Fair Warning

by Van Halen

(1981) Warner Brothers #3540-2

Personnel Eddie (guitar), David Lee Roth (vocals), Michael Anthony (bass), Alex (drums)
Description Very heavy VH album with some of Eddie's best playing, IMHO
Posted By corey mcqueen (39)
Directory Recordings: Rock/Pop
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On 11/13/2002, Eddie Suthers (408) posted:
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Best VH album. Very dark, moody. Eddie once said that alot of the guitar tracks were recorded at 2 and 3 o'clock in the morning, alone, and after a nite of heavy drinking. He wrote his heaviest stuff on this album, as well as a little experimentation with the slide....and actually layering some guitar tracks!!! 5 Stars..........
On 1/17/2002, Brian Blohowiak (149) posted:
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A 'dark' album for Van Halen...rumors have stated that EVH was going to leave the band at this time. That is whay it has a 'dark' sound.
On 12/2/2001, Jay Hernandez (7) posted:
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This is definitely some of Eddie's finest work!
On 3/19/2001, Curt Granger posted:
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Van Halen's finest effort. Definitive Van Halen. More innovative playing from one of the masters.

Ed introduced a legion of guitarist to the now-standard-for-heavy-rock Drop D tuning, utilizing the heavy riffing on tunes such as "Unchained," "Sinner's Swing," "Dirty Movies," and "Hear About It Later."

Always looking to incorporate new techniques in his playing, Ed expanded on the thumb slapping technique of funk bass players on "Mean Streets."

Although the album did not do well commercially, it remains one of the favorite albums of guitarists that were influenced by the Van Halen sound.
On 3/19/2001, Curt Granger (100) posted:
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Van Halen's finest effort. Definitive Van Halen. More innovative playing from one of the masters.

Ed introduced a legion of guitarist to the now-stadard-for-heavy-rock Drop D tuning, utilizing the heavy riffing on tunes such as "Unchained," "Sinner's Swing," "Dirty Movies," and "Hear About It Later."

Always looking to incorporate new techniques in his playing, Ed expanded on the thumb slapping technique of funk bass players on "Mean Streets."

Although the album did not do well commercially, it remains one of the favorite albums of guitarists that were influenced by the Van Halen sound.
On 9/25/2000, Inactive Member posted:
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This cd is the second best VH recording under their debut, which one of the only rock cd's in the world that can top this one. The guitar is just absolutely crazy. The drumming and bass is sweet too, and Dave's vocals aren't at their greatest (like 1984 and VH2) but I bought this cd for ed anyway. Rundown: Mean Streets---AWESOME!, with an untouchable intro that no one, not even that wannabe Vai can touch, with a really sweet disco-esque phaser interlude. Dirty Movies---AWESOME!, one of my all-time faves from VH, and I have all their cd's. It must be heard to be believed. It has really complex intertwining guitars but it is so hook heavy and pleasant it doesn't matter, it's just fun. Unchained---AWESOME!, the riff used in the chorus and intro is one of the catchiest damn things I have ever heard, and its really grindy and rockin'! Hear About It Later---AWESOME!, mainly this really, really cool flanger loop, with another guitar over it and a sweet flanger interlude. Sinner's Swing and So This Is Love are both sweet but not as good as the aforementioned ones. There are two more I think, but just buy the damn cd already and quit torturing yourself!
On 1/15/2000, eric blanchard (45) posted:
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This album is truly the thinking VH fan's favorite, with its tone and pacing and organic solos--I think Eddie was in a bad mood. What's cool about this and makes it probably their best, along with 1984, in my opinion, is that there are no covers (I think) and you can actually hear the bass. Every track is cool but the solo to "so this is love" kills me every time. It also kills me that I could never play it right.
On 12/20/1999, Frederick Burton (5465) posted:
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Other than VHI, which is a classic, this is my favorite VH recording. I aagree, very very HEAVY. "Alright you sinners, SWING!" lol.
On 12/18/1999, Michael Sawley (577) posted:
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This is easily the darkest of the Roth era VH and with VHI ranks as the best from one of the best
On 9/27/1999, Craig Smoot (906) posted:
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Definitely some of Ed's best work, but who could argue with that awesome TONE?! Every track is pure Ed Tone at it's rawest. And what about Ed's killer slide work in "Dirty Movies"? Yep... he truly is a god and Fair Warning his gospel, so go now and study the good word according to Edward!
On 8/10/1999, Inactive Member posted:
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This is my favorite Van Halen recording -- a fact that most of my friends in high school just could not understand.
On 6/13/1999, corey mcqueen (39) posted:
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This is my all-time favorite VH album - maybe a tossup between this and the first album with Eruption. The tunes are great and Eddie's on fire. I wore out my Rock N' Play trying to learn Eddie's intro to Mean Streets, and I think it's probably the heaviest in terms of the riffs and Alex's playing