West, Bruce & Laing - Why Dontcha (Esoteric)
Members of Mountain and Cream join forces back in 1972, and create a classic. This was a very short-lived union, some claim a supergroup, but their output was very impressive. Three very impressive players created history here. "Why Dontcha" was a debut, and at the time, it was a very well received album. Jack Bruce freshly off Cream, and West and Laing were quite successful with Mountain. The combination couldn't be better. Once again, a power trio with three perfect components. The album is very bassy, it certainly highlights Jack Bruce's talents, but Leslie West shines as well, and why shouldn't he?
"Why Dontcha" is a fine example what 70s rock was all about. The bands wrote great songs, and played the hell out of them live. This was the age of extensive live jams, any songs could at any time become a suite. These three individuals definitely had what it takes to do some serious damage, and they did. The album left some great songs behind, such as "The Doctor," or the title cut, but it's a record you listen to all the way through. This is finally the re-mastered edition, with a great booklet, and some very insightful notes. When it comes to rock, this album is a must!