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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner
  • ASIN: B000002KH3
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #82,647 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Runnin' With The Devil
2. Eruption
3. You Really Got Me
4. Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love
5. I'm The One
6. Jamie's Cryin'
7. Atomic Punk
8. Feel Your Love Tonight
9. Little Dreamer
10. Ice Cream Man
11. On Fire

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2008 reissue of Van Halen's self-titled debut album released in 1978. It is considered to be one of the most famous debut albums. The album has sold over ten million copies in the United States alone and it is considered to be one of the most successful debuts by a hard rock band. Along with 1984, it gives Van Halen two original (not a greatest hits) albums with Diamond status in sales -- a feat achieved by only four other rock bands: The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and Def Leppard. 11 tracks.

At least half of the songs on Van Halen's eponymous 1978 debut are still considered classics, and the Eddie Van Halen instrumental "Eruption" revolutionised the guitar community by introducing a technique called finger-tapping into the heavy metal lexicon. A magnificent debut for sure, but maybe the band should have held onto a few of their blockbuster tunes to bolster the lean years that started after 1984, and continue to the present day. Regardless, Van Halen amply demonstrate their drive, showmanship, and musicianship throughout, blowing the needle off the scale on such tracks as "You Really Got Me", "Jamie's Cryin'", "Runnin' with the Devil", and "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love". --Jon Wiederhorn

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hutch182 on March 2 2007
Format: Audio CD
Van Halen has lots of great albums but this just takes the cake. I won't make this a biased opinion.

1.Runnin' With The Devil-Great vocals by a young David Lee Roth screech's and screams thats what it's all about. great opening riff,very catchy.10/10

2.Eruption-I love eruption, reminds me of the Power Rangers theme song.But to get to the review...great instrumental in fact it's in the top 3 greatest guitar solos ever...GOOD JOB EDDIE! 10/10

3.You Really Got Me-Great cover turns up the heat when it comes to the vocals and the guitar...awesome guitar solo. This song will make people who say the, original is always better,think twice.9/10

4.Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love-One of the many hits from this cd. Great and catchy riff and solo. Very addicting song,once again great vocals.9/10

5.I'm The One-Very heavy intro also catchy but lacks the vocal support that David usually gives out luckly Eddie's great guitaring makes it an above average song.7/10

6.Jamie's Cryin'-Love the guitar very raunchy goes very well with the song. personally very underrated song on this album.Great vocals.10/10

7.Atomic Punk-Great use of a phaser by Eddie, lyrically could be better but other than that vocals are wonderful.Personally one of my favs.9/10

8.Feel Your Love Tonight- Here come the lady's this song is very catchy great back-up vocals, good song to use when your girlfriend or wife says no for the 3 time that week. Listen to the song and you'll understand.10/10

9.Little Dreamer-Good song,good lyrics,good guitar,good drums,good bass just...good.8/10

10.Ice Cream Man- One of Eddie's Great Solos starts off alittle folky but makes up for it later on.good vocals.9/10

11.On Fire-Starts of with amazing guitar but is probably my least favorite on this album.Vocals could be better not really catchy...but again amazing guitar.7/10
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What can one say about this stunning debut from the greatest band of all time? To say it revolutionalized the rock scene is an understatment. "Eruption", while not as magical a listen as it was when it first came out, is still one of the best solo's ever recorded. Introducing the two-handed technique, displaying a masterful knowledge of the fretboard, blinding speed, and whammy bar acrobatics all wrapped up into a 2 minute masterpiece of musical brilliance, Eddie Van Halen solidified his spot in the pantheon of guitar gods, and this is just the second cut. Their cover of the Kinks "You Really Got Me" could be one of the best covers ever produced. Burning fretwork also shows up in the solo to 'Ice Cream Man' and the closing track 'On Fire'. After listening to these, you would think that he was all go, all the time, but what Eddie is truly underappreciated for is his ability to lay back and and play rythm. The rythm to 'Atomic Punk' and 'Little Dreamer' show how tight the band is as a unit. Bass player Michael Anthony and drummer Alex Van Halen lay as solid a foundation as you can get, and Eddie has an amazing ability to let the song breath. Vocally, David Lee Roth never sang better than he did on this cd. His playful singing style really complements the guitar, and his lyrics are great for whatever the mood of the song is. Another one of the most overlooked aspects of the Vna Halen sound is the backup vocals of Michale Anthony and Eddie. Eddie's low voice, and Mikes amazingly powerful highs created a three octave sound when added to Roth's. This gave even there heaviest songs an approachable feel to the unknown listener. not so much pop, but enough to catch the ear. Great hooks.
A must have for any fan of music.
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By andy8047 on June 15 2004
Format: Audio CD
David Lee Roth,Michael Anthony and brothers Alex and Eddie Van Halen began their band as Mammoth in the early or mid-70's. I don't know what inspired the name change,but several years later they became Van Halen. This album was originally released in 1978,on Warner Bros. Burbank label,which features a view of Sunset Boulevard(the last year Warner Bros. albums,even past ones bore the Burbank label). Hits from the album include Ray Davies' YOU REALLY GOT ME,first recorded by Davies' band,The Kinks. RUNNING WITH THE DEVIL was a hit also. JAMIE'S CRYIN' is pretty cool. YOU REALLY GOT ME was heard in the 1997 Paramount film,PRIVATE PARTS. Guitarist Eddie and drummer Alex both can play both instruments. But during recording sessions,Eddie stuck with his guitar and Alex stuck with his drums. Anthony is the bassist and Roth is the lead vocalist. Roth's fellow members sing background on most songs they recorded. Seven years after this album was released,Roth was fired from the band and experienced persistent success with a solo career.
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One of the greatest debuts of all time (along with Led Zeppelin 1 and Are You Experienced?), and an outstanding rock album created solely for the purpose of showcasing the unabashed showmanship every member of the band possessed. The band kicks it off into high gear immediately with "Runnin' With The Devil", a song about living a reckless life on the road. The following tracks are no less exciting,and every track it seems became a hit single, or atleast had the potential to be. Eddie Van Halens mind blowing guitar work combined with David Lee Roths arena rock voice ensure that the needle is blown off the scale with tracks such as "Aint Talkin'Bout Love," "Im The One" and "On Fire," while also producing little hard rock classics like "Little Dreamer" and "Jamie's Cryin". As far as commercial, fun loving, over the top heavy metal/rock n roll, this is good as it gets, and set the path for Bon Jovi and Aerosmiths comeback albums. An incredibly influential album, and essential for any rock collection.
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