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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 (91 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 Great Music July 25 2013
By Greta
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I purchased CD for my husband's birthday present. This is a great album, full of awesome VH songs I never hear on radio.
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4.0 out of 5 stars like the one below me... Feb. 15 2007
Format:Audio CD
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!!!!the artwork was different from everything VH did before...and the music...unchained,dirty movies,so this is love....and sunday afternoon in the park...wich is the best for me...yes they had other great song...but this album will always be remember for me as the best of the best....
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By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
True VH fans know the deal...
Start to finish.
Beats, Bass and Guitars and DLR.
Heavy!!! Energizing!!!
Its a CD I often listen to if I need to pump myself up or great if driving in a car on an open road on a summer day.
Mean Streets and Unchained.
I highly recommend it!
Nevermind underrated VH CD, I believe its one of the most underrated albums of all time....a classic!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Van Halen IV,chronologically June 15 2004
Format:Audio CD
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. UNCHAINED is the only Top 20 hit from this album. SUNDAY AFTERNOON IN THE PARK is instrumental. Other great tunes include PUSH COMES TO SHOVE,SO THIS IS LOVE and SINNER'S SWING.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite VH Album May 29 2004
Format:Audio CD
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.
This is also the darkest of the VH albums. With "Tora Tora" soundling a little bit like Mercyful Fate, and "Sunday Afternoon" is a very atmospheric dark synth composition (almost goth).
Michael Anthony lays down hulking funky grooves and great backing vocals, Alex keeps pace and puts in fills that accentuate the whole rhythmic statement of each song. Dave smothers the songs with tender loving raspy sleeze, thus seasoning this volume of the devil's music to utter perfection.
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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.
EXCELLENT START TO FINISH!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark side of VH April 30 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This was acually the lowest selling roth era album, but many VH fans say it is by far their favorite. This album is more dominated by eddie and not dave (Women and Children & Diver Down) It is the heaviest and darkest VH album. The later albums were much more pop oriented. If Van Halen ever got to be a heavy metal band, this was the closest they got. IT'S A TRUE GEM
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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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