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Van Halen Audio CD
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1. Good Enough
2. Why Can't This Be Love
3. Get Up
4. Dreams
5. Summer Nights
6. Best Of Both Worlds
7. Love Walks In
8. '5150'
9. Inside

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As original Van Halen vocalist David Lee Roth quit the band to pursue a solo career, or was fired (depending on who you believe), Eddie and Alex Van Halen and Michael Anthony carried on by hiring Sammy Hagar. Hagar was a middling artist on his own, but he proved to be a powerhouse when placed in front of hard rock's most muscular and innovative instrumental unit. On 5150--the title is police code for "escaped lunatic"--you can hear the band's excitement at having struck a winning combination. Songs such as "Why Can't This Be Love," "Dreams," "Best of Both Worlds," and "Love Walks In" combine to make this the early high-watermark of the Van Hagar era. --Daniel Durchholz

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1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible Hagar Dumbs Down Van Halen Feb. 18 2004
Format:Audio CD
"U.S. prime, grade A stamp gauranteed" Those are the opening lyrics to Van Halen's 5150. If that isn't bad enough, the opening number "Good Enough" is a rewrite of "Panama" from 1984, substituting a much more constipated sounding group. I struggled to find a way to describe the sound of the new Van Halen as a band on this record - the heavily compressed guitars, the synthetic drums - but this term was the best I could do.
Sammy Hagar was a bad choice to replace David Lee Roth, who brought a certain crass intelligence to Van Halen. Sammy brought nothing to the table but a "good set of pipes" (he is really good at shrill screaming - if you think that's good) and lyric writing skills that would disgrace the bathroom wall in any suburban high school. But all you have to do is look the cover art for this CD versus any of the Roth recordings, and it pretty much tells the whole story.
If you can make it through "Dreams" on this album, you are a better man than I. And you're driving a Trans Am.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It sure is tough being a Van Halen fan! June 28 2004
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Format:Audio CD
When listening to Van Halen's 7th album,but first with Hagar,it just kills me thinking about how much of a masterpiece this could have been if Dave was still on board!Good enough and summer nights would sound so much better!Ughh!But anyways,this album is pretty good,even if you're a fan of Diamond Dave.Sammy offers a different layer to the music,not like or as good as Dave did,but it definitely works.Fan's of old school VH will love air-guitaring to Eddie's fret-tastic riffs on tracks like Good Enough,Get Up,Summer Nights,5150,and Best Of Both Worlds.Tracks like Love Walks In,Dreams,and Why Can't This Be Love shows the band exploring new ground with synthesizers and keyboards.None what some expected from a band that used to say "Ain't Talkin' Bout Love!".But as much of a guitar god as we see Eddie,he has always proclaimed that he's about music,not just the guitars.Whatever he's good at,he'll play.I would have to say Eddie's genius is a big part of what propelled this band from the start.And it's evident because fans still bought records after Dave left.But hey,it's only rock and roll,and if you love rock and roll,especially by the VH bros,then this is one album you should have.Despite Roth's absense,keyboards and synths,and sammy hagar,5150 still rocks.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Still the Sammy and Eddie Show June 9 2004
Format:Audio CD
"5150" is Van Halen's first album with lead singer Sammy Hagar. I subscribe to the notion that sometimes the best thing for a mature band is to bring in an outsider to join the band. It gives the band fresh ideas and a new perspective. I look at the case of the Rolling Stones bringing Ron Wood in. Ron Wood did much more than play Bass, he became a significant contributer to the band. To me Sammy Hagar, like him or not injected some new life into the Van Halen band and became a significant contributer much like Wood did for the Stones Hagar doesn't just sing, he'll contribute to the songwriting and production of the effort of Van Halen. The result is a solid effort on the album "5150" that still does a lot of what Van Halen does best - Hard edged Rock.
