MONTROSE Montrose (1973) (WARNER BROS. RECORDS) (8 TRACKS) 320 Kbps MP3 ALBUM | Music | Rock

MONTROSE Montrose (1973) (WARNER BROS. RECORDS) (8 TRACKS) 320 Kbps MP3 ALBUM

MONTROSE Montrose (1973) (WARNER BROS. RECORDS) (8 TRACKS) 320 Kbps MP3 ALBUM mp3-album-00667
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Montrose is the debut album by the American hard rock band Montrose released in 1973 on the Warner Bros. label. It was produced by Ted Templeman. The album marks the recording debut of vocalist Sammy Hagar, who would later achieve international success as a solo artist and member of Van Halen.

History

After having done session work for various musicians including Van Morrison, Herbie Hancock and Edgar Winter, Montrose was Ronnie Montrose's first record leading his own band which featured Denny Carmassi on drums, Bill Church on bass, and a then-unknown Sammy Hagar (at that time 'Sam Hagar') on vocals.

While considered a classic by many hard rock fans, the album's reputation has grown over time. In 1989, Hit Parader named it within the Top 100 Heavy Metal albums of all time. Tracks from the album received scant radio airplay, with "Rock Candy" and "Bad Motor Scooter" being notable exceptions. It has been reported that the band's label, Warner Bros., did not know how to market Montrose, and, already having the Doobie Brothers and Deep Purple to cover the rock and hard rock genres, saw the band as something of a redundancy on their roster of artists. Though the album was not a big seller upon its initial release, peaking at No. 133 on the US Billboard 200, it eventually proved to be an international sleeper hit which over a period of several decades has sold in excess of one million copies, attaining platinum status. Some critics have arguably labeled it the "first American heavy metal album". Often cited as 'America's answer to Led Zeppelin', it is held to be influential among hard rock/heavy metal musicians.

Ronnie Montrose chiefly used a Gibson Les Paul, a Fender Bandmaster amp, and a Big Muff fuzzbox by Electro-Harmonix to record the Montrose album.

The album was voted as the 4th best Metal Album of All Time by Kerrang! magazine in 1989.

Reception

Iron Maiden recorded "Space Station #5" as a Be Quick or Be Dead single b-side.
"Make It Last" was covered by Van Halen in their early club days (available on Van Halen bootlegs).
Mötley Crüe used the "Bad Motor Scooter" intro riff for their own intro to Kickstart My Heart
Punk band Stiff Little Fingers used the riff from the "Space Station #5" for the introduction on their single "Suspect Device" (1978).

Track Listing:

1. Rock The Nation (Ronnie Montrose) - 3:03
2. Bad Motor Scooter (Sammy Hagar) - 3:44
3. Space Station #5 (Hagar, Montrose) - 5:18
4. I Don't Want It (Hagar, Montrose) - 2:59
5. Good Rockin' Tonight (Roy Brown) - 2:59
6. Rock Candy (Denny Carmassi, Bill Church, Hagar, Montrose) - 5:05
7. One Thing On My Mind (Hagar, Montrose, J. Sanchez) - 3:41
8. Make It Last (Hagar) - 5:31

Montrose:

Sammy Hagar – lead vocals
Ronnie Montrose – guitar
Bill Church – bass guitar
Denny Carmassi – drums

Montrose is the debut album by the American hard rock band Montrose released in 1973 on the Warner Bros. label. It was produced by Ted Templeman. The album marks the recording debut of vocalist Sammy Hagar, who would later achieve international succe
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