West, Bruce & Laing - Why Dontcha (Classic Album US 1972)

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West, Bruce and Laing were a blues-rock power trio super-group consisting of Leslie West (guitar and vocals), Jack Bruce (bass, harp, keyboards and vocals) and Corky Laing (drums and vocals). In 2009 West and Laing teamed up with Jack Bruce's son, Malcolm, and began touring as West, Bruce Jr. and Laing.

The trio formed in Chicago in the spring of 1972 following the breakup of Mountain, West and Laing's previous band. In the 60s Bruce had been a member of legendary British rock band Cream, whose sound had strongly influenced that of Mountain (Mountain's bassist/vocalist Felix Pappalardi previously had produced all but one of Cream's albums, and also performed with them as a sideman).

The trio toured extensively and released two studio albums, 1972's Why Dontcha and 1973's Whatever Turns You On. They disbanded shortly before the release of their live album Live 'n' Kickin' in 1974.

West and Laing reunited in a reformation of Mountain in 1985 and have continued playing together ever since.

In 2009 West and Laing teamed up with Jack Bruce's son, Malcolm Bruce, and will be touring as West, Bruce Jr. and Laing. This new group is being considered a reformation of West, Bruce and Laing as most venues are describing Malcolm as "filling in" for his father and they have been rehearsing several Cream as well as West, Bruce and Laing songs.

The album features "The Doctor," which received heavy FM radio airplay upon the album's release and became a signature song in live performance for the band. Other noteworthy tracks include "Out Into the Fields," which Jack Bruce continued to perform in concert following West, Bruce and Laing's breakup (and which he re-recorded for his 2002 album Shadows in the Air), and "Love is Worth the Blues," a song loosely based on the chords and structure of The Rolling Stones' "Play With Fire".

Why Dontcha was West, Bruce and Laing's most successful album, reaching #26 on the Billboard U.S. album chart.

01."Why Dontcha" (West/Bruce/Laing) - 3:04
02."Out Into the Fields" (West/Bruce/Laing/Brown) - 4:41
03."The Doctor" (West/Bruce/Laing/Palmer) - 4:29
04."Turn Me Over" (West/Bruce/Laing) - 2:45
05."Third Degree" (Eddie Boyd/Willie Dixon) - 5:14 
06."Shake Ma Thing (Rollin' Jack)" (West/Bruce/Laing) - 3:17
07."While You Sleep" (West/Bruce/Laing) - 3:24
08."Pleasure" (West/Bruce/Laing/Brown) - 4:01
09."Love is Worth the Blues" (West/Bruce/Laing) - 4:12
10."Pollution Woman" (West/Bruce/Laing/Brown) - 4:28

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