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5150 or Montrose?

Discussion in 'The Sound Hound Lounge' started by WildRanger, Feb 10, 2019.

5150 or Montrose?

  1. Van Halen (Hagar) - 5150

    21.5%
  2. Montrose - Montrose

    78.5%
  1. WildRanger

    WildRanger Member

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    Do you prefer Van Hagar debut or Montrose debut?
     
  2. LeftyGtrPlr

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    Montrose-Just an excellent record from start to finish. I never understood how they couldn't follow that up with just as good or better releases.
    I like 5150, nut Montrose is simply a true classic.
     
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  3. Jollyb

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    I'm a Huge Van Hagar fan. I dont see how you can compare the two. Your essentially asking......Who do you like better ? Eddie Van Halen or Ronnie Montrose?
    Sorry....as much as I love Bad Motor Scooter and Rock Candy.........Pound Cake Kills it all for me. :dunno
     
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  4. WildRanger

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    Poundcake is not on 5150!
     
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  5. 1967SG

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    LOL - :D:D:D
     
  6. 1967SG

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    Thankfully neither is DLR.:D:D:D
     
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  7. Jollyb

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    My Bad I misread your post.....I get it now. This is a debut album thing. Still gotta give it to Van Hager. Good enough and Best of both worlds easily do it for me. Ronnie couldn't compete in the riff department.
     
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    Both are essential listening. But Eddie takes it all to a different level.
     
  9. WordMan

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    So easy to pick Montrose. Love that album end to end.
     
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  10. 1967SG

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    It's all about the strength of the songs. First Montrose is like a hall of fame debut.
     
  11. Jollyb

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    Cool. I figured you kinda were in the Montrose camp. Can I ask why your comparing the two recordings? They couldn't be more different recorded at two very different times in musical history. MTV surely influenced some of the recordings on 5150.......as it went #1 on the Billboard charts and ballads like love keeps walking in and Why cant this be love also went #1 . Montrose was a brand new band. VH was hardly so. They just couldn't be more opposites for comparing IMO. Its why I found the question confusing at first.
     
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    I'm not the OP. But, just comparing them for why I chose the way I did. I think Ed and Sammy can write fantastic songs, just the The 1st Montrose is one the of the best debuts in rock history along with VH1 and others.
     
  13. 1967SG

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    Montrose debuted in 1973
     
  14. WordMan

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    I think its because of the connections:
    - Both band debuts produced by Ted Templeman and engineered by Donn Landee.
    - After DLR splits, Hagar becomes the singer for VH - and Landee is still involved in the "Van Hagar debut"
    - Both were bands designed to feature the guitarist.
     
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    I loved, loved, loved the first 6 Van Halen albums. Just brilliant stuff.
    I still listen to them occasionally.
    I haven’t listened to “5150” in literally decades. It just does zero for me.
    The first Montrose album is a classic; great tunes/production/musicianship.
     
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    For me catching on much later and being hooked on all things EVH and Sammy Hagar, I'll stay say Montrose.... Even now I listen to that album and wonder how in the hell this came out in 73! It was just amazing from beginning to end. 5150 is great and I love that cover to cover to but it sounds very much mid eighties..... Plus you can't compare the two. Eddie was Rock and Pop, Ronnie was Rock and Blues!
     
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    On one hand you have a pretty good band that helped get the speed limit changed, on the other hand you have a band that was past its prime, Montrose ftw!
     
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    The song "5150" is the best song on either album, so that makes it the deciding vote for me.
     
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    Would there have been a Van Halen without Space Station #5 or I Don't Want It, etc?
    Montrose was a revelation, as was the first VH, to me anyway.

    Listening to demos of a few Montrose songs, the producer had a large role in that sound.
     

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