back in the 70’s , i remember the great release from montrose with hagar singing, than i seen this album and wanted to buy it without listening to it, my buddy said , dude it sucks, man, he was right, what a joke hagar was at this time of his career, i dare you to play this music so someone else can hear it, you will definately be laughed at, it’s as funny now as it was back then, a total joke
CD debut of his first solo outing, originally released on Capitol in 1976. This release features nine tracks, including ’Keep On Rockin’’ and ’Urban Guerilla’.
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Fresh out of Montrose and before he realizedthat he couldn’t drive 55, Sammy brings usNine On A Ten Scale, a collection of the basicrock tunes of the time, usually avoided by theBest-Of sets because these songs are just not”Pedestrian” enough for the mainstream!
Originally released in 1976, as this was Hagar’s very first solo record following his departure from Montrose. I’ve seen this CD in numerous music stores but this was the first time I ever got to listen to it. To me, ‘Ten Scale’ seems to be where Hagar had managed to ‘cut his teeth’ (sort to speak). Many of his future titles are better, but nonetheless this hard rocking debut from good ‘ol Sammy is decent. Tunes I dug the most were “Keep On Rockin’”, the knee-slapping “China”, “Silver Lights” and the possible anthem (?) “All American”. I’m happy to say that I’ve recently seen the Red Rocker out on tour and now over thirty years later, he hasn’t lost his touch. I really believe being in Van Halen has made him a better songwriter as well as performer. His more current CD’s ‘Not 4 Sale’ and ‘Living It Up’ are really quite good, considering.
I’ll keep it short. Although obscured by the name of Montrose Sammy Hagar was always the driving force. Thus the departure. Sammy was,is and always will be the 4/4 rocker. you can count on guitars, drums, and awesome vocals. Young Girl Blues is the epitomy of this. If your a Sammy fan you’ll love it.
Sammy Hagar burst onto the music scene as front man and vocalist on the most incredible rock album produced in the 1970’s. Though the San Francisco based band, Montrose, would go on to do little else, the debut album in 1973 introduced the world to the vocal talents of Sammy Hagar. After a second album with Montrose, Sammy stepped out on his own and the results was Nine on a Ten Scale though to all who have had the pleasure of hearing it, I don’t believe anyone would rate it less than a 10! The songs are pure Sammy Hagar… His pre-Van Hagar years would feature many songs which his fans felt prostituted his talents. But on this album tracks like Silver Lights, one which explores Sammy’s obsession with science fiction and fantasy, and the Van Morrison cover Flamingo’s Fly showcase the many faces of his solo career. The 1976 Bammy Winner as best artist says it all. For anyone wishing to truly capture the essence of Sammy Hagar this album is a must to say the least. Every song is unique and yet each is right on target. A cross between heavy metal and power pop, the mixture is incredible. And like a young Elvis, this early release showcases a raw power within the voice of a future legend.