getting directions from Jupiter and Mars.
It was he who created this strife.
He is fighting for his life.
He is longing to see...his wife and his family."
Ronnie Montrose has a long and strong RnR pedigree...not only breaking bread with the likes of Herbie Hancock, Edgar Winter Group, and Van Morrison...but has also rolled some sweet numbers of his own...that add up to over forty years of guitar pleasure.
Gamma was the 2nd official rock band lead by guitar wizard...Ronnie Montrose. Not a "great" vocalist himself...Ronnie has always been adept at locating...really strong singers.
Like his earlier 70's band...(Montrose)...Ronnie had Sammy Hagar as his frontman. For Gamma...Ronnie grabbed the fantastic...Davey Pattison...a vocalist more easily identified with another guitar great...Robin Trower.
With Pattison laying the vocals down and Ronnie bending strings...Gamma was a "don't give a damma" rock group.
"Gamma 2" (1980) is a solid rocker from front to back...and even with some added keyboard trickery that seemed to be the flavor during this period..."Gamma 2" holds up well and is easily better than many of the so-called hairbands of the era.
Track 4 is "Voyager" and is 5 1/2 minutes of classic rock burn. Very Trowerish in the funky blues sound with Ronnie sounding inspired. Great lyrics, as well. In fact, Ronnie sounds inspired throughout "Gamma 2".
"Meanstreak" and "Cat On A Leash" both recieved rotation on the radio...and for good reason. But "Voyager" would easily make most people's "lost-gems" list, as well.