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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How can you NOT have this album??!
This a great an album from the days when Van Halen seemed to go into the recording studios and just have a blast! The stand-out tracks are the anthemic "Jump" - nonsensical lyrics but a brilliant track with an awesome guitar solo - a real must for the air guitarist! "Panama" is the kind of track that has to be played at ear-splitting volume while...
Published on 2 Jan. 2002

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1.0 out of 5 stars One song, an album of noise
I know that it's not the 80's anymore but this album was probably always rubbish. Apart from Jump the rest is dreadful. And I'd forgotten what a poor singer DLR is. Sammy Haggar may not be the cool one but at least he could sing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How can you NOT have this album??!, 2 Jan. 2002
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This review is from: 1984 (Audio CD)
This a great an album from the days when Van Halen seemed to go into the recording studios and just have a blast! The stand-out tracks are the anthemic "Jump" - nonsensical lyrics but a brilliant track with an awesome guitar solo - a real must for the air guitarist! "Panama" is the kind of track that has to be played at ear-splitting volume while driving a convertible at top speed in the summer sun - guaranteed to get you tapping your foot and roaring along with the chorus. As for "Hot For Teacher" no matter how often I hear it, it always makes me laugh and smile at Dave Lee Roth's spoken lines before the rip-roaring verse and chorus kicks in. The other songs featured are great too, but the above three alone are worth the price of the album. Edward Van Halen's amazing skill with the guitar, Michael Anthony's superb bass lines, Alex Van Halen's imaginative drumming and those crazy David Lee Roth vocals... AWESOME! Buy it now!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The last great VH album?, 12 Mar. 2007
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This review is from: 1984 (Audio CD)
As everyone knows, their great frontman left after this amidst much recrimination and blaming-each-other on the parts of EVH and Roth. It`s pretty scary that it all happened 23 years ago (I missed it being too traumatising back then, due to my age)...but if only Eddie wasn`t in and out of rehab in 2007 and they could just get along I`d still love to see the classic VH line-up live, and even better, record some new stuff.

I still think 6 amazing albums is a pretty decent output, and can`t think of many other bands who`ve managed that. 1984 isn`t my favourite, but it`s still a stunning, 5-star effort. The band weren`t all that happy with Eddie starting to throw a few keyboard numbers in and I think I agree with them, but "Jump" and "I`ll Wait" are great songs, just not the hard rock we`d learned to adore from the previous albums. "Jump" has one of Eddie`s greatest guitar solos on for sure. It`s not really that song though that makes the album so special. There a three or four others that are a sign of a band at it`s absolute peak. Firstly, "Panama", classic Roth, with the sort of tongue-in-cheek sleaze that VH never showcased again with Sammy Hagar. Classic Eddie too, he just blows me away every song. Alex and Mike are great as ever too. "Hot For Teacher" is wonderful too, funny and loud and a real party song! "Top Jimmy", "Drop Dead Legs" and "Girl Gone Bad" would be career-best songs by any other rock `n` roll band. My favourite song though is one of the less heralded VH tracks and the album closer, "House of Pain". It`s almost as though Eddie had distilled all his anger with Roth`s antics and released it in the form of this huge, monster of an attacking solo. It was one of the earliest written VH songs that missed the cut on all their other albums but Alex insisted it was on this time and thank God. If I could play the solo I would die a satisfied man...it`s amazing and I`m always stunned by it...I know guitar playing isn`t all about speed, and that`s why I love EVH because the feel is incredible too and it`s perfect.

