Album review: Ronnie Montrose, The Speed of Sound (1988)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, AUG. 5, 1988

By Steve Newton

On his last album, Mean, guitar hero Ronnie Montrose rekindled the straightforward metal noise that sounded so fine on his early ’70s albums with Sammy Hagar. On his new one, he’s back on the instrumental rock path a la his 1978 release, Open Fire.

With the back-up of bassist Glenn Lesch and former Rockets drummer Johnny “Bee” Badanjek, Montrose handles electric, acoustic, and MIDI guitar to create tasty, Jeff Beck-style flash and to give tunes like “Mach 1”, “Hyper-Thrust”, and “Windshear” the sort of high-speed effect their titles suggest.

As on Open Fire, where he gave a nice interpretive touch to “Town Without Pity”, his new album features a unique version of the Tornados’ “Telstar”.

Word has it that lately Montrose has been playing with guitar maestro Allan Holdsworth, and that they might even tour together. Now that would be something to see.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.