Montrose (2)

Californian hard rock band from the 1970's, based around founding member Ronnie Montrose. They released 4 full albums and had some band member replacements in between 2 of these.
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K 46276 Montrose (2) - Montrose album art Montrose (2) Montrose (Album, Comp) Warner Bros. Records K 46276 UK 1973 Sell This Version
WB 56 069 , BS 2823 Montrose (2) - Paper Money album art Montrose (2) Paper Money (Album) Warner Bros. Records WB 56 069 , BS 2823 Germany 1974 Sell This Version
BS 2892 Montrose (2) - Warner Bros. Presents Montrose! album art Montrose (2) Warner Bros. Presents Montrose! (Album) Warner Bros. Records BS 2892 US 1975 Sell This Version
P-10222W Montrose (2) - Jump On It album art Montrose (2) Jump On It (Album) Warner Bros. Records P-10222W Japan 1976 Sell This Version
ST-73264 Montrose (2) - Mean album art Montrose (2) Mean (Album) Enigma Records (3) ST-73264 Canada 1987 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

WBS 138 Montrose (2) - Rock The Nation album art Montrose (2) Rock The Nation (Single) Warner Bros. Records WBS 138 South Africa 1973 Sell This Version
none Montrose (2) - Rock The Nation/Space Station No. 5/Good Rockin' Tonight album art Montrose (2) Rock The Nation/Space Station No. 5/Good Rockin' Tonight(Flexi, 7", S/Sided) Warner Bros. Records none UK 1973 Sell This Version
WBS 8063 Montrose (2) - Paper Money (Edited) album art Montrose (2) Paper Money (Edited) (Single) Warner Bros. Records WBS 8063 US 1974 Sell This Version
WBS 8080 Montrose (2) - Connection / We're Going Home album art Montrose (2) Connection / We're Going Home Warner Bros. Records WBS 8080 US 1974 Sell This Version
K 16382 Montrose (2) - Bad Motor Scooter album art Montrose (2) Bad Motor Scooter (Single) Warner Bros. Records K 16382 UK 1974 Sell This Version
WB 7814 Montrose (2) - Space Station 5 album art Montrose (2) Space Station 5 (Single) Warner Bros. Records WB 7814 US 1973 Sell This Version
P-1422 W Montrose (2) - Matriarch album art Montrose (2) Matriarch (Single) Warner Bros. Records P-1422 W Japan 1975 Sell This Version
P-1362W Montrose (2) - I Got The Fire album art Montrose (2) I Got The Fire(7", Single) Warner Bros. Records P-1362W Japan 1975 Sell This Version
P-64W Montrose (2) - Jump On It album art Montrose (2) Jump On It Warner Bros. Records P-64W Japan 1976 Sell This Version
WBS 8281 Montrose (2) - Music Man album art Montrose (2) Music Man Warner Bros. Records WBS 8281 US 1976 Sell This Version
WBS-8351 Montrose (2) - Let's Go album art Montrose (2) Let's Go (Single) Warner Bros. Records WBS-8351 US 1977 Sell This Version
EPRO-031 Montrose (2) - Game Of Love (Remix) album art Montrose (2) Game Of Love (Remix)(12", Promo) Enigma Records (3) EPRO-031 US 1987 Sell This Version
EPRO-036 Montrose (2) - Stand album art Montrose (2) Stand(12", Promo) Enigma Records (3) EPRO-036 US 1987 Sell This Version


WPCR-10853 Montrose (2) - The Very Best Of Montrose album art Montrose (2) The Very Best Of Montrose (Comp) Warner Archives, Rhino Records (2) WPCR-10853 Japan 2000 Sell This Version
8122797596 Montrose (2) - Original Album Series album art Montrose (2) Original Album Series(Box, Comp + 5xCD, Album, RE) Warner Bros. Records 8122797596 Europe 2011 Sell This Version
R2 587456, 603497852666 Montrose (2) - An Introduction To Montrose album art Montrose (2) An Introduction To Montrose(CD, Comp) Rhino Records (2), Rhino Records (2) R2 587456, 603497852666 US 2019 Sell This Version


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March 8, 2012
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One of the first American-bred hard rock groups to challenge British supremacy in the early '70s, Montrose is remembered as, if not the most successful, then certainly one of the most influential bands of the era. In fact, many of the personalities responsible for the group's legendary, self-titled debut (producer Ted Templeman, engineer Donn Landee, vocalist Sammy Hagar) would later become instrumental players in the formative and latter-day career of the mighty Van Halen. And to his credit, though he ultimately lacked the focus and leadership skills to consistently guide his band's career, guitarist Ronnie Montrose was a true original on the instrument. His superlative playing aside, the avid big-game hunter lived the guitar-playing gunslinger lifestyle long before Ted Nugent made the combination famous.

After cutting his teeth as a session musician with the likes of Van Morrison and the Edgar Winter Group, Ronnie Montrose decided to form his own, self-named band in 1973. Enlisting the help of fellow session pros Bill Church (bass), Denny Carmassi (drums), and a talented up-and-coming Californian singer named Sammy Hagar, Montrose soon released their eponymous first album in November of that year. Although it never broke the Billboard Top 100, Montrose eventually went platinum and was arguably the first full-fledged heavy metal album by an American band (early proto-metal efforts by Blue Cheer and Steppenwolf notwithstanding). With classics like "Space Station No. 5" and "Bad Motor Scooter" leading the charge to the nation's airwaves, it is still considered one of the finest, most influential releases of the decade, to boot. But trouble was already looming, as Church quit the group soon after and was replaced by bassist/keyboard player Alan Fitzgerald for the ensuing tour. Released less than a year after their debut, the erratic Paper Money proved to be a surprisingly diverse but unfocused follow-up that failed to match its predecessor's consistency or popularity. Making things worse, escalating tensions between Ronnie Montrose and Hagar soon led to the latter's departure following the Paper Money tour. (Hagar went on to an increasingly successful solo career and eventually, of course, Van Halen.)

Hagar's replacement was relative newcomer Bob James, but it was new full-time keyboardist Jim Alcivar who quickly placed his stamp on the group's appropriately titled third album, Warner Bros. Presents Montrose! Released at the tail end of 1975 and produced by Ronnie himself, its pedestrian songwriting and generally plodding, tepid sound alienated what was left of the band's remaining faithful and led to Fitzgerald's departure soon after (he later became a member of Night Ranger). New bassist Randy Jo Hobbs performed on Montrose's last-ditch effort, 1976's Jack Douglas-produced Jump on It. Also poorly received and boasting a ridiculously ill-fated album cover to match, it never had a chance and the musicians soon went their separate ways. Carmassi joined Hagar's solo band (also featuring Bill Church by then) and later played with Heart and many others. As for committed outdoorsman Ronnie Montrose, the guitarist took some time off to enjoy his other hobbies before releasing three albums with new band Gamma in the early '80s. He recorded under the Montrose name once again for 1987's Mean, a one-off affair featuring singer Johnny Edwards (later, briefly of Foreigner), bassist Glenn Letsch, and drummer James Kottak (soon to form Kingdom Come, and eventually a member of the Scorpions).

In early 2002, Ronnie Montrose formed a new Montrose lineup with bassist Chuck Wright (Quiet Riot), drummer Pat Torpey (Mr. Big), and singer Keith St. John (Burning Rain). They played West Coast dates throughout the year in support of their Rhino compilation The Very Best of Montrose. Plans for a studio album were in the works for 2003.


Guitarist Ronnie Montrose began his career as a backing musician, playing with Van Morrison, Boz Scaggs, and Edgar Winter. He finally formed his own band in 1973. Named after the guitarist, Montrose also featured vocalist Sammy Hagar, bassist Bill Church, and drummer Denny Carmassi; they released their debut album in 1974, and Church was replaced by Alan Fitzgerald shortly after its release. Released the following year, Paper Money confirmed the band's status as one of the more popular hard rock acts of their era. However, Hagar was fired after completing the Paper Money tour. Bob James replaced him and keyboardist Jim Alcivar joined the band, yet Montrose's next two albums -- 1975's Warner Brothers Presents Montrose and 1976's Jump on It -- were commercial failures. Ronnie Montrose broke up the band after the release of Jump on It and began his own solo career with the all-instrumental Open Fire (1978). Montrose then formed another hard rock group, Gamma. Gamma recorded three albums between 1979 and 1982. After they broke up in 1982, Montrose picked his solo career once again. He released a rather low-key album, Territory, in 1983, following it four years later in 1987 with the hard-rocking and impressive Mean (attributing it to Gamma). The Speed of Sound appeared in 1988, with The Diva Station, a semi-instrumental mesh of soul, pop, metal and jazz, arriving in 1990. Montrose began putting more of his time into production work, but continued to release solo albums, including Mutatis Mutandis (1991), Music from Here (1994), Mr. Bones (1996), Roll Over and Play Live (1999), and Bearings (1999), before reuniting Gamma for a fourth Gamma album in 2000. Montrose continued his production and session work, and would tour regularly over the last dozen years of his life before finally losing his long battle with prostate cancer and passing on March 2, 2012.

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