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Fair Warning (US Internet Release)

Fair Warning (US Internet Release)

17 Aug 2004

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  • Original Release Date: 17 Aug 2004
  • Release Date: 17 Aug 2004
  • Label: Rhino/Warner Bros.
  • Copyright: 2004 Warner Bros. Records. Manufactured and Marketed by Warner Strategic Marketing.
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  • Total Length: 31:12
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  • ASIN: B001LBK8WC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,097 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 6 Dec 2000
Format: Audio CD
By the early 80s the strain that was later to drive David Lee Roth to leave the band had started to become evident. The result was Fair Warning, regarded by many Van Halen fans as their best album to date.
Many of the guitar parts were written through the night by a troubled Edward Van Halen who was finding it hard to spend time with the band's hyperactive frontman. The sheer depth of emotion hurls itself from the guitar throughout the album.
Dispite the division that was creeping in, the song writing partnership between the singer and guitarist was second to none. In all of Van Halen's first six albums this is is never more apparrent than in 'Unchained' and 'Mean Street', two songs that 20 years on have never been bettered.
Fair Warning represents what heavy metal should have been. Indeed, several lesser bands spent most of the 80s trying (and failing miserably) to sound like this.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MT on 6 Feb 2012
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Prior to buying this album (in the remastered form - which is essential), I'd only ever heard Unchained (itself one of VH's best songs). Many reviews had put me off stating this to be a darker album with less party style anthems we/I had become accustomed to. Now I have heard it in its entirety (and this is an album that works better by listening in one sitting than as standalone tracks), it ranks as my joint #1 album by the band (alongside VHII).

Every song is a winner. The opening Mean Streets is full of streetwise sass, you can imagine it scoring the opening to a New York Scorsese movie. In fact, where Women & Children First was the soundtrack to many a summer BBQ along the American West Coast in 1980, a year later this soundtracks the dark neon lit underbelly of the East Coast. It is a darker album without a doubt but not darker in a sombre way.

It's possibly the most `heavy metal' Van Halen have ever been......And it totally Rocks!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Basskenstein on 20 Aug 2013
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Excellent performance, song writing and production throughout. The band is on fire and there's even a proto-trip hop track thrown in for good measure in the shape of Sunday Afternoon In The Park. DJ Shadow take note! The debut, Van Halen, beats this for sheer impact and 1984 has the best overall selection of songs, but this one wins in the full package stakes. Buy it and unleash the tennis racket!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bogie on 27 Oct 2010
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It's not as accessible as most of the other Van Halen albums, I'll admit it was not the Van Halen album spending most time on the turntable when I was a youngster. But as the other albums fade more or less over time, you realise that this one is actually getting stronger. It has stood the test of time, this album has some of the greatest and meanest guitar riffs ever, a true rock classic by any measure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Robert Lismore on 30 April 2014
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This re-mastered Van Halen cd is so much clearer and louder that the old cd . I just have to tell people to go and get these re-mastered cd .
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Williams TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Oct 2005
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I got Fair Warning when it was released in 1981 and was totally awestruck by the whole album. And 24 years later I still love it. I think Eddie Van Halen's brown sound is the best guitar sound ever recorded.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Monks on 15 April 2009
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I feel that it captures this great band at their absolute peak and is full of fire and anger and it features some of Eddies best recorded guitar tones, which is high praise indeed. The guitar playing on this cd is unbelievable from start to finish from the slap guitar intro to Mean Streets to the outro solo on One Foot Out The Door, definitely one of his most underated guitar solos. He is simply awesome throughout the album and younger listeners can hear where other great guitarists, Vai/Satriain/Wylde/Dimebag etc have copped his licks. However, there is only one original Eddie!

This album features a wide aray of Van Halen music from the catchy metal pop of So This Is Love and Unchained to the weird synthiser based instrumental Sunday Afternoon In The Park, slide guitar on Dirty Movies and Funky stylings of When Push Comes To Shove. However don't be put off by that as this album flat out rocks. Eddie's brilliance is matched by the ever brilliant Dave Lee Roth whose lack of vocal skills is more than made up for with his wit, charm and charisma. For me he is unrivalled in 80's rock front men and is perfect for this band. For me all cd's by this era of the band, eg with Roth, are absolute classics and must own items for all fans of 80's rock. Whilst the first album and 1984 tend to generate the classic album status, and deservedly so, I feel that the mid era albums such as this one tend to be a little neglected. Please give them a try as they feature some of the bands most diverse, challenging and greatest music.
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By G. J. Cullen on 24 Mar 2014
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Eddie at his best. An album that absolutely fools it's age. Of course you would expect that from a band of Van Halen calibre.
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