Audio Mixer: Bob Daspit.
Liner Note Authors: Scott Schinder; Ted Nugent.
Photographers: Melanie Nissen; Raul Vega; Moshe Brakha; Chris Walter; Annie Leibovitz; Matthew Welch ; Robert Buhl; Steve Jennings.
Though he didn't become a true worldwide superstar until he joined Van Halen in 1985, Sammy Hagar was long respected by fans and peers alike for his uncompromising commitment to stripped-down, unadulterated hard rock. A bluesy wailer on par with Robert Plant and Paul Rodgers, the California native first garnered acclaim as the lead singer of Montrose, but also scored several genre-defining hits on his own. To the delight of his intensely loyal followers, the Red Rocker's sound changed little throughout his career, the majority of his recordings consisting of the same heavy drums, hard-charging guitar, and rock-solid bass with which he made his mark in the early '70s.
The most comprehensive single-disc compilation of Hagar's solo material, THE ESSENTIAL RED COLLECTION culls his biggest chart-toppers ("There's Only One Way to Rock" and the revved-up anthem "I Can't Drive 55") and notable album tracks ("Red," "Two Sides of Love"). The set also features one Montrose song ("Bad Motor Scooter"), unreleased demos (Thinking of You," "Call My Name"), and soundtrack contributions (including the title tracks to the films HEAVY METAL and FAST TIME AT RIDGEMONT HIGH).