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Van Halen III

Van Halen Audio CD
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1. Neworld
2. Without You
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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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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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Import pressing of their 1998 album. Out of print in the US. Warner.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Complete Garbage 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Eddie's Solo Album June 25 2004
By A Customer
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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3.0 out of 5 stars An attempt to win over the critics... March 25 2004
By A Customer
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 terrible...no. 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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2.0 out of 5 stars Definietly the worst VH CD. March 22 2004
Format:Audio CD
The first six albums with Diamond Dave were the next best thing to Led Zeppelin. The next four, with Sammy were good but couldn't touch Diamond Dave in terms of greatness. This was like a nail scratching a chalkboard. Gary Cherone was trying to sound like Sammy and came off really weak. The only good song was "Fire In the Hole." Even that one was weak because it would have sounded better with Sammy singing it.
I remember hearing the material on Westwood One's world premire and being a little put off by most of it. But I was getting so into Van Halen that I just had to have it. Now, I never listen to it. I sometimes take it out to play Fire in the Hole, but even the end part of that sons sucks.
While Eddie is a good guitarist, he has no good sense, nor does he have any artistic integrity, at least not since Dave left the band. I have heard Gary on Extreme albums and he is a competent singer, but on this album, he was trying to be something he was not. While the album suffered from Cherone's singing, it suffered from Eddie's ego the most. I would say avoid it like the plague, but buy at your own risk.
THough Sammy Hagar might now be back in the fold with VH, and while I prefer Diamond Dave, it should be pretty good and interesting.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good record if you're not into Van Halen, not so much if you are., May...
VAN HALEN III is easily Van Halen's most critically reviled, hated album. The fans were shocked and dismayed, and ultimately this album lost Van Halen's record contract with... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Mike London
5.0 out of 5 stars Bon cd de Van halen!
Juste après que Sammy Hagar ne fasse plus partie du groupe, c'est comme un dernier enregistrement dans la même lignée de ''Balance'' avant le retour de David Lee Roth... Read more
Published on July 30 2012 by PA
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent album. But it's not Van Halen.
Fact: Van Halen screwed themselves when they went through the whole Sammy-quit-now-Dave-is-back-no-he-isn't thing. Read more
Published on Feb. 2 2010 by LeBrain
1.0 out of 5 stars 3 is the worst album from Van Halen
After the success of Balance and For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge, this album is a huge disappointment and the only decent song on this album is Without You and Fire in the Hole. Read more
Published on Sept. 23 2006 by Vader
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible Album by a horrible singer
Veering away from their great days with Sammy Hagar and David Lee Roth, th=is album was not nearly as well performed nor did it have any catchy tunes. Read more
Published on Dec 18 2004 by "patricks110"
4.0 out of 5 stars I don't understand why people hate this so much
Its in my opinion that this isn't so bad of an album. Its not among their best, but I particularly like the songs
From Afar
Fire in the Hole
A Year to the Day
I... Read more
Published on Sept. 12 2004 by Regulus
4.0 out of 5 stars Gary Cherone:- Van Halen with no ego!!
I don't know what's gone into all the Van Halen fans- be it of Dave or Sammy era. This album is so differently beautiful. Read more
Published on July 13 2004 by "earth_and_sensuousity"
3.0 out of 5 stars Really good rockers
Even if Gary Cherone's voice does not match Hagar's or Roth's quality, the album has really good rockers, one of them even was used in the soundtrack of a movie. Read more
Published on July 7 2004 by carlos
4.0 out of 5 stars different, but good
Well, this is not your typical VH album, but in my mind, Gary Cherone, gives a good shot at filling some big shoes. Read more
Published on July 6 2004 by Jonathan Weller
1.0 out of 5 stars This Sucks, Say I
Wow! This album has to be one of the worst ever created. I'd rather dunk my head in an unflushed toilet than be subjected to this filth again. Please Eddie, wrap it up!
Published on July 3 2004
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