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  • Ronnie Montrose has always been one of my favorite guitarists, and his highly-overlooked band Gamma is one of the reasons why.
    Combining the synth-effects play of Rush with the garage-guitar drive of Bad Company or Foreigner. Gamma released 3 albums, each with its own distinct flavor. The first was straight-on rock with a little bit of everything, the third and weakest being heavier on the AOR pop side of Journey.

    The second album is the rockin’ one. A lot of it has to do with the sound of the drums. They are raw and brutal here, and it helps give an edge to crushers like “Mean Streak” and “Cat On A Leash”. There is also an interesting rendition of the protest song “Something In The Air” and the first blues song about astronauts, “Voyager”.

    Good solid hard rock album!

    Posted on February 25, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • This is a really guitar oriented cd from gamma. Meanstreak, Cat on a leash, Four horesma, Mayday, and skin and bone really rock. There isn’t one bad song on the cd. A rare treat.

    Posted on February 25, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I’ve always loved this recording,I know I’m not the first to say it, but there really isn’t a bad tune on it. Although I’m not generally fond of covers, ‘Something in the air’s’ a great tune all on its own, of course, Montrose adds his “signature” to it. All in all, I think it’s a pretty decent cover of a tune I already liked. Usually that’s hard for me to do, like a cover of something I already liked lol, usually it’s one or the other. The first tune I heard from this album, and still my favorite, was Voyager, for that smoking guitar solo, at 43, I still find myself fighting the urge to pick up the air guitar hahahaha.
    Takes me right on back to high school graduation year, man if I only knew just how easy those days were.

    Posted on February 25, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • This is an excellent cd from montrose. It is the heaviest and best of the first 3 Gamma cd’s hard rockers like meanstreak, mayday, cat on a leash, and four horseman make this an excellent buy.

    Posted on February 25, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I heard one song off of this in the 80’s on the radio which was voyager. I decided to buy it and found the rest of the album was good, too. Best songs on it are Voyager, Skin and bone, Mayday, and Meanstreak although all are good. Mayday and voyager should have been on the best of Gamma cd but aren’t on it. This cd kind of goes back to the first Montorse cd, crunchy riffs, guitar heroics but is a little different. Davy Pattison is somewhat similar to paul rodgers in voice quality but I don’t think like I have read another review of this cd that he sounds or it that much like 70’s Bad Company. I think it has it’s own style to it, however. If you like the first Montorse cd you will like this cd.

    Posted on February 25, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now