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"There is a Mountain"
Single by Donovan
B-side"Sand and Foam"
ReleasedAug 1967 (USA)
October 1967 (UK)
Format7" single
RecordedJuly 1967, CBS Studios, London
GenrePop music
LabelEpic 5-10212 (USA)
Pye 7N17403 (UK)
Writer(s)Donovan Leitch
ProducerMickie Most
Donovan (UK) chronology

"There is a Mountain" is a song and single by Donovan,[1] released in 1967. It charted in the USA (Billboard: #11) and UK (#8).

Featured musicians are Donovan (vocals and acoustic guitar), Tony Carr on percussion, Harold McNair on flute and arrangement and Danny Thompson on bass.

Chart positions: # 11 (USA Billboard), # 9 (USA Cashbox), # 11 (USA Record World), # 8 (UK)

The Allman Brothers Band's "Mountain Jam" (from Eat a Peach, 1972) is a long, improvised jam song based on this song.

The Allman Brothers were inspired to improvise on "There is a Mountain" after hearing the Grateful Dead jam on the song's main riff. The Dead can be heard quoting a few bars of "There is a Mountain" in their song "Alligator," from the Dead's Anthem of the Sun album, released in 1968. An example of the Dead jamming live on the "There is a Mountain" riff can be heard at the 4:53 mark on the version of "Alligator" they performed at their Aug. 21, 1968 show at the Fillmore West. The song was also covered by Dandy Livingstone on his album Rocksteady with Dandy (1967, Giant)

The lyrics refer to a Buddhist saying originally formulated by Qingyuan Weixin, later translated by D.T. Suzuki in his Essays in Zen Buddhism, one of the first books to popularize Buddhism in Europe and the US. Qingyuan writes

Before I had studied Chan (Zen) for thirty years, I saw mountains as mountains, and rivers as rivers. When I arrived at a more intimate knowledge, I came to the point where I saw that mountains are not mountains, and rivers are not rivers. But now that I have got its very substance I am at rest. For it's just that I see mountains once again as mountains, and rivers once again as rivers.[2]

Kenny Loggins covered the tune in 2009 with his youngest daughter Hana on his album All Join In.

Mountain Jam

Merged content from Mountain Jam to here. See Talk:Mountain Jam #merger section.

This article is about the Allman Brothers Band song. For the music festival, see Mountain Jam (festival).
"Mountain Jam"
Song by The Allman Brothers Band from the album Live at Ludlow Garage: 1970, Live at the Atlanta International Pop Festival: July 3 & 5, 1970, The Fillmore Concerts, Eat A Peach
Released1991 (Ludlow), 2003 (AIPF), July 1971 (Fillmore), 1972 (Eat A Peach)
RecordedApril 1970 (Ludlow), July 1970 (AIPF), March 1971 (Fillmore/Eat A Peach)
GenreJam rock, instrumental rock
Length43:59 (Ludlow Garage), 17:27/28:20 (Atlanta International Pop Festival), 33:41 (Fillmore/Eat A Peach)
LabelPolydor, Epic / Legacy, Capricorn Records
WriterThe Allman Brothers Band, Donovan

"Mountain Jam" is an improvised instrumental jam by The Allman Brothers Band. The song's first known recording is on 5-4-1969 at Macon Central Park, but was officially released later on the albums; Live at Ludlow Garage: 1970, Live at the Atlanta International Pop Festival: July 3 & 5, 1970, The Fillmore Concerts, deluxe edition of At Fillmore East (1971), and Eat A Peach (1972).

Origin and influences

The song is based on Donovan's 1967 hit-single "There Is a Mountain" (Jimi Hendrix's "Third Stone from the Sun" is also quoted musically in the piece, roughly 22 minutes in). On albums, the song first appeared on Donovan in Concert (1968) and then later on Donovan's Greatest Hits.

The Grateful Dead performed a 22:57 minute version of Mountain Jam on July 28, 1973 at Grand Prix Racecourse in Watkins Glen, NY.[3] They also played a 55 second version of Mountain Jam to transition between "Going Down The Road Feeling Bad" and "Not Fade Away" on November 6, 1970 at Capitol Theater in Port Chester, NY.[4]


At 33:41, the song is instrumental and features solos from all of the band members. Duane Allman starts with a guitar solo, after which Gregg Allman solos on Hammond organ, followed by a guitar solo by Dickey Betts. Midway through the song there is a drum duet by Butch Trucks and Jaimoe, later joined by a bass guitar solo by Berry Oakley. Then Duane comes back in for the slide guitar climax, and produces some of his best known slide guitar; 23 minutes in. Mountain Jam was originally released on the Eat a Peach album, as well as a different version on Live at Atlanta Pop Festival, where there are two recordings of it (the second of which features guest musicians Johnny Winter on slide guitar, and Thom Doucette on harmonica), and various live recordings of the band.


  1. ^ Show 48 - The British are Coming! The British are Coming!: With an emphasis on Donovan, the Bee Gees and the Who. [Part 5] : UNT Digital Library
  2. ^ Buddhism & Science: A Guide for the Perplexed Donald S. Lopez, P. 227
  3. ^ "Grateful Dead Live at Grand Prix Racecourse on 1973-07-28 : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive". Retrieved 2011-06-06. 
  4. ^ "Grateful Dead Live at Capitol Theater on 1970-06-24 : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive". Retrieved 2011-06-06. 

External links

  • There Is A Mountain (Single) - Donovan Unofficial Site



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