I do feel Sammy Hagar is the better vocalist than David Lee Roth. This is not to take anything away from Roth who did an incredible job for Van Halen. To me it was clear that Roth had run his course with the group and was looking to be a pop/movie star. While Roth was more of a "showman" like performer, Hagar represented being a more serious musician. Hagar was a "B" level rock star and much more a student of the music industry would showed a lot of signs of promise. Coming into Van Halen not only helped Hagar, but it helped Van Halen. Yes, Van Halen would lose the all-round "performer/showman" in Roth, but they would gain a solid lead singer in Hagar who could be a"showman" when needed. You'll hear Hagar do this right away on the opening track "Good Enough" when he shouts out "Hellllooo Baby!", does some nice shouting at the start of "Get Up" and "Summer Nights".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good cd. March 25 2004
Format:Audio CD
This album and For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge are the best Van Hagar CD's. The tracks were good except for the last one.
Good Enough-Good start for Van Hagar. The band sounds like it has been reinvented here.
Why Can't this be Love?-Good song, even though it is a saccarine love song. THe Keyboard work was quite interesting.
Get Up-Easily the hardest song on the album. Sammy really hit the high notes here. Good song to listen to when you want to get pumped up.
Dreams-The best song on the album. The song is very keyboard driven but has a very lush feel. It also moves fast and deals with people aspiring to be more than they are.
Summer Nights-A fun party song. It was a carefree song about meeting women and having a good time with the guys.
Best of Both Worlds-A good track about enjoying your life while you can.
Love Walks In-I thought this song sounded very progressive and I quite enjoyed it despite it being a saccharine love ballad.
5150-Really good track, mainly dealing with the woes of winning a woman. It has a really great guitar riff opening as well as a good solo.
Inside-I hate this track. While the rest of the albu is pretty good, I can't stand this song. I always stop my CD after the 8th track so I don't have to listen to this horrible song.
Overall, a good album. THough, I thought that the sound was wierd. It had a very compressed feel.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Van Hagar
Good album and interesting enough songs. I could really use less keyboards, but this is worth having in the collection.
Published 12 months ago by G1
3.0 out of 5 stars Van Halen: Reborn
Back in 1986, a lot of rockers had given up on Diamond Dave; we just couldn't swallow "California Girls" and still wear our Judas Priest shirts proudly. Read more
Published on July 7 2010 by LeBrain
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid writing that lasts through the ages.
This was perhaps the best album VH ever released. It seems Eddie really wanted to prove that Van Halen could still excel without David Lee Roth, and that Sammy was every bit the... Read more
Published on May 10 2009 by T. A. Hogan
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid 80's Pop-Metal
My rating is relative to other music in this era, this music was only marginally above-average (unless you really love pop-metal). Read more
Published on April 18 2009 by B. Keith
5.0 out of 5 stars VH's best album!
When David Lee Roth left the band, many people thought Van Halen was finished. WRONG! Sammy Hagar brought Van Halen into new territory gaining many new fans in the process. Read more
Published on June 5 2008 by Ryan Adams
4.0 out of 5 stars Van Hagar debuts
INTRO:After the hit album that was "1984" Van Halen lost signer David Lee Roth in 1985 and had to do auditions to find a new lead signer for the band. Read more
Published on May 7 2007 by Tommy Sixx Morais
3.0 out of 5 stars WHAT HAPPEND TO THE ROCK N' ROLL EDDIE?! :-(
an alright album but i think that when they got hagar they started doin' all these lovey dove' songs. Read more
Published on Sept. 1 2004 by Sean
5.0 out of 5 stars Where are the "Van Hagar" era remasters??
This is my all time favorite VH album, in no small part because it's the first one I heard from start to finish, just discovering rock and roll in '86. Read more
Published on July 14 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Van Halen Takes Off !
Been a huge fan of Van Halen all my life and i gotta tell ya this cd rocks Eddie has some very powerful riffs not suprising he usually always does the quality of this cd is... Read more
Published on July 12 2004 by Corey
3.0 out of 5 stars Too Pop
This album is too pop for my tastes. Van Halen was a heavy metal band, but afterward, they turnes kind of synth pop. No offense to Hagar, but Diamond Dave was a much better singer. Read more
Published on May 23 2004 by rob kiloy
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