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The Speed of Sound

Ronnie Montrose

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Album Review

Riding the wave of his previous solo albums during the late '80s, Ronnie Montrose reached his peak with The Speed of Sound. Not relying so much on drum machines and an overly polished wall of chorused sound, Montrose feels much more relaxed here than on previous outings during the comeback years, loosening up largely due to a rhythm section that is tight but not digitally rigid, particularly the drumming of former Mitch Ryder sideman Johnny Badanjek. The songwriting and arrangements are much more focused and breathe easier than on previous records, and Montrose's soloing and melodic phrasing are in top form. If there were a place for casual listeners to begin exploring Montrose's solo endeavors under his own name, The Speed of Sound would be an ideal place to start.

Biography

Born: 29 November 1947 in Denver, CO

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Guitarist Ronnie Montrose began his career as a backing musician, playing with Van Morrison, Boz Scaggs, and Edgar Winter. He finally formed his own band in 1973. Named after the guitarist, Montrose also featured vocalist Sammy Hagar, bassist Bill Church, and drummer Denny Carmassi; they released their debut album in 1974, and Church was replaced by Alan Fitzgerald shortly after its release. Released the following year, Paper Money confirmed the band's status as one of the more popular hard rock...
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