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Van Halen

Van Halen Audio CD
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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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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Regulus
Format:Audio CD
I don't really have a favorite VH album. I like most of the songs from all of their albums. But this one is great. 'Runnin' With The Devil' was the first song I learned to play.
To that n00b who just said that VH sucks because they aren't on MTV- MTV is a gay channel. It just plays rap and other gay stuff. Blink 182, Avril Lavigne and w/e else you suggest really, really suck. I mean, they are already forgotten and its only been less than a year since their last albums came out. This album came out in 1978 and people still talk about it- alot. It sold *10 MILLION* copies. Blink and Avril and all of them have a total of around 2 million copies sold- from all of their albums. VH has 13 albums counting their brand new one, each one is a massive hit. So go away and shutup. VH won't be played on a 'newest music' station since their newest music is '98 on VH 3. Actually, they have 3 new songs on BOBW so w/e.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A NEW BEGINNING June 14 2006
By Max
Format:Audio CD
First of all, those of you getting so upset w/ Avril Lavigne's # 1 fan should realise ...this is a young girl who sits in front of the TV all day being furthur brainwashed by what is so called mainstream. She's not very bright either. When this album came out, it changed guitar rock. You can still hear the influence in Steve Vai and Satriani's playing today! (Finger tapping, whammy dive bombing) ...of course Hendrix had a great deal to do w/ that aswell. Van Halen as it began did not start off mainstream. Commercial radio (equivalent to MTV). Nevertheless they reached stardom w/out the aid of radio. Word of mouth. Once they decided to add synthesizer (Jump-1984), They became Mega-Stars and reached a whole new audience. Yes even MTV had to acknowledge the sheer vast popularity of Van Halen. This is the album that started it all. For those of you looking for a new rock guitar hero, even if it's almost thirty years prior, look no further. The technical ability but especially the ferocious attack in Eddie's playing is difficult to surpass even today!
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Everyone says that Quiet Riot and their debut 'Metal Health' launched a decade of heavy metal madness. AC\DC's Back in Black album was one of the strongest albums of that decade being released in 1980, but it was far from their debut album. Turn the clock back two years to 1978 and we have the true roots of everything the 80's were; decadent, wild, noisy, and ridiculous. Van Halen's debut album Van HAlen 1 started it all.
First you got Eddie Van Halen, the guitar hero to millions who took a one minute and forty-two second guitar solo and turned the music world on ite ear. Eruption was aptly named, suddenly every guitarist was tring to figure out what 'finger tapping was all about.
Second, what wouyld a band be without a frontman? Is there anyone better at this than Diamond David Lee Roth? Not a supurb singer, but a master showman. Who else can sing 'Running with the Devil', 'Jamie's Cryin', and 'Ain't Talking 'bout Love'? Well aparantly no one if you've ever seen Van Halen live anytime after 1985. David Lee Roth will always be the vocalist for Van Halen for millions of fans. The Van Hagar debate will last forever, but for purists, the debut release is as sweet as it gets.
Next we have Michael Anthony. Famous for his Jack Daniels bass guitar in the 80's, his playing is solid. He's not flashy, he's not spectacular. He's a meat and potatos player that keeps things on the ground while Eddie launches himself up into the clouds.
The second band member who shares the name Van Halen is the drummer Alex. Though he has been voted many times the ugliest man in rock n roll..... ever, his skin pounding techniques and sense of rhythm are not to be shunned. It's probably only fitting that for the first couple of seconds of Eruption, we get a quick drum intro.
Van Halen has gone through ups and down over their 30 year career, but this release will seal their places in rock n roll history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars and classic van halen is good van halen
ROTH OVER HAGAR EVERY DAY, van halen one is classic van halen... and classic van halen is good van halen
Published 4 days ago by polka music best music
5.0 out of 5 stars Another trip down memory lane for me on this one
I first heard this album in my first term at university. Blew my amplifier on Running with the Devil. Literally, I saw smoke coming out of the amp. Read more
Published 4 months ago by by Brian Vroomen
5.0 out of 5 stars Van Halen album
Very well packaged excellent quality of vinyl. Comes with booklet and inside sleeve. Very nice great album and quality. Couldn't ask for more.
Published 7 months ago by Joe
5.0 out of 5 stars Put it on, Crank it up!
Vinyl is where it's at for this album! Put it on, crank it up! The first few thuds of the bass on Runnin' With The Devil pull you right in to the wild dirty ride that is Van Halen.
Published 7 months ago by Alejandro S.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic.
Just looking at the band to which composes this music one should be able to tell it is awesome, and it is.
Published 15 months ago by Ryan Minshull
5.0 out of 5 stars Groundbreaking Rock Album!!!!
Eddie Van Halen almost single handedly saved rock fr. disco & schmatzy ballads of the late '70's by using flamenco guitar licks and other innovative techniques within a straight... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Russian Bear
5.0 out of 5 stars Back when Van Halen rocked the country with electric riffs and whammy...
When Gene Simmons spotted Van Halen back in the 1970s, he knew instantly they'd be a hit. With a party-hearty image, an over-the-top vocalist, one of the most energizing and crazy... Read more
Published on Sept. 1 2012 by Mike London
5.0 out of 5 stars Undoubtly one of the greatest and most influential debut albums of all...
In 1978 L.A. rockers Van Halen released their first album seemingly out of nowhere and it would prove to be the start of something big. Read more
Published on May 16 2011 by Tommy Skylar
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 Stars - likely VH's best disc, unless you prefer their next...
Pop-Metal made fun and sexy (by singer DL Roth), has its limitations, but is generally a solid debut, and does not suffer from the degree of overproduction and soft outright pop... Read more
Published on April 18 2009 by B. Keith
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!
To the Reviewer who called VAN HALEN a POSER
LOL,LOL,
What kind of loser looks up Van Halen, selects the bands best album and then attempts to compare it to Blink 182 and... Read more
Published on Oct. 12 2005 by Michael Mcconkey
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