вторник, 30 октября 2007 г.

MONTROSE – MONTROSE – 1973 (US) hard rock

The '70s gave us a slew of classic hard rock albums -- the likes of which may never be equaled -- and though it hasn't had the lasting influence of, say, Boston's or Ted Nugent's first albums, Montrose's eponymous debut proved equally influential and important in its day. Released in 1973, the record also introduced a young Sammy Hagar to the world, but the explosive aggression of Ronnie Montrose's biting guitar left no doubt as to why it was his name gracing the cover. A rock-solid rhythm section featuring drummer Denny Carmassi and bassist Bill Church certainly didn't hurt, either, and unstoppable anthems such as "Rock the Nation" and "Good Rockin' Tonight" would lay the ground rules for an entire generation of late-'70s California bands, most notably Van Halen. Admittedly, tracks like "Make It Last" and "I Don't Want It" sound rather dated by today's sonic standards (no thanks to their ultra-silly lyrics), but no amount of time can dim the sheer euphoria of "Bad Motor Scooter," the adolescent nastiness of "Rock Candy," and the simply gargantuan main riff of the phenomenal "Space Station #5." A welcome addition to any respectable '70s hard rock collection.

Ronnie Montrose (guitar, vocals)
Bill Church (bass)
Denny Carmassi (drums)
Sammy Hagar (vocals)
1 Rock the Nation 2:57
2 Bad Motor Scooter 3:43
3 Space Station #5 5:17
4 I Don't Want It 3:02
5 Good Rockin' Tonight 2:57
6 Rock Candy 5:17
7 One Thing On My Mind 3:40
8 Make It Last 5:29

This album seems to be lost in history's shuffle, especially when other American hard rock bands like Grand Funk Railroad and Aerosmith were gaining more exposure. But, this should not be denied. 'Montrose' is a great hard rock album by a band that was just as pioneering, if not more, than their contemporaries. Ronnie Montrose is a talented and even virtuoso guitarist that had a vision. And it was to make hard rock. This album also shows that Sammy Hagar could've been cooler if he didn't celebrate his little playful excesses to a point of stupidity that even the biggest morons start to not wanna dig. You know, when he was in his future band. This is simply just a good driving, diamond hard release that was really quite influential, but seemingly unoticed in it's time, and even now. It contains awesome tracks like 'Rock The Nation', 'Bad Motor Scooter', 'Space Station #5' which is definitely the best track, 'Good Rockin' Tonight' and the classic 'Rock Candy'. Bill Church and Denny Carmassi proove themselves to be a really solid and underrated rythym section as well.

Highly recommended!
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