Leslie West, guitarist extraordinaire formerly of Mountain and the incredible power trio of West, Bruce, and Laing. From what I have read, Pete Townshend wanted to do the session without overdubs and Leslie was invited to play the second guitar part. I don’t know if this is true but I do know that this performance was amazing.
If this has whetted your appetite to hear more from Leslie, take a listen to this track from the first West, Bruce, and Laing album called Why Dontcha. The song starts kind of slow but don’t give up on it. After a short bluesy vocal by Jack Bruce, Leslie blows the roof off with some unbelievable power chording and a guitar solo to die for. Let me know what you think.
This is the first in a series of posts that will highlight classic rock songs that feature someone from outside the group sitting in. For this series I post the song on one day and identify who is sitting in the following day. I hope you enjoy the concept and maybe learn some interesting music history in the process.
This first post in the series features the Who performing Baby Don’t You Do It in a New York recording sessions that was scrapped leading up to what eventually became the classic album Who’s Next (there is a real interesting back story here that we will address in a future post…without giving the story away I will tell you that Who’s Next was released in an effort to salvage something out of a much bigger project that collapsed). The song was eventually released in 2003 as a bonus track in a Deluxe edition of Who’s Next. It’s a truly amazing performance by the entire band and by the musician that was sitting in on the session. The first time I heard the song my ears perked up because I immediately recognized the sound of the added musician. Take a listen and see if you recognize the sound as well.
The answer as to who was sitting in will be posted tomorrow.
Speaking of “Sittin In”, it is the name of Loggins and Messina’s first album. Much more about Loggins and Messina, why their first album was named “Sittin In”, and how the group came about is coming in the huge, multi-part series of posts that I am currently working on. As a bonus, enjoy this cut from the album.