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Best of, Volume 1 [Best of]

Van Halen Audio CD
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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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It took over 20 years for Van Halen to release a Best of album, and even then, the band downplayed the effort. Instead sticking to the original plan of releasing a two-disc set--one of material with original frontman David Lee Roth, and the other with his 11-year replacement Sammy Hagar--the band opted for a single CD chronicling their entire career. For the previously uninitiated, it's a golden introduction to a band that changed the face of '80s hard rock. Guitar-blazing old tracks like "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love," and "Dance the Night Away" segue into more commercial numbers like "Jump" and "Panama" from 1984. These in turn, set the stage for Hagar's slicker, more polished vocals on "Right Now" and "How Do I Know When It's Love." But while newcomers will be thrilled with the delights within, old fans will probably find little of use, since the two highly touted new tracks with Roth are pretty disposable. --Jon Wiederhorn

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Van Halen ~ Vol. 1-Best Of Van Halen

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3.0 out of 5 stars Worth it.... Oct. 30 2003
Format:Audio CD
...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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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, roll on the complete recordings box set April 11 2004
Format:Audio CD
Van Halen were a pretty good rock band in the 80s. These days, though, they aren't just remembered for their music, but the egos and bust ups that lead to Diamond Dave quitting/ being fired and Sammy Hagar joining. To be honest I was never really a fan of the early Van Halen (e.g. Fair Warning et al), they were, to me just a good Guitar orientated rock act with a larger than life front man, with a slightly rough edged voice. I much preferred the more inventive, and surprise surprise, more commercially successful albums, where they expanded their musical range (1984, 5150 and OU812). Sammy Hagar was a good addition to Van Halen after Diamond Dave went solo, with strong musical performances on the latter 2 albums. Diamond Dave did a good solo album in Eat 'em and Smile, but then declined after that. No for me it is the period from 1984-1989 when they were at their best, and any compilation should reflect this, and this one isn't a bad one. Roll on the complete remastered box set, that will be a far better buy than a piece meal compilation.
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...I read on Billboard.com that Van Halen will get a new best-of compilation (with one new track, "It's About Time" with Sammy Hagar) due in June. But here's what this compilation should have been instead (one disc with David Lee Roth, and one with Sammy Hagar):
Disc 1 (w/David Lee Roth):
1. Eruption
2. Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love
3. You Really Got Me
4. Runnin' With The Devil
5. Jamie's Cryin'
6. Feel Your Love Tonight
7. Dance The Night Away
8. Beautiful Girls
9. ...And The Cradle Will Rock
10. Everybody Wants Some
11. Mean Street
12. Unchained
13. Intruder/(Oh) Pretty Woman
14. Jump
15. Panama
16. Hot For Teacher
17. I'll Wait
18. Drop Dead Legs
19. Can't Get This Stuff No More
20. Me Wise Magic
Disc 2 (w/Sammy Hagar):
1. Why Can't This Be Love
2. Dreams
3. Best Of Both Worlds
4. Love Walks In
5. When It's Love
6. Feels So Good
7. Finish What Ya Started
8. Black And Blue
9. Cabo Wabo
10. Poundcake
11. Top Of The World
12. Right Now
13. Don't Tell Me (What Love Can Do)
14. Amsterdam
15. Can't Stop Loving You
16. Humans Being
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4.0 out of 5 stars Some omissions, but still a great disc Jan. 31 2004
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Best Of albums can never quite satisfy everybody. A disc from a band like Van Halen is going to have to omit some songs; there just isn't room for all of them. That being said, where are "Hot for Teacher" and "Jamie's Cryin'"? It's just criminal to leave those off in favor of the two new Dave songs, "Me Wise Magic" and "Can't Get This Stuff No More." I think the new cuts are pretty good, and it's nice to hear Dave back with the band (even if only for those songs), but they're not anywhere close to being the Best of Van Halen. A double-disc set probably would have been the best approach, followed by MWM and CGTSNM on a TRUE Van Halen III with Dave on lead vocals.
Some have complained about the omission of "You Really Got Me," "Ice Cream Man," etc. I think the logic behind that move is that this is the best of _Van Halen_, so no covers are included. I think I can live with that.
