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Van Halen [Original recording remastered]

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 (22 Jan 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B00004Y6O9
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,943 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best debut ever 10 May 2010
Format:Audio CD
Best debut ever? Quite possibly. When this hit, jaws dropped. Literally. It tore up the old order, chewed it up and spat it out. It completely redefined how to to hard rock. The best front man and guitarist ever, combine with a brilliant rhythm section (and secret weapon backing vocals) to blow the pants off every once before and after. Guitar colleges divide the syllabus between before and after Eddie. Listen to Eurption to find out why. the ultimate guitar bomb.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the greatest debut album 19 Feb 2010
By Little Cat Voom TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
I read a brilliant line recently that said who would you want to represent Earth in a massive inter-galactic war? The answer was of course 1970s Van Halen with David Lee Roth! I`ve loved VH since I discovered them in the 80s as a twelve year old boy. If I was off to the proverbial desert island tomorrow and had to pick something by Van Halen...well, it would be between this and "Fair Warning". I suppose this might be the better choice for a life of isolation though - it is brilliant in all the right musical ways but will make you smile too (something "Fair Warning" is less likely to do due to it`s darker mood).

This album really does feel like it was made by a bunch of young guys who have too much energy and talent to be anything other than superstars. Because that`s what it is. The standard of musicianship and originality is so incredible, I just wish I had been buying records at two years of age, instead of wasting 1977-1987 without Van Halen in my life. This remastered version is definitely worth buying - it`s as it should be heard. The guitar-capability-shattering "Eruption" explodes from the speakers with the tone Eddie has spent his life chasing, "Ice Cream Man" seems funnier and Roth even more sleazy, "I`m The One" showcases each band member at their best and their harmonies in the middle are bookended by Roth brilliance and Eddie creating fretboard-singeing speed...I haven`t even mentioned "You Really Got Me" - which now sounds utterly wrong by The Kinks! - and "On Fire", "Little Dreamer" etc. This is solely because I`m trying to keep this review briefish, and once I start thinking about how much this album means to me still, and how different my life would be without having heard VH...I`ll never stop writing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Your going to have Fun Fun Fun.... 17 Jan 2012
By Mr Blackwell TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Arguably the greatest debut album ever...

Arguably the greatest Heavy Rock album ever...

Unquestionably MY favourite rock album of alltime..

From the moment those horns open the disc to the final strains of 'On Fire' you'll have a permanent smile,this is party music,not too be taken seriously,its to be enjoyed,Van Halen spells F-U-N.

This disc released in '78 set the template for latter day rock,it showed that heavy rock could exist in 2-3 minute sound bites,revel in 'Eruption'.. one of the finest recorded guitar solo's,the stunning power pop of 'Jamie's Cryin or 'Little Dreamer'.

Warm to the sound of a band at its peak,even though its their debut,thrill to the classic rock of 'Aint Talkin 'Bout Love','Atomic Punk' & 'Runnin With The Devil,smile at the audacity to cover the Kinks' 'You Really Got Me' and make it their own while laugh at the humour of 'Ice Cream Man'.

Having said all that it should not be overlooked ,the stunning musicianship found in the band , Eddie Van Halen, a master in his field,his brother Alex,solid and dependable on drums,Michael Anthony,the unsung hero of this band,superb bass player(listen to the bass on 'On Fire') and fantastic backing vocals/harmonies,with David Lee Roth's non vocals compulsive listening and what a front man.

I've listened to this album for 30 years plus,it never fails too cheer me up,the digital remaster has enhanced the sound,its perfect.

ps We should thank Gene Simmons for financing the demo.although i read many moons ago that D L Roth felt Simmons was auditioning the Van Halen brothers to replace Ace and Peter in Kiss,they did play on his demos for the Love Gun album,can you imagine what that band would have sounded like ha ha.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh... the days when rock was about having fun... 17 Oct 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Yes, Van Halen 1 is definitely an album that shows a band who are genuinely having a good time. There's also the small point that it is filled with brilliant songs. Eddie Van Halen's virtuoso guitar playing may seem rather strange to people who grew up after Nirvana killed proficiency in rock guitar, but I dare any sane and sensible person not to get addicted to the catchy riffs and wonderful tone of this guitar god. As for the lyrics, well, David Lee Roth does tend to repeat himself a lot in any given song, but there aren't many singers who could have sung "Aint talkin' 'bout love" like he did, and what he lacks in actual singing proficiency he makes up in attitude. As for the stand out songs, well, "Runnin' with the devil" and "Aint talkin' 'bout love" are superb, "Eruption" is breathtaking (for the uninitiated Eruption is Eddie Van Halen's groundbreaking guitar solo), "Atomic Punk" thunders along with true rock 'n roll attitude, and "Little Dreamer" is a pleasantly compelling song. This album is short, but that's a good thing, because you'll be needing heart surgery by the end of "Eruption", and that's only the second song. Also, it's short length prevents the inclusion of any boring filler tracks. Be warned, if depressed as hell nu-metal is your thing (don't worry, you'll grow out of it), then this album isn't for you. This is a band that is enjoying themselves (it was recorded in 1978), and it's one of the most important rock debuts ever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars eruption
bought this cd for eruption alone worth every penny, guitar solo is legendary hail to muisc im not worthy im not worthy hail to van halen awsome
Published 1 month ago by brian rigg junior
5.0 out of 5 stars Re-mastered realy works
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 .
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Robert Lismore
4.0 out of 5 stars Good music
The music is good but the mastering is not at the highest level of fidelity. It is less hot than the CD version but still steps away from audiophile quality.
Published 6 months ago by cvision123
5.0 out of 5 stars Yea baby.
Aint talking bout dub, Yea i love it, goes great with motorhead and iron maiden. The Cd was new and played very well. THX.
Published 11 months ago by Alexander Jagiela
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock Guitar turned on its head
This album represents a pivotal moment in Rock. After the jaded noodlings and ramblings of Prog Rock in the early 70's there was the inevitable Punk Backlash and the 'Anti-Guitar... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Doyle
5.0 out of 5 stars the best
a must have album for all van halen fans, listening to this classic rock music brings back the memories of fantastic times.
Published 13 months ago by graham firth
5.0 out of 5 stars World's Fastest Ice Cream Van
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Do you like Halens? (No, not the Bromine containing Organic compounds, they're Halons)

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Published 15 months ago by Pesto Fingeration
5.0 out of 5 stars A game changer
This album was such a massive influence on Us Hard rock/Metal for the next 25 years. Coming back to it after 10 years it's clear why. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Stuart Robertson
1.0 out of 5 stars DON'T BUY! Not from this source anyway- until Quality is assured
This is the second time I've bought this album in the last few years (probably from the same source as I am short minded) and the second time I've had garbage to listen to: the... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mr G Holford
1.0 out of 5 stars BEWARE HDCD
This is a fantastic recording when played in my Marantz hifi CD player, and it is an excellent 'classic' album. Read more
Published 18 months ago by anotherconsumer
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