With a special guest list as long as your arm and a rock pedigree that should at least spark some interest from even the most cynical of music fans Sammy Hagar presents to you ‘Sammy Hagar & Friends’. Dragging in members of his ‘supergroup’ Chickenfoot as well as such luminaries as Taj Mahal, Nancy Wilson and erm… Kid Rock, Hagar has produced an album of good ole boy southern tinged rock ‘n’ roll.
From the moment opener ‘Winding Down’ hits your ears you know what you’re in for. Sammy’s unmistakable vocals hit your brain like a pair of warm slippers on a cold winters morning. You’re comfortable, you know you’re in good hands and you know you can relax. Unlike a lot of albums that go the ‘Look I’m famous and so are my friends!’ route each guest is brought in to compliment the tracks and luckily there isn’t one stinker among the ten tracks on offer.
I mean, if you’re approach this album hoping that Sammy is looking tochange the face of modern rock you may be disappointed however if you know what to expect, a good old fashioned southern rock record, you leave with a warm fuzzy feeling in your stomach. Of the covers on offer here, ‘Personal Jesus’ may be unnecessary, especially after Marilyn Manson and Johnny Cash did such sterling work reinterpreting them but when Sammy and co seem to be having such a whale of a time singing and playing you can’t help but be swept up in the enthusiasm.
The same thing can also be said for the whole album. It’s a fun album and everybody on it seems to be having the time of their lives especially on ‘Bad On Fords And Chevrolets’ and a live in the studio cut of “Going Down” which, if you don’t like, there is really no hope for you as a rock music fan, either that or you have had a fun-ectomy. I’m sorry that’s the truth.
So if southern flavoured rock and roll get’s you all tingly there’s plenty for you to enjoy on ‘Sammy Hagar And Friends’. If it’s not your cup of tea and you buy the record anyway, you’s a damn fool son.