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1984 [Original recording remastered, Original recording reissued]

Van Halen Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
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1. 1984
2. Jump
3. Panama
4. Top Jimmy
5. Drop Dead Legs
6. Hot For Teacher
7. I'll Wait
8. Girl Gone Bad
9. House Of Pain

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Synthesizers "Jump" into the band's sixth studio album as their first single wins over radio fans. Includes the band's most famous anthems: Jump; 1984; Panama; Hot For Teacher; I'll Wait; Girl Gone Bad and more!

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1984 was a successful record not only because it contained solid, catchy hard rock, but also because it incorporated synthesisers into the mix, the first metal album to do so to any serious extent. Although the advances in electronic music make this material sound dated now, it's still a highlight of Van Halen's career. Songs such as "Jump" contain a pop element that gave 1984 mainstream appeal, and David Lee Roth turned the frontman role into an art form on songs such as "Panama", "Hot for Teacher", "Drop Dead Legs" and "I'll Wait". To a large extent, it was 1984 that set the standard for 1980s pop metal, and David Lee Roth who set the standard (or takes the blame, depending on your point of view) for the aggressively good-time attitude most pop-metal bands took for their own.--Genevieve Williams

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4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars - The end of an era May 17 2004
Format:Audio CD
1984 (1983.) Van Halen's sixth album.
In 1983, Van Halen recorded their sixth studio album, which they would release at the dawn of the next year, and accordingly, entitle 1984. The band probably didn't know it at the time, but this would end up being the band's final album with David Lee Roth on lead vocals - he'd leave the band and pursue a solo career following this album. How does Roth's swansong with Van Halen measure up? Read on for my review.
This is probably Van Halen's most popular album (well, this and the debut), and with good reason. Some of the band's finest material and biggest hits can be found here. Jump, Van Halen's only number one hit EVER, comes from this album. The band's newfound love for synthesizers really shows in this track. I admit, I was a bit skeptical about synthesizers working in this band, but this opening track shattered those doubts. In fact, the opening title track is an instrumental that heavy emphasizes their usage - and it should be proof enough that the band can use them well. Other big hits include the classic hard rockers Panama and Hot For Teacher (you've gotta love Diamond Dave's lyrics in the latter song), as well as the Genesis-esque I'll Wait. I'll Wait is one of the band's most synth-heavy songs, but it would become another one of the band's many big hits. The chorus is particularly memorable. Through and through, this album rocks. Although it is very different from earlier Van Halen releases, it's still nothing short of excellent. I don't agree with the fans who call this the band's strongest release (my personal favorite will always be the self-titled 1978 debut), but I remain confident that this is a solid, hard-rocking album through and through, and it is one of their finest.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Close (If Not Essential) Van Halen Feb. 6 2002
Format:Audio CD
Actually, I give this record 3 1/2 stars. I'm not exactly a true Van Halen or David Lee Roth fan. So, other reviewers may offer a better look at this record. Nevertheless, I will do my best. I'll probably always feel "VH 1" was the best. I find some value in "VH 2," "Women and Children First," and "Fair Warning." I also feel "Diver Down" is fairly good. In some ways "1984" sounds like an attempt to recapture the energy and showmanship of "VH 1." '1984' offers some interesting use of keyboards. 'Jump' and 'Panama' are pretty memorable. 'Top Jimmy' and 'Drop Dead Legs' are fairly well done. Diamond Dave kind of lets loose on 'Hot For the Teacher.' Overall, the record has some interesting techniques, memorable songs, and a nice consistency. Sadly this would be the end of Diamond Dave's chapter. Actually, this record can justly be called essential Van Halen. I certainly lean towards Diamond Dave, but I will try to say a little more than: "Get Diamond Dave back!" The loss of Diamond Dave was certainly a blow to Van Halen. Did the group have to lose it's original audience? In my opinion no. A good writer can usually find out what to do with what he has. A guitarist and writer once wrote that he is able to tailor his music and writing so that his current vocalist will flatter the music. Without any disrespect to Sam Hagar, my exposure to his work with Van Halen shows little if any attempt to somehow adjust and compensate to the loss of Diamond Dave. Can it be done? Difficult, but probably not impossible. (The impression that I got was that they filled the voacalist gap and tried to act as if the whole thing never happened. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Van Halen's best, so might as well jump, JUMP! March 25 2004
