Don't Ever Let Me Go

Album: Still Climbing (2013)
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  • This is one of several tracks on Leslie West's Still Climbing album that explore a romantic theme. In 2009 the former Mountain guitar giant married his wife Jenni; The pair exchanged vows on stage at the Woodstock 40th anniversary concert. Jenni co-wrote many of Still Climbing's songs with West, a partnership that surprises him. He explained: "Being in Mountain with Felix Pappalardi was an honor. He was so talented as a producer, arranger, bass player, guitar player — all the things I aspired to be. We had some great years together, and some rocky roads. His wife Gail, who, by the way, shot and killed Felix, could suck the fun out of a clown. It left a terrible taste in my mouth about working with my wife, Jenni. I did not want to risk going down that path where your wife was involved in every aspect of your musical life. Jenni has become so good at expressing thoughts to paper. She has become my primary collaborator on the lyrical side of my new recordings."
  • Dylan Rose of the California Hard Rock band Archer performs a guitar solo on this cut.
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