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Montrose [CD]

MontroseAudio CD
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Biography by Eduardo Rivadavia

One of the first American-bred hard rock groups to challenge British supremacy in the early '70s, Montrose is remembered as, if not the most successful, then certainly one of the most influential bands of the era. In fact, many of the personalities responsible for the group's legendary, self-titled debut (producer Ted Templeman, engineer Donn ... Read more in Amazon's Montrose Store

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warner Off Roster
  • ASIN: B000002KHL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,214 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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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I've been a fan of Montrose's debut album since it was released in 1973. I still can't believe how amazing these riffs are! And Sammy Hagar gives Paul Rodgers a run for his money as "The Voice" of rock. Every single song on Montrose is a classic -- larger than life riffs, over the top vocals, drumming and bass playing ripped from The Black Sabbath Book of Heavy - thunderous.

So when I discovered Audio Fidelity released a gold disc of Montrose, I whipped out my credit card immediately.


The difference in sound quality between the '73 original and the new remastered gold disc is there, but you really have to be listening intently to notice it. In fact, I've been A/B'ing the two discs for the past 30 minutes, listening carefully for every possible nuance of difference. I'm using a Denon CD player and a pair of Sennheiser headphones. Both are capable of delivering crisp highs and lows. And I'm hearing a slight difference in both, but only a slight one.

(Oddly enough, on my Denon player, the gold disc clocks in at 32:17 while the regular Warner Brothers Records CD tips the scale at 32:23. Not sure why. A six-second difference seems pretty hefty when it comes to favorite music. Yet, I can't find where these songs are missing much. A second here and there could account for it. But no music appears to be missing.)

Okay, as to the positive differences in sound quality, I'd say the biggest differences can be heard in these areas:

1. Denny Carmassi's drums are just a little crisper, especially in the cymbals and kick. (Especially, on "Rock the Nation," "One Thing On My Mind" and -- this is an obvious one -- "Rock Candy.")

2. Bill Church's bass guitar is marginally punchier and cleaner.
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77 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mottrose November 29, 2002
Format:Audio CD
When the definitive history of rock is written, one single accomplishment will demand Ronnie Montrose's inclusion as a guitar great - his 1973 self titled album `Montrose'.
On this album you are treated to Montrose's Gibson Les Paul guitar roaring like a motorcycle or screaming with almost impossible sustain.
Ronnie Montrose's career first took off in the early seventies as a guitarist for Van Morrison. Following this he teamed up with Edgar Winter before forming his own band in 1973 with Sammy Hagar (vocals), Bill Church (Bass) and Denny Carmassi (Drums).
Although Montrose never gained `Mega Star' status, they still managed to build up a large following in Europe and the US and from 73-75 they undertook numerous tours supporting established hard rock acts including Black Sabbath and Deep Purple which enhanced their reputation as a high calibre rock and roll band.
The first album was originally issued in 1973 and was re-released in 1979 to coincide with the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) which was flourishing at that time in the UK.
Produced by Ted Templeman and written by the band it contains such songs as Bad Motor Scooter, Rock the Nation and Space Station Number 5 which can all be described as Full-Tilt Riff-Rock at it's very best. If you are looking for an album which will bet the dandruff out of your hair and your neighbours banging on the walls this is the one for you.
Good Rockin' Tonight and Rock Candy are further excellent examples of up tempo, foot tapping, beer drinking rock and roll songs which appear on the album and cry out to be played at maximum volume on your Hi-Fi system.
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81 of 90 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How To Rock 'n' Roll: A Template for Future Bands March 23, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I've always liked the hypothetical question, "If aliens landed on Earth and asked you what is rock 'n' roll, what album would give them to help answer their question?"
Well, this debut album by Montrose would be a good place to start. This was definitive '70s hard rock -- sort of a missing link between Led Zeppelin and Van Halen. Ronnie Montrose could have been a guitar hero icon, like Jimmy Page or Eddie Van Halen if he had stayed focus and had been more prolific. He certainly had the chops.
This album served as a template for future hard rock bands: a guitar, a bass, some drums and a singer whose seductive growl could peel the paint off your bedroom walls. In this case, the singer was a then-unknown kid name Sammy Hagar. Thanks to producer Ted Templeton, Hagar's dynamic voice is brought front and center into the mix. The effect is a perfect blending of Montrose's sonic guitar riffs -- replete with multi-layering, tons of phase shifting and the best guitar/motorcycle sound I've heard on a rock record -- with Hagar's angst-laiden vocal pyrotechnics.
The songs themselves are just straight-ahead, balls-to-the-wall rock. There's no subtlety here, no important message to be delivered a la U2 or R.E.M. (For example, in "Rock Candy," Hagar manages to yelp, "Your like rock candy, baby, sweet and sticky..." Yet, he pulls it off without sounding incredibly goofy or trite.) And the songs here are extremely catchy, making you want to sing along, as well as shake a little bit of that which mama gave you.
"Rock The Nation" is a joyful anthem to teenage revealry and one of the best known songs from the album. "Bad Motor Scooter" -- a personal favorite -- has the best phase shifting guitar I've heard.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Greatest sammy hagar ever.
Published 10 days ago by paul blake
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it. It was requested by my husband
Love it. It was requested by my husband.
Published 10 days ago by Karen12
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks for the fast shipping, item was just as described.
Thanks for the fast shipping, item was just as described.
Published 24 days ago by Dean Newman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just as I remembered
Published 1 month ago by Tim
5.0 out of 5 stars Oldie, but goodie
Brings back old memories! Love the cd.
Published 1 month ago by Leesa Christian
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great CD.
Published 1 month ago by Axe
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Get your motor cranked!!!
Published 2 months ago by S. Wight
5.0 out of 5 stars Sammy Hagar and Ronnie Montrose should have never broken this ...
Sammy Hagar and Ronnie Montrose should have never broken this gem of a band up. Rock Candy and Motor Scooter are real classic song from the era.
Published 2 months ago by taparue
2.0 out of 5 stars Not at all pleased
I was thrilled to get the Montrose CD. One of my crowds all-time favorites. While listening to it for the third time, it skipped (during Rock Candy of course). Read more
Published 4 months ago by JOHN S. WILSON
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best ever released
this is my seventh copy of this album. Some wore out, some given away to people that heard it and loved it. It rocked when it came out and still rocks today
Published 4 months ago by Steven Douglas
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