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  • Audio CD (May 26 1986)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • ASIN: B000002L99
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 113 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,786 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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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.


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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By LeBrain HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on July 7 2010
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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Eddie has not lost nor even slowed down with any of those incredibly quick fingers of his. I once saw a documentary on him regarding how he got started as a kid and it was the usual stuff...how he would stay at home while his brother was out partying he would be at home playing his guitar ...He would be playing it when Alex left and he would be still playing when Alex returned sometime in the early morning. The boy was obsessed. If you want to be the best at something then you simply have to be that way. Now these many years later he is still playing like he is 16 and those now adult fingers are NOT slowing down like most others would, because he still works them like a 16 year old would. He still lives his craft..I know the music can at times all sound pretty much the same but he is still playing the gigs, he is still up on the hills of Pasadena living the life and we simply cannot disagree with that ...Hats off to you Eddie and Alex. Another CD with outstanding hits on it, the only thing you need to do is GET YOURSELF A DECENT FRONT MAN , SAMMY MIGHT SCREAM BUT HE CAN DO LITTLE ELSE...Spigomars
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By T. Skylar TOP 100 REVIEWER on May 6 2007
Format: Audio CD
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.The chosen one was Sammy Hagar,veteran rocker with whom the band would spend many years with and the period Hagar spended with the band is now remembered as Van Hagar.This would be a make-it or break-it album for VH and i have to say that it is better than i tought it would be.

Van Halen lost a few fans when David Lee Roth left but Sammy Hagar still did a very good at what he did:signing.Eddie Van Halen is still as good but not enough solos Eddie!Alex Van Halen plays an electric drum for this album,it still sounds good but there are some times when you can see that it isn`t a real drum.Everyone is good.

That said "5150" is still a solid album that has a few notable tracks like "Good Enough" and "Summer Nights".It is a little pop but there is still a whole lot of rock`n`roll in it.Sammy Hagar has more of a Rock voice than David has in my opinion."5150" is a highly enjoyable album if you give it a chance.

The Hagar era is not the one remembered by most fans but I still find it enjoyable and "5150" was one of the best,if not the best that lineup produced.With Hagar Van Halen would have four number one albums being more succesfull than the Roth era.

Yet I can`t understand why the VH that have Sammy Hagar haven`t been remastered too,they would benefit of those remasters highly,this one included,Hagar is human too you know?

Overral:"5150" is defiantly worth a listen to VH fans,I wouldn`t say this is their best album,but it ain`t their worst either,for the newbie maybe start with "Van Halen" or "1984".Not the best but still recommended!
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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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