Samuel Roy “Sammy” Hagar (born October 13, 1947), also known as The Red Rocker, is an American rock vocalist, guitarist, songwriter, musician and entrepreneur. Hagar came to prominence in the 1970s with the hard rock band Montrose.
You’ve got to hand it to Sammy Hagar for proving the Van Halen brothers wrong. When he exited the group in 1997, Alex and Eddie blamed Hagar‘s supposed lack of ‘work ethic’ as the main reason for the downfall of Van Hagar. But during the subsequent years immediately after the split, Hagar issued a total of four studio albums, while Van Halen could only muster one — the horrible misfire Van Halen III. And while Van Halen seemed quite unsure what they wanted to do musically, Hagar stuck to his guns — issuing such classic Hagar-esque releases as 2002’s Not 4 Sale.
By this point in his career, Hagar knows he’s playing to the already converted — no point in trying to win over the young pop worshipping whippersnappers — so there are few surprises here. “Stand Up” and “Halfway to Memphis” are exactly what you’d expect from Hagar, while the Led Zeppelin tribute, “Whole Lotta Zep,” gives the listener the feeling that they’ve just walked into Cabo Wabo on the night of a hot Hagar-led jam. With quite a few rock veterans trying to update their sound with modern touches and failing miserably come the early 21st century, Hagar wisely sticks to his bread and butter on Not 4 Sale.
- “Stand Up” (Sammy Hagar) – 5:58
- “Hallelujah” (Hagar) – 4:08
- “Halfway to Memphis” (Hagar) – 4:30
- “Things’ve Changed” (Jesse Harms) – 4:19
- “Whole Lotta Zep” (John Paul Jones/John Bonham/Hagar/Jimmy Page/Robert Plant) – 3:29
- “The Big Nail” (Hagar) – 3:29
- “Make It Alright” (Hagar) – 2:33
- “Not 4 Sale” (Hagar/Joe Hutchinson) – 3:38
- “The Big Square Inch” (Hagar) – 4:12
- “Karma Wheel” (Hagar) – 5:48
- “Stand Up” was originally written by Hagar for the film Rock Star. It appears here with new lyrics.
- The studio version of “Hallelujah” is included as the lone studio track on Live: Hallelujah. Hagar wanted to give the song another commercial chance since the Not 4 Sale release was plagued with distribution problems.
- “Halfway to Memphis” was later re-recorded as a country song for the Livin’ It Up! album
- Bass, Vocals – Mona
- Edited By [Digitally] – Louie Teran
- Engineer – The Waboritas (tracks: 2 to 10)
- Engineer [Assistant] – Henry “Smitty” Howell
- Guitar, Vocals – Vic Johnson
- Keyboards, Vocals – Jesse Harms
- Mastered By – Stephen Marcussen
- Producer, Mixed By – The Waboritas
- Producer, Mixed By, Engineer – Bob Daspit
- Vocals, Guitar – Sammy Hagar
- Written-By – Sammy Hagar
Released: October 8, 2002
Genre: Hard rock
Label – Cabo Wabo Music