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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 (149 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,386 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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17 thundering tracks from both the David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar years, with two new songs featuring Dave on vocals! Includes Jump; Why Can't This Be Love; When It's Love; Running with the Devil; Dance the Night Away; Ain't Talkin' 'bout Love; Panama; And the Cradle Will Rock; Dreams , and more.

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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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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
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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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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Format: Audio CD
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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