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    Default Ultimate Classic Rock lists the top 10 Sammy Songs from the 70's

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    decent list.

    I can argue for some but it's a decent start.

    This Planets on Fire is a moster song.

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    That's a fair list. I would put his cover of Young Girl Blues in there though. That song is top three for me.


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    +1 on Young Girl Blues.

    I like the sentiment on "Trans Am," but in no way is it a better song than "Rock The Nation" or "Rock'n'Roll Week-end" or even "I Got The Fire."

    It has cool lyrics but the music isn't as memorable, IMO. Sam had tons of great songs in the 70s. To think he had to release 2 studio albums PER year!
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    On the '80s Top 10 right after it, about Eagles Fly:

    "When the time came to record (what he thought was) his last solo album, Hagar revisited this track, which his new Van Halen bandmates nixed for inclusion on '5150.'"

    Never heard that before! Knew about "High Hopes" but not "EF." 5150 would have been so great it would have literally exploded for being too great if that song was on it, too, so maybe it's better they just released it as a live B-side years later--actually, it would've been ideal for OU812. That album could've used it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DFVH5150 View Post
    On the '80s Top 10 right after it, about Eagles Fly:

    "When the time came to record (what he thought was) his last solo album, Hagar revisited this track, which his new Van Halen bandmates nixed for inclusion on '5150.'"

    Never heard that before! Knew about "High Hopes" but not "EF." 5150 would have been so great it would have literally exploded for being too great if that song was on it, too, so maybe it's better they just released it as a live B-side years later--actually, it would've been ideal for OU812. That album could've used it!
    from what I remember: the band was pretty much done with the album but they all felt they needed one more song, Sam presented eagles fly but at about the same time they (ed, Sam and Mick Jones) started reworking parts of dreams and they took that and ran with it. So it was either gonna be eagles fly or dreams and they were so excited about dreams they ran with it.

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    Surprised Paper Money wasn't on the list.

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    after I thought about it for a bit I can name a few songs that I would have liked to see on that list: I got the fire (best montrose song nobody's ever really heard outside of the diehards), Catch the Wind (yeah......I know, it's wimpy but it's an outstanding sammy performance) and Reckless, THAT is a bad ass sammy tune.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bad to the Bone View Post
    from what I remember: the band was pretty much done with the album but they all felt they needed one more song, Sam presented eagles fly but at about the same time they (ed, Sam and Mick Jones) started reworking parts of dreams and they took that and ran with it. So it was either gonna be eagles fly or dreams and they were so excited about dreams they ran with it.
    Interesting, thanks. They sure made the right call.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DFVH5150 View Post
    Interesting, thanks. They sure made the right call.
    *ed plays the intro to the guitar solo on eagles fly* (fun fact)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bad to the Bone View Post
    from what I remember: the band was pretty much done with the album but they all felt they needed one more song, Sam presented eagles fly but at about the same time they (ed, Sam and Mick Jones) started reworking parts of dreams and they took that and ran with it. So it was either gonna be eagles fly or dreams and they were so excited about dreams they ran with it.
    Hadn't heard that. Thanks. They definitely made the right choice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Double Down View Post
    Hadn't heard that. Thanks. They definitely made the right choice.
    I think it's only discussed on a promo disk that was packaged with I never said goodbye overseas, it's very rare but somehow I got the audio from it. I haven't listened to it in years so maybe the actual story is a bit different than what I remember so don't kill me if it's not 100% spot on right.

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    I like 'Eagles Fly' but 'Dreams' is a whole lot better.
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    Top 10 Sammy Hagar ’90s Songs



    10 - 'High Hopes'
    From: 'Unboxed' (1994)

    In order to get free from his contract so he could join Van Halen, Sammy Hagar agreed to make one more solo album -- 1987's 'I Never Said Goodbye' -- and cut a couple of songs for a best-of collection. He makes the most of his first chance to cut loose on the guitar in seven years on this churning track, which gently cautions against making big life-changing plans while under the influence of recreational drugs.

    9 - 'Both Sides Now'
    From: 'Marching to Mars' (1997)

    Quite understandably, Hagar spends a good bit of his first post-Van Halen breakup album expressing anger and pointing fingers. But overall, he's a lover not a fighter. So it's not long before he breaks out this surprisingly jangly and extremely hummable song about learning how to listen, understand and forgive.

