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Sammy Hagar & Friends is the best collection he's put together, solo-wise, in some time. Probably have to go tack to Ten 13 (though I also really enjoyed the very underated Not 4 Sale). This collection is smart, slick and intelligent. The songs are the most expansive and varied he's done in regards to stretching his musical talents and definately draw upon all 4+ decades of experience the Red Rocker has to offer.
01. Winding Down (with Taj Mahal) - Is incredible and soulful. Rocks without even really "rocking". One of the best on the CD. 5 stars
02. Not Going Down (with Bill Church & Denny Carmassi) - Great, powerful, rock and roll with solid lyrics and awesome vocals. 5 stars
03. Personal Jesus (with Neal Schon, Michael Anthony & Chad Smith) - Wonderful rework and the addition of the gosple inspired backup vocals singing "Jesus" give the song a wonderfully spiritual and souful feel. 4 stars
04. Father Sun (with Denny Carmassi & Aaron Hagar) - Man, not even sure where to start on this one. Very cool sounding song, musically, with wonderfully fun and clever lyrics and a powerful chorus. And he's singing about the sun...the sun!? It's awesome! 4 stars.
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Since breaking ties with Van Halen, Hagar has reestablished himself as a high energy solo artist, while taking the occasional foray into forming other groups, most notably the band Chickenfoot, which featured the blazing talent of guitarist Joe Satriani, along with former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and Red Hot Chili Pepper drummer Chad Smith. All three musicians join Hagar on his latest project along with a slew of his friends on his first collaborations album, the new titled, “Sammy Hagar & Friends.”
The 10-song set is a combination of covers and original songs, but all are given Hagar’s signature style. New arrangements of Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus” (featuring Journey’s Neal Schon on Guitar, along with Anthony and Smith), Bob Seger’s “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man,” and Jimmy Buffett’s “Margaritaville” (with country superstar Toby Keith joining Hagar on vocals) are mixed in with fresh new rockers, “Bad on Fords and Chevrolets” (written with and featuring Ronnie Dunn), “Knockdown Dragout” (with Kid Rock), and the blues tune, “Winding Down” (with Taj Mahal). A studio take of the Freddie King classic, “Goin’ Down,” concludes the mainstream release, with the Deluxe Edition containing a live performance of the Montrose tune, “Space Station #5,” from the Ronnie Montrose Tribute Concert taped last year in San Francisco.
At only 36 minutes, the album is over before you know it, but what is here is a fun visit from the life of the party, and we hope he comes around again soon.
About my only complaint was it seems a bit short even with the two live tracks thrown in on the last 2 songs. I think running time is about 40 minutes. For that reason I give it 4 and not 5 stars. I would have liked a few more studio tracks, although the live tracks are killer!
Update: After a few more listens this CD kicks it so I am bumping it to 5 stars. The Space Station #5 live track features a killer solo by Satriani. Absolutely love it.
On this release he does it all.
Not Going Down is a great track done with the boys of Montrose, which I would love to hear a lot more of. Which I kind of get with the bonus tracks for the Pre-order. There are two live tracks from the Ronnie Montrose tribute show where Joe Satriani sits in for Ronnie. The tracks are Bad Motor Scooter and Space Station # 5. Would love to hear these guys do more studio stuff.
Other tracks that I enjoy are Rambling Gambling Man. Mona does a great job of holding down that bass groove.
Margaritaville, with the help of Toby Keith. They put a great and daring spin on this.
All We Need is an Island which is done with Nancy Wilson. Takes you to that island.
Going Down is a great cover done in one take in the studio and captures all the magic with Neal Schon.
The one track that throws me off is Personal Jesus, but is still a good listen. Just does not seem like it belongs. Would have rather heard this replaced by another song with the boys of Montrose. Besides that, this is a solid effort and well worth the wait.. So far I just have the digital download. Can't wait to get the package in the mail with the shirt, cd and DVD.Read more ›
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I liked half of the songs on this CD. The last song is a total jam featuring Neal Schon. Did not like the version of Margaritaville.Published 2 months ago by KF
Just great...packaged great...shipped quick...just as described...great transaction ThanksPublished 7 months ago by Merle brewster
US vocalist and guitarist Sammy HAGAR is a household name in the world of music, primarily for his tenure in Van Halen some decades ago, while an older audience most likely will... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Olav M. Björnsen