Best of, Volume 1 Best of
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|4. Dance The Night Away|
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|9. Why Can`t This Be Love|
|11. When It`s Love|
|13. Right Now|
|14. Can`t Stop Lovin` You|
|15. Humans Being|
|16. Can`t Get This Stuff No More|
|17. Me Wise Magic|
17 thundering tracks from both the David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar years, with two new songs featuring Dave on vocals! Includes Jump; Why Can't This Be Love; When It's Love; Running with the Devil; Dance the Night Away; Ain't Talkin' 'bout Love; Panama; And the Cradle Will Rock; Dreams , and more.
It took over 20 years for Van Halen to release a Best of album, and even then, the band downplayed the effort. Instead sticking to the original plan of releasing a two-disc set--one of material with original frontman David Lee Roth, and the other with his 11-year replacement Sammy Hagar--the band opted for a single CD chronicling their entire career. For the previously uninitiated, it's a golden introduction to a band that changed the face of '80s hard rock. Guitar-blazing old tracks like "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love," and "Dance the Night Away" segue into more commercial numbers like "Jump" and "Panama" from 1984. These in turn, set the stage for Hagar's slicker, more polished vocals on "Right Now" and "How Do I Know When It's Love." But while newcomers will be thrilled with the delights within, old fans will probably find little of use, since the two highly touted new tracks with Roth are pretty disposable. --Jon Wiederhorn
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Anyway, enough rambling. Best Of Volume I was much hyped due to "Can't Get This Stuff No More" and "Me Wise Magic", the first new songs by the original Van Halen in over a decade. For fans of this band, we were elated to hear new music that clearly harkened back to the pre-synth, pre-1984 sound of Van Halen. Dave's voice is now lower and less powerful, but his delivery is pure gleeful Dave, even on these darker songs. His lyrics (which according to Roth, Eddie didn't like) are as poetic as ever. Eddie's letting his guitar speak, basing both songs purely on riffage. This was a pretty cool about-face from the too-comercial sounds of Balance.
This album is worth it just for these two new songs alone. It is, thus far, the only place you can get them.
For Sammy fans, there is the excellent "Humans Being" with its angry modern verses and bright shiny chorus. This is the only Van Halen album where you can get "Humans Being" saving you from having to buy the terrible Twister soundtrack. (Missing is a track called "Respect The Wind" billed by Eddie & Alex Van Halen from the same soundtrack.)
The hits portion of this disc, gloriously remastered for the first time, is brief (it's a single disc, after all) but almost completely without filler.Read more ›
However, whenever I turn on the radio and hear Van Halen, its almost ALWAYS DLR singing, except for maybe "Right Now", or "Why Can't This Be Love?". Maybe its because Dave made more albums, or because of VHI or 1984. But there are many songs of his that should be on here, ("You Really Got Me", "Pretty Woman", "Jamies Cryin", "Mean Street", "Everybody Wants Some!!", and "Hot For Teacher".
As far as the 3 new songs, "Humans Being" and "Can't Get This Stuff No More" are merely mediocre. But "Me Wise Magic" is so good, it is worth it to put this on the album even if it wasn't new!!!
I'm under the impression that Van Halen wanted to give an even time to both singers, and an even time for all their albums. While this is nice, its not the best representation. However, even if this wasn't a TRUE greatest hits cd, its obviously a 5-star rating.
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Well everyone will get their wishes Best of Both Worlds is a two cd set with van halen's best so everyone can calm down. It is out on July 20, 2004 so get your copy.Published on July 10 2004 by Trent Miskin
Van Halen is better than this. First off, where's "Hot for Teacher"?! That's one of Van Halen's most famous songs, and it's absence leaves a gaping hole. Read morePublished on June 18 2004 by Kevin
For a breif period in my life I was a rabbid fan of Van Halen. This was the first album I had ever heard by them. This is an extremely poor collection of this band's career. Read morePublished on June 16 2004 by Gus fogle
Ive had this cd since it came out.I was just reading the reviews hear and just came to mind.Were is 'don't tell me'.Thats one of the best songs that then have ever written. Read morePublished on June 9 2004 by Jason DeCastris
This is VH's first Greatest Hits album. The song selