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Gamma 2

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Reseña de álbum

The second LP from Gamma, an unlikely hard rock group on Elektra Records, features future Robin Trower vocalist Davey Pattison doing his best to sound like Bad Company during Paul Rodgers' "Rock & Roll Fantasy" period. With Jim Alcivar on synthesizer and Denny Carmassi on drums, you have a goodly portion of the band Montrose, since the guitarist/producer is the guiding hand behind this project. "Skin and Bone" might as well be Bad Company, while the cover of Thunderclap Newman's "Something in the Air" misses the mark slightly. The revolutionary theme of that great tune from the film The Strawberry Statement gets lost in the translation and doesn't have Pete Townshend's clever production. Though the attempt is interesting enough, memories of the original are so strong that this version is a bit of a letdown, the risk of treading on hallowed ground snagging the group here. Ronnie Montrose, Alcivar, and Pattison combine to write the leadoff track, "Mean Streak," which distorts the "Jumpin' Jack Flash riff just enough to create something new with a metal edge. "Four Horsemen" is Black Sabbath with '80s polish, while "Dirty City" goes back to the Ken Scott sound of the first Gamma LP, copying Foreigner's "Hot Blooded" from two years earlier. Ten Wheel Drive vocalist Genya Ravan is listed on "Dirty City," but Pattison's voice is what producers Gary Lyons and Ronnie Montrose bring up in the mix. "Voyager" is a dreamy metal blues number, and it gives Ronnie Montrose a chance to shine. It and "Cat on a Leash" are two of the more original titles from a group that was highly derivative. "Mayday" ends the album with a hard rock mutation of the Knack's "My Sharona." For a group that sounds so much like two acts on Elektra's sister label, Atlantic, Gamma may have fared better elsewhere. Still, Ronnie Montrose's guitar work makes it worth a few spins, and there's no denying the craftsmanship on sounds you've heard many times before.

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Great CD

Just what is the deal with "all music" reviewer and what does he have against Gama's lead singer? Did he snub you at some show ? Steal your girl friend? His dog go on your yard? This band rocks with a nice tight edge. True this CD is a little short on the play time but Four Horsemen is a very strong tune as is Mean Streak,,,,,which is what the guy who wrote the review for itunes seems to have ,,,,

Played bigger

In high school I enjoyed this album for its larger than life production. As old as this album is, I still feel the same as I did over 20 years ago. Big sound!

This is an AWESOME album.

I have no idea what the iTunes reviewer had in mind with his review. Ignore it. He/She has no idea what they're talking about. It seems like all the reviewer wanted to do was list their favorite bands. Those who can't become critics. Ever there ever was a personification of underrated, it would be Ronnie Montrose. The man is a brilliant guitar player and musican. This album proves that on every track. Ronnie really pushed boundries with the band Gamma. Mixing guitar ranging from straight ahead rock to fusion with a heavy does of synth he created some of the best music from that period. Buy anything with Gamma on it and you'll dig it. Oh, and don't pay attention to reviewers. Ask the fans.


Fecha de formación: 1979

Género: Rock

Años de actividad: '70s

Although more exploratory and ambitious than his eponymous first band, incendiary guitar genius Ronnie Montrose's second group, Gamma, forever dwelt in the shadow of the landmark Montrose debut. In the early '70s, Ronnie Montrose left Colorado for California, and became known for his session work with Van Morrison and Boz Scaggs. He then rose to fame as Edgar Winter's axeman on the legendary They Only Come Out at Night. Wanting to call his own shots, Ronnie Montrose turned down an invitation from...
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  • Géneros: Rock, Música, Arena rock, Metal
  • Publicado: 1980

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