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  • It’s truely amazing that it has taken this long for Gamma to be issued on CD. Thank God, someone bought the rights from Elektra or whomever held the publishing rights to this great material, as well as the other 2 original Gamma releases. This was released on album in 1979 with the other 2 releases coming in 1980 and 1982. Despite changes in the members, the core of Ronnie Montrose [guitar] and Davey Pattison [vocals] remained the same. My albums were destroyed in a flood, but I believe Mitchell Froom, Denny Carmassi [drums], and one other member comprised the band.Gamma 1 is a title that makes my TOP 100 of all time in ROCK releases. There are no weak tunes on this CD, although the least memorable song is “No Tears”, simply because I can’t remember it. If you like blues, “Wish I Was” will make you as blue as you can get listening to the story of an old guitar that is happy to be strung up again. “Solar Heat” is a great instrumental that segues into another strong rocker, “Ready for Action”. “Razor King” is a good song about guys wielding sharp objects. My favorite songs on this CD are “I’m Alive”, “Thunder & Lightning”, and “Fight to the Finish”. This disc is virtually nonstop action, with great guitar work from one of the masters and a superior set of vocal chords. I don’t want to make you think the drums, bass, and keyboards don’t amount to much, because that would be a lie. This band is a team that plays like they have made it to the Superbowl or World Series, they are tight!I reccomend this disc, as well as the other 2 rereleases to anyone who is a fan of Montrose, Sammy Hagar, Night Ranger, or even some Robin Trower. This isn’t Thrash Metal, but it is sophisticated Hard Rock that you will enjoy as much as if it were something new that just came out. Gamma is timeless! Get this while it is available. I have been listening to the best of Gamma, which contains only 16 songs from this underappreciated band. If it is still available, you may want to start there. BEST OF… was originally released on GNP Crescendo. Then, you will spend more money to buy Gamma 1, 2, & 3 anyway.

    Posted on December 19, 2009