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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: #87,588 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.

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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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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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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 guitarist ever, and a rock solid rhythm section, he knew they'd turn out some solid rock and roll music. So naturally he wanted to sign them up as soon as possible. And that's just what Simmons did.

Turns out Simmons' gut instinct about Van Halen was right on the money. When VAN HALEN was released in 1978, it put these four young men on the musical map, and also rewrote the rules of heavy metal. The ultimate frat-boy band was boosted most by David Lee Roth, who was a genius at being one of the premier frontmen in all of rock. With vocals, squeals, screeches, and an amazing voice, he brought the performance of the band to an adrenaline-driven high, and was an essential part of their early sound. Hunter S. Thompson, with his gonzo-style journalism, became the embodiment of the over-the-top, wildly inventive rock journalist. Just as Thompson changed journalism and became a legend in his own right, Roth likewise took the role of lead singer and revolutionized it. One of the ultimate showmen in rock, Roth was pure genius as becoming a larger-than-life icon to so many rockers.

Of course, the real meat of the Van Halen legacy is, naturally, Eddie Van Halen's guitar. By introducing finger-tapping into the rock scene, Eddie showed what the guitar could really do. With spit-fire solos, that incredible little instrumental they tucked away on this album (Eruption), and some of the most amazing riffs ever to grace a rock and roll record, Eddie stepped into the long vacated shoes of Jimi Hendrix to be one of the most imitated, influential guitarists from the rock era.
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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. The self-titled Van Halen went on to sell over ten million copies and stands as of the most successful debut albums of all time. Van Halen re-energized rock'n'roll when it needed it the most (also inspired and made way for hundreds of imitators along the way); this was a pivotal rock album, no doubt about it. By the late 1970's most bands that had ruled that decade had either changed styles, past their prime or soon to be disbanded or experienced changes in its members. VH pretty much set the standard for how rock bands were supposed to look and sound at the dawn of the 1980's. The band's self-titled album is Van Halen as I remember it best, when I think of the band this is the album and sound that first comes to mind. It's hard not to like or ignore some of the songs on this album like "Runnin' With The Devil", The Kinks cover "You Really Got Me" or the out of this world "Eruption". Even the album cover screams classic. Eddie Van Halen famously displays his talent for the guitar here; he helped popularize the finger tapping technique and came up with some great riffs and solos, a guitar legend and this album is proof of that.

I won't go through all the songs, but these descriptions should give you an idea of what to expect. The album starts off with the classic "Runnin' With The Devil", starts off with slow bass and then kicks into high gear to never really let the listener go. David Lee Roth's voice sounds really powerful here with his high pitched screams and Eddie's solo is highly effective. A classic track and favorite among Van Halen fans. How can you be a Van Halen fan and not remember hearing "Eruption" for the first time?
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