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R E V I E W S

Ronnie
Montrose and
Ricky Phillips.

M

ontrose was one of the
first American rock bands
to kick Brit-rock ass in the
early '70s. Made up of Sammy
Hagar on vocals, drummer
Denny Carmassi, bassist Bill
Church, and guitarist Ronnie
Montrose, it formed in 1973, after Ronnie played guitar on Van
Morrison's Tupelo Honey, and
Ted Templeman produced their
self-titled debut album. Though
not a huge hit, the album eventually achieved platinum status
and went on to become one of
the most influential hard-rock
guitar records of all time; "Rock
The Nation," "Space Station
#5," "Bad Motor Scooter," and

"Rock Candy" are now sacred
code for guitarists worth their
salt.
Ronnie Montrose took his
own life in 2012, and at the
time was working with bassist
Ricky Phillips and drummer Eric
Singer on an album of 10 songs
with 10 different singers.
Wanting to bring the project
to completion, Phillips enlisted
a legion of Ronnie's musician
friends and got it done. The
result is a splendid hard-rock
album with burning fretboard
magic and stellar vocal performances. It's also a wonderful
document illustrating spirited
guitar artistry by Montrose.

VINTAGE GUITAR

94

February 2018

Montrose
10x10

vocals on this swampy tune.
Sammy Hagar brings it on
"Color Blind" as Steve Lukather
unleashes his inner Montrose.
10x10 is a real treat and
a fine tribute to an icon.
At the same time, deluxe
editions of Montrose and
Paper Money are coming
with remastered sound plus
unreleased demos and live
shots. - Oscar Jordan

Ronnie Montrose: Bill Towner/Red Nova Digital.

LIVE FOREVER,
NEVER GET OLD

The opener, "Heavy Traffic,"
with vocalist Eric Martin and
guitarist Dave Meniketti, sets
the tone for prime, masculine
rock as dirty guitar tones,
hooky choruses, and impassioned vocals fulfill Montrose's
crunch-rockin' vision. Ronnie
plays like a god throughout.
Edgar Winter and Rick
Derringer are highlighted on
"Love Is An Art," Glenn Hughes
and Phil Collen go into beast
mode on "Still Singin' With
The Band," and Mark Farner's
work on "Any Minute" are
a super-enjoyable listen.
Other blistering highlights
include Joe Bonamassa doing
full shred on the epic "The
Kingdom's Come Undone" and
the great Marc Bonilla going
ballistic on "Head On Straight."
Davey Pattison gives a chilling
vocal performance, while on
"Strong Enough" Tommy Shaw
delivers stupendous guitar and


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