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5150 [CD]

Van Halen Audio CD
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Formed in Los Angeles in 1974, Van Halen changed the rock and roll landscape forever with the release of their self-titled, 1978 debut album displaying unparalleled stage presence, revolutionary musicianship, and extraordinary songwriting abilities. With more than 75 million albums sold worldwide, the band's record of achievement is hard to top.

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  • Audio CD (19 May 1986)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warner
  • ASIN: B000002L99
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,518 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. Why Can't This Be Love 3:470.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Get Up 4:370.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Dreams 4:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Summer Nights 5:050.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Best Of Both Worlds 4:480.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Love Walks In 5:100.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. "5150" 5:420.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Inside 5:020.79  Buy MP3 

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
"Well, helloooooooooooooooo, baby!" Thus begins one of the most successful 1980s albums ever, and what an album it is. So began my own personal journey into Van Halen's studio catalogue. My first Van Halen album was Best of Vol 1, and my first studio album that followed was this puppy, 5150. So let's get down to the album itself.

When Van Halen released 5150 in 1986, its fan base waited with baited breath due to the band having a new singer, Sammy Hagar. While the Hagar/Roth debate has been [going back and forth from that day to this] raging ever since, the public made it quite clear that overall, a significant portion of Van Halen's fans were big fans of the direction the band was going in, making 5150 the band's first number one album in its career.

When Van Halen jettisoned lead singer David Lee Roth in 1985 (or he left to pursue a solo career, depending on whose story you're listening too), they were left in quite a predicament. Not only did Roth leave, he took most of the band's management and their only producer up to that point, Ted Templeton, with him, to do his own albm, "Eat `Em and Smile". On that album, Roth would strip away the keyboards Eddie so adamantly added to the band's sound and returned to his earlier sound. So would Van Halen call it quits? They were all set for life, and had a very successful run of six multiplatnum albums. Or would they look for a new singer?

Well, we all know the answer to that. They began auditioning for new singers, and at one time entertained the idea of having different temp singers front the band for an album to see who the public liked (think Rock Star:INXS twenty years before they did a TV show about it).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great album - needs remastering 24 Sep 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Firstly I should say that I love the album - oustanding! So I looked forward to getting the CD version in the post. But seriously, the sound quality is awful! Tinny treble and lacking bass and middle - my old cassette sounds better! Love the tunes though, just felt I should warn anyone who is not half deaf yet... ;)
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE best Van Halen Album 6 Feb 2012
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I'm a long term VH fan and don't care for the two camps people have pitched up for the band (VH III didn't happen!). To be clear about things.

Having had a Van Halen binge the last week, I find myself coming back to 5150 time and again. I think it is the best album they ever made. Comparing the vocals of Hagar and Roth is totally moot, but the comparison to make between the two of them is their contribution to the song writing.

Hagar lit a fire under the song writing. When it is clear with objective listening Roth barely even bothered striking a match for much of his time with the band. 5150 screams into the room, massive thundering drums, steam train bass, Eddie going bonkers and huge screaming vocals. The album and the songs sound so much more exciting that anything Roth could ever really deliver. And I love Roth VH.

As a front man he was untouchable, but it was very one dimensional and meant the songs relied heavily on EVH to bring the flare to them and dazzle the listener. Which turned them into a one trick pony eventually. 1984 was as much as Roth was ever going to manage. Hagar, 5150 specifically, turned them into a band and song writers again and they made a massive leap forward with this album.

A high water mark from which they thankfully took a long time to recede.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How many times can you tell the same joke? 31 Jan 2012
By Hughami
Format:Audio CD
I must admit upfront, I was never a huge original Van Halen fan. I appreciated the guitar wizardry as a technical achievement, but DLR is a limited singer at best and the nudge nudge wink grew a little old with me. Yes, absolutely an Adonis and archetypal front man in Dave, but for all it was lauded, quite rightly taken in context, there is only so far you can go down that road. 1984, was probably the high water mark even if trouble hadn't been brewing between the band.

