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guitarist milks some eye-popping sounds from his acoustic guitar, playing blues/rock burners in a minimal setting w. bass & drums - his voice resembles Paul Rodgers of Bad Company, w. a groove similiar to Hootie or Hanson

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  • Audio CD (March 24, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: February 3, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Heart Music
  • ASIN: B0000060GT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,459 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ken Gabriel (gabemill@aol.com) on November 20, 1999
Format: Audio CD
maybe the best acoustic/plectrum player ever(?). As a classically trained performance major in guitar, I practiced 9 hours per day for years in an attempt to become...well, as good as Monte. I never made it, but I'm sure glad he did. My hope is that the world finds out about him before the 3 chord wonders devour the industry completely. My punk oriented sons even love him (thankfully there is a God). There is no weak tune on the CD, but I particularly like "Sorry Doesn't Cut It" and "Love Come Knockin." Tremendous demonstration of all spectrums of ability: speed, touch, finese, funk, power, and musicallity, all tastely accomplsihed. Vocals are also outstanding. I am anxious to buy Monte's next offering, "Mirror", but not until I give this gem its due. Thanks to Monte, for restoring my faith that great players are still out there. Thank you Texas for keeping this man fed, but will you let him out of the state once in a while so that the rest of us can enjoy him?
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rod James on December 23, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Have you ever been disappointed at a concert when a group's live performance cannot match its studio efforts? It's just the opposite with FIRST AND REPAIR. If I had never heard Monte Montgomery live, I would probably find this CD and the follow-up, MIRROR, more appealing. As it is, they are merely excellent. He pushes all the right buttons in the studio, but the seams of the envelope are quite safe from stress. The problem is, it's difficult to capture stage energy in a four-minute "airplay" studio cut. Monte and the rest of the trio, on stage, comprise an elemental force, with the fretless bass timbres of Chris Maresh perfectly complimenting the heavily processed acoustical guitar of the front man. It's easy to forget, amid all the guitar hype, that Montgomery is an adept singer as well, with a slighly gritty voice similar to Blues Traveler's John Popper in his articulation and fast vibrato. It is also inappropriate to focus all one's attention on Montgomery, as the bassist and drummer (superb, by the way) contribute a great deal to the textures and signature style that characterizes this material. It's just too bad that very little of the stage energy makes it onto the CD - these guys are tight! Even so, I can recommend this CD without reservation to anyone who appreciates guitar virtuosity.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By matt on September 2, 2000
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Monte Montgomery is the best kept secret in the country. A very good friend of mine reccommended that I buy Monte's Cd's... I was skeptical... So when she found out that I didn't buy them... she bought them for me. I am eternally in debt to her now... because Monte is amazing. Trust me on this one people... do yourself a favor and buy the cd's. If you don't want to buy both... then buy one. (but eventually you'll be mad at yourself for not buying them both at the same time) I am very critical of what type of music I listen to.. and Monte blew me away the first time I heard his music. Funny thing is, I still get that feeling of utter admiration and joy every time I put one of his songs.. even though I already know it by heart. It is a crime this guy is not more recognized for his ability... The only bad thing about Monte is when I have his cd's in while I am driving my car... problem is, when I get to wherever I am going... I just want to turn around and drive back home so I can stay in my car longer to listen to him play. I guess what I am saying is that he'd even make a traffic jam enjoyable... everyone would wonder why you're so happy- Enough said. Buy the cd, you won't regret it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ben Sheppard (gitarvoodo@aol.com) on October 10, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This album is actually the work of a seasoned bar-hopping guitar virtuoso who, backed by a solid bassist and drummer, has his crap together from the beginning of this album to the glorious end. As a guitarist I am dumbfounded by his coupling of speed and melody on his beat up electrified acoustic. As an amateur singer/songwriter I am also overwhelmed by his remarkable ability to sing wonderful lyrics with great conviction and vocal talent. But even just as a normal guy I love how he combines tenderness with guitar-driven attitude. This album appeals to everyone! It is an absolute must-have(Monte literally tops my list of favorite artists ever, beating SRV and Jimi even). Highlights include: Last Goodbye, Leaving Paradise, the reggae-like Love Come' Knockin', and...well, hell the whole album! Also, check out his equally stellar album, Mirror.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 7, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This cd is great, everyone should get it along with Mirror. You will sooner or later when Monte hits is big, I gare-un-tee.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 13, 2000
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Like most of the others, I saw Monte on Austin City Limits. He blew me away. I've never heard anybody play an acoustic guitar like that. He makes that Alvarez hum. I am sort of let down by the album though. You don't really get a taste of his full talents until the last song. Then you get a good 8 minutes of close-your-eyes-and-listen licks. I don't understand why they held him back. Maybe it'll take a live album to capture the full Monte. Until then, he's the best kept secret in the music business. I really hope he eventually gets his due.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Townsend on May 1, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Monte is THE best acoustic guitar player I've seen. This is great music and he's a pretty good singer as well, just gritty enough to make it fit into the driving licks on guitar. Very easy to hit replay and enjoy again and again. It was already said but I say it too, the awesome energy and sound of Monte on the acoustic can't be put on cd, so you gotta go see him when in town. I do like this over Mirror, but both albums are great. Been to see him perform in Dallas, twice this year, he plays for some 3 hours !
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