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Mountain

Live in Paris DVD

Review by Gary Hill

When it comes to great 1970’s hard rock with its foot planted firmly in the blues, you just don’t get much better than Mountain. Well, here we have a new DVD featuring a concert the band played in Paris in 1985 – OK, let’s be more accurate, it’s compiled from two shows on two consecutive nights in the capital of France. Let’s get the negatives right out of the way on this video. This thing is rather short, clocking in at around an hour (6 songs) and it has no bonus materials. OK, that’s it for the negatives – really. That’s all I can find wrong with this.

While the video isn’t top-notch by today’s standards, it’s definitely quality. The sound is also quite good. The band’s performance is particularly powerful. These guys know how to rock, and there should be no doubt about it after seeing this thing. Be on the lookout for the world’s largest cowbell on the intro to “Mississippi Queen.” OK, it might not be in the book, but that’s one big cowbell, and I’m sure you can’t miss it. In any event this show rocks and it makes for a very good DVD that could have been great if they had thrown in a few bonus features.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2007 Volume 5 at lulu.com/strangesound.
 
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