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  • Audio CD (20 Jan. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00004Y6O3
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,293 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1984 was a successful record not only because it contained solid, catchy hard rock, but also because it incorporated synthesisers into the mix, the first metal album to do so to any serious extent. Although the advances in electronic music make this material sound dated now, it's still a highlight of Van Halen's career. Songs such as "Jump" contain a pop element that gave 1984 mainstream appeal, and David Lee Roth turned the frontman role into an art form on songs such as "Panama", "Hot for Teacher", "Drop Dead Legs" and "I'll Wait". To a large extent, it was 1984 that set the standard for 1980s pop metal, and David Lee Roth who set the standard (or takes the blame, depending on your point of view) for the aggressively good-time attitude most pop-metal bands took for their own.--Genevieve Williams

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Jan. 2002
Format: Audio CD
This a great an album from the days when Van Halen seemed to go into the recording studios and just have a blast! The stand-out tracks are the anthemic "Jump" - nonsensical lyrics but a brilliant track with an awesome guitar solo - a real must for the air guitarist! "Panama" is the kind of track that has to be played at ear-splitting volume while driving a convertible at top speed in the summer sun - guaranteed to get you tapping your foot and roaring along with the chorus. As for "Hot For Teacher" no matter how often I hear it, it always makes me laugh and smile at Dave Lee Roth's spoken lines before the rip-roaring verse and chorus kicks in. The other songs featured are great too, but the above three alone are worth the price of the album. Edward Van Halen's amazing skill with the guitar, Michael Anthony's superb bass lines, Alex Van Halen's imaginative drumming and those crazy David Lee Roth vocals... AWESOME! Buy it now!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Little Cat Voom TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Mar. 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
As everyone knows, their great frontman left after this amidst much recrimination and blaming-each-other on the parts of EVH and Roth. It`s pretty scary that it all happened 23 years ago (I missed it being too traumatising back then, due to my age)...but if only Eddie wasn`t in and out of rehab in 2007 and they could just get along I`d still love to see the classic VH line-up live, and even better, record some new stuff.

I still think 6 amazing albums is a pretty decent output, and can`t think of many other bands who`ve managed that. 1984 isn`t my favourite, but it`s still a stunning, 5-star effort. The band weren`t all that happy with Eddie starting to throw a few keyboard numbers in and I think I agree with them, but "Jump" and "I`ll Wait" are great songs, just not the hard rock we`d learned to adore from the previous albums. "Jump" has one of Eddie`s greatest guitar solos on for sure. It`s not really that song though that makes the album so special. There a three or four others that are a sign of a band at it`s absolute peak. Firstly, "Panama", classic Roth, with the sort of tongue-in-cheek sleaze that VH never showcased again with Sammy Hagar. Classic Eddie too, he just blows me away every song. Alex and Mike are great as ever too. "Hot For Teacher" is wonderful too, funny and loud and a real party song! "Top Jimmy", "Drop Dead Legs" and "Girl Gone Bad" would be career-best songs by any other rock `n` roll band. My favourite song though is one of the less heralded VH tracks and the album closer, "House of Pain". It`s almost as though Eddie had distilled all his anger with Roth`s antics and released it in the form of this huge, monster of an attacking solo.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Rodriguez on 16 Aug. 2005
Format: Audio Cassette
Every review on here mentions the hits on the Album: Jump, Panama, Hot for Teacher, I'll Wait. Undoubtedly, these are all very good songs. But the songs that make this album one of the all time greats are: Girl Gone Bad, House of Pain, Top Jimmy, and Drop Dead Legs.
Girl Gone Bad and House of Pain are perfect examples of why Van Halen arguably can be considered the best Rock band ever. Virtuoso performances from everyone with an angry edge...the type of songs that leave you with your mouth hanging open at a loss for words.
Top Jimmy and Drop Dead Legs are at the other end of the spectrum: Virtuoso performances from everyone with a fun "let's party" edge...you can spend countless hours trying to listen to every riff that comes off of Eddie's guitar.
1984 is a Top 5 of all time album. Buy it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ian@idinham.freeserve.co.uk on 7 Sept. 2001
Format: Audio CD
If you take a moment to think deeply about it, the year 1984 was a shining jewel in the very drab crown that was the 80's music era. This album is fittingly titled in retrospect, seeing Dave Lee Roth's departure from the band ending on a high note. Although the band were experiencing considerable personal difficulties throughout the writing and recording of this album, none of that manifests. On the contrary, this album is ultimately a "feel-good" recording, hailing back to a time when everyone wanted to play guitar like Eddie, and get the girls with one-liners spawned from Roth's verbal catalogue with a cheeky grin. The album incorpotated more widespread use of synthesizers, and saw the band more mainstream as a consequence. Despite this, Eddie still continues to amaze us with his matured use of finger-tapping, and guitarists amongst us will undoubtedly remember trying to copy his 6 fret stretch that is the incredible opening riff to "Hot For Teacher." As if Alex's double kick-drum technique wasn't enough! This track starts with drum patterns that sound like a Harley Davidson idling ready to be revved up to produce a staggering sonic boom.......enter Eddie! Other stand-out tracks include the legendary "Jump" featuring more keyboards and another famous guitar solo - just to prove again that Eddie hasn't taken leave of his senses and gone soft on you. "Top Jimmy" sounds like more Roth's work than anyone elses, and no doubt used a formlua that was to ensure his initial solo success. Tracks from his debut solo LP "Eat 'Em And Smile" sound similar. "Panama" is another feel-good song, with it's open road imagery and fast car references. I don't know about you, but I definately drive better when this track is on!Read more ›
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