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Artist: Montrose

Title: Montrose

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Montrose Montrose Album Cover


Category: Hard Rock

Year: 1973

Label: Warner Bros.

Catalog Number: 3106-2


Sammy Hagar vocals
Ronnie Montrose guitar
Bill Church bass
Denny Carmassi drums


1.  Rock the Nation  2:57
2.  Bad Motor Scooter  3:43
3.  Space Station No. 5  5:17
4.  I Don'r Want It  3:02
5.  Good Rockin' Tonight  2:57
6.  Rock Candy  5:17
7.  One Thing On My Mind  3:40
8.  Make It Last  5:29
Total Running Time:  32:22

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Existing comments about this CD

From: Foghat Date: August 27, 2002 at 6:15
The best hard rock record ever made! Van Halen was covering songs by this band before they became big. Thunder Rock at it's very best. No ballads!!! This was the album that broke me away from top 40 radio and sent me down the Heavy Metal trail!

From: BPG Date: September 26, 2002 at 16:42
This is what started it all for me-Heavy Metal!!! An absolute must have.

From: Beevuss Date: September 27, 2002 at 7:28
Oh yeah, this one kicks major ass. One of the best recordings of all time. Get off your butt right now and go buy a copy of this one if you don't have it!

From: freddy de keyze Date: September 30, 2002 at 3:13
A milestone in hardrock history. MUST be in everyon's collection. Rock The Nation, Space Station Nr. 5, all classic songs. Not to be missed for any serious hardrocker !

From: jarett r. Date: October 19, 2002 at 18:30
does anyone on here by any chance know who sang lead vocals on "we're going home" on montrose's paper money?

From: monk Date: October 26, 2002 at 8:12

From: redsnow Date: October 30, 2002 at 15:00
As a naive pup in '74 I went to see Status Quo in Glasgow.Quo were abysmal , but the support band (singer in polka dot trousers!)were awesome!They were Montrose promoting their first album,probably the greatest rock album ever!!!

From: Fog-hat Date: November 10, 2002 at 16:44
Jarett R., "We're going home" on the "Montrose-Paper Money" CD is sung by Ronnie Montrose. For you big Ronnie Montrose fans take note that all three of his "Gamma" albums are now on CD at woundedbird.com at a very decent price! Now if they would only put "Mean" on CD!

From: nod Date: January 12, 2003 at 6:30
i was 17 when this first came out and it still rocks today...great disc in anyones language

From: Alcamenes Date: January 22, 2003 at 4:03
I picked this up on cassette on the way to a high school football playoff game my junior year(we won!) I was floored when I heard the first notes of Rock The Nation. I looked at the year it was recorded and couldn't believe something like this came out in '73. It instantly became one of my favorites. I ended up wearing out the tape and replaced it with a CD. Not a bad moment here.

From: James Date: May 31, 2003 at 18:46
way back in the day Van Halen were just a band trying to get a deal, they made the comment that they wish they could get Sammy Hagar to sing for them. They couldn't at the time and settled for Diamond Dave but in the end it was fate that made the Van Halen boys dreams come true and Sammy was asked to join. Why?? because once you hear Sammy sing on this Montrose cd you will know why Van Halen wanted Sammy in the first place. Great album. A must have for all fans of hard rock.

From: Dave C Date: June 8, 2003 at 13:18
THE hard rock LP/cd of all time!It still sounds awesome after 30 years,could you imagine saying that about present hard rock.Strange why we called it Montrose and you lot called it Rock The Nation.Whatever,an absolute classic.

From: Eddie Date: June 25, 2003 at 2:57
Lots of people,(including me)love this album and the first Van Halen. The mix on these albums were in a league of their own. No wonder they sound alike...they were both produced by Ted Templeman and recorded at Sunset Studios in LA. That guy knew what he was doin'.

From: Eddie Date: June 25, 2003 at 3:00
And by the way... I just can't say enough good things about this website, It's just incredible. A BIG THANK-YOU to whoever's responsible.

From: nod Date: October 5, 2003 at 19:28
to eddies last comment.....DITTO

From: Rockpig! Date: December 2, 2003 at 17:50

From: Dex Date: December 25, 2003 at 4:13
Classic album space st no5 still blows the balls off many of todays so called rock bands...so heavy it hurts awesome peice of work

From: rob rock Date: January 6, 2004 at 13:40
Classic!!! Timeless!!! This still sounds good and always will.

From: AOR freaky Date: January 26, 2004 at 7:51
Still stunning, timeless hardrock classic ! Listen also to the mighty Gamma records. Their first is a gem ! A pity Gamma is not on this web yet !

From: Rycheage Date: April 3, 2004 at 1:15
Eight tracks, eight classics. To this day at least five tracks remain rock radio staples and deservedly so. From the outset it was all systems go, the storming opener 'Rock The Nation' barely three minutes, with its single minded riff, which delves into a touch of boogie half way through. 'One Thing On My Mind' and 'Make It Last' add to the cause, the energy levels high enough that you can feel it as the listener. You know you're listening to magic unravelling before your ears.