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1984--the word brings up ominous connotations of George Orwell's novel. Now, if one was thinking of Van Halen, it'd be something different. In that sense, 1984 is the band's biggest album with David Lee Roth, yielding their only #1 single. It's also the band's last album with David Lee Roth, as he went to pastures new, taking with him their producer, Ted Templeman,--who would return to aid them on Unlawful Carnal Knowledge, but on tracks like "Panama" or "Girl Gone Bad," Roth's macho swaggering showman vocals are still in prime condition.
Listening to the wonder-eliciting futuristic synths and keyboards on the instrumental title track, one couldn't imagine the tensions in the band, but I bet it made their fans wonder what the heck keyboards were doing on a Van Halen album. Ditto for Eddie Van Halen's opening synths and fuzz characterizing "Jump," whose keyboards substitute for Eddie's characteristic tapping guitar technique at one point. It's one of the songs that's a surefire hit, hands down.
Things get more rough and ready with the intense and pounding visceral drums and guitar charge of "Panama," also a single. The racing car sound effects during DLR's monologue adds to the building up of tension that bursts when they roar back into action. The 50's/60's-inspired hard rockabilly "Top Jimmy" is lighthearted fun, while the marching-paced "Drop Dead Legs" sounds like a template to "Summer Nights" on 5150, but that's an album away.
The sassiest song here is "Hot For Teacher" with a rapid-fire drum solo from Alex leading to Eddie's guitar theatrics matching his brother's tempo.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you love rock this is good
Classic rock
Published 18 days ago by william schuberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Van Halen's best
Last of the David Roth era's effiorts, I think this one the best. A desert island album. Every tune is fantastic
Published 23 months ago by Langer
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the defining albums of the 1980s, October 1, 2007
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. Read more
Published on Sept. 1 2012 by Mike London
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favourite Van Halen Album
I bought this CD when I was going through my "relive my childhood" phase, although I wasn't sure I'd still like the songs, the flavour, the mood and attitude of this album. Read more
Published on July 24 2012 by R3aLiTY_bYt3s
4.0 out of 5 stars Might As Well Jump!
Released in 1984, the aptly titled 1984 was a massive successful for hard rockers Van Halen and is now considered a classic album. Read more
Published on May 15 2011 by Tommy Skylar
5.0 out of 5 stars Needless to say, this album is one of the best out there.
While it may not have as good guitar work as VH1 from 1978, this album has the same quality of song writing which is proven when one considers the fact that they can hear... Read more
Published on July 13 2004 by Mike Clor
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Rock And Roll
I'm not a big Van Halen fan. I liked about 4 songs on their debut, and some of their videos were entertaining. This though is a kicking rock album! Read more
Published on June 1 2004 by Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars Worship at the altar of Diamond Dave!
There is no debate that David Lee Roth was Van Halen's best frontman. In the first half of the 1980s, the man WAS rock n' roll. Read more
Published on May 17 2004 by Continental Op
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Album
This is a good album. It is regarded as a classic, even outside the metal world. But in my opinion, VHI and VH2 were much better. Read more
Published on May 12 2004 by HeadbangerDuh
5.0 out of 5 stars MAYBE MY FAVORITE VAN HALEN ALBUM?
1984 WAS AN AWESOME YEAR!THE TERMINATOR CAME OUT,MICHAEL JACKSONS HAIR CAUGHT ON FIRE...ETC.AND OF COURSE VAN HALENS 1984 CAME OUT!!!!THIS ALBUM IS SO GOOD! Read more
Published on May 1 2004 by TamaDrummer
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