Ronnie Montrose

Territory

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After nearly a decade without a solo release, Ronnie Montrose returned with this nine-song offering, largely a showcase for his guitar-shredding abilities. The production is horribly dated and will forever be relegated to the mid-'80s right from the onset of the album's opener, "Catscan." The overly polished drum machine, excessive chorus, and fake primitive digital reverb are thrown all over the place without regard to sensible production standards, and the only things saving the album are the musicianship and melodies that Montrose is gifted enough to have. Equally unforgivable is his thrashing of George Harrison's otherwise brilliant "Love You To," which has been inexplicably re-christened as "Love to You." Territory is shaky and uneven throughout, and would most likely be of interest to only the most die-hard fans of Montrose's later work.

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