For proof of that theory, DLR lasted about two albums of, let's face it Van Halen, sans the Van Halen brothers, before the public got bored with the joke and his career died.

So enter Sammy Hagar, and of him I was and am a fan. Great singer and a charismatic front man... less showbiz, more content on all fronts. So, 5150 mirrors that change. The best album by VH, with or without Sammy. Great songs and musicianship allowed to run free with a bona fide singer and musician. Eddie and co never sounded more musical and free.

Sure not the jokey VH that so many love, but we have those albums, so no reason to hate this one on principle.

Try it, absorb it for what it is, an evolved band with a different sound -much like Rush every 4 or 5 albums... Trust me, freed from prejudice, you won't find a better album from any of these guys...
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4.0 out of 5 stars good catchy summer pop metal 20 Mar 2008
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This album is by any accounts a godd album with great summer driving anthems and ballards - which is one of the mains things you should be buying a van halen album for. However it is hard not to start comparing it to VH's earlier albums which were groundbreaking classics which will always come up high in lists of greatest albums. 5150 sounds like a different band and so as long as you are not expecting another VH1 or 1984 you will be very satisfied with this album. For some reason I still feel it neccessary to just state that SammyH can't come close to DLR (although I doubt that critics and fans will ever resolve that one!) and for that reason alone if you haven't got any other VH album then don't start with this - buy VH1 or 1984 for god's sake and you won't look back - if you have got them (both of them!) then buy this next!!

5150 contains 3 massive hits - dreams, why can't.. and love walks in, which are probably worth getting the album for alone, some of the other more rock/metal based cuts fall slightly below par (inside, good enough, get up)- and this is not just the fault of the singer, they just aren't memorable enough and so are consigned to background party music really.
Howver the pounding shout along 5150, the aforementioned hits, best of both worlds and summer nights are all potential classics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great and heaviest Van Halen's.
Published 26 days ago by David M.
4.0 out of 5 stars A GOOD ALBUM
I already have this on vinyl, so I decided to replace a few of my better albums with CDs - this is one of them.
A good price and good condition
Published 4 months ago by PETER HIGSON
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh yeah
Gotta love this classic rock. Takes me right back to the 80s! Eddie's guitar playing still sounds incredible after all these years.
Published 14 months ago by pjdiddy
1.0 out of 5 stars Edward Van Halen begins a career as a writer of music for shopping...
I am completely convinced that no-one ever reads reviews. One might therefore argue that I am wasting my considerable literary talents penning one but, dear reader, I do this from... Read more
Published 19 months ago by James Butterwick
I am sure the lads will agree that all,so called,"rock" or "metal" or whatever,one cannot help pondering the absolute archetypal brilliance of Motorhead... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Mr. S. P. Bunce
3.0 out of 5 stars should have done all ballads
Can overload on the synth on some songs in such a sugary sweet way that you will be in desperate need of fillings on completion of this album. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Anoosh Falak Rafat
5.0 out of 5 stars 5150 van halen album
If you like van halen and like the older rock then you will love this album its fantastic, its up there with kiss, whitesnake,acdc etc. Defo reminder of the eighties rock. Read more
Published on 9 Jun 2012 by sammy-jo
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad at all...
I am usually not incredibly bothered about mainstream US rawk... but this album was a pleasant surprise. Read more
Published on 22 April 2012 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A good record, but David Lee Roth is king
Forget about all the jabbering about who's the best singer of Van Halen. David Lee Roth is, was and always will be it, end of discussion. Read more
Published on 23 Feb 2012 by Smurf
5.0 out of 5 stars good stuff
well this is when they stop messing about and became serious isnt it?
as good as they were to watch with dave, in my opinion they only had 2 great records in there self titled... Read more
Published on 30 Mar 2008 by M. A. Jackson
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