The Very Best of Montrose

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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/17/2000
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227998226
  • Catalog Number: 79982
  • Sales rank: 28,833

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rock the Nation (3:03)
  2. 2 Bad Motor Scooter (3:43)
  3. 3 Space Station No. 5 (5:16)
  4. 4 Rock Candy (5:05)
  5. 5 I Got the Fire (3:09)
  6. 6 Spaceage Sacrifice (4:57)
  7. 7 We're Going Home (4:51)
  8. 8 Paper Money (5:00)
  9. 9 All I Need (4:21)
  10. 10 Twenty Flight Rock (2:44)
  11. 11 Clown Woman (4:23)
  12. 12 Dancing Feet (4:06)
  13. 13 Let's Go (4:15)
  14. 14 Jump on It (3:32)
  15. 15 Music Man (4:19)
  16. 16 M for Machine (4:00)
  17. 17 Stand (4:48)
  18. 18 Ready, Willing, and Able (4:18)
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Album Credits

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
Bill Inglot Remastering
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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