GAMMA 1 with Ronnie Montrose - 12" LP Vinyl Album

"Gamma 1" is the first officially released full-length album by the American Rock/Hard Rock band "GAMMA". It is the first album of a series of four albums which will be released between 1979 and 2000.


GAMMA - 1 with Ronnie Montrose 12" LP VINYL Album front cover

Album Description:

Gamma 1, the debut album by the American Rock/Hard Rock band Gamma, marks an important milestone in the band's discography. Released on 12" LP vinyl, this album showcases the raw talent and musical prowess of the band members, led by the legendary Ronnie Montrose. With a tracklisting that captivates listeners from start to finish, Gamma 1 is a testament to the band's ability to create powerful and memorable rock music.

The album opens with "Thunder and Lightning", an explosive track that sets the tone for the rest of the record. Its driving rhythm and electrifying guitar riffs immediately grab the listener's attention, serving as a perfect introduction to the energy and intensity that Gamma brings to their music. This high-octane start is followed by "I'm Alive", a song that showcases the band's tight musicianship and Montrose's distinct vocal style.

As the album progresses, Gamma 1 continues to impress with tracks like "Razor King" and "No Tears". These songs exhibit the band's ability to seamlessly blend hard rock and melodic elements, creating a sound that is both heavy and catchy. The band's chemistry shines through in their tight instrumentation and dynamic performances, making each track a standout in its own right.

Flipping over to Side Two, the listener is treated to "Solar Heat", a song that exudes a sense of warmth and groove. With its infectious rhythm and memorable hooks, this track demonstrates Gamma's versatility and ability to create music that is both heavy and accessible. "Ready for Action" follows suit, delivering a high-energy and anthemic performance that showcases the band's passion for their craft.

"Wish I Was" slows down the pace, presenting a more introspective and emotive side of Gamma. The song's heartfelt lyrics and poignant melodies provide a welcome change of pace, allowing the listener to catch their breath before the album reaches its climactic conclusion. "Fight to the Finish" brings the album to a powerful close, delivering a relentless onslaught of heavy riffs and thunderous drums.

Gamma 1 is a cohesive and well-crafted album that demonstrates the band's musical prowess and Ronnie Montrose's exceptional guitar skills. From the explosive opening to the climactic finale, each track on this album showcases Gamma's ability to create hard-hitting rock music while infusing it with melodic sensibilities. The production quality is top-notch, allowing the band's performance to shine through and envelop the listener in a sonic experience that is both exhilarating and immersive.

This 12" LP vinyl release of Gamma 1 not only offers a captivating musical journey but also provides a tangible and nostalgic experience. The warmth and richness of vinyl contribute to the overall enjoyment of the album, inviting the listener to engage with the music on a deeper level. Holding the physical record in your hands, placing the needle on the vinyl, and immersing yourself in the sonic landscape of Gamma 1 is an experience that truly transports you back to the golden era of rock music.

Ronnie Montrose Biography:

Ronnie Montrose born in 1947, in Denver, Colorado, etched his name in the world of rock history as a guitar virtuoso, producer, and influential figure in shaping the sound of hard rock and heavy metal. His remarkable career spanned several decades, marked by collaborations with iconic artists and the formation of his own groundbreaking band.

Montrose's musical journey began in the 1970s when he joined the Edgar Winter Group. In 1972, Montrose joined the Edgar Winter Group, where he played guitar on their breakthrough album "They Only Come Out at Night." His contributions to hit songs like "Frankenstein" and "Free Ride" showcased his powerful guitar playing and solidified his reputation as a rising star in the rock world.


In 1973, the self-titled debut album, "Montrose," was released to critical acclaim. Featuring Sammy Hagar on vocals, the album is often hailed as a landmark in hard rock history. Songs like "Rock Candy" and "Bad Motor Scooter" showcased Montrose's ability to craft powerful, riff-driven anthems that resonated with a generation hungry for a new sound.

Ronnie Montrose's talent extended beyond performing; he emerged as a sought-after producer in the rock scene. His production credits include albums for artists such as Van Morrison and Gary Wright, further solidifying his reputation as a multifaceted force in the industry.

As the 1980s unfolded, Montrose continued to evolve his musical identity. His work with the band Gamma showcased a more melodic and polished side of his artistry, blending elements of hard rock with a touch of AOR sensibility. The Gamma albums, including "Gamma 1" and "Gamma 2," demonstrated Montrose's versatility and willingness to explore different sonic landscapes.

Throughout his career, Ronnie Montrose collaborated with a diverse array of musicians, reflecting his open-minded approach to music. His ability to adapt to changing musical landscapes kept his contributions relevant and impactful, earning him respect among peers and fans alike.

Tragically, Ronnie Montrose passed away in 2012, leaving behind a legacy that continues to inspire generations of guitarists and rock enthusiasts. His influence can be heard in the music of countless artists who have drawn inspiration from his innovative approach to the guitar and his significant contributions to the evolution of rock and roll.

Music Genre:

  American Hard Rock 

Record Label Information:

  Elektra records, 6E-219

Media Format:


12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record

Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram

Year & Country:

  1979 Made in USA
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: GAMMA 1 with Ronnie Montrose
    Gamma's Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Ronnie Montrose - guitars
  • Jim ALcavar - synthesizers
  • Davey Pattison - vocals
  • Alan Fitzgerald - bass
  • Skip Gilette - percussion
Complete Track-listing of the album "GAMMA 1 with Ronnie Montrose"

The detailed tracklist of this record "GAMMA 1 with Ronnie Montrose" is:

    Side One:
  1. Thunder and Lightning
  2. I'm Alive
  3. Razor King
  4. No Tears
    Side Two:
  1. Solar Heat
  2. Ready for action
  3. Wish I was
  4. Fight to the Finish

Front Cover Photo Of GAMMA - 1 with Ronnie Montrose 12" LP VINYL Album


GAMMA - 1 with Ronnie Montrose 12" LP VINYL Album front cover

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Photo Of The Back Cover GAMMA - 1 with Ronnie Montrose 12" LP VINYL Album

Black and White Group photo of the Gamma band on the album back cover

Black and White Group photo of the Gamma band on the album back cover

Close up of Side One record's label GAMMA - 1 with Ronnie Montrose 12" LP VINYL Album

"Gamma One" Red Colour ELEKTRA Record Label Details: ELEKTRA 6E-219-A SP ℗ 1979 Elektra Records Sound Copyright

"Gamma One" Red Colour ELEKTRA Record Label Details: ELEKTRA 6E-219-A SP ℗ 1979 Elektra Records Sound Copyright