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The Very Best of Montrose

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  • Ronnie Montrose is one of the first hard rock guitar heroes. Before he formed his own band he played guitar on sessions by people such as Van Morrison, Edgar Winter and Herbie Hancock. He can play in variety of styles. Although his hard rocking style is featured prominently here. His band Montrose was an influence on such bands as Van Halen. Interestingly enough Sammy Hagar(ex-Van Halen) sang on Ronnie’s first two solo albums. The music is classic mid-seventies hard rock from the United States. Ronnie is a highly underrated guitarist. His solo in “I Got The Fire” and his slide playing in “Clown Woman” are excellent. Other stand out tracks include “Rock Candy”, “Rock The Nation”, “Dancin’ Feet”, “Let’s Go” and the cover of “Twenty Flight Rock”. The sound remastering is good, however I can not give this compilation a five star rating because some of my favorite cuts like “Make It Last”, “Black Train” and covers of “Good Rockin’ Tonight” and “Connection” were left of in favor of lesser material, especally those cuts from the Mean album. There were also no cuts included from his band Gamma. Many of the musicians featured on these tracks later appeared on Sammy Hagar sessions. Fans of guitar heavy rock from the seventies will enjoy this compilation. I only wish someone would compile a disc of his out of print instrumental material now.

    Posted on November 20, 2009