Album Remarks & Appraisals:
2009 two CD collection of early rarities from the two veteran members of Mountain: Leslie West and Corky Laing. First Steps is an archive release featuring recordings from Leslie's pre-Mountain band, The Vagrants, and Corky's pre-Mountain band, Energy. The material contained in this release is extremely rare with some of the recordings being previously unreleased. Of major interest to Mountain fans will be the inclusion of previously unavailable recordings of Mountain taken from the sessions for their debut album Climbing. Contains extensive sleeve notes detailing the tracks and the background to The Vagrants and Energy with contributions from the members of the bands featured. 27 tracks. Voiceprint.
Personnel: Corky Laing (vocals, drums); Leslie West (vocals, guitar); Pete Sabatino (vocals, harmonica, tambourine); Gary Ship (vocals, electric piano, organ); George Gardos, Larry West (vocals, bass guitar); Jerry Storch (organ); Roger Mansour (drums).