It's been a while since we've reviewed any Sammy Hagar and up to this point coverage has been relegated for the most part to his 80's work, so it's time we go further back in the man's history and pull out his second album from it's dusty shelf. This is the LP that fans affectionately call 'The Red Album'.
At this stage of his career, Sammy Hagar hadn't hit paydirt yet, this would occur a few years later. 'Street Machine' was his fifth solo LP up to this point, and contains a couple of useful songs, but isn't (IMO) a standout performer as his 1977 'Red' album was, for instance.
By 1981, Sammy Hagar was at a major career crossroads. He had released five solo albums, but he was still searching for that big break to launch him to the next level of stardom. Dissatisfied with Capitol Records, he signed a deal with fledgling Geffen Records. This was the catalyst he needed.
One year after debuting with Van Halen and '5150', Hagar concluded his solo contract for Geffen with one final album. Aided by Eddie Van Halen on bass, Hagar pounded out a mixed effort that ranged from Van Halen caliber hard rock to brutally anonymous filler.
There's nothing intrinsically fascinating or crucial about this album, but that was never the intention most likely. Instead it's more of the same from Hagar, with nods to all eras of his career, but not with any real conviction.