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Falls Between Two Stools,
This review is from: Best of Both Worlds - The Very Best of Van Halen (Audio CD)
Let me start by saying that the music here is 5 star all the way through, the problem is with the execution. I bought this set on the basis of the track listing I'd seen, but beware because the disc has been reconfigured. Instead of the chronological history, the tracks are mixed up on the basis of one Hagar track, followed by a Lee Roth track. This totally screws the set up.
Lets face it, "Eruption" should segue straight into "You Really Got Me", why then does "Eruption" open disc 1 to be followed by the three new tracks? Do the compilers not appreciate how ultimately crap it is to put a song like "Finish What You Started" between "Ain't Talkin' About Love" and "You Really Got Me"? I could go on, and this compilation does and it's an absolute tragedy!
Why oh why has this been done? Whatever the compilers think, the Lee Roth VH is not the same as the Hagar VH. If they'd have followed the chronological listing this would have been a must have set. Instead I'd say either buy the previous 1 CD compilation or get this and reconfigure it yourself. As for the compilers, whoever they are, you really need to appreciate that music like this needs presenting in its proper context. It's not just product to be sold to the unsuspecting masses. We care and we're getting fed up!!!