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Fair Warning Import
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|1. Mean Street|
|2. 'Dirty Movies'|
|3. Sinner's Swing!|
|4. Hear About It Later|
|6. Push Comes To Shove|
|7. So This Is Love?|
|8. Sunday Afternoon In The Park|
|9. One Foot Out The Door|
Limited Edition Japanese pressing of this album comes housed in a miniature LP sleeve. 2008.
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I rate the first VH album as a pure classic and still my favorite by far. But "Fair Warning" rocked more down and way dirtier than the three LP's the band released before. "Dirty Movies" and "Hear About It Later" are so raw and pure - and they haven't lost a bit of their edge in all the years since. "Unchained" is THE definative VH song to me. From that shattering and distorted lead guitar riff to the bombastic finish, it remains VH at the peak of their powers.
There isn't much more to be said that the other reviewers haven't stated so perfectly. I just wanted to chime in on an album that really marked an important moment in my life (much like KISS' "Destroyer" album did on my 13th birthday in 1976). There are always high points and memorable moments in everyone's life. And with my love of rock n' roll those most important moments are heard in my head and felt in my heart more than in any other way. "Fair Warning" has big teeth and is still just as good as it was the day I first heard it in 1981. And VH never (in my opinion) reached that creative height again...with DLR or Sammy Hagar.
EXCELLENT START TO FINISH!
Fair Warning is a bit dark when you compare it to the bright, happy party rock on the band's other albums. Obviously, Unchained is the "big" song on this album. Mean Street is another great song, its intro being part of Eddie's live guitar solo for years. Hear About It Later is one of Van Halen's most underrated songs. It has it all -- great guitar work, a hard rock vibe, and a great hook.
This album is unique in that it features some songs that are certainly odd for Van Halen. Not everyone will like them, but those willing to be open to different sounds from this band will be rewarded -- the groove of Dirty Movies is certainly different, and Push Comes To Shove has a laidback vibe that is just slow enough to not be too slow.
Fair Warning rocks. As an ALBUM it is one of their best. Some other albums have great singles but as an album are lacking and contain material that could just about be called filler -- but Fair Warning, I find, delivers from beginning to end.
If you're new to the band, check out Van Halen (S/T), 1984, Van Halen II, or perhaps Best Of Volume One. Fair Warning is for when you've been digging Van Halen for a while, although I'm sure pretty much anyone could love at least a few songs on this album. From Mean Street to Sinner's Swing to Hear About It Later to Unchained to So This Is Love, this album is a classic.
"Fair Warning," although it is barely more than half an hour in length, features some of the deepest and most complex work Van Halen ever produced. It's often considered the band's darkest record, but those people are forgetting about the toe-tapping party smash "Unchained," which just might be the best song from the band's David Lee Roth era.
"Mean Street" opens the record with a guitar solo that is virtually impossible for anyone other than Eddie Van Halen to play, and the song's main guitar hook is standard, top-of-the-line EVH material. "Dirty Movies" is a slow, mellower song that happens to be about exactly what the title implies. "Sinner's Swing," a fast, upbeat rocker that's completely opposite from the two tracks sandwiching it, contains DLR's first recorded F-word! "Hear About It Later" is much like track two, with the same laid-back style, yet it still retains that good ol' classic Van Halen shine.
"Unchained" speaks for itself, and should be reason enough to buy the album. "Push Comes to Shove" (which features a catchy opening bass hook) and "So This Is Love" are a pair of good-but-not-awesome songs, one slow, the other fast. The intrumental bit "Sunday Afternoon in the Park" goes together with the album closer, "One Foot out the Door." Both tracks have backing music from Eddie's synthesizer - the infamous synthesizer that was ever-present on the last DLR record, 1984.
Sure, the album may be short, but that doesn't stop it from being great. No matter how many more rock albums come and go in the future, "Fair Warning" should not be neglected.
Most recent customer reviews
Best Van Halen record IMHO. Dark but brilliant with great musicianship, great lyrics. Standout tunes are the entire first side and Unchained and So this is Love? Read morePublished 5 months ago by TC
I purchased CD for my husband's birthday present. This is a great album, full of awesome VH songs I never hear on radio.Published on July 25 2013 by Greta
Van Halen - Fair Warning May 20th, 2007
FAIR WARNING is easily Van Halen’s most decadent, immoral album. FAIR WARNING is a dark, mean album. Read more
this is indeed a classic....and like him it's one i will often find myself listening while driving...
i remember when i saw it first...back in the RECORDS days!!!! Read more
True VH fans know the deal...
Start to finish.
Beats, Bass and Guitars and DLR.
Heavy!!! Energizing!!! Read more
The spring of 1981 saw the release of Van Halen's fourth million-selling album FAIR WARNING. The album title is spoken by frontman David Lee Roth on the first track,MEAN STREET. Read morePublished on June 15 2004 by andy8047
The solos are the most intense of any VH album. "Fair Warning" was when all the stars aligned for Eddie's playing, and the rest of the band follow suit. Read morePublished on May 29 2004 by J.J. Kilroy
Fair Warning (1981.) Van Halen's fourth album.
The transition from the seventies to the eighties killed off several rock bands almost instantly, but fortunately, Van Halen... Read more