By Daniel Watts
Music Reviewer and Segment Producer
After an absence that spanned slightly more than a decade, Mountain released their sixth studio album on March 9th, 1985 titled “Go For Your Life”. The album was produced by Pete Solley and was originally released on the label Scotti Bros. Records. The album’s lineup consists of Leslie West on guitar and vocals, Corky Laing on drums and Mark Clarke on bass.
Back in 1985 “Go For Your Life” blended well with the musical landscape, but maybe a little too well since it didn’t stand out much among the masses. It did crack The Billboard 200 though and peaked at spot 166. I think the album failing to receive more attention could have been a result of people not willing or able to embrace Mountain’s new sound at the time. “Go For Your Life” is light and more commercial compared to their earlier straightforward Rock efforts like “Climbing!” and “Nantucket Sleighride”. I also believe the void left behind by Felix Pappalardi deterred fans away from the album as well. Today though, I think “Go For Your Life” is a fun and refreshing album. There’s not doubt that it’s dated but in my opinion that’s one of its charming aspects. “Go For Your Life” is an album you could jam to when breaking away from your normal musical grounds.
The album features nine tracks that are filled with the typical 80's tales of partying, women and Rock ‘N’ Roll. A few of my favorites are “Spark” which starts off with a galloping synthesizer straight out of an action movie from the time. The synth gives away to Leslie West’s unique voice singing about searching for love. The guitar has a wicked edge and the chorus is catchy. Next is the touchy named track “I Love Young Girls”. By today’s standards it would be considered controversial but back then it was simply an ode to the woman of the world. It’s got a satisfying blues ballad vibe and the guitar likes to squeal throughout the song as if to agree with Leslie when singing about his type of women. Side note: I did notice on some copies of "Go For Your Life", the song "I Love Young Girls" was removed.
Overall I enjoy “Go For Your Life” and even though at the time it was a serious record for Mountain, today I think it’s more of a novelty release. I think it has some charm and it does have its rockin’ moments for sure but for the most part it’s fair across the board. I think “Go For Your Life” is an album you should experience at least once in your lifetime. If you're a fan of Mountain's earlier material and are looking to explore more of their work, don’t neglect this album. Or if you’re looking for something to break the normalcy of your musical tastes, give “Go For Your Life” a shot. I believe you’ll find it to be unique and likable too.
1. Hard Times
3. She Loves Her Rock (And She Loves It Hard)
4. Bardot Damage
5. Shimmy On The Footlights
6. I Love Young Girls
7. Makin’ It In Your Car
8. Babe In The Woods
9. Little Bit Of Insanity