Picks and Pans Review: The Diva Station

updated 05/14/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/14/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Ronnie Montrose

When it comes to electric guitar music, it seems we will pay fealty only to one king of the mountain at a time. Joe (Surfing with the Mien) Satriani now rules in the spot occupied by Jeff Beck for so many years.

Record buyers' single-minded devotion is a shame, because there are lots of lesser guitar wizards floating around, including veterans like Montrose and Robin Trower, both of whom have recently issued records. Montrose has the better of the two, a collection containing flashes of the hot guitar style that makes the work of his '70s group, Montrose (originally with lead singer Sammy Hagar), still worth seeking out.

On this album, he wades through the squawk and splat of "Weirding Way," the burning blues in "Quid Pro Quo" and the album's finest cut, "Little Demons," on which slurred, three-sheets-to-the-wind slide work gives way to a tough little refrain.

There are a few vocal numbers, with Davey Pattison usually handling the mike. The best of these is a cover of Terry Reid's "Stay with Me." (Gee, whatever happened to Reid?) This is not a great record by any means, because of undistinguished songs such as "New Kid in Town." But if Satriani hasn't sapped your guitar music budget, you might want to vet another master of the fret. (Enigma)

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