Finally, after years of waiting, Gamma 3 (as well as the rest of the Gamma catalog) has been released on CD. It’s about time!! This greatly underrated band, fronted by guitarist Ronnie Montrose was around during the heyday of Journey…probably one of the reasons for their relative obscurity.When the original albums came out, this was the last that I bought but it quickly became my favorite. While the songwriting exemplifies the typical hard pop rock of the time, it stands out primarily due to the awesome synthesizer work of Mitchell Froom. The sounds he produces are fantastic, interchanging from Thomas Dolby-esque pop sensibilities, to Pink Floydish atmospheric passages and Gong-like arpeggiation. He even shares duelling solos with Mr. Montrose on the song “Mobile Devotion” –one of the greatest keyboard/synth duels in the history of rock music. Ronnie’s guitar kicks as usual, and the balance of the band is every bit as tight as Journey ever was!This CD comes highly recommended to fans of early-80’s hard rock / pop, as well as fans of great keyboard players.