Mean (album)

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Mean
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Studio album by
Released1987
GenreHard rock, glam metal
Length37:50
LabelEnigma
ProducerRonnie Montrose
Montrose chronology
Jump On It
(1976)
Mean
(1987)
Ronnie Montrose chronology
'Territory'
(1986)

(1986)
'''''Mean
(1987)
(1987)
'The Speed Of Sound
(1988)

(1988)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2/5 stars[1]
Kerrang!4/5 stars [2]

Mean is the fifth and final album by the California-based hard rock band Montrose and released in 1987. It has much more of a glam metal sound than previous Montrose albums.[citation needed] It was the lowest-charting release on Montrose's career, reaching No. 165 on the Billboard 200 in June 1987.[3]

According to Ronnie Montrose, singer Johnny Edwards and drummer James Kottak were still officially in the band Buster Brown at the time of the recording of Mean.[citation needed] They later played together in the first line-up of the band Wild Horses.

Guitarist Ronnie Montrose and bassist Glenn Letsch played together in the band Gamma both before, and after, this album.

It featured the song "M for Machine" which was written as a potential song for the 1987 American cyberpunk action film RoboCop, directed by Paul Verhoeven.[4]

Drummer James Kottak went on to join the original line-up of hard rock/glam metal band Kingdom Come, remaining with that band during their most commercially successful period, prior to reconnecting with Edwards in Wild Horses. After leaving Wild Horses, Edwards became the frontman for Foreigner on their 1991 album, Unusual Heat.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Don't Damage the Rock" (Ronnie Montrose) – 5:06
  2. "Game of Love" (Clint Ballard Jr. / Wayne Fontana and The Mindbenders cover) – 2:57
  3. "Pass It On" (Montrose, Johnny Edwards, James Kottak) – 3:37
  4. "Hard Headed Woman" (Montrose) – 3:50
  5. "M for Machine" (Montrose) – (3:59)
  6. "Ready, Willing, and Able" (Montrose) – 4:19
  7. "Man of the Hour" (Montrose) – 4:23
  8. "Flesh and Blood" (Montrose, Edwards, Kottak) – 4:36
  9. "Stand" (Montrose) – 4:46

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Produced by Ronnie Montrose
  • Engineered by Roger Wiersema
  • Cover design by Marc Bonilla

References[edit]

  1. ^ Franck, John. "Montrose Mean review". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2011-09-19.
  2. ^ Oliver, Derek (28 May 1987). "Montrose 'Mean'". Kerrang!. 147. London, UK: Spotlight Publications ltd. p. 13. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  3. ^ "Montrose". Billboard. Retrieved 18 November 2017.
  4. ^ "RONNIE MONTROSE MEAN". Anti-m.com. Retrieved 18 November 2017.

Other sources[edit]

  • Montrose; "Mean" liner notes; Enigma Records 1987