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Very Best of Montrose
     

The Very Best of Montrose

by Montrose
 
Except for a few ill-advised power ballads, Montrose was a hard-driving, head-butting, riff-rattling, non-stop rock machine whose best qualities -- creative guitar playing, hooky melodies, and smart production -- were arguably the blueprint for Van Halen and any number of other similar crunch proto-metalers. As the

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Except for a few ill-advised power ballads, Montrose was a hard-driving, head-butting, riff-rattling, non-stop rock machine whose best qualities -- creative guitar playing, hooky melodies, and smart production -- were arguably the blueprint for Van Halen and any number of other similar crunch proto-metalers. As the only compilation of this under-recognized band, The Very Best Of captures 15 highlights from four Warner Bros. albums spanning 1973-1976, and tacks on three difficult to find cuts from 1987's reunion disc on Enigma. While Montrose was a fine fret shredder, there's little that's distinctive about his style. But the songs he applied his fiery six-string frenzy to remain timeless rock should-have-been classics, most of which have been unjustly neglected, and this comprehensive single disc compiles the best of them. With track by track annotation from the guitarist/songwriter/producer (and on one track, singer), remastered sound, well-documented liner notes, as well as full credits, there's little that Rhino could have improved on here. The absence of any Ronnie Montrose solo material, or his work with the band Gamma is understandable, since his style for those projects differed substantially from the hard-grinding groove he pounded out with his self-named band. Although the first eight tunes that cover the Sammy Hagar years (Montrose and Paper Money) are the best known, there's plenty of solid rocking on the other ten tracks. Singer Bob James (not the jazz-fusion pianist) wasn't nearly as magnetic as his better-known predecessor, but his Lou Gramm-styled range suited the material just fine, and the band, whose members changed on almost every album, were always solid, if unremarkable professionals. Tough pile drivers like "Rock Candy," "I Got the Fire," "Let's Go," and "Dancin' Feet," with their chunky, thunderous riffs and lighter-raising yet forgettable lyrics, can get any biker party started, and hearing them all together for the first time makes you wonder why Montrose isn't more highly regarded as an early influence on countless hot guitar rockers. No matter, because this is 76 minutes of undiluted, rugged guitar rock at its finest. Leave your brain cells at home and just enjoy.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/17/2000
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227998226
catalogNumber:
79982
Rank:
34798

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Performance Credits

Montrose   Primary Artist
Sammy Hagar   Vocals
Ronnie Montrose   Guitar,Vocals
Jim Alcivar   Keyboards
Denny Carmassi   Drums,Vocals
Bill Church   Bass
Nick DeCaro   Mellotron
Alan Fitzgerald   Synthesizer,Bass
Randy Jo Hobbs   Bass
James Kottak   Drums
Glenn Letsch   Bass
Bob James   Group Member
Bob James & Creations   Vocals

Technical Credits

John Austin   Compilation Assistant
Montrose   Producer
Ronnie Montrose   Producer,Liner Notes
Bob Alcivar   String Arrangements
Hugh Brown   Art Direction
Jack Douglas   Producer
Charles Faris   Engineer
Stephen Jarvis   Engineer
Dave Kapp   Compilation Assistant
Donn Landee   Engineer
Jay Messina   Engineer
Gary Peterson   Discographical Annotation
Ted Templeman   Producer
Roger Wiersema   Engineer
Shawn Amos   Editorial Coordinator
Daniel Goldmark   Editorial Research
John Francombe   Engineer
Martin Popoff   Liner Notes
Harry Rossit   Illustrations,Cover Illustration
Michele Montrose   Artwork

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