Montrose – Montrose original Japan LP with obi


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Offered for sale is an original Japanese pressing of the self-titled debut, Montrose, by Montrose, including the original obi.

About this copy: This copy of Montrose is an original 1975 Japanese pressing on the Warner Brothers label.

While the album was released in the U.S. in 1973, it wasn’t released in Japan until 1975.

The cover is M-.  The obi is M-.   The insert is M-.

The disc is M-, with a couple of spindle marks on the labels, but no marks on the vinyl.  Clean disc!

A gorgeous copy of one of the best hard rock albums of the 1970s.

Background: The 1973 debut album by Montrose is remembered by many as being one of the best hard rock albums of the 1970s, but it’s also the first album to feature singer Sammy Hagar, who left the band after their second LP.

While the album sold poorly when new, it eventually went platinum, and several tracks (“Rock the Nation”, “Bad Motor Scooter”, “Space Station #5”) have become hard rock classics. gave Montrose four stars:

The ’70s gave us a slew of classic hard rock albums and though it hasn’t had the lasting influence of, say, Boston’s or Aerosmith’s first albums, Montrose’s eponymous debut proved equally influential and important in its day. Released in 1973, the record also introduced a young Sammy Hagar and his powerful vocals to the world, but the explosive aggression of Ronnie Montrose’s biting guitar left no doubt as to why it was his name gracing the cover. The simple production techniques of Ted Templeman, who went on to work extensively with Van Halen, really lets the players shine and no amount of time can dim the sheer euphoria of “Bad Motor Scooter,” the adolescent nastiness of “Rock Candy,” and the simply gargantuan main riff of the phenomenal “Space Station #5.” Montrose is a blast from start to finish and remains an essential addition to any collection of ’70s hard rock and early heavy metal.

You can listen to “Bad Motor Scooter” here:

Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Warner Brothers
Catalog Number:
Year of Release: 1975
Format: Stereo
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Weight 9 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.2 in