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Montrose


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  • Audio CD (Feb. 28 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • ASIN: B000002KHL
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,098 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Rock The Nation
2. Bad Motor Scooter
3. Space Station
4. I Don't Want It
5. Good Rockin' Tonight
6. Rock Candy
7. One Thing On My Mind
8. Make It Last

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark Anderson TOP 50 REVIEWER on Aug. 19 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
There seems to be a major resurgence of interest in 1970s music as today's 15-25 year olds rediscover music from that decade. I grew up in the 70s and my friends' teenaged sons and their friends are now frequently asking me about 70s bands and looking for lesser known bands and albums from that era.

Montrose is one album I've told them all about. It's one the best hard rock guitar driven albums of the 1970s.

Before this album, guitarist Ronnie Montrose had appeared as a session player on a few Van Morrison albums and as the lead guitarist for the Edgar Winter Group on its 1972 release "They Only Come Out At Night." This was Montrose`s first solo release.

It`s great album. If you like guitar driven power trios, this album should be in your collection.

This was also the first album on which Sammy Hagar appeared as vocalist. If you like Sammy Hagar`s later solo career and his work with Van Halen, you`ll like this one. I think this album is actually far superior to Hagar`s work with Van Halen.

This band released one more album after this one. Their second album is called Paper Money and it`s worth having, although it`s not as good as this one.

In the late 70s and early 80s, Montrose led a band called Gamma which included vocalist Davey Pattison, who now performs with Robin Trower.

Ronnie Montrose is still around, although he hasn`t released anything as successful as this album during his later career.

If you want to check out some of this album before buying it, there`s plenty of Ronnie Montrose material on YouTube.

To sum up, this is great album. If you're discovering/re-discovering 1970s music and you like hard rock, guitar driven trios, this one should be in your music collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By darerock on Jan. 1 2002
Format: Audio CD
Arguably the greatest American hard rock album ever, Montrose's 1973 debut is a stunning display of instrumental and vocal prowess. As the prototypical 4-piece - guitar/vocals/bass/drums - they recorded one of the all-time essential slabs of heavy rock. Ronnie Montrose makes a tremendous leap from in-demand session musician to bandleader and legit guitar hero, Sam Hagar (wasn't even Sammy yet) sets the standard for American rock vocals, Bill "the Electric" Church lays down some amazingly fat basslines, and Denny Carmassi smacks his drums with intense precision and manly vigor.
Track by track rundown: 1) Rock the Nation is the boldest possible statement of purpose - fast, super hard, and highly energized. Like all the songs on this album, it features fiery guitar, strong vocals, walloping drums, and solid bass. 2) Bad Motor Scooter starts out with the guitar imitating a revving motorcycle, as Hagar wails about how bad he wants to see his girlie. Seething with energy. Brilliant lead playing. 3) Space Station #5 burns with intensity! Epic multi-tracked soloing, cool sci-fi lyrics about leaving a dying planet, and a crazed hi-speed ending. 4) I Don't Want It - an in-your-face rocker sporting immortal couplets such as "...just quit my job/makin' toothpicks outta logs" and "flowers make me sneeze/and prayin' hurts my knees". Hagar sings like he means it. Starting side two on the original LP, 5) Good Rockin' Tonite revamps the old Elvis hit in a live-wire fashion. The overwhemingly massive 6) Rock Candy has the heaviest drums since When The Levee Breaks. Thick yet fluid bass, titanic drumming, powerful vocals, highly-sexed lyrics, massive Ronnie riffage. Big rock indeed.
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By Paul Tucci on April 24 2004
Format: Audio CD
The first time I heard this Montrose album it blew my mind,I was about 17 years old and my best friend put this tape in his deck and cranked it up. I couldn't sit still in my car seat. It's that kind of album, you just can't wait for the next song to start to hear what going to be thrown at you. It has all styles of hard rock...the fast and furious..."Good Rockin' Tonight", "Bad Motor Scooter", and "Rock the Nation"...the mind blowing..."Space Station #5"...the thumping hard rockers..."Rock Candy", and "Make it Last"...Sammy Hagars' best vocal on the album is the underrated "I Don't Want It".
Montrose was never able to match the intensity they had on this CD on their follow up albums but this one will go down in rock history as one of the best. It is Deep Purple Machine Head on steroids. Your mom and dad and your kid sister and your wife won't like it but your buddies will love it! There is not a weak song on the entire CD. 28 years later and I still like it. Turn it up and rock! If you like hard rock this is your CD.
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By Rocker_Man on July 26 2003
Format: Audio CD
Sammy Hagar is best known for his role in Van Halen and as a solo artist. Accordingly, many people tend to overlook the first band he played in - Montrose. Sammy's vocals combined with Ronnie Montrose's (also of the Edgar Winter Group) blazing guitars made for what is one of the finest rock albums of all time. Read on to see track summaries.
1. Rock the Nation - This is a beautiful example of classic hard rock. Why this didn't go on to be a rock anthem is beyond me, 'cause this song is a masterpiece!
2. Bad Motor Scooter - In this track, Ronnie begins and ends using a "revving" guitar effect, to simulate a motor, appropriately enough. That scores this track some huge points for originality. And of course, the rest of the track is nothing short of excellent.
3. Space Station Number Five- Electronic effects kick off this hard-rocking science fiction tale of a doomed planet. Yes, it's ANOTHER excellent track.
4. I Don't Want It - Ronnie Montrose's guitar playing in this song is simply unrivaled. It sounds similar to the guitar stylings of bands from the NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal), even though that wouldn't surface widely for at least another four years. Accordingly, this one is WAY ahead of its time.
5. Good Rockin' Tonight - Everyone's gotta cover Elvis at least once, so here's Montrose's take on one of his classic tunes. And I can honestly say this version is vastly superior to the King's original.
6. Rock Candy - This track's got some of the hardest and heaviest drumming I've ever heard in a rock/metal song. That combined with everything else you love about Montrose (mainly Sammy's vocals) makes this one a masterpiece.
7. One Thing on My Mind - You guessed it. The boys serve up ANOTHER masterpiece.

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