Listen to Leslie West’s Cover of ‘People Get Ready’
Leslie West is offering fans an early glimpse of his upcoming Soundcheck LP by premiering the album's seventh track, a cover of Curtis Mayfield's "People Get Ready."
As previously reported, West lined up an impressive roster of guest performers for Soundcheck, including Jack Bruce, Peter Frampton and Queen's Brian May. It marks his first release since 2013's Still Climbing, which featured appearances from a collection of all-star guitarists that included Billy Gibbons, Slash and Steve Lukather.
"I am thrilled with how this came out," he enthused in a press release. "I am excited for the sound on this; it’s extraordinary, if I do say so myself."
As West explained in the album's trailer, which you can watch below, the inspiration for Soundcheck's title goes back to his early days in Mountain. "The reason I call this album Soundcheck? I used to hate sound checks. It was the most painful part of my day," he says in the clip. "With my partner Felix Pappalardi, if we did a sound check we’d have to do half a show. One of his, one of mine ... and we both sang. I got so pissed off one day I just knocked the monitor offstage."
These days, West's attitude has mellowed. "I like doing sound checks now, because he’s not around to bust my balls," he added. "I just want my guitar to sound good."
Soundcheck is scheduled for a Nov. 20 release, and available for pre-order now. Check out West's version of "People Get Ready" above.
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