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For years, this cassette lived in my sports car, and made bad trips good, and good trips great. By the time the opening anthem, "What's Gone is Gone" finished, I'd be driving at least 30 mph faster than the limit, and hoarse from singing at the top of my lungs, and in need of new speakers, 'cuz I blew them out.
And the rest of the album is just as good. "Right the First Time" gives me chills just thinking about it. "Stranger" is burned into my brain - at least that guitar/voice part.
The brilliance that briefly showed up in "Space Station #5" ("Montrose") is all here, in spades. You're going to love this album.
I, too, have been waiting for this to come out on CD for decades, and look forward to buying it.
BTW - Ronnie Montrose also put out "Speed of Sound", which is an awesome album.
When the original albums came out, this was the last that I bought but it quickly became my favorite. While the songwriting exemplifies the typical hard pop rock of the time, it stands out primarily due to the awesome synthesizer work of Mitchell Froom. The sounds he produces are fantastic, interchanging from Thomas Dolby-esque pop sensibilities, to Pink Floydish atmospheric passages and Gong-like arpeggiation. He even shares duelling solos with Mr. Montrose on the song "Mobile Devotion" --one of the greatest keyboard/synth duels in the history of rock music. Ronnie's guitar kicks as usual, and the balance of the band is every bit as tight as Journey ever was!
This CD comes highly recommended to fans of early-80's hard rock / pop, as well as fans of great keyboard players.
But Gamma3 was perfect for the times (early 1980's) This band rocked it, and yet had such a great synth sounds from Mitchell Froom he brought a thicker meaner rock synth to the band and gave them a more progressive edge. Mitchell's synth work compliments Ronnie's guitar riffs perfectly, many bands later in the 80's took note of Mitchell and Ronnie's melodic trade-offs and worked them into their music as well.
The first track "Whats Gone is Gone" kicks off the album in a rock anthem eargasm, one of my favorites! "Right the First Time" is the more commercial sounding track and quite good, I remember hearing it on the radio when this album came out. 'Condition Yellow' is where the synths shine as a very Saga-like haunting up beat instrumental piece that reminded me a bit like the song 'Starliner' from the old Paper Money album.
Although I agree this is the more progressive Gamma album (not that there is anything wrong with that) it really is Gamma at its best and on top of their game. This album certainly did not get the full recognition that it deserved at the time.
I am puzzled as to why there are some bad reviews of the album, maybe they are just metalheads afraid of change, or not quite polished in music theory, or just sat to close to the Marshal stack? But I do know that if you were not born early enough to live the glory days of Ronnie Montrose & Gamma from the very begining, then you do not have a very good frame of reference about this band or this album.
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The 3 Gamma albums are all some of the best Montrose work of all time.[and all rock for that matter] All three are must haves if you want to rock.Published on February 1, 2014 by Robbob
This CD sucks!! Go with Gamma 1 and 2. The guitar playing is awesome and so are the tunes, especially "Voyager" on Gamma 2.Published on July 14, 2010 by GP48
Album... haven't heard that name in a long time :)
I bought the album when it came out in '82, having already owned 1 & 2. Loved it then, and lost it. Read more
Guitarist Ronnie Montrose formed Gamma after the 1976 breakup of Montrose, whose original line-up included drummer Denny Carmassi, bassist Bill Church, and, of course, singer Sammy... Read morePublished on September 6, 2008 by R. Baxendale II
"Gamma 3" was a failure for the same reason that Joe Satriani's "Engines Of Creation" was a failure.
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Let's face it, most music to come along in the 80's was garbage, pretty much designed for the mindless L.A. crowd and gay dance clubs. Read morePublished on November 10, 2006 by Frankie
This is the best of the Gamma releases. I don't see where some of the other reviewers see this one as less hard-hitting; I listen to Denny Carmassi on No Way Out and get tired... Read morePublished on November 28, 2005 by Marcus Aurielius