Battle of the Underrated Guitarists: #14 Leslie West vs Mick Taylor

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edited August 2008 in History of Rock
[CENTER]LESLIE WEST[/CENTER]
wikipedia said:
West was born Leslie Weinstein in New York City, and grew up across Long Island, in East Meadow, Forest Hills and Lawrence.[1] After his parents divorced, he changed his surname to West. His musical career began with The Vagrants, an R&B/Blue-eyed soul-rock band influenced by the likes of The Rascals that was one of the few teenage garage rock acts to come out of Manhattan itself (as opposed to the Bohemian Greenwich Village scene of artists, poets and affiliates of the Beat Generation, which produced bands like The Fugs and The Velvet Underground). The Vagrants had two minor hits in the Eastern US: 1966's "I Can't Make a Friend" and a cover of Otis Redding's " Respect" the following year.

Some of the Vagrants' recordings were produced by Felix Pappalardi, who was also working with Cream (he produced the seminal Disraeli Gears). In 1969, West and Pappalardi would form the pioneering hard rock act Mountain, also the title of West's solo debut album. 1969's Mountain did not feature a keyboardist, but one was later added to the band to keep them from seeming like a Cream imitation.

The band's original incarnation saw West and Pappalardi sharing vocal duties and playing guitar and bass, respectively, and Corky Laing on drums with keyboardist Steve Knight. They had success with "Mississippi Queen", which reached #21 on the Billboard charts. It was followed by the Jack Bruce-penned "Theme For an Imaginary Western". Mountain made up one of the bands considered to be a forerunner of and predecessor to heavy metal music.

After the breakup of Mountain, West and Laing would produce two studio albums and a live release with Cream bassist Jack Bruce under the name West, Bruce and Laing. Mountain reformed in 1974 only to break up a few years later, but since 1985 has continued to tour and record.
Never In My Life:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NDt0_7Ay-o&feature=related

For Yasgur's Farm:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=py28H6xITFE&feature=related

Goin' Down:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sV9TzMrIUNc

[CENTER]MICK TAYLOR[/CENTER]
wikipedia said:
Michael "Mick" Kevin Taylor (born 17 January 1949 in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire) is an English musician best known as a former guitarist for The Rolling Stones.
Walking On Sunset:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLzYBTIDYO0

Blues In the Morning:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOtmeiuwH_0

Bitch:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgqogVTN1PM

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