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  • Audio CD (May 26 1986)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • ASIN: B000002L99
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 113 customer reviews
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1. Good Enough
2. Why Can't This Be Love
3. Get Up
4. Dreams
5. Summer Nights
6. Best Of Both Worlds
7. Love Walks In
8. '5150'
9. Inside

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This 1986 album was the first with former Montrose singer Sammy Hagar! Diamond Dave's absence doesn't phase the band, whose crashing guitars and harmonies are still there! Includes Good Enough; Why Can't This Be Love; Get Up; Dreams; Love Walks In; 5150 , and more.


As original Van Halen vocalist David Lee Roth quit the band to pursue a solo career, or was fired (depending on who you believe), Eddie and Alex Van Halen and Michael Anthony carried on by hiring Sammy Hagar. Hagar was a middling artist on his own, but he proved to be a powerhouse when placed in front of hard rock's most muscular and innovative instrumental unit. On 5150--the title is police code for "escaped lunatic"--you can hear the band's excitement at having struck a winning combination. Songs such as "Why Can't This Be Love," "Dreams," "Best of Both Worlds," and "Love Walks In" combine to make this the early high-watermark of the Van Hagar era. --Daniel Durchholz

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By LeBrain HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on July 7 2010
Format: Audio CD
Back in 1986, a lot of rockers had given up on Diamond Dave; we just couldn't swallow "California Girls" and still wear our Judas Priest shirts proudly. On the flipside, we dug Sammy's "I Can't Drive 55". When the split and new singer were announced, we waited hopefully that Van Halen with Hagar in tow would produce something that really rocked. Then in early '86 we saw that embarassing live video for "Why Can't This Be Love", and all hopes were dashed. More keyboards? Sammy scatting?

5150 isn't as bad as we feared, in fact it's quite good in spots. Its major flaw is that this was a band in upheaval, and Dave was such a huge part of their sound. 5150 is a transitional album, it picks up with the keyboard flavours of 1984 and moves forward into parts unknown. Musically, most of this album was written with Dave still in the band. In his autobiograophy, Crazy From The Heat, Dave describes the music that Van Halen were writing as reflective of the mood the band were in. He used the word "morose".

While 5150 is not a completely joyless affair, it is considerably less upbeat than the party rock that they specialized in with Dave. Sammy Hagar was obviously an apt replacement; although an awkward fit at first as they shoehorned him into the songs written with Dave.

Things start out well enough. "Good Enough" is an upbeat boogie oriented party rocker. The production however is painfully thin. The drums clank along, awkward electronic toms creating a cacophony of noise. The guitar lacks Eddie's trademark warmth. Where Dave called the album "morose" I would use the word "cold".

Then, "Why Can't This Be Love", better than the live video version but still containing Sammy's strange scatting. This ballad feels tired lyrically and musically.
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Eddie has not lost nor even slowed down with any of those incredibly quick fingers of his. I once saw a documentary on him regarding how he got started as a kid and it was the usual stuff...how he would stay at home while his brother was out partying he would be at home playing his guitar ...He would be playing it when Alex left and he would be still playing when Alex returned sometime in the early morning. The boy was obsessed. If you want to be the best at something then you simply have to be that way. Now these many years later he is still playing like he is 16 and those now adult fingers are NOT slowing down like most others would, because he still works them like a 16 year old would. He still lives his craft..I know the music can at times all sound pretty much the same but he is still playing the gigs, he is still up on the hills of Pasadena living the life and we simply cannot disagree with that ...Hats off to you Eddie and Alex. Another CD with outstanding hits on it, the only thing you need to do is GET YOURSELF A DECENT FRONT MAN , SAMMY MIGHT SCREAM BUT HE CAN DO LITTLE ELSE...Spigomars
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In my opinion, this is the best Van Halen album, and certainly the best since DLR left the group. With only 9 songs, this is not a very long album. However, what is hers is excellent and the album as a whole is fantastic. When a friend and I saw VH in 1995, they played 3 songs off of this album. Sammy Hagar, at the time a brand new recruit, shows considerable talent in both songwriting and vocal ability. Some VH fans lament the lack of DLR's edgyness and stage presence, but I for one think Hagar is not only considerably more talented and musically gifted but better for the group. This makes it all the more regretable that Hagar left the band. With the release of 5150, VH suceeded in doing what many bands fail to do - a lead-singer transplant with not only an excellent survival rate, but a renewed sense of life. Unfortunately, it was relatively short lived (just over a decade) and VH now seems to be have a terminal illness and impending death. The reinstatement of Hagar seems to me the only thing that could save this once-great group.
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Sammy Hagar confidently waltzed in to Van Halen's sacred circle of hard rock theatre and did an excellent job on "5150." His voice is piercing and exuberant, his lyrics are bold and usually inspiring, and the excitement from band and singer were evident on all levels. As a whole, this may be one of the better sounding Van Halen albums created. Eddie's guitar is as fast and crisp as ever on such songs as "Get Up," while his raw pounding riffs on such songs as "Summer Nights" and "5150" made my pre-teenage play list for months at a time the summer it came out. The hits are there as well, and Eddie made sure to continue his spacey keyboard stage going - post "1984" - on "5150." The aspiring "Dreams" is especially keyboard-laced, with lyrics by Hagar that sound touchingly sincere and hopeful. Another sonically pleasing feature of "5150" is the bottom-heavy bass that infiltrates many of the songs - a sound that was missing on prior albums. One such song is the excellent "Best of Both Worlds," where a danceable riff and purposeful lyrics make this a definite VH classic. The production is clean without being too pristine, the drums speedily click, and Eddie provided more commercially memorable guitar chops on "5150" than any record prior or after. Overall, "5150" is a genuinely strong rock and roll album, with a new lyricist who wasn't afraid to tackle such issues as true love, love-gone-bad, testing your limit to reach your dreams, and aspiring to just plain old partying and vanity, as on such songs as "Summer Nights" and "Inside," respectively.
"Summer nights and my radio/that's all we need baby/don't you know? - Sammy Hagar, Van Halen, 1986.
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