Friday, February 10, 2006

Essential Rock n Roll

Today in Music History:

In 1977, The Clash start recording sessions for their debut album at CBS studio's in London.
When people think about lists for best albums or must have albums one band seems to get lost in the shuffle. In fact if you are a true connisseur of rock n roll, then you must own the debut album from Montrose. No collection would be complete without it. A guitar, a bass, some drums and a singer whose vocal could peel paint. A simple formula for hard rock that served as a template for hard rock bands that followed. One of the first American-bred hard rock groups to challenge British supremacy in the early '70s.

Guitarist Ronnie Montrose worked with Van Morrison and Edgar Winter in the early seventies before he decided to form his own band in 1973 with a couple session pros and an upstart, talented kid from California on vocals. Some guy named Sammy Hagar. Ronnie was a magician with that Les Paul of his and one listen to their debut album and you see what I mean by must have music. I'm talking about up tempo, foot tapping, beer drinking rock and roll songs that simply scream at you to be played at maximum volume.

Sammy Hagar did not do any guitar work on this album, all of which was left to Ronnie Montrose and was one of the reasons which led to unrest between the two of them and the bands eventual splitting up in 1975 with Hagar leaving to pursue a solo career.
Things between Hagar and Montrose had become so strained just prior to the split, that for the last dates of their final tour they refused to stand anywhere near each other on the stage. What a shame. Montrose underwent several personnel changes through the rest of its span in the seventies. After the band split up for good in 76, Montrose took time off to hunt and formed the band Gamma in the early eighties.

I believe Sammy and Ronnie have patched things up now, as a matter of fact, Ronnie has agreed to participate on Sammy's, “First Annual Cabo Wabo Cruise” and will be jamming on the cruise with the Waboritas as well as joining Sammy onstage at the Cabo Cantina. If I only had a couple thousand laying around, I'd be booking a seat on that cruise. As it is, it's almost sold out.

Definitely a rock masterpiece. No important message, no subtlety, just straight-ahead, balls-to-the-wall rock. Just the way it should be.
Rock Candy by Montrose
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and of course you knew I would have to include this cover of a classic song/blog.

Good Rockin' Tonight by Montrose
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