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  • Audio CD (Sept. 24 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • ASIN: B000002NGS
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (315 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #50,605 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Neworld
2. Without You
3. One I Want
4. From Afar
5. Dirty Water Dog
6. Once
7. Fire In The Hole
8. Josephina
9. Year To The Day
10. Primary
11. Ballot Or The Bullet
12. How Many Say I

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Product Description

Import pressing of their 1998 album. Out of print in the US. Warner.

Having jettisoned yet another lead singer, casting off meat-and-potatoes rocker Sammy Hagar for leaner, cleaner former Extreme vocalist Gary Cherone, Van Halen ushers in its third incarnation with the appropriately titled 3. Trouble is, as a lyricist, Cherone too often speaks from the head, not the heart, filling the album with political cant that is dry and ill-suited to the band's party-hearty image. Worse, Cherone sounds disconcertingly like Hagar, giving 3 the uncomfortable feel of a tribute album. And while Eddie Van Halen's guitar still mows down anything in sight on tracks like "Neworld" and "From Afar," it's difficult to excuse his new-agey keyboard epic "How Many Say I," or his tentative lead vocal on the track. In a rare instance for a great band, it's one step forward, two steps back. --Daniel Durchholz

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2.3 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LeBrain HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Feb. 2 2010
Format: Audio CD
Fact: Van Halen screwed themselves when they went through the whole Sammy-quit-now-Dave-is-back-no-he-isn't thing. The fans were ticked that they been tricked into thinking David Lee Roth was coming back in 1996. And then when they found out that Gary Cherone was lead singer? Utter disappointment.

Not from me, though. I'd been following Cherone for years and his touch on Extreme's III Sides To Every Story was absolutely sublime. If he, lyrically and vocally, could follow that album, the new Van Halen could very well be the most mature and progressive thing they'd ever done. I mean, don't forget: After the Freddie Mercury tribute concert, people were so impressed with Cherone that the question was, "When will he be joining Queen?"

Van Halen III was as complex and mature as we'd hoped. But vocally, something was wrong. Listening to this album, Cherone is not singing in his old style. He's shrieking, pushing his voice to the breaking point, and sounding unfortunately a lot like Sammy Hagar, confusing fans even more. On top of that, when I played the album I noticed right away that something didn't sound right with the band itself. Turns out, I was right -- Michael Anthony only played on 3 tracks. The rest was all Eddie on bass and backing vocals. That, to me, is the main reason this doesn't sound like a Van Halen album. 1/2 of the band we'd been used to since 1986 was gone, not just 1/4. Listen to the backing vocals on the first single "Without You". The "Work it, work it out," part. Where's Mike? Nowhere. Doesn't sound like Van Halen vocals, does it?

Van Halen III (still don't really get the name) is a semi-triumph for the band. It is long, mature, diverse, progressive, and paradoxically it is also similar to 1984, soundwise.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "yanks28" on Sept. 12 2003
Format: Audio CD
Quite simply, this is not Van Halen. Not even close. Save your money and buy anything else on this website. ANYTHING. From the first song to the last song (can I consider "How Many Say I" a song?), it is like dropping a bomb on every memory you have of the once mighty band that rocked for over two decades. There is a reason why the front art of the CD is a guy getting a cannonball blasted into his stomach. This is what every loyal fan wanted to do to themselves after hearing what Van Halen had become. When did VH use their music for political reasons? "The Ballot Or The Bullet"??? Give me the "Bullet" anyday and I will thank you for it instead of listening to this. Just make sure it is in the ear as I would hate to hear this CD again. "Fire In The Hole"??? Throw this CD into it. "One I Want" sounds like something that the Captain and Tenille wrote and threw away because it was so awful, even for them. I have been and always will be a loyal fan of the Roth and Hagar years, and this is a slap in the face to any VH fan. Where are Alex's powerful drums? All we get is a hollow echo. WHERE'S THE BASS??? Did Michael Anthony go on vacation and nobody noticed? "Once" is awful, and I wish I could say that is how many times I heard this CD. But I kept going back with the hope that it would get better. It didn't. For God's sake use your money and buy lunch, anything but this CD. I am not joking. The Collector's Edition I so foolishly bought on the first day the CD came out has not seen the light of day and has failed miserably in my attempt to sell it on EBay as any VH fan would not even duplicate my ridiculous purchase.Read more ›
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By A Customer on June 25 2004
Format: Audio CD
I think that any Van Halen fan willing to look at this album from an objective point of view, and take it for what it is -an Edward Van Halen solo album, can't deny that this is a damn good album. Sure, it's not the classic Dave or Sammy version of Van Halen that we all love... and I guess it's a lot easier to take it for what it is now that we have Sammy back, and can now view this as the solo album that it is, but it isn't a bad record by any means... I mean, come on... it's freaking Van Halen! Different? Yes. But bad? No. Not at all. In fact, quite good... and I think most true Van Halen fans will eventually learn to appreciate it... just like people did with "Fair Warning" over time... people disliked that one too until years later, when they were willing to give it a second listen...
Now, don't get me wrong... I couldn't be happier that we are now back to the "party/chasing skirts" version of Van Halen... but this IS a good album. A really good solo/side-project album is how I look at it. It sure doesn't deserve the disrespect that it gets from Van Halen fans.
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By A Customer on March 25 2004
Format: Audio CD
For years, I think Eddie has hated the fact that VH is considered to be a band that just writes songs about partying and skirt chasing. So, with Gary and the III CD, Ed believed he had finally hooked up with a singer that could write deep lyrics and move the band into a position to be hailed by critics. However, III was a complete disaster! The critics, who will NEVER respect VH, slammed it for trying to be soooo different. Then, the fans tore into it because it wasn't the 24 hour party that Roth and Hagar had provided before.
Is the CD Is it great, no not at all. Worth a listen from VH fans and rock fans alike? Absolutely! I've read many of the other reviews on this site and this CD is not as bad as most say. "Without You" is a solid rock song and one of my favorite VH tracks ever. "Dirty Water Dog" is a classic hard driving VH song that is just killer. And on "Fire in the Hole", Eddie sounds like he's strung his guitar with barbed wire and is playing through a guitar amp the size of a skyscraper! What a blistering track!!! Plus, Mike and Alex provide plenty of boom and Gary's vocals light that song up like dynamite. So, for people to say there is nothing redeamable about this CD is not true or fair to say. Sure, there's plenty to skip over but it's still worth a listen. I just hope the rumors are true that Hagar is coming back. I thought Hagar was the best thing to ever happen to VH. 5150 is my favorite album, it just overflows with such power and soul! I just hope Hagar can bring that magic back to my favorite band of all time!!!!!
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