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4.0 out of 5 stars DONT EXPECT THE DEBUT!
I have always liked this record as much the debut album but for completely different reasons. The debut knocks your sox off with its sheer power. This is a glossy melodic and varied record with lovely touches. You won't want to head bang to this in anyway shape or form even with the more rocky songs like Let's Go and Jump on It. The reason for having it in your...
Published on 16 Jun. 2012 by BIARRITZ

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3.0 out of 5 stars Their weakest offering
This is the weakest album the group released and it suffered poor sales resulting in Ronnie Montrose pulling the plug on the band. Down now to a 4-piece (no bass guitar credits) the songs are even less inspired than on the "Warner Brothers Presents" album. The sound is actually an improvement on that album with vocalist Bob James accorded greater presence in the mix...
Published on 23 July 2009 by Fergal Woods


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4.0 out of 5 stars DONT EXPECT THE DEBUT!, 16 Jun. 2012
This review is from: Jump On It (Audio CD)
I have always liked this record as much the debut album but for completely different reasons. The debut knocks your sox off with its sheer power. This is a glossy melodic and varied record with lovely touches. You won't want to head bang to this in anyway shape or form even with the more rocky songs like Let's Go and Jump on It. The reason for having it in your collection is because it shows the progression of Ronnie Montrose and his ability to create acoustic instrumentals *Tuft-Sedge" and soft rock songs like Music Man, Crazy For you and Merry-Go-Round, as well as harder edged songs. Music Man and Merry-Go-Round are worth the ticket price on their own, with nice song structures, good guitar work and nice orchestral arrangements. Yep, if you like AC/DC don't buy this. But Music Man has the power to make your hair stand on end, especially the guitar solo. That's what made Ronnie Montrose such a great guitarist. Give it a listen particularly if you like your rock a little more, let's say, lush.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Their weakest offering, 23 July 2009
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Fergal Woods "Axe Victim" (Leitrim, Ireland) - See all my reviews
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This is the weakest album the group released and it suffered poor sales resulting in Ronnie Montrose pulling the plug on the band. Down now to a 4-piece (no bass guitar credits) the songs are even less inspired than on the "Warner Brothers Presents" album. The sound is actually an improvement on that album with vocalist Bob James accorded greater presence in the mix.

There are a couple of group compositions - the title track and "Let's Go" which fairly rattle along and the latter features powerful slide playing. "Jump on it" features possibly the worst sounding guitar solo I've ever heard! (I recall a reviewer at the time describing it at the time as "Monty throttling a goldfish" - I can't improve on that).

This energy is sadly lacking in the rest of the material apart from "Merry go Round" with it's contrasting passages. "Crazy for You" and "Music Man" (nice solo, if derivative) are very MOR and the instrumental "Tuft Sedge" which goes nowhere is a hint at the soundscape Ronnie would explore more fully in his later solo ventures. Not the worst 70's rock album made but you really should just stick to their first two (indispensable) releases.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good but not brilliant, 8 Mar. 2008
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I bought this on vinyl years ago and then struggled for ages to find a cd version. It's not nearly as good as their debut album but then that was a pretty hard act to follow. Having said that, it is worth having in the collection if you like Ronnie Montrose and there are a couple of pretty good tracks in Let's Go and the fabulous Music Man - but I would have liked a bit more guitar / solos and I'm not sure we see the absolute best of Ronnie's work on this album. But it's still pretty good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stands in the shadow of their fist album, 12 Feb. 2009
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One of the challenges any band is going to get when they produce a great album is that everything else they do or have done will get compared to it; never mind that Montroses 'great' album was their first and it is a seminal classic.

Putting comparisons to one side lets try and judge this by it merits (cover?). It is a good hard rocking album with some mellow melodic tracks also. A strong vocalist and a few production 'fiddles' with tracking tapes to provide a bit of atmosphere. Keyboards throughout. Montrose were a bit before my time so I do not know what effect this album had but they obviously went for an american AOR market trying to get a bit more radio play and chart success. Almost certainly a conscientious decision by Ronnie so probably not worth comparing to 'Montrose'.

If you like Montrose first album then check this out but do not be surprised for a very different feel.
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