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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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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.Read more ›
In 2006 "5150" will be twenty years old. Hard to believe, isn't it? This powerhouse of a record falls just short of being a classic, defined by Sammy Hagar's soaring melodies and Eddie Van Halen's innovative guitar riffs. Keyboards abound here as well, marking the evolution of Eddie Van Halen from boy genius guitar hero to a stronger arranger and composer worthy of critical respect.
Upon joining the band, journeyman rocker Sammy Hagar lent his own brand of musical showmanship, exhibiting more vocal chops, range and passion than Roth ever could. Hagar was also an accomplished musician as well as a rock 'n roll frontman, and could double Eddie's guitar parts on tour (allowing Eddie to play keyboards).
In my view, Hagar was just as good (if not better) showman as Roth, and was actually musically talented to boot ... which Roth really wasn't. This is probably the best record the new "Van Hagar" put together; its energy and spirit are indomitable. Listening all these years later, I'm still as inspired as I was at 14, a freshman in high school, dreaming of being a rock singer like Hagar.
After all these years, it's interesting to see where everybody ended up. Eddie is apparently holed up in his studio, writing songs and wondering why no one calls. Roth is about to release his seventh solo album (Seventh? When was the last time Roth had a hit single? Who keeps letting him make records??), and is touring the nation in support of his upcoming CD. Last summer, he and Hagar did the "Heavyweight Champions of Rock 'n Roll" tour, bringing in respectable ticket sales and showing crowds across the country that both men still have what it takes to bring down the house.Read more ›
if you aproach this album with no expectations, it may strike you as reasonably good hair metal album. this should be a good thing but keep in mind: for years before this, van halen had been satisfying, then EXEEDING the high expectations they created for themselves with their relentlessly creative, exhilarating reinvention of sixties pop and seventies hard rock, culminating in the imortal 1984 album. for fans of the original van halen, 5150 is nothing short of painful to listen to.
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Good album and interesting enough songs. I could really use less keyboards, but this is worth having in the collection.Published on Aug. 11 2013 by G1
This was perhaps the best album VH ever released. It seems Eddie really wanted to prove that Van Halen could still excel without David Lee Roth, and that Sammy was every bit the... Read morePublished on May 10 2009 by T. A. Hogan
My rating is relative to other music in this era, this music was only marginally above-average (unless you really love pop-metal). Read morePublished on April 18 2009 by B. Keith
When David Lee Roth left the band, many people thought Van Halen was finished. WRONG! Sammy Hagar brought Van Halen into new territory gaining many new fans in the process. Read morePublished on June 5 2008 by Ryan Adams
INTRO:After the hit album that was "1984" Van Halen lost signer David Lee Roth in 1985 and had to do auditions to find a new lead signer for the band. Read morePublished on May 6 2007 by T. Skylar
an alright album but i think that when they got hagar they started doin' all these lovey dove' songs. Read morePublished on Sept. 1 2004 by Sean
This is my all time favorite VH album, in no small part because it's the first one I heard from start to finish, just discovering rock and roll in '86. Read morePublished on July 14 2004