Wednesday, September 3, 2014

"Right the First Time" by Gamma

Song#:  0973
Date:  04/03/1982
Debut:  87
Peak:  77
Weeks:  5
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Gamma did well with their self-titled debut that featured the #60 "I'm Alive." Their follow-up LP, "Gamma 2," actually did better thanks to the group's following, but it failed to produce any chart songs. This first single from their third LP "Gamma 3" got them back on the pop chart for a few weeks. At rock radio it became their best effort reaching #10 on the Mainstream Rock chart. Unfortunately, their label didn't promote the band well and combined with their middling sales stats, it affected the group and they ended up calling it a day. Group founder Ronnie Montrose revived the band in 2000 for one more album (appropriately Gamma 4).

ReduxReview:  The beginning of this song and the verse wouldn't sound out of place on an Alan Parsons Project album. The chorus lacks a little punch, but overall this is a nice rock tune. I could easily include this on an 80s rock playlist. If they had received a little more label support, this could have done better at pop.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Group founder Ronnie Montrose got a major break early in his career when he auditioned for Van Morrison. Montrose got the gig of being the guitarist for what would become Morrison's 1971 "Tupelo Honey" album. That album featured the #28 single "Wild Night," which was later a #3 hit for John Mellencamp (featuring Me'shell Ndegeocello) in 1994


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