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Fair Warning [Original recording remastered, Original recording reissued]

Van Halen Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
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1. Mean Street
2. 'Dirty Movies'
3. Sinner's Swing!
4. Hear About It Later
5. Unchained
6. Push Comes To Shove
7. So This Is Love?
8. Sunday Afternoon In The Park
9. One Foot Out The Door

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The best-selling albums from the greaatest artists on Warner Bros. have never sounded better than on their new Warner Remasters editions. State-of-the-art digitally remastered, each album sounds dramatically superior to its original CD release. In addition, the packaging returns each album to its original artwork and graphics. Certified at 2 million units by the RIAA. (2/01)

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Ass-kicking masterpiece from 1981! feat 'Mean Street' & 'Unchained'.

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5.0 out of 5 stars VAN HALEN - UNLEASHED & UNCHAINED IN 1981 May 5 2004
Format:Audio CD
God...has it REALLY been that long ago? This is a benchmark album (CD) for me because I bought this the day I graduated high school 23 years ago this month! I saw the band in concert at the Civic Arena is Pittsburgh in July of that same year and I remember the packed house going absolutely nuts for 2 solid hours! I recall the backdrops used during both "Mean Street" and "Unchained" and how the whole show (music, attitude and visuals) just opitomised rock n' roll! Van Halen was big and loud and flashy...(did I mention LOUD?).
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic. April 28 2004
Format:Audio CD
Many Van Halen fans call this their favourite Van Halen album. Is it the best? I think it's up there with Van Halen (S/T) and 1984. It may not be quite as good as those albums, but it's very, very good.
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dark and Bizarre Sept. 22 2003
By Danny
Format:Audio CD
I hated this album when I first heard it years ago. But multiple listenings have made it my favorite Van Halen album. The band sounds dischordant and angry on some tracks, like they were ready to beat each other up after a track was recorded. "Mean Streets" is unquestionably a classic, "Dirty Movies" has some of Eddie Van Halen's most dissonant and bizarre guitar work; "Sinner's Swing" has great harmonies if weak lyrics; "Hear About It Later" gets better with multiple listenings. Ironically, the worst track, in my opinion, is "Unchained"-the vocals during the verses have very little melody, the guitar is horribly out of tune, and the choruses are catchy but tiresome. "Push Comes To Shove" almost made me write this album off on the first listening, but only its unusual slow-funk style makes it a difficult listen-it's a good song. "So This Is Love" almost sounds anti-climactic and bare. "Sunday Afternoon In The Park" is not a synthesizer solo as is widely believed, but a Michael Anthony bass solo drenched in effects (he even plays this on VH's live album, yet no one seems to know that this is him). "One Foot Out The Door" is simply bizarre-there is no singalong chorus, if a chorus at all. There is hardly any conventional song form in this song, for that matter. Great guitar solo at the end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars VH's most underappreciated record. Aug. 21 2003
Format:Audio CD
Possibly because only one single, "So This Is Love," was released from it, "Fair Warning" was the lowest-selling and least popular of Van Halen's first six efforts. But NEVER judge an album by sales alone.
"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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome music!!
Published 11 hours ago by Rosanna Spezzano
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music
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 13 months ago by Greta
2.0 out of 5 stars Van Halen’s most decadent, immoral album.
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
Published on Sept. 1 2012 by Mike London
4.0 out of 5 stars like the one below me...
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
Published on Feb. 15 2007 by Jean Normand
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most underrated albums of all time....a classic!
True VH fans know the deal...
Start to finish.
Beats, Bass and Guitars and DLR.
Heavy!!! Energizing!!! Read more
Published on June 23 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Van Halen IV,chronologically
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 more
Published on June 15 2004 by andy8047
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite VH Album
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 more
Published on May 29 2004 by J.J. Kilroy
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars - Another underrated album
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
Published on May 17 2004 by Rocker_Man
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark side of VH
This was acually the lowest selling roth era album, but many VH fans say it is by far their favorite. Read more
Published on April 29 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellant Van Halen
The album is a little progressive if you call it that and after a listen or two it sticks on you. In a nut shell, the album is worth purchasing. Read more
Published on April 1 2004 by Richard L. Edwards
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