So, buy it. And revel in the greatest four-piece rock band there ever was (and who knows...perhaps they will be again one day)!
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5.0 out of 5 stars LYRICAL LAMPOONERY AND GUTSY GUITARS, 7 Sept. 2001
This review is from: 1984 (Audio CD)
If you take a moment to think deeply about it, the year 1984 was a shining jewel in the very drab crown that was the 80's music era. This album is fittingly titled in retrospect, seeing Dave Lee Roth's departure from the band ending on a high note. Although the band were experiencing considerable personal difficulties throughout the writing and recording of this album, none of that manifests. On the contrary, this album is ultimately a "feel-good" recording, hailing back to a time when everyone wanted to play guitar like Eddie, and get the girls with one-liners spawned from Roth's verbal catalogue with a cheeky grin. The album incorpotated more widespread use of synthesizers, and saw the band more mainstream as a consequence. Despite this, Eddie still continues to amaze us with his matured use of finger-tapping, and guitarists amongst us will undoubtedly remember trying to copy his 6 fret stretch that is the incredible opening riff to "Hot For Teacher." As if Alex's double kick-drum technique wasn't enough! This track starts with drum patterns that sound like a Harley Davidson idling ready to be revved up to produce a staggering sonic boom.......enter Eddie! Other stand-out tracks include the legendary "Jump" featuring more keyboards and another famous guitar solo - just to prove again that Eddie hasn't taken leave of his senses and gone soft on you. "Top Jimmy" sounds like more Roth's work than anyone elses, and no doubt used a formlua that was to ensure his initial solo success. Tracks from his debut solo LP "Eat 'Em And Smile" sound similar. "Panama" is another feel-good song, with it's open road imagery and fast car references. I don't know about you, but I definately drive better when this track is on! If you want to be taken out of your little world for a while, if you want the sun to shine, if you want to imagine pretty ladies, if you want to hang out with the coolest bunch of lads in the universe.........check this out.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forget the hits, the best tracks are the unknown ones, 16 Aug. 2005
This review is from: 1984 [CASSETTE] (Audio Cassette)
Every review on here mentions the hits on the Album: Jump, Panama, Hot for Teacher, I'll Wait. Undoubtedly, these are all very good songs. But the songs that make this album one of the all time greats are: Girl Gone Bad, House of Pain, Top Jimmy, and Drop Dead Legs.
Girl Gone Bad and House of Pain are perfect examples of why Van Halen arguably can be considered the best Rock band ever. Virtuoso performances from everyone with an angry edge...the type of songs that leave you with your mouth hanging open at a loss for words.
Top Jimmy and Drop Dead Legs are at the other end of the spectrum: Virtuoso performances from everyone with a fun "let's party" edge...you can spend countless hours trying to listen to every riff that comes off of Eddie's guitar.
1984 is a Top 5 of all time album. Buy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the defining albums of the 1980s, 1 Oct. 2007
This review is from: 1984 (Audio CD)
Released December 31, 1983, 1984 is the last record released (to date; there are rumbles of a new Roth project looming on the horizon) by the original lineup of Van Halen. And what an album it is. After 1984's questionable processor DIVER DOWN, not only did Eddie Van Halen prove his band could write great pop-metal, he showed beyond any doubt Van Halen had some of the best rock the 1980s had to offer.

In many ways, 1984 is one of the most important for the band from a psychological perspective. Van Halen's first three albums were very successful. Eddie went into a dark era of his life, which lead to the creation of FAIR WARNING, one of the dirtiest, mean-spirited rock albums ever recorded. Due to the chilly reception this disc got, Roth wanted DIVER DOWN to be more sunny and poppy to make up for the lacking sales of FAIR WARNING.

Roth pressured the band to record a bunch of cover songs, with only a few original songs. This resulted in DIVER DOWN, easily the most uneven and weakest of the six Roth albums. At Eddie's disgust, he decided he'd rather make it with his own material than rely on other songwriters, and so took control for DIVER DOWN'S follow up. The Van Halen brothers were so dissatisfied with DIVER DOWN that Eddie founded his own studio, 5150, and recorded the band's music on his own terms. While this direction or artistic integrity would later lead to the career-killing VAN HALEN III, on 1984, Eddie's decision to take control of the band's future paid off in spades.

