Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Montrose. Ronnie - Open Fire (1978)

The debut album from this US artist.

Ronnie Montrose did the theremin, mandocello, mandolin and guitars himself.

He had help from a handful of guests who added their drums, bass, guitars, harpsichord, moog and piano.

Ronnie Montrose split up Montrose and went solo.

One of the reasons for the split up Montrose was that Ronnie Montrose wanted to branch out into a more jazz and proggy landscape.

Hence this album.

Most of the music here is pretty cinematic. There is some jazz, blues and prog here too.

It most of all showcases his abilities and status as one of the better guitarists of his generation.

The music is both interesting and good. It varies a lot and it sounds a bit like 1978. It is dated, but that is not a bad thing in this case.

Ronnie Montrose released approx ten solo albums and I may explore them on a later date. This is a good album, though.

3 points

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