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The Essential Red Collection

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  • Sammy Hagar got his big break in the early seventies as lead singer for “Montrose”, a hard hitting no holds barred rock band founded by guitar wiz Ronnie Montrose. After several albums (the self titled “Montrose” & “Paper Money”) Hagar left Montrose to pursue a solo career. He was extremely successful releasing numerous hits “Turn Up The Music”, “Cruisin’ And Boozin’”, “Trans Am (Highway Wonderland)”, “You Make Me Crazy”, and “Red” to name a few. This latest collection focuses mostly on Hagar’s eighties material with “Red”, “I’ve Done Everything For You”, “Thinking Of You” (previously unreleased), “Call My Name” (previously unreleased) and “Bad Motor Scooter” (from Montrose) representing his seventies output. Hagar continued his success in the eighties with such hits as “There’s Only One Way To Rock”, “I’d Fall In Love Again”, “Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy”, and “I Can’t Drive 55″ as well as “Heavy Metal” (from the film of the same name) and “Fast Times At Ridgemont High” (from the film of the same name) to name a few. There are four songs on this collection from Hagar’s nineties output with “High Hopes”, “Little White Lie”, “Marching To Mars” and “Mas Tequila”. Granted there are some deletions from this collection (“Three Lock Box” and “I Don’t Need Love” for starters) but this collections surpasses his 1994 “Unboxed” hits cd. The remastering is excellent with crisp highs, increased bass and midrange. Hagar is still going strong, back as vocalist of Van Halen (even though that band went thru a period of vocalist changes). He hasn’t aged much in some thirty years or so and is still considered one of the world’s “oldest teenagers”. Highly Recommended!

    Posted on March 11, 2010