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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.

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Classic rock?...a rock classic!

This brings me way back! I can remember being tucked up in bed under the covers, with my transistor radio and one earpiece listening to Radio Luxembourg and to Kid Jensen, playing progressive rock! And this was one of those albums I always dreamed of hearing! And Kid did not disappoint!!! He introduce the world to this album, and introduced me to the world of music for which I am eternally grateful. I remember as a teenager buying the vinyl of this and playing it to death at home. This was, and still is, top drawer rock. It launched Sammy Hagar with his soaring vocals, and Ronnie Montrose power axe is awesome. Buy this, do yourselves a favour and turn it up in a darkened room! This paved the way for many many acts we know and love today.Oh, and if you want to pick just one track, and you can turn up the volume - go for Rock Candy! Brilliant!!

Biography

Formed: 1973 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s

One of the first American-bred hard rock groups to challenge British supremacy in the early '70s, Montrose are 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 Landee, vocalist Sammy Hagar) would later become instrumental players in the formative and latter-day career of the mighty Van Halen. And to his credit, though...
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  • €7.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal, Arena Rock, Hard Rock
  • Released: 1973

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