11 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Despite his hard-partying image, Sammy Hagar is a smart and savvy businessman who, like Jimmy Buffett, has turned partying into a full-time business empire. He’s also made enough friends in the music business to include an eclectic mix of rockers from different scenes. Getting Kid Rock and Toby Keith was likely somewhat easy, while Chad Smith and Michael Anthony were probably already sleeping in the studio. But also corralling Journey’s Neal Schon, The Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart, Heart’s Nancy Wilson, and Joe Satriani into a studio is quite the feat. Taj Mahal’s nasty blues “Winding Down” might be expected, but to hear Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus” transformed into an electric blues-rock tune took some re-imagining on Hagar’s part. “Knockdown Dragout,” with Kid and Satriani, is a classic hard rock shakedown in little more than two minutes, while Buffett’s “Margaritaville” gets an unexpectedly slower groove for Hagar and Toby Keith to play around with. Overall, these are professional partiers making a record that wouldn’t have sounded out of place back in the '70s, before Hagar became a national landmark.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Despite his hard-partying image, Sammy Hagar is a smart and savvy businessman who, like Jimmy Buffett, has turned partying into a full-time business empire. He’s also made enough friends in the music business to include an eclectic mix of rockers from different scenes. Getting Kid Rock and Toby Keith was likely somewhat easy, while Chad Smith and Michael Anthony were probably already sleeping in the studio. But also corralling Journey’s Neal Schon, The Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart, Heart’s Nancy Wilson, and Joe Satriani into a studio is quite the feat. Taj Mahal’s nasty blues “Winding Down” might be expected, but to hear Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus” transformed into an electric blues-rock tune took some re-imagining on Hagar’s part. “Knockdown Dragout,” with Kid and Satriani, is a classic hard rock shakedown in little more than two minutes, while Buffett’s “Margaritaville” gets an unexpectedly slower groove for Hagar and Toby Keith to play around with. Overall, these are professional partiers making a record that wouldn’t have sounded out of place back in the '70s, before Hagar became a national landmark.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
101 Ratings
101 Ratings
I b red ,

Sammy rocks

What? Eddie and Ronnie made Sammy! It's the other way around. Sammy was a multi platinum solo artist and Eddie sought him out. Sammy is what rock and roll is all about. Eddie is super talented but is also a washed up drunk. Sammy has more talent in his pinkie finger than Eddie will ever have. Sammy is still putting out great music for his fans because he loves what he does. He is an entrepreneur and a loving giving person. All of his procedes from-his music endeavors these days goes to his band and charity. Keep it up Sammy. There's only one way to rock!

barlowe5150 ,

knockdown

Great,but this is a revamped old song! This song came out in 2011 with Satch playing guitar on a NFL ep that is a much better version(without Kid Rock). You can still get it on I tunes.

eyeonthedesign ,

Sammy covering a Depeche Mode Tune

MMMM not working for me.

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