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Corky Laing - Makin' It On The Street (CD)

Genre: Rock
Release Date: 24th January 2011

Label: Floating World
Catalogue Number: VP344CD
Price: £7.99
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Corky Laing - Makin' It On The Street

Canadian born Corky Laing has been in many groups including Bartholomew PlusIII, Energy and more famously Mountain. Corky has also played with a legion of famous musicians including but not limited to John Lennon, Meatloaf, Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Ian Hunter, Mick Ronson and Paul Butterfield.

Corky's first brush with fame literally came after seeping the stage one night just prior to the Ink Spots performing. They asked him to play drums behind them for the show. From such stories legends are built.

With Mountain Corky enjoyed immense success and even acquired two gold discs for the Woodstock album although he didn't actually play the gig with Mountain. One of his songs had been used as a basis for the song Yasgur's Farm and he had also been asked to overdub the drums on the Ten Years After track Goin' Home as for technical reasons the microphones on Ric Lee's drum kit had failed, strange but true.

Mountain despite being phenomenally successful suffered from the normal problems associated with a successful rock band including drug problems and disagreements between the band members and in 1972 Corky along with Leslie West formed a new trio with former Cream bassist Jack Bruce (West Bruce and Laing). The band recorded two studio albums and a live album before Leslie and Corky returned to Mountain.

In the mid Seventies Mountain had once again decided to go their separate ways and the various members recorded solo albums. Makin' It On The Street was Corky's solo album released in 1977. The album was a diverse album taking in a number of different styles and featured many musicians including Clydie King, Vanetta Fields, Joe English, Randall Bramlett and Eric Clapton who features on the track On My Way (By The River) which also features Allman Brothers guitarist Dickey Betts.

Makin' It on the Street is an album that bears repeated listening and one that will appeal to fans of Mountain and adult contemporary rock music. This re issue has been re mastered for release and this release will be the first time this album has been released in the UK on CD.

 



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