Reviewing SAMMY HAGAR’s ‘Street Machine’ LP
37 years ago Sammy Hagar released one of his best LP: ‘Street Machine’.
‘Street Machine’ is one of Sammy Hagar's best albums from the early part of his career, blending such influences as Ted Nugent and the Outlaws.
The highlight of this LP is the cautionary "This Planet's On Fire (Burn In Hell)".
But that doesn't take away from the power of such songs as the slashing rocker "Trans Am (Highway Wonderland)" and the sensitive midtempo number "Plain Jane."
‘Street Machine’ was Hagar’s first self-produced solo album. The line-up was Bill the Electric Church on bass, Gary Phil on guitar, and the late Chuck Ruff on drums. Chuck came up with the coolest drumbeat ever on Trans Am.
Packed with knockout punches, the album showcases one of the world’s greatest showmen, whose voice and song writing ability are captured in pristine clarity. The intention is loud and clear; the red rocker is taking no prisoners and laying down the law with all the fury of a man on a life or death mission. ‘Falling In Love’ features backing vocals by Brad Delp, Barry Goudreau, and Sib Hashian of the group Boston.