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It's the shot heard round the world! Sammy Hagar's RED VOODOO is the rock 'n' roll party album of the new millennium. And who's gonna argue? Says Sammy of the new album, "It's about fun, it's about partying. It makes me want to go to Cabo and play." That Cabo connection is no accident. Sammy's infamous Cabo San Lucas club Cabo Wabo is the closest ... Read more in Amazon's Sammy Hagar Store

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  • Audio CD (25 Oct. 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Geffen
  • ASIN: B000000OM7
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,343 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I'll Fall In Love Again
2. There's Only One Way To Rock
3. Baby's On Fire
4. Can't Get Loose
5. Heavy Metal
6. Baby, It's You
7. Surrender
8. Inside Lookin' In
9. Sweet Hitchhiker
10. Piece Of My Heart

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Derek Clacton on 10 May 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
If you like classic early '80s American west-coast rock, you'll enjoy this and you're guaranteed high-energy performances throughout (all but two Sammy Hagar originals).

This is great driving music for rocking along Route 66 - or maybe even the A66 - although you might feel frustrated if you're parked on the M25 (you have been warned!).

There's a very live feel to the album and a sense of urgency at the start - no lengthy intro; quick drum, just 2 chords and it's straight in with the lead vocal on the optimistic "I'll Fall In Love Again". The opener is followed by a dramatically long pause, as if the Red Rocker was making sure he had enough breath, before launching into the heavyweight "There's Only One Way To Rock". Although the claim may be open to debate, the song itself (familiar to fans of Hagar-era Van Halen) is powered along by a classic double-stop riff and Mr Hagar convincingly stakes his claim that this is, indeed, the only way. The original Side 1 closed with, the even weightier, "Heavy Metal"; kicking off with another classic riff and ending with a terrific guitar solo - SH and Gary Pihl share guitar duties and both are highly capable plank spankers. The riffs on "There's Only One Way ... " and "Heavy Metal" shine enough on their own for me to give this album 5 stars!

The original Side 2 opened in a much calmer manner, with the heartfelt "Baby, It's You" - power-ballad verses and a poppy chorus - and the following 2 tracks, "Surrender" and "Inside Lookin' In", continue a pop/rock emphasis. With the penultimate track being a more up-tempo rocker, the live feel to the album is reinforced by the final song, "Piece Of My Heart", which acts almost like an encore.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By severedex on 8 Mar. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
not too bad an album,a very good example of early 80"s american rock.Mix could of been beefed up a bit more but overall ok.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
A True Classic 2 July 2005
By Splash Marshall - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is by far the best complete Sammy Hagar album ever released. The songs are well crafted hard rock gems. No other album in Sammy's career ever had this many quality songs all together. Even his Van Halen days didn't give us an album that matches these standards. Standing Hampton is one of the greatest albums ever made and has been on my list since the first time I heard it when I was a teenager. The album's killer grooves contain the top notch "Heavy Metal", "There's Only One Way To Rock", I'll Fall In Love Again" & "Baby, It's You". The albums lesser known tracks will not disappoint you as they are just as stellar as the singles. Hagars cover of "Piece Of My Heart" is fine version even if not as good as Janis's. I can't say how great Standing Hampton is you just have to hear it for yourself. I only wish that more people gave this incredible album its due!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
THERE IS ONLY ONE SAMMY...... 9 Feb. 2004
By JSwags - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Not much to add to what everyone has said. Sammy is immensely talented, with a flair to write great catchy,hard rocking songs.This and "Three Lock Box" are my two fave Sammy albums. Not sure which I would pick as the better one-they are both outstanding. The music scene today is seriously lacking great rock music that Sammy and a few others have made famous. "There's only one way to rock" and "Heavy Metal" are on the harder side while "Baby it's you" and "Surrender" are not as heavy but still great tunes that deserved to be hits! Everyone who loves Sammy already has this but if you are new to his music, you can't go wrong here
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
An early 80s AOR classic 21 April 2005
By Daniel Ferguson-Maltzman - Published on
Format: Audio CD
By the time Sammy Hagar released "Standing Hampton," the Red Rocker was already a veteran hard-rocker. The former Montrose and future Van Halen singer had spent the 70s releasing a string of solo albums for Capital Records. Although these albums, were for the most part consistently good, it's Hagar's 80s Geffen albums that see his finest solo offerings. Hagar's knack for writing good, catchy AOR songs hit its high point during this period. Released in 1981, "Standing Hampton" was the best album Hagar released, since Montrose's debut album, which was released five years earlier.

