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Thank God His Surname Wasn't Arbroath!!!,
This review is from: The Very Best Of Montrose (Audio CD)One of the first heavy rock bands to come out of America,its influence on the bands which would follow,Kiss,Aerosmith,Van Halen etc there for everyone to hear.
Opening with 4 classic tracks from the self titled debut,Montrose give it big licks from the off,'Rock The Nation' with its thundering riff followed by 'Bad Motor Scooter',one of the greatest ever rock tracks before 'Space Station No 5' with its 'Hawkwind' like intro before 'Rock Candy' literally destroys your speakers,you cant tell me Kiss never took that drum sound as their reference point for the Creatures Of The Night album(I Love It Loud in particular).
The next 4 tracks are from the unfairly slated follow up,Paper Money,it was always going to struggle to live up to the debut,still 'I got The Fire' is class and you can hear where Aerosmith got some inspiration on 'Spaceage Sacrifice'
The rest of the disc covers the less celebrated period the 2 follow up studio albums after Sammy Hagar left,with vocalist Bob James struggling to shake of Hagars ghost,that being said there are some great tracks here such as 'Clown Woman,Lets Go & Music Man' whilst the last three tracks from '87 feature one time Foriegner vocalist Johnny Edwards and include the superb 'M For Machine'
Naturally everyone focuses on the first 2 albums,they are the best,this compilation confirms that but it also proves that the band continued after Hagar and made some fine music,its an excellent remaster,worth your money at this price.