The '70s gave us a slew of classic hard rock albums -- the likes of which may never be equaled -- and though it hasn't had the lasting influence of, say, Boston's or Ted Nugent's first albums, Montrose's eponymous debut proved equally influential and important in its day. Released in 1973, the record also introduced a young Sammy Hagar to the world, but the explosive aggression of Ronnie Montrose's biting guitar left no doubt as to why it was his name gracing the cover. A rock-solid rhythm section featuring drummer Denny Carmassi and bassist Bill Church certainly didn't hurt, either, and unstoppable anthems such as "Rock the Nation" and "Good Rockin' Tonight" would lay the ground rules for an entire generation of late-'70s California bands, most notably Van Halen. Admittedly, tracks like "Make It Last" and "I Don't Want It" sound rather dated by today's sonic standards (no thanks to their ultra-silly lyrics), but no amount of time can dim the sheer euphoria of "Bad Motor Scooter," the adolescent nastiness of "Rock Candy," and the simply gargantuan main riff of the phenomenal "Space Station #5." A welcome addition to any respectable '70s hard rock collection.
- Release Date:
- Warner Bros / Wea
Performance CreditsMontrose Primary Artist
Sammy Hagar Vocals,Group Member
Ronnie Montrose Guitar,Group Member
Denny Carmassi Drums,Group Member
Bill Church Bass
Technical CreditsSammy Hagar Composer
Ronnie Montrose Composer
Stephen Jarvis Engineer
Donn Landee Engineer
Ted Templeman Producer
Dave Bhang Art Direction
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ONE OF THE BEST ROCK ALBUMS EVER. I CAN'T EMPHASIZE ENOUGH, BUY IT!!! YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED.
Was first introduced to it 20 years ago and it's STILL rocking.Much better than the ---- on offer today.LONG LIVE ROCK AND ROLL.
this release just plain out kicks major BUTT!! One of the best R+R LPS ever MADE FOR SURE, crank it!!
I have listen to this albun excuse the word CD about a million times Ronnie montrose is one of the best guitar players ever....Sammy Hagar the lead singer in the early days has a great voice and now is with Van Halen,but just read Ronnie Montrose Bio he goes back to van Morrision,Herbbie Hancock and much more..Montrose Rules! and is one of the most versitile musicans going..Rock ,Jazz instrumental with no voices...He is GREAT!!!