1984 Original recording remastered, Original recording reissued
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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!
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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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What do you call a Disc upon which there simply is not a single harsh song, Nothing weak in any way, Every Song a good Hot Single in the making. You call it Van Halen's 1984. Read morePublished 11 months ago by spigomars
Last of the David Roth era's effiorts, I think this one the best. A desert island album. Every tune is fantasticPublished on Nov. 29 2012 by Langer
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 morePublished on July 24 2012 by Jennifer K.
Released in 1984, the aptly titled 1984 was a massive successful for hard rockers Van Halen and is now considered a classic album. Read morePublished on May 15 2011 by T. Skylar
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 morePublished on July 13 2004 by Mike Clor
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 morePublished on June 1 2004 by Mark