MOUNTAIN - Nantucket Sleighride - UK GATEFOLD - 12" LP Vinyl Album

"Nantucket Sleighride" by Mountain emerges as a captivating UK gatefold 12" LP Vinyl Album, inviting listeners on a musical expedition through majestic peaks of sound. This album, a testament to Mountain's prowess, encapsulates their distinctive blend of hard rock and blues. The gatefold design enhances the visual and tactile experience, mirroring the expansive nature of the music within. As listeners embark on this sonic journey, "Nantucket Sleighride" solidifies its place as a classic in the realm of rock, a timeless testament to Mountain's enduring musical legacy.This web page has photos of album covers, inner sleeves, record labels together with production details, musicians and track-listing.


MOUNTAIN - Nantucket Sleighride UK Gatefold 12" LP Vinyl Album front cover

Album Description & Collectors information:

In the world of music, certain albums stand the test of time, captivating audiences with their artistry and leaving an indelible mark on the world of music history. One such masterpiece is the 1971 album by Mountain, titled "Nantucket Sleighride". This UK gatefold 12" LP vinyl not only represents the zenith of Mountain's career but also showcases the enduring allure of vinyl records as a medium for experiencing music.

To fully appreciate the significance of "Nantucket Sleighride", it is essential to delve into the history of the band responsible for its creation. Mountain, an American hard rock band formed in 1969, was renowned for its unique blend of blues, rock, and heavy metal. Consisting of guitarist Leslie West, bassist and vocalist Felix Pappalardi, drummer Corky Laing, and keyboardist Steve Knight, Mountain crafted a sound that resonated with audiences worldwide.

Released in 1971, "Nantucket Sleighride" was Mountain's second studio album and proved to be a breakthrough for the band. The album opens with its eponymous title track, a masterclass in musical storytelling. The sweeping guitar work of Leslie West, combined with the soulful vocals of Felix Pappalardi, transports listeners on a sonic voyage reminiscent of the 19th-century whaling expeditions from which the term "Nantucket Sleighride" derives.

The 12" LP vinyl format of "Nantucket Sleighride" adds an extra layer of enchantment to the album. The gatefold design offers a visual feast, with its intricate artwork and thoughtful presentation. The larger canvas of the vinyl record allows for a more immersive experience, as listeners are encouraged to engage with the music on a deeper level. Holding the record in their hands, carefully placing the needle on the grooves, and witnessing the album art unfurl before their eyes creates a tangible connection between the music and its admirers.

While the rise of digital music formats and streaming platforms has transformed the music industry, vinyl records have experienced a renaissance in recent years. Audiophiles and music enthusiasts have rekindled their love affair with vinyl, recognizing its unique warmth, authenticity, and physicality. The ritualistic nature of playing a vinyl record allows individuals to appreciate the music in a more deliberate and immersive manner, fostering a deep appreciation for the art form.

Gatefold/FOC (Fold Open Cover) Album Cover Design with artwork / photos on the inside cover pages

Matrix/Stamper codes:
Side A: I-LSP / ILPS 9148A-1U
Side B: ILPS 9148B-1U

Heavy 150 grams vinyl

ISLAND "Palm Tree Label" with pink rim.

"Nantucket Sleighride" is the second album by hard rock band Mountain.


Music Genre:

 Hard Rock (American) 

Album Production Information:

The album: "MOUNTAIN - Nantucket Sleighride" was produced by: Bud Prager, Felix Pappalardi for Windfall Music Entertainment Inc.

Album cover design, photography: Gail Collins

Record Label & Catalognr:

Island ILPS-9148

Media Format:

 12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 300 grams  

Year & Country:

 1971 Printed and made by the E.J. Day Group, London and Bedford
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: MOUNTAIN - Nantucket Sleighride
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Leslie West - guitar, vocals

    Leslie West Leslie West, born Leslie Weinstein on 22 October 1945, was an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He gained prominence as the lead guitarist and co-vocalist of the rock band Mountain . Known for his powerful guitar playing and distinctive tone, Leslie West became an influential figure in the realm of hard rock and blues.


    Born in New York City, West began playing guitar at a young age and honed his skills by immersing himself in the blues. In the late 1960s, he formed the band Mountain with bassist and vocalist Felix Pappalardi, drummer N.D. Smart, and keyboardist Steve Knight. Mountain quickly gained recognition for their energetic live performances and their fusion of hard rock, blues, and psychedelic influences.

    Leslie West's guitar style was characterized by his heavy, expressive playing and his innovative use of distortion and sustain. He was known for his melodic solos, rich tone, and the emotional depth he brought to his performances. His guitar work on songs like "Mississippi Queen", "Nantucket Sleighride", and "Theme from an Imaginary Western" showcased his technical prowess and musical sensibility.

    Beyond his work with Mountain, Leslie West released several solo albums throughout his career, including "Mountain" (1969), "The Great Fatsby" (1975), and "Blues to Die For" (2003). He collaborated with numerous artists and continued to tour and perform until his passing on December 23, 2020.

    Leslie West's contributions to rock music, both as a guitarist and a vocalist, have left an indelible mark on the genre. His powerful playing and soulful voice continue to inspire and influence musicians to this day. His legacy as a talented guitarist and a key figure in the development of hard rock and blues remains an important part of music history.

  • Felix Pappalardi - bass, rhythm guitar, piano, vocals
  • Corky Laing - drums, percussion
  • Steve Knight - organ, handbells
Complete Track-listing of the album "MOUNTAIN - Nantucket Sleighride"

The detailed tracklist of this record "MOUNTAIN - Nantucket Sleighride" is:

  1. "Don't Look Around" (West/Palmer/Pappalardi/Collins) - 3:47
  2. "Taunta (Sammy's Tune)" (Pappalardi) - 1:00
  3. "Nantucket Sleighride (To Owen Coffin)" (Pappalardi/Collins) - 5:55
  4. "You Can't Get Away" (West/Collins/Laing) - 3:28
  5. "Tired Angels (To J.M.H.)" (Pappalardi/Collins) - 4:42
  6. "The Animal Trainer And The Toad" (West/Palmer) - 3:29
  7. "My Lady" (Laing/Pappalardi/Collins) - 4:35
  8. "Travellin' In The Dark (To E.M.P.)" (Pappalardi/Collins) - 4:26
  9. "The Great Train Robbery" (West/Laing/Pappalardi/Collins) - 5:50


Front Cover Photo Of MOUNTAIN - Nantucket Sleighride UK Gatefold 12" LP Vinyl Album


MOUNTAIN - Nantucket Sleighride UK Gatefold 12" LP Vinyl Album front cover

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Photo Of The Back Cover MOUNTAIN - Nantucket Sleighride UK Gatefold 12" LP Vinyl Album


MOUNTAIN - Nantucket Sleighride UK Gatefold 12" LP Vinyl Album back cover

Photo One Of The Inner Gatefold MOUNTAIN - Nantucket Sleighride UK Gatefold 12" LP Vinyl Album


MOUNTAIN - Nantucket Sleighride UK Gatefold 12" LP Vinyl Album inner gatefold cover

Photo Two Of The Inner Gatefold MOUNTAIN - Nantucket Sleighride UK Gatefold 12" LP Vinyl Album


MOUNTAIN - Nantucket Sleighride UK Gatefold 12" LP Vinyl Album inner gatefold cover

Close up of Side One record's label MOUNTAIN - Nantucket Sleighride UK Gatefold 12" LP Vinyl Album

"Nantucket Sleighride" Record Label Details: Island ILPS-9148

"Nantucket Sleighride" Record Label Details: Island ILPS-9148