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originally posted by: ColeYounger
West co-founded the band Mountain in the '60s.
All the big name guitarists were fans of Leslie, from Hendrix to the British guitar gods.
He suffered a heart attack the other night at his home in Florida, and passed away at the hospital.
I believe he was 75.
I can't post any YouTube videos with this phone browser. Maybe someone could be kind enough to post some of Leslie's songs.
“Mountain's first gig was at Fillmore West in 1969,” remembers Leslie West. “I had been using Marshall amps, and that’s what I expected to find when I opened a bunch of cartons that had arrived from the airport, but instead I got a Sunn - and it wasn’t even a guitar amp. "The cartons contained a Sunn Coliseum P.A. head and four 4x12 cabinets, and I thought, ‘There’s no way I can get a good tone out of this thing.’ But the head had four microphone inputs and a master volume control, and when I plugged in and turned it up I got this amazing tone, which became my sound. "And remember, this was years before amps had master volume controls. The head had huge transformers and gigantic KT88 tubes, and the cabinets were loaded with Eminence speakers, which never hurt your ears even with the treble all the way up. That’s the amp I used on Mountain Climbing, which included ‘Mississippi Queen.’”