Paper Money

Paper Money (1974) is the second album by the American hard rock band Montrose. It was produced by Ted Templeman and is the band's final recording with original vocalist Sammy Hagar. It marks the arrival of new bass player Alan Fitzgerald, replacing original bassist Bill Church.

Paper Money
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 11, 1974
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerTed Templeman, Montrose
Montrose chronology
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Warner Bros. Presents
Ronnie Montrose chronology
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Warner Brothers Presents... Montrose!
Sammy Hagar chronology
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Nine on a Ten Scale
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]


Paper Money was the band's highest-charting release, reaching No. 65 on the Billboard 200.[2] To promote the album, the band appeared live on The Midnight Special television show, performing "Paper Money" and "I Got the Fire".

After building acrimony between Ronnie Montrose and Sammy Hagar reached a peak during the band's 1974–75 European tour to promote Paper Money, Hagar parted ways with the band in early February 1975 and was replaced by vocalist Bob James.

Although the liner notes for the CD edition of Paper Money state that Ronnie Montrose was offered the lead guitar slot for Mott the Hoople when he left the Edgar Winter Group, the guitarist has stated that this never happened.

Track listingEdit

Credits adapted from the album liner notes.[3]

Side one
1."Underground" (Ilene Rappaport)3:33
2."Connection" (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards)5:42
3."The Dreamer" (Sammy Hagar, Ronnie Montrose)3:36
4."Starliner" (Montrose)3:36
Side two
5."I Got the Fire" (Montrose)3:06
6."Spaceage Sacrifice" (Hagar, Montrose)4:55
7."We're Going Home" (Montrose)4:52
8."Paper Money" (Hagar, Montrose)5:01

Paper Money (2017 rerelease bonus)Edit

On October 13, 2017, Rhino Entertainment released a Deluxe Edition. The bonus disc tracks are from a session on KSAN radio from the Record Plant in Sausalito, California on December 26, 1974.

1."Intro by Phil Buchanan" 0:29
2."I Got the Fire"Montrose3:13
3."Rock Candy"Carmassi, Church, Hagar, Montrose5:59
4."Bad Motor Scooter"Hagar4:45
5."Spaceage Sacrifice"Hagar, Montrose6:58
6."One and a Half"Montrose4:31
7."Roll Over Beethoven"Chuck Berry3:39
8."Trouble"Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller4:56
9."Space Station #5"Hagar, Montrose11:40




  1. ^ "Paper Money - Montrose - Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 18 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Montrose". Billboard. Retrieved 18 November 2017.
  3. ^ Montrose (LP sleeve). Montrose. Warner Bros. Records. 1973. BS 2740.CS1 maint: others (link)

Other sourcesEdit

  • Montrose; Paper Money liner notes; Warner Brothers Records 1974