I think the disc is solid overall. It's a decent retrospective, and it served as my introduction to the band, but if you really want to get into the band, check out any/all of their albums, starting with their masterpiece, Van Halen I.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Slamming for the new kids Sept. 11 2003
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Disposable for the old fans. The two new songs with David Lee Roth weren't anything to write home about ("Me Wise Magic" was a decent song, but not up to standard), and the original idea was much better. Imagine the bang for your buck: two discs with 17 or 18 songs each from both eras of Van Halen. This way, early DLR gems like "Mean Streets", "Jamie's Crying", "Women in Love", "Hot For Teacher", "Ice Cream Man", "Drop Dead Legs" or "I'll Wait" would be included. This is not to mention the Hagar chestnuts like "Best of Both Worlds", "Summer Nights", "Spanked", "Black and Blue", "Runaround", "Not Enough" or "Feelin'". See the dilemma? There's probably a good 7 songs from each era they have neglected, almost all as good or better than the hits they included. I'd love to see an album like that put together, but it's easier to burn one. Besides, we couldn't risk any songs from "Van Halen III", the short-lived Cherone experiment...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for an hour in the car Aug. 30 2003
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This compilation provides a good mix of David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar Van Halen. I'm going to guess that VH leader, Eddie Van Halen had perhaps planned on releasing another Best Of down the road, so that's why he left off some tracks that diehard fans would've liked to have seen on this collection. With that said, this Best Of is best enjoyed for an hour drive in the car. After all, that's what VH is all about. Having a good time. Over the last 25 years, VH has had some good rockin' hits and this collection has them. That's what the listener wants. We get DLR era VH hits like Ain't Talkin Bout Love, Runnin' With the Devil, Unchained, Jump, and Panama. Then there's the Sammy Hagar era VH hits like Why Can't this Be Love, Dreams, When It's Love, Poundcake and Right Now. Two tracks that are forgettable on this disc would be the "new" David Lee Roth Van Halen songs Me Wise Magic and Can't Get This Stuff No More. Back in 1996, when this album was released, good old Diamond Dave thought he was going to be back in the VH fold when he recorded these two weak songs. Well, Eddie Van Halen had other plans. Poor Dave was there just to cut some new tracks and then his butt was kicked out the door. Regardless, enjoy this album at full volume and skip the last two songs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brief but excellent overview, PLUS the return of Diamond Dave!
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. Read more
Published on July 13 2010 by LeBrain
4.0 out of 5 stars Bunch o winers
Well everyone will get their wishes Best of Both Worlds is a two cd set with van halen's best so everyone can calm down. It is out on July 20, 2004 so get your copy.
Published on July 10 2004 by Trent Miskin
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best of Van Halen.
Van Halen is better than this. First off, where's "Hot for Teacher"?! That's one of Van Halen's most famous songs, and it's absence leaves a gaping hole. Read more
Published on June 18 2004 by Kevin
2.0 out of 5 stars Mid-level compilation.
For a breif period in my life I was a rabbid fan of Van Halen. This was the first album I had ever heard by them. This is an extremely poor collection of this band's career. Read more
Published on June 16 2004 by Gus fogle
4.0 out of 5 stars Missing something here?????
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. Read more
Published on June 9 2004 by Jason DeCastris
3.0 out of 5 stars Great music, sad selection
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. Read more
Published on June 7 2004 by Jehu You
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
What can I say but Perfect! A true must in every way for every rocker!
Published on June 3 2004 by Dude
5.0 out of 5 stars I don't have this CD...However
I can't for the life of me understand all the hate for "Humans
Being" I hadn't heard this until now. Read more
Published on May 3 2004 by rocker81
5.0 out of 5 stars Note To Everyone
It says Volume 1 for a reason...I am sure down the road they will release a 2nd one with missing gems like Jamie's Cryin' and Hot For Teacher. Read more
Published on May 2 2004 by Frank G. Bissaillon
4.0 out of 5 stars Some of their best.
There's no doubt that this is a great collection full of classic rock, but by including both eras it misses too much. Read more
Published on April 20 2004 by H3@+h
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