Van Halen

by Van Halen

WEA/Warner Brothers #B000002KH3

Personnel David Lee Roth - Vocals; Eddie Van Halen - Guitar, Keyboard, vocals; Michael Anthony - Bass, Vocals; Alex Van Halen - Drums
Description The first from the ever changing foursome. The track list says it all, "Running with the Devil", "Eruption", "You really got me"... need I say more?
Posted By Jason Reich (1765)
Directory Recordings: Rock/Pop
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On 9/6/2004, Tyler Mullins (142) posted:
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EVH is created a league and sound of his own with this album, and VH is just a great band
On 5/12/2002, Justin Nagy (1219) posted:
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A metal classic indeed. Opening up with the controversial "Running with the Devil", Van Halen's first album is a major player in the rock world. Next up is Eddie Van Halen's infamous tours de force in "Eruption". David Lee Roth demonstrates some spectacular singing on all the tracks, and Eddie's electrifying guitar parts are always present. Top it off wih Alex Van Halen keeping the beat, and you've got an instant classic. This should be your first Van Halen album.
On 4/18/2001, Inactive Member posted:
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This is one of the craziest things I've ever heard. The other day I was listening to Joe Perry, Steve Vai, Jimmy Page, etc. and I was thinking: "Well, Jesus Christ. I've always thought Eddie was the greatest guitar player ever, but I might just be biased and he might be overrated." I looked a some Eddie tabs and tried to play 'em and then listened to this cd. And believe me, when you listen to this you will get your head on straight about who is the best damn rock guitarist in the history of humankind. I just sat there listening to that F---ING AWESOME tone, and thought "F---! It sounds like there's a little bit of wah wah, compression, flanging, distortion, reverb, phasing, etc. etc. etc. all at once. What a tone! How the hell does he set up his amp?" But then I found out that he just used a Fender he modified at home and played it straight through a Marshall! Jeez! Not to mention the insane pop genius at work here on tunes like Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love, Jamie's Cryin', and Feel Your Love Tonight. I'm The One is an insane jam as well. The solo on Ice Cream Man is nuts! The vocals are great, the drumming is sweet too. Roth sounds like a Beach Boy from hell on this CD and screams like a banshee as well. Alex Van Halen is just as good on the drums as Eddie is on the guitar, whipping out swing dancing rhythms, John Bonham rock and rollness and pop beats with the greatest of ease. Just buy the frickin CD already and then buy 1984.
On 1/2/2001, Howard Owens (3129) posted:
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The only Van Halen album worth owning. It remains as fresh and vital today as it was more than 20 years ago.
On 8/27/2000, Adam Baltezor (85) posted:
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This album leads us into a journey of dynamic proportions, Van Halen has had a soap opera like life and what better way to kick it off than with this album. A great album with Van Halen classics suck as "Eruption" and "You really got me" It's finger tapping good.
On 2/9/2000, Jason Reich (1765) posted:
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This is a metal classic. Van Halen and Aerosmith were the two biggest hard rock acts of the 70's and Eddie was the best thing to happen to metal guitar since sliced bread. "Eruption" personifies every metal cliche in the books; Finger tapping, Whammy dropping, and intense trilling. Before there was Buckethead, there was Eddie Van Halen. Unfortunately for the other 3, Eddie's talent shadowed a good bunch of musicians. David was a nut, Michael was solid, and so was Alex. This album helped write a chapter in the heavy metal storybook.