    8 - 'Don't Tell Me (What Love Can Do)'
    From: 'Balance' (1995) Van Halen

    Perhaps as a reaction to the rise of grunge rock, or maybe because they were starting to get a little sick of each other, the final "Van Hagar" album was a lot more serious and moody than its predecessors. Luckily, they didn't need to be sunny bunnies to rock well, as this tension-ratcheting rumination on suicide and loss (partially inspired by the death of Kurt Cobain) demonstrates quite clearly.

    7 - 'High and Dry Again'
    From: 'Red Voodoo' (1999)

    Hagar isn't always lyrically subtle when it comes to sex -- this is the man who wrote 'Dick in the Dirt,' after all. But he successfully toes the line between provocative and "eww, Dad, gross!" on this one, which tackles the eternal dilemma of blue balls. Now, if we could only think of a way to mention the warm organ sounds and deep groove featured on this track with the same level of maturity ...

    6 - 'Take Me Back (Deja Vu)'
    From: 'Balance' (1995) Van Halen

    As life was getting more complicated within Van Halen (see No. 8 on our list of the Top 10 Sammy Hagar '90s Songs), it made perfect sense that Hagar was longing to revisit happier memories on this track. Musically, the song is one of the best attempts at breaking new ground on the somewhat spotty 'Balance' album, effortlessly shifting from gentle acoustics to crunching, palm-muted distortion and back again.

    5 - 'Judgement Day'
    From: 'For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge' (1991)
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    Other tracks from Van Halen's stripped-down 1991 album -- like the power tool-assisted 'Poundcake' -- got a lot more attention. But it's on this supercharged surf-rock track where Hagar really shines, barely pausing for breath and confidently setting up camp in a dizzyingly high vocal range. For once, it almost seems like guitar whiz Eddie Van Halen is the one who's straining to keep up.

    4 - 'Little White Lie'
    From: 'Marching to Mars' (1997)

    The opening track from Hagar's first album following his acrimonious departure from Van Halen may not literally name names or tell his side of the story. But it's pretty obvious that he's pissed, and at whom. More importantly, it's a textured, dynamically arranged track that shows the Red Rocker wasn't done learning new tricks yet. (A track outside our list of the Top 10 Sammy Hagar '90s Songs, the clattering singalong 'On the Other Hand,' spells things out much more clearly.)

    3 - 'Runaround'
    From: 'For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge' (1991) Van Halen

    After experimenting with various keyboard-dominated tracks, blues and even a bit of country honk on 1988's 'OU812,' Van Halen went back to basics on their electric guitar-dominated (and childishly titled) follow-up. Nowhere did this approach work better than on this track, which features "don't take him for granted" guitar work from Eddie Van Halen and a huge, irresistible chorus courtesy of Hagar.

    2 - 'Marching to Mars'
    From: 'Marching to Mars' (1997)

    With surprisingly hard-hitting help from the Grateful Dead's Mickey Hart, the alien- and outer space-obsessed Hagar rounds up his friends for an intergalactic mission to solve the problems on earth. As enthusiastic as the stomping drums and gang vocals make us for the trip, the lyrics seem to indicate that if we're not careful, the same troubles are just going to follow us to the red planet.

    1 - 'Right Now'
    From: 'For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge' (1991)
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    Even though he's been perched near the top of the hard-rock heap for more than four decades, when it comes right down to it, the Bay area-born Hagar is pretty much a hippie. Themes of peace, love, positivity and self-belief are easy to find in his lyrics. It's hard to imagine any song helped deliver his message more than this piano-based pep talk, which dominated MTV and radio airwaves back in 1992.
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    now the 90's....I would have the list a bit different. I never liked high and dry again. I would have more from FUCK to be honest (I love that cd)...I mean Poundcake is a fantastic song.

    to each his own I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bad to the Bone View Post
    after I thought about it for a bit I can name a few songs that I would have liked to see on that list: I got the fire (best montrose song nobody's ever really heard outside of the diehards), Catch the Wind (yeah......I know, it's wimpy but it's an outstanding sammy performance) and Reckless, THAT is a bad ass sammy tune.
    I've got the fire was covered by Iron Maiden around the time they started out. In fact they released it as a B side twice: firstly a live version on 1 of the early Paul Dianno singles and a studio version with Bruce in 83. I think it was the flight of icarus B side. I know a few Maiden fans who wouldnt be familiar with the Paper Money album but would be big fans of I've got the fire.

    Steve Harris has often quoted Montrose as a big influence. They also covered Space Station Number 5 on the Be Quick or be Dead single in 1992.

    Agree that Paper Money should be on the list. In fact I'd probably have the whole first Montrose album here!

 

 

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