|Genres:||Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||hard rock classic rock rock heavy metal 70s|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 2000s|
After working with Van Morrison, Boz Scaggs and Edgar Winter, guitarist Ronnie Montrose (Colorado, USA) formed Montrose in San Francisco in the autumn of 1973. Comprising vocalist Sammy Hagar (b. Samuel Roy Hagar, 13 October 1947, Monterey, California, USA), bass player Bill Church and drummer Denny Carmassi, they signed to Warner Brothers Records in 1973 and released their self-titled debut the following year. Produced by Ted Templeman, Montrose was an album that set new standards in heavy metal; the combination of Hagars raucous vocals with the guitarists abrasive guitar sound became a blueprint against which new bands judged themselves for many years to come. Including the classic recordings Bad Motor Scooter, Space Station No. 5 and Rock The Nation, the album still ranks as one of the cornerstones of the hard rock genre. Alan Fitzgerald replaced Bill Church on bass before the recording of the follow-up, Paper...