Leslie West is “Still Climbing” with TELEFUNKEN

Mountain Co-Founder Creates Massive Guitar Tones with the M80

Pictured is engineer/co-producer Mike “Metal” Goldberg with TELEFUNKEN’s M80 dynamic microphone on Leslie West’s Blackstar amp.

South Windsor, CT, November, 2013 — Leslie West, co-founder of the Woodstock highlight group Mountain, is back with his massive riff-propelled guitar on the just released “Still Climbing.”  Following the success of his previous album, “Unusual Suspects,” West approached the new release with a vision of tying the albums together.

“This record is a sequel to the one where I had my friends Slash, Zakk Wylde, Steve Lukather, Joe Bonamassa, and Billy Gibbons come to the studio and play,” says West.  This time West’s guest include Jonny Lang, Johnny Winter, Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider and Alter Bridge / Creed’s Mark Tremonti.

“I knew right away that TELEFUNKEN”s M80 dynamic mic was perfect for capturing Leslie’s signature guitar sound,” commented co-producer and recording engineer Mike “Metal” Goldberg. “The M80’s punchy-but-accurate mid range, clarity on the top, and the rich lows gave me the exact perspective I was looking for.”

West has been performing since 1965, when he fronted the soul-fired Vagrants in his native New York City.  After that group opened for Cream and The Who, West was inspired to begin his lifelong devotion to perfecting the big guitar riffs that are the framework of his songs, which earned him the #66 slot on Rolling Stone’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists.”

“What’s different on ‘Still Climbing’ is that I wanted my guitars to sound as big as I look,” says West. “I used four of my Dean signature model guitars with my Mountain of Tone humbucking pickups.  I plugged them into my Blackstar amps — no pedals — and turned them up loud and raw. I played one of the early tracks we recorded for Slash, and he said, ‘That is as heavy as it gets.’”

“You know you have the right mic for the job when no EQ is needed to capture the sound that you’re going for,” continues Goldberg. “It’s just Leslie’s guitar through his amp with an M80 on the cabinet.”

“Still Climbing,” excluding the tracks “Tales of Woe” and “Rev Jones Time (Somewhere Over The Rainbow)” was mixed by Mike Fraser, who’s worked with Metallica, AC/DC, Rush, Joe Satriani, Bad Company, among many others.

Over the years, Mike Goldberg has sharpened his sonic vision by working both sides of the glass during 25 years in studios as an engineer, producer and musician. He’s honed his skills alongside some of the most talented producers, engineers and musician’s in the industry, including Ritchie Blackmore, Slash,
Jonny Lang,
Dee Snider,
Hugh McCracken, and Glenn Hughes.

“When I first listened to the M80 on Leslie’s cabinet I knew we were there,” added Goldberg. “No tricks, no EQ — just guitar, mic pre, M80, amp – and that’s exactly what you hear on the new album.”

Learn more about “Still Climbing” at:   http://www.lesliewestofficial.com

Visit IMP Studios, where the album was recorded: http://impstudios.us/

Live From the Lab

TELEFUNKEN provides these multitrack audio files for the sole purpose of allowing individuals an opportunity to utilize them for home studio use and for educational purposes only.

No commercial use is permitted.  Any commercial use or reuse is strictly forbidden.

By downloading any track hereunder the user agrees to properly attribute all copyrights and to display the following on any non-commercial reuse of the video and multitrack audio files as follows:

All audio files have been engineered and recorded by TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik and are presented for educational and demonstrational purposes only.

Live From the Lab

The LIVE FROM THE LAB live music video series is recorded and filmed at TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik’s facility in South Windsor, CT. Each session is tracked live exclusively with TELEFUNKEN microphones and features unique performances from a variety of local, regional, national, and international artists and ensembles.

The multitrack audio files from these sessions are available for free download via clickable links below the individual performance videos. All audio files are presented in .WAV format and were recorded at 24bit / 48KHz sample rate. They are clearly labeled in the same format with the source listed first (LEAD VOX, ACOUSTIC, PIANO), followed by the microphone used (C12, AR-51, etc) and can be downloaded and imported into your Digital Audio Workstation of choice.

For more additional content please visit livefromthelab.net