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Paper Money

MontroseAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)


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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002KFL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,339 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Underground
2. Connection
3. The Dreamer
4. Starliner
5. I Got The Fire
6. Spaceage Sacrifice
7. We're Going Home
8. Paper Money

Editorial Reviews

Their highest-charting album and the last with Sammy Hagar from 1974!

Customer Reviews

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Voyage Number Two... October 8, 2000
Format:Audio CD
It seems rather evident to me that Ronnie Montrose was not too interested in repeating the rock classic of a year previous. He'd done it, and now he seemed to have the elbow room to pursue other textures (plainly even by adding keyboards to the line-up.) As imperfect as it is, the album in some sense is more rewarding than the first. Listen to the reworking of "Connection" by Jagger and Richard. Sung much more beautifully, the acoustics heartrending. "Spaceage Sacrifice" is "Space Station # 5" turned inward. More moody, atmospheric...even troubled. Then for sheer straight ahead Ronnie, you've got "I Got the Fire". It may require more patient listening than the first, but I believe you'll be amply rewarded. Kudos to Montrose for not repeating the formula, and branching out onto some new aural scapes in the sophomore effort.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better Second Time Around September 28, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I don't think this album is better than Montrose's 1973 debut, so don't be mislead by the title of this review. I bought Paper Money on vinyl the day it hit the stores in '74 and remember my disappointment. The first album was a heavy metal freight train from the first song to the last - Paper Money did not pick up where the first album left off. Over the past twenty-seven years Paper Money was seldom removed from the old peach crate.
However, over that same period of time I became a huge Ronnie Montrose fan collecting the CD's of everything he did from the early Montrose days to his most recent instrumental "guitar music." Recently examining a Ronnie Montrose discography, I realized I never bought Paper Money on CD. I bought it, and after all these years listened to it again. Even though I am no longer influenced by the anticipation of waiting for the second Montrose album, not to mention a more mature listener of music, I must say I still felt something was wrong with this album. I soon found the answer I was looking for, with a little help from what is called the Program Function, available on most CD players.
What a differce it makes when you listen to this album in a different order. If I had the chance, I'd ask guitarist Ronnie Montrose and lead singer Sammy Hagar why "Underground" written by Rappaport, and "Connection", written by Jagger and Richards, were choosen as the first two tracks. They are both good songs, but all the momentum built up by the first album came to as screaching halt. Here is a suggestion, start off with track 8, the title track, a song actually written by Montrose and Hagar, but more importantly a song that gradually introduces the listener to a band that is evolving. Experiment from here, I like this order: 8,7,3,5,1,2,6,4. Come to think about it, I do think this album is better than the first.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good follow up . May 25, 2002
Format:Audio CD
What do you do after an amazing first record.Do you make the same record again or....Well Montrose kind of did. This record starts of with the least good tracks and it is kind of unfortunate because the the balance of this record gets all wobbly.The good tracks here are incredibly good and make this a great buy.This is pure Montrose-Hagar heavy.Another reviewer
suggested putting these songs in a different order,I agree with that.I think I am walking in circles here,if you like heavy get the first one and if you like the first one get this one for sure.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another hard rock classic December 26, 1998
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album the only time I've ever seen it on the shelves... and this was at a book store no less! I loved the Montrose debut album and decided to give this one a go without even so much as hearing one song from it before hand. I was not disappointed! "Paper Money" includes more layers and complexity than its predecessor, but also has enough truly great hard rock moments to make it another classic. If you liked the debut, check this one out. I know some reviewers felt that this was a significant drop off from their 1st release, but I don't see it. Just listen to "I've Got the Fire" and the title cut for a jolt!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Montrose Paper Money (1974) May 25, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Rating 4 1/2 stars out of 5 = Minor Masterpiece

Montrose's sophomore effort" Paper Money," was the first album of theirs I purchased. So unlike many who bought Montrose, "Montrose" first, I was not disappointed & I'm glad I did. I'll concede that the first album is stronger & rocks harder, but here Montrose tried to branch out some & it worked.

The first cut "Underground" shows Ronnie's pop smarts (though he didn't write it) & Sammy's great vocals, this song could've of very well became a hit that the band needed for commercial success. The Rolling Stones song "Connection," is brilliantly covered here, Hagar's voice was made for this song! "The Dreamer" is a return to the debuts style of heavy riff rocking. The instrumental "Starliner" is uplifting, featuring beautiful melodic leads from Ronnie. "I Got the Fire" is the hardest rocking song of the bunch, & easily rivals songs on the debut. My favorite, "Spaceage Sacrifice," is a song about an overcrowded future is not far off the mark. Ronnie's giant riff here bodes well with Sammy singing & ominous subject matter. "We're Going Home" is a beautiful ballad. The namesake song "Paper Money" is my least favorite song of the lot, but that is not to say it's not good, especially the lyrics that contemplate the value of a material society. All in all "Paper Money" is a classic album. Those who were put off from its broadening use of rock genres different from the first hard rocking Montrose album, should give this one another try, its classic!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The follow-up to a classic
But still a fine album. I'm still replacing my vinyl collection, and this is a good one. I like it.
Published 2 months ago by s2ndsight
5.0 out of 5 stars No Sophomore Slump here
While I have not heard the self-titled album aside from what plays on the radio, this record is very good. Read more
Published 4 months ago by constant reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Good old rock and roll
Good old rock and roll. I liked this back in the day and still like it. Brings back good old memories too.
Published 9 months ago by William W.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good old Montrose
I listened to them when they first got started and like a lot of their music. Connection is my favorite and 1 of about 4 you still hear from time to time.
Published 10 months ago by dukem
5.0 out of 5 stars Ronnie
Great album. Ronnie and Sammy together is amazing!
Ronnie will be missed.
With this album you can make a connection.
Published 16 months ago by Shane Leimgruber
4.0 out of 5 stars Paper Money (Or Montrose II)
Way back before Sammy couldn't drive 55 or he fell into VanHagar he worked for a journeyman guitarist named Ronny Montrose. Read more
Published 19 months ago by jedzeppelin
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Montrose Album!
I realize I'm in the minority here choosing "Paper Money" as my Favorite Montrose album but after hearing it for the first time in a long while (replaced my vinyl with a CD) I'm... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Mark Baldi
1.0 out of 5 stars Really people??
I can not believe the 4 and 5 star ratings for this record. This is awful and should have a warning sticker saying how bad is sucks.
Published on March 5, 2012 by JamesL
5.0 out of 5 stars Track Listing
Side One
1. Underground 3:38
2. Connection 5:44
3. The Dreamer 4:07
4. Starliner 3:41
Side Two
5. I Got The Fire 3:10
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Published on July 21, 2010 by Erik De Jonge
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't you sell me cheap...
What?????? How come??? After the alchemical hard rock genius of their debut, Montrose, notably the band's leader/namesake decided that a change was in order. Read more
Published on January 18, 2010 by Mark H.
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