Leslie West “Still Climbing”

In our interview (see below) Leslie remarked on his amputation from Diabetes “It’s just a good thing it wasn’t my arm, or we wouldn’t be talking about an album.” The durability and toughness comes through on every track here. Starting with “Dyin’ Since the Day I Was Born” West rocks heavy and hard (Creed’s Mark Tremonti guests here). Next Johnny Winter adds his axe to “Busted, Disgusted or Dead,” which neatly sums up the attitude. Other guests include Jonny Lang and Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider.

The songs all have a blues-rock style, which is quintessential West. My favorites here are “Feeling Good,” and the re-make of Mountain’s “Long Red” but the best thing here is the classic “When a Man Loves a Woman” with Lang and its gospel approach. Leslie hits all the right notes here, vocally and guitar-wise. Rock on, Mr. West.