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5150

Van Halen Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
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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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This 1986 album was the first with former Montrose singer Sammy Hagar! Diamond Dave's absence doesn't phase the band, whose crashing guitars and harmonies are still there! Includes Good Enough; Why Can't This Be Love; Get Up; Dreams; Love Walks In; 5150 , and more.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Van Hagar Aug. 11 2013
By G1
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Good album and interesting enough songs. I could really use less keyboards, but this is worth having in the collection.
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3.0 out of 5 stars WHAT HAPPEND TO THE ROCK N' ROLL EDDIE?! :-( Sept. 1 2004
By Sean
Format:Audio CD
an alright album but i think that when they got hagar they started doin' all these lovey dove' songs. its not that is bad i mean the lovey dove songs are good fer that style of song, but man whats with all the keyboard. theres only like 2,3 songs with awsome riffs (amazing riff/solo in best of both worlds. but like man i thought i bought a hard rock cd but its more lovie. but dont get me wrong; it is still a great album but i just think VH could have done alot better. n put alot more effort into writing hard bone crunchin' rock n roll riffs. this would definatly not be the first VH cd i would buy( if i were u get there first album or 1984 to get into VH) but this album is worth buying. im just a little confused on how one of the biggest rock bands can go all synthesizer on me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Van Halen Takes Off ! July 12 2004
By Corey
Format:Audio CD
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 excellent by far i truly love this cd basically because it was the debut cd involving Sammy Hagar which yeah he isn't quite as crazy as David Lee Roth but that is not always a bad thing i feel Sammy has brought alot to the band and makes a perfect frontman for Van Halen to me his vocals are alot more solid than David Lee Roths more powerful with meaning he shows emotion when he sings not just screaming or rambling on i feel that 1984 was a let down honestly i mean it was good but too much keyboard work and not enough rockin 5150 and VH 1 are the best 2 cd's they have released in my opinion .
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Van Halen: Reborn July 7 2010
By LeBrain HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
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. On the flipside, we dug Sammy's "I Can't Drive 55". When the split and new singer were announced, we waited hopefully that Van Halen with Hagar in tow would produce something that really rocked. Then in early '86 we saw that embarassing live video for "Why Can't This Be Love", and all hopes were dashed. More keyboards? Sammy scatting?

5150 isn't as bad as we feared, in fact it's quite good in spots. Its major flaw is that this was a band in upheaval, and Dave was such a huge part of their sound. 5150 is a transitional album, it picks up with the keyboard flavours of 1984 and moves forward into parts unknown. Musically, most of this album was written with Dave still in the band. In his autobiograophy, Crazy From The Heat, Dave describes the music that Van Halen were writing as reflective of the mood the band were in. He used the word "morose".

While 5150 is not a completely joyless affair, it is considerably less upbeat than the party rock that they specialized in with Dave. Sammy Hagar was obviously an apt replacement; although an awkward fit at first as they shoehorned him into the songs written with Dave.

Things start out well enough. "Good Enough" is an upbeat boogie oriented party rocker. The production however is painfully thin. The drums clank along, awkward electronic toms creating a cacophony of noise. The guitar lacks Eddie's trademark warmth. Where Dave called the album "morose" I would use the word "cold".

Then, "Why Can't This Be Love", better than the live video version but still containing Sammy's strange scatting. This ballad feels tired lyrically and musically.
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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
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 15 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars It sure is tough being a Van Halen fan!
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! Read more
Published on June 29 2004
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
5.0 out of 5 stars David Roth is overrated
Honestly, tell me what that guy was good at? His talents were
mediocre at best. The best song with him is Ice Cream Man and
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Published on May 23 2004 by rocker81
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