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Best of, Volume 1 Best of


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  • Audio CD (Oct. 22 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • ASIN: B000002NAA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,434 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Eruption
2. Ain`t Talkin` `Bout Love
3. Runnin` With The Devil
4. Dance The Night Away
5. And The Cradle Will Rock...
6. Unchained
7. Jump
8. Panama
9. Why Can`t This Be Love
10. Dreams
11. When It`s Love
12. Poundcake
13. Right Now
14. Can`t Stop Lovin` You
15. Humans Being
16. Can`t Get This Stuff No More
17. Me Wise Magic


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Format: Audio CD
Ive had this cd since it came out.I was just reading the reviews hear and just came to mind.Were is 'don't tell me'.Thats one of the best songs that then have ever written.Yes there are to many ballads on this album and less rock songs from Van Hagar era.Love 'Humans being' though, but could have put more of the Balance a;bum on this one guys.Guess we will have to spend our money once again for the double disc just to get those three new songs.Can't wait for the tour. Long live Van Halen
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Let me say that I love Van Halen. They--either with David Lee Roth or Sammy Hagar--are one the best rock bands ever to exist. But, this compilation, though full of great music, does not serve either Roth or Hagar well at all.
Tracks 1-8 are from David Lee Roth's 1978-1984 years, plus 16 and 17 are two then-new songs with him on vocals. There is so much missing; "You Really Got Me," "Janie's Cryin',", "Beautiful Girls," "So This is Love?", "Mean Streets," "Inturder"/"(Oh!) Pretty Woman," "Dancing in the Streets," "I'll Wait," and "Hot For Teacher" are all radio staples and many were top 40 singles. Notice that DIVER DOWN (which is where "Pretty Woman" and "Dancing in the Streets" are found) is totally ignored. Also, while a great instrumental, "Eruption" doesn't make a good lead-off track. "Running with the Devil" or "You Really Got Me" (if it was included) would've made a better choice. The two new songs are okay rockers and it's nice to hear DLR on vocals again, but the lyrics are pathetic ("a slice at a time, like a pizza pie"?) and his vocals aren't up to his best.
Tracks 9-15 are sung by Sammy Hagar who was singer from 1986 to 1996. What's missing from here? Try "Love Walks In," "Best of Both Worlds," "Black and Blue," "Feels So Good," "Finish What Ya Started," "Top of the World," "Runaround," and "Not Enough." Also, most of the songs are ballads; "Poundcake" and "Right Now" are the only rockers by Sammy on here. An attempt by Eddie to make the recently-departed Sammy look wimpy? "Human Beings" is avaliable on a VH album for the first time (a song from the TWISTER soundtrack), but it's nothing to get excited about.
What I think should've been done is a two-disc set. Disc one should have tracks 1-8, the other DLR songs I mentioned, and the two new songs at the end. Disc two should've had tracks 9-15 and the other songs I mentioned on it. There's a lot of good music on here, but there could've been a lot more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LeBrain HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on July 13 2010
Format: Audio CD
To me, the hits part of this disc is just preamble. The reason everybody went out and bought this CD on October 22, 1996 was the return of David Lee Roth. Nobody cared about the hits. I remember working at the record store the day this was released. A lot of people thought it would be a new studio album. I had many comments that day saying, "But I already have most of these songs." One guy even bought it assuming it was a new studio album and returned it the next day -- I guess he didn't read the title?

Anyway, enough rambling. Best Of Volume I was much hyped due to "Can't Get This Stuff No More" and "Me Wise Magic", the first new songs by the original Van Halen in over a decade. For fans of this band, we were elated to hear new music that clearly harkened back to the pre-synth, pre-1984 sound of Van Halen. Dave's voice is now lower and less powerful, but his delivery is pure gleeful Dave, even on these darker songs. His lyrics (which according to Roth, Eddie didn't like) are as poetic as ever. Eddie's letting his guitar speak, basing both songs purely on riffage. This was a pretty cool about-face from the too-comercial sounds of Balance.

This album is worth it just for these two new songs alone. It is, thus far, the only place you can get them.

For Sammy fans, there is the excellent "Humans Being" with its angry modern verses and bright shiny chorus. This is the only Van Halen album where you can get "Humans Being" saving you from having to buy the terrible Twister soundtrack. (Missing is a track called "Respect The Wind" billed by Eddie & Alex Van Halen from the same soundtrack.)

The hits portion of this disc, gloriously remastered for the first time, is brief (it's a single disc, after all) but almost completely without filler.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael G. Baker on Oct. 30 2003
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...but only for the last three tracks. "Humans Being" is undoubtably the best Van Halen song ever (even if it is a Hagar song)--this track is a masterpiece.
"Can't Get This Stuff No More" and "Me Wise Magic" are the results of the month long DLR/VH reunion. The general concensus is that these two tracks are subpar, though I'm in the minority that actually likes them. The tracks are mello and restrained, with a very distinct Blues influence. Definately a different sound from early VH, but not at all bad.
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This is VH's first Greatest Hits album. The song selection stinks. Most of the songs are from the Sammy Hagar era, which, in my opinion, is not true Van Halen. And the DLR songs that were picked to go on the album are not the best. Missing are many of the classics that no metalhead should be without like 'Sinner's Swing', 'Light Up The Sky', 'Pretty Woman', plus many more. And even the Sammy Hagar songs were bad. They should have included 'Inside', 'AFU', or something else.
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By Dude on June 3 2004
Format: Audio CD
What can I say but Perfect! A true must in every way for every rocker!
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