"Standing Hampton" is a great, meat-and-potatoes, 80s hard-rock album. It's all killer and no filler. Each song is tightly written and has a good hook, sing-along-chorus, and a few cool solos. Most of the songs on this disc are mid-tempo, but this album never gets tepid or runs out of steam. I would go as far as to say that "Standing Hampton" surpasses any album Hagar released with Van Halen, in terms of memorable, well-written songs with good hooks. As a guitar player, Hagar is no Eddie Van Halen, but his solos and playing on this album are still excellent. So even if Hagar isn't the most technically proficient guitarist, his playing and his solos are undeniably good. And most important, Hagar is a first class songwriter.

"Standing Hampton" is an enjoyable, good natured album. Personally, I feel that this album is sort of like musical meatloaf, it's comfort music. Although I should point out that it still is substantive; it's not mindless fun, like Poison.

The album starts off with the mid-tempo "I'll Fall in Love Again." A song about keeping it going after being burned. "There's Only One Way to Rock" is a fast-paced arena-rocker that could have easily been used for Van Halen (VH often played this song live). "Baby's On Fire" is another mid-tempo song that sounds a bit like "Man on a Mission" from Van Halen's "For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge" (1991). The synth-heavy rocker "Can't Get Loose" is one of Hagar's more underrated songs. It's a song about people who just can't seem to get a break. It features some of Hagar most thoughtful lyrics. "Heavy Metal" is another Hagar classic. It pretty much sums up the spirit of the genre for which the song is named. The album slows down a bit for the striking baled "Baby it's You." This underrated gem is far superior to many of the love songs for which Hagar is famous for (i.e., "Why Can't This Be Love," "Feels So Good.") "Surrender" is a more upbeat, underrated gem in the same vein. "Inside Lookin' In" is another very cool, catchy rocker, and keeps up the momentum. "Sweet Hitchhiker" along with "One Way to Rock" is one of the albums more fast-paced songs. The album closes with an excellent cover or the Janis Joplin classic "Piece of My Heart." This version may not surpass the original, but it's easily just as good. The saxophone solos are a nice touch.

"Standing Hampton," stands alongside Montrose's self-titled debut, Van Halen's "5150," and "Balance" and his first post VH album "Marching to Mars" as Hagar's best work. Any fan of 80s rock, AOR, or Van Halen is sure to love "Standing Hampton."
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
His best album 4 Jan. 2001
By Musicfan68 - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I bought the album in 1981 and I still love it. It made me a Sammy Hagar fan. I still remember the time when I listened to it the first time and how much it impressed me. "I'll Fall In Love Again" (a smaller hit in the USA, which just touched the top 40; in my opinion it should have become a No. 1 hit), "There's Only One Way To Rock", "Baby's On Fire" and "Heavy Metal" are among the best songs he has ever written. Unfortunately he never released an other album that was as good as this one. It's one of the best rock albums ever.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Among the best rock albums of all time. 1 May 2002
By David Fleming - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Hagar fans already know how amazing Standing Hampton is. So here's something for those of you who don't already know Hagar. If you like straight-up rock, if you like heavy, guitar driven rock, if you like songs that are fun but do actually have something to say, then listen to this album.
I very rarely give a five-star rating to anything. My first exposure to Hagar was Three Lock Box, which I loved (but still only gave 4 stars). Because I enjoyed that one so much, I bought Standing Hampton. That was a couple of decades ago, and I still love this album. There are so few albums that are so fun, so skillfully written, so amazingly performed and produced, and that can hold up so well for so long as this album.
If asked the classic "if you could only have 10 albums for the rest of your life..." I would definitely include this one.
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