The biggest change to the music from the previous five LPs was the incorporation of keyboards, a decision David Lee Roth was not entirely happy with. Eddie is a classically trained pianist, and had been wanting to bring them in for some time. 1984 is notable for really being among the first pop-metal albums to use synthesizers, which in the ensuing years would be widely employed by any number of bands in the pop-metal genre. Ironically enough, 5150, the band's next album and first with Sammy Hagar, is a natural extension of the direction Eddie began here. One of the album's biggest songs, "Jump", is built around keyboards rather than guitar.

The songs of 1984 are some of the best, shiniest, and just plain fun pop metal around. The title cut is a short one minute keyboard instrumental.

"Panama" is one of VH's best hard rock songs, and the only song about cars the band has.

"Jump", the aforementioned song, is one of their most famous songs, and one of the biggest hits of the early 1980s.

"I'll Wait", another synth song, was a top ten hit about Roth falling in love with a model in magizines and having to deal with that heart break (think The Who's "Pictures of Lily", only with less mastu involved). Most famous people have to deal with obsessive-compulsive stalkers such as this, I suppose. Lot more scary in real life than in the song.

"Drop Dead Legs" is another typical hot mama VH song, but non the worst for the wear for common lyrical preoccupation for the boys (read: sex). Has kind of a slow rock tempo that's just dripping with raging . . . hormones and testosterone.

"Hot For Teacher", with its amazing drum work and blistering guitar, was also a huge hit with an equally famous video. This was years before a lot of the teacher-sex scandals began breaking out all over the US. Don't know what school the boys in the video went too, but my teachers sure as hell didn't look like that.

That leaves the last two songs. While the whole party atmosphere that so characterizes Van Halen is maintained through the album, there's trouble in paradise. "Girl Gone Bad" is about exactly what it says it is. "House of Pain" is another troubled relationship, with Roth declaring he'd make it where his woman could never lead this house of pain. ["House of Pain" has Roth dumping his girl cause she's a little bit too much into S&M for his tastes.] This is actually one of Van Halen's oldest songs, written before they got a record deal and resurrected at Alex Van Halen's insistence years after its initial composition.

Much like the end of the album, no matter how great the party there's always trouble somewhere. After the band released 1984, there was trouble in paradise between the brothers and their gonzo frontman, and David Lee Roth split in 1985 to forge a solo career. Van Halen hired Sammy Hagar and issued the first Van Hagar album in 1986, and so began the never resolved Hagar/Roth debate.

