlhMeKvwuDI


45 posted on 07/19/2014 8:21:47 PM PDT by kalee
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To: lee martell
Mississippi Queen? I don't think of a cowbell, I think of this (from my own collection):

To be fair, West didn't use a Marshall. He was waiting for his Marshalls to arrive and didn't get them in time so he was forced to use the ungodly, thunderously loud Sunn Coliseum PA Amplifier through his Marshall cabinets. And the Sunn Coliseum, which just might be the loudest guitar amplifier ever produced by this now-defunct company, went on to be part of Leslie West's signature sound.

But he most certainly used a Gibson Les Paul Junior!

46 posted on 07/19/2014 8:38:45 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: Eccl 10:2

I also feel “theme for a Imaginary Western “ captures something that is hard to describe. Even when America was at it’s strongest (Reagan Years?)it evoked a sadness that I also sometimes feel when looking a the end of a Columbia Film and the sunset tinged clouds are behind the figure of Columbia. If that makes any sense at all....


47 posted on 07/19/2014 8:39:45 PM PDT by Boowhoknew
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To: Drew68

How do you know this about West’s use of a Sunn Coliseum PA Amp, vs the Marshall ‘he was waiting for”? Did you work with this group at some time? That’s some very specific insider knowledge you’ve displayed. You sound to be someone who either has performed or knows how to select the proper sound equipment.


48 posted on 07/20/2014 1:19:01 AM PDT by lee martell
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To: lee martell

“Good song, but are you sure that’s not a Glockenspiel vs Cowbells?”

Here’s a video check for yourself
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8RhZDGLEXM


49 posted on 07/20/2014 5:20:52 PM PDT by Figment
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