Picks and Pans Review: Go for Your Life

updated 04/08/1985 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 04/08/1985 AT 01:00 AM EST


How can we miss the rock groups of yesteryear if they won't stay away? Mountain is the latest blast from the past to attempt to trade in on dated popularity. One important component is missing from the early '70s trio, best known for its hit Mississippi Queen. Go For Your Life is dedicated to the late Felix Pappalardi, Mountain's bass player who was shot by his wife in 1983. Pappalardi had helped define how a rock power trio should sound when he produced the seminal group Cream. With Mountain, he wrote and sang most of the less thunderous pieces as well as playing a full-bodied and insistent bass. His presence is sorely missed on this insipid comeback. Original members Leslie West and drummer Corky Laing have added Mark Clarke on bass, but apparently lost their creative touch in the eight years since their last release. West's guitar solos have none of the ringing distinctiveness they once did, and his voice has deteriorated. Most of this album reflects a hard-rock style that is unvaried and unimaginative. Go For Your Life makes it clear that time has made a musical molehill out of Mountain. (Scotti Brothers/CBS)

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