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A Different Kind Of Truth CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition

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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 (6 Feb. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Polydor Group
  • ASIN: B006W3HIJU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,841 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Tattoo
2. She's The Woman
3. You and Your Blues
4. China Town
5. Blood and Fire
6. Bullethead
7. As Is
8. Honeybabysweetiedoll
9. The Trouble With Never
10. Outta Space
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Panama (The Downtown Sessions DVD)
2. You And Your Blues (Intro) (The Downtown Sessions DVD)
3. You And Your Blues (The Downtown Sessions DVD)
4. Beautiful Girls (The Downtown Sessions DVD)

Product Description

A Different Kind Of Truth is Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Van Halen's first original studio album with singer David Lee Roth since the band’s classic multi-platinum album 1984. It is also the first album of any kind from the band in fourteen years. The album features the single "Tattoo". This deluxe edition also includes a bonus "Downtown Sessions" DVD.

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Slurms McKenzie TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Feb. 2012
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First things first - this record deserves to be listened to with big speakers, loud - not through your laptop!

Tattoo - I love it, but it`s the weakest song on the record. Reworks an old demo, "Down in Flames", very modern sounding, great solo, and strong performance lyrically and vocally from Dave.

She's The Woman - Another new "old" song. Transports you straight back to the late 70s, wah-wah intro, badass bass line, great groove, classic Dave, and classic Van Halen.

You and Your Blues - superb intro, Dave really sounding great, singalong bridge and chorus.

China Town - What the what? Van Maiden intro :) Proper ballstothewall Van Halen! Think Romeo Delight, Sinners Swing or DOA. Wow. Eddie is 57 remember. not 17.

Blood and Fire - I love this song so much. It could fit somewhere on side two of 1984. Eddie gives one of those solos that makes you freeze what you`re doing.

Bullethead - quick, punchy hard-rockin` CVH.

As Is - Now, this is how to start a song! A bit of magic from Alex, Eddie grooving like it`s 1984, Dave at a hundred mph - "everybody, let`s stay focussed" - it`s pure Van Halen boogie. Eddie`s solo sounds like Eruption...speeded up.

Honeybabysweetiedoll - Sounds like an obscure DLR song called Flex. Really powerful bass, sounds like nothing they`ve done before, almost like industrial metal.

The Trouble With Never - very DLR, funny lyrics - "When you turn on your stereo, does it return the favour?". Lots of wah-wah, think it got stuck in the "on" position :)

Outta Space - Brilliant fun, it`s an old Eddie riff, powerful from everyone. Great words.

Stay Frosty - Remember Ice Cream Man?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Slurms McKenzie TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Feb. 2012
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I`m a Van Halen fan. That means DLR to me. So, is it worth the wait? And first things first - this record deserves to be listened to with big speakers, loud - not through your laptop!

Tattoo - I love it, but it`s the weakest song on the record. Reworks an old demo, "Down in Flames", very modern sounding, great solo, and strong performance lyrically and vocally from Dave.

She's The Woman - Another new "old" song. Transports you straight back to the late 70s, wah-wah intro, badass bass line, great groove, classic Dave, and classic Van Halen.

You and Your Blues - superb intro, Dave really sounding great, singalong bridge and chorus.

China Town - What the what? Van Maiden intro :) Proper ballstothewall Van Halen! Think Romeo Delight, Sinners Swing or DOA. Wow. Eddie is 57 remember. not 17.

Blood and Fire - I love this song so much. It could fit somewhere on side two of 1984. Eddie gives one of those solos that makes you freeze what you`re doing.

Bullethead - quick, punchy hard-rockin` CVH.

As Is - Now, this is how to start a song! A bit of magic from Alex, Eddie grooving like it`s 1984, Dave at a hundred mph - "everybody, let`s stay focussed" - it`s pure Van Halen boogie. Eddie`s solo sounds like Eruption...speeded up.

Honeybabysweetiedoll - Reminds me of an obscure DLR song called Flex. Really powerful bass, sounds like nothing Van Halen have done before, almost like industrial metal. A million miles from Van Hagar.

The Trouble With Never - very DLR, funny lyrics - "When you turn on your stereo, does it return the favour?". Lots of wah-wah, think it got stuck in the "on" position :)

Outta Space - Brilliant fun, it`s an old Eddie riff, powerful from everyone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. Cashmore on 24 Feb. 2012
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First things first - I am a fan of both the DLR and Sammy Hagar era bands (don't ask me about the Cherone era!). However, upon first listen to 'A Different Kind of Truth', I realised just how much I'd missed the DLR fronted version.

What really hit home the most was the fact that a lot of the groove and tongue-in-cheek humour has been absent from Van Halen records since the '1984' album. From 5150 through to the Cherone-fronted VHIII, there has been nothing to match the good-time boogie of 'I'm the One' or 'Hot for Teacher', and no vocal ad-libs along the lines of "One break coming up!" as heard in 'Unchained'.

With this in mind, 'A Different Kind of Truth' delivers on all fronts. Some of the songs really do sound like they came straight off an early VH record. 'She's the Woman' could've been a VHI outake, 'Bullethead' would sit nicely on VHII and 'Blood and Fire' a definite possibility for inclusion on '1984'. The fact that Eddie and Wolfgang scoured the vaults digging out old riffs and songs for inclusion on the new album has really paid dividends. Lazy songwriting? Maybe. A great way of connecting with the past? Definitely.

One of the big debates is how much original bassist Michael Anthony is missed. For my money, the big pull of VH will always be Eddie and, even though Anthony's vocal is a clearly absent, his bass playing was never that unique as to leave a large hole in the sound.

Pros of the album: Without doubt a high tempo, high energy record which is up there with any of the early VH canon and, in fact, is probably one of their most consistent records.

Cons of the album: Whilst his playing is as top notch as ever, I was a little disappointed that EVH didn't recover the beautiful guitar tone that he had up to the '1984' album. Bring back the Frankstrat!
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