From: Music Man Date: April 19, 2004 at 10:39
This masterpiece is long overdue for a remastering! Anybody listening?

From: Rocktron Date: April 19, 2004 at 14:04
My personal favourite track is "Rock Candy". Sammy Hagar's vocals is awesome. Same category as as Dave Meniketti's on Y&T's "Hurricane". I first heard this track on BBC radio in 1982 and didn't realise it was released in 1973. I played it again last night and it still sounded fresh. This guy was making great hard rock way back then. I have his first vynyl album by his other band named Gamma and that is also great. I would recommmend the Montrose Greatest Hits CD. Rocktron from England.

From: Big Papa K Date: June 14, 2004 at 2:17
As others have said, this is a classic. Sounds ahead of it's time by 7-8 years. The best work Montrose or Hagar would be involved in. Not a weak track in the bunch and peaks with "Bad Motor Scooter" and "Rock The Nation". 10/10

From: mark uk Date: June 16, 2004 at 19:59
Believe it or not, just got back from Holland (Arrow Rock Festival) where I stood on front row and watched a blinding set of classic cuts from the one and only Montrose (Ronnie is completely bald!!). Rock the nation, Bad Motor Scooter, Good Rockin', Space Station plus the awesome Rock Candy. And best of all Matriarch. The god has returned in fine form, all worship at the altar of Ronnie. Oh, I grew up screwing to this record, chicks love it!! Mark UK.

From: Propane Date: November 30, 2004 at 19:09
Ronnie and Uncle Sam. This was a precurser to heavy metal. The thing that started it all. If you're a young dude checking it out, pick this one up. These were the musician's musicians of the time.

From: Rockpig! Date: April 14, 2005 at 19:12
This release is over 30 years on, and I still play it all the time. UNBELIEVEABLE......

From: AOR freaky Date: April 15, 2005 at 2:37
Timeless class indeed, Rockpig ! I still play it from time to time and it's not dated at all ! SUPERB ! The best news is : a new Montrose CD is coming soon ! YEAH !

From: shark attack Date: September 18, 2007 at 5:20
Awesome hard rock which even Hager the Horrible can`t spoil.Way ahead of its time with great production(1973!!!) great songs(all killer no filler here) and top notch performances by all involved......definitely an influence on a lot of bands which you find on this site and one of the innovators in heavy metal/hard rock history. 97/100

From: Doug Date: February 4, 2009 at 11:31
If you were to list 20-30 top albums of all time, this would be included.

From: rockthunder Date: March 10, 2009 at 16:19
This is an outstanding release from Ronnie Montrose and Sammy Hagar. Every song is outstanding. Easily their best work together.

From: rocksoul Date: February 3, 2011 at 14:41
this one seams made today! great realese!

From: halfordhughes Date: May 12, 2011 at 22:34
classic hard rock album....and if you like a rock candy...check out glenn hughes version rock candy! must listen to this!you would love this!!!

From: Xenonmusic Date: March 5, 2012 at 8:03
R.I.P. Ronnie! You'll be sadly missed :-( Our loss is God's win...

From: Rafo Phoenix Date: March 5, 2012 at 11:53
R.I.P. Ronnie! Simply A Legend! Now He Is In A Better Place.

From: Doug Date: March 5, 2012 at 13:59
God speed to Space Station #5 Ronnie.

From: hair metal again Date: January 3, 2013 at 8:41
this one is a milestone in the history of hard rock music and a real classic!no need to say much this is an all star band s debut with great rockers like "rock the nation","rock candy" and "make it last"!it still sounds fresh and rockin after so many years and of course its essential in every hard rock collection!

From: Reverend Mayhem Date: January 3, 2013 at 11:48
This classic album is the forerunner to the original Van Halen recordings (including producer Ted Templeman), taking the blueprint from Zeppelin (stunning guitar, golden-maned charismatic front man, thumping rhythm section) and helping erect the girders for the hard rock genre that would prevail for nearly two decades. Young Sammy Hagar in great voice augmented by Ronnie Montrose [RIP] laying down signature riffs that rival anything Ritchie Blackmore ever generated; Bill "Electric" Church and Denny Carmassi as solid as any bottom-end in the history of rock. "Make It Last," "Rock Candy," "Space Station #5," "Bad Motor Scooter, "Rock The Nation" -- have mercy(!) This is bare-boned, '70s muscle car riff-rock at its best, pumped out raw for no other purpose than to rock hard and have a good time. [Check out YouTube for some great old footage of "Bad Motor Scooter" on The Old Grey Whistle Test as evidence.] 90/100

From: rick kerch vzla Date: August 22, 2015 at 11:58
A good rocking debut!!!.."Space Station N 5" is an a** kicking song and a classic...tracks 5,6,7 & 8 are also in my book...80/100

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