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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
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,136 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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All these years later ...
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.
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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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sammy hagar is an able blues-rock singer and guitarist in his own right, but david lee roth he ain't. gone are the double entendres worthy of bon scott, gone is that signature wail, gone is the struggle for prominence between the charismatic vocals and the phenomenal guitar work. truth be told, the blame for this album can hardly be restricted to sammy. alex van halen began a slide towards mediocrity in his drumming here, turning into an increasingly bland boogie drummer. compared to the varied, gutsy drums on the band's self titled album, this is downright embarassing. there remains little bass to speak of and eddie's guitars tend to overwhelm the music, which doesn't work very well because he hasn't got any particularly good compositions. all of the sudden, van halen wasn't pioneering the music that the bands of the eighties then atempted to replicate anymore - they were playing by those bands' rules, becoming JUST ANOTHER BAND.
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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