Ultimately, the whole Roth/Hagar debate is neither here nor there in regards to 1984. Had Van Halen called it quits after this record, they would still be remembered as a great rock and roll band, if a little preoccupied with sex and the frat boy image. Without a doubt, this, along with their debut, is easily the pinnacle of their achievements with Roth as front man. Both records are essential staples in any rock fan's collection. As to which is better is hard to say - VAN HALEN is one of the best, most fully realised debuts released by any band. Their sound was instantly defined and had amazing guitar which would prove to be enormously influential, far beyond the scope of most pop-metal bands. 1984 equally looms large, influencing and shaping the rest of the decade.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LYRICAL LAMPOONERY AND GUTSY GUITARS, 7 Sept. 2001
This review is from: 1984 (Audio CD)
If you take a moment to think deeply about it, the year 1984 was a shining jewel in the very drab crown that was the 80's music era. This album is fittingly titled in retrospect, seeing Dave Lee Roth's departure from the band ending on a high note. Although the band were experiencing considerable personal difficulties throughout the writing and recording of this album, none of that manifests. On the contrary, this album is ultimately a "feel-good" recording, hailing back to a time when everyone wanted to play guitar like Eddie, and get the girls with one-liners spawned from Roth's verbal catalogue with a cheeky grin. The album incorpotated more widespread use of synthesizers, and saw the band more mainstream as a consequence. Despite this, Eddie still continues to amaze us with his matured use of finger-tapping, and guitarists amongst us will undoubtedly remember trying to copy his 6 fret stretch that is the incredible opening riff to "Hot For Teacher." As if Alex's double kick-drum technique wasn't enough! This track starts with drum patterns that sound like a Harley Davidson idling ready to be revved up to produce a staggering sonic boom.......enter Eddie! Other stand-out tracks include the legendary "Jump" featuring more keyboards and another famous guitar solo - just to prove again that Eddie hasn't taken leave of his senses and gone soft on you. "Top Jimmy" sounds like more Roth's work than anyone elses, and no doubt used a formlua that was to ensure his initial solo success. Tracks from his debut solo LP "Eat 'Em And Smile" sound similar. "Panama" is another feel-good song, with it's open road imagery and fast car references. I don't know about you, but I definately drive better when this track is on! If you want to be taken out of your little world for a while, if you want the sun to shine, if you want to imagine pretty ladies, if you want to hang out with the coolest bunch of lads in the universe.........check this out.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Wait, Buy Now!, 14 Jan. 2004
This review is from: 1984 (Audio CD)
This was the second Van Halen album I bought, and I have to admit it took me a week or so to get into it. I thought, from listening to the first track, 1984, that Eddie was going too heavy on the synth, and then, with Jump following it, I thought I'd made a mistake.
But now, this is one of my all-time favourite albums, which definitely shows that you should give new albums a chance. Let's not beat around the bush here: 1984 is utter quality, and I know people would probably brand me a heretic for what I'm about to say, but...the original lineup with David Lee Roth was as talented a band as Led Zeppelin.
Despite my initial reaction, 1984 isn't too heavy on the synth at all: most tracks are guitar-heavy, such as the excellent Panama (with which I welcomed in 2004) and the awesome boogie Hot For Teacher (which is also a great example of Eddie's brother Alex's superb drumming). Roth is again a perfect vocal choice to put forward these testosterone-laden tracks, able to sound like an obsessive teenager in I'll Wait, to the frustrated roar in House of Pain, the superb closer.
After this, you'll probably agree: it's a shame that Roth had to leave.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock as it should be., 1 April 2007
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Musicman "waggstar" (Truro, Cornwall, U.K.) - See all my reviews
This review is from: 1984 (Audio CD)
A tight, taught, frantic, sharp album, which has a relatively short running time but is crammed with more ideas, riffs, screams, grooves, hooks, yelps, innuendos, fun and of course brilliant guitar solos, than most records you'll hear.

The amount of ideas falling out of Eddie's guitar on the eight (proper) songs on the disc are worth the admission price alone. Add to that DLR, (who can almost be heard strutting about the studio when you're listening to it) in the peak of his pomp, and one of the best engine rooms in the business,(ever) grinding away behind them, and you have the complete rock record.

If you only ever buy one Van Halen album, make it this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars at the top of their game here., 4 July 2012
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This review is from: 1984 (Audio CD)
this was their strongest release since their first classic. Not that the ones that came between were bad! Van Halen had the chops and talent to make great melodic hard rock and capture fans all over the world. Todays metal mostly is thrash and doesn't sell well. But young people still find this type of metal to be worth discovering. AT least in the schools I worked at. few wanted thrash they wanted melodic metal like this. This has several hit singles on it and the biggest being jump. Unlike the present where any idiot with a machine can make a song these were very talented musicians and they were at their peak here. Sammy hagar would lead them through the next releases which did quite well too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A "must have" album!, 1 May 2011
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This review is from: 1984 (Audio CD)
1984... the album that's as good as the year...
This was the final album with David Lee Roth on lead vocals, came out here in the uk in 1984, the singles "jump" and "panama" are the most played on planet rock today but also features the other single "hot for teacher", a definate must have album for any van halen fan or 1980's collector.

From myself... very highly recommended... still sounds better with the volume turned up... just like the LP did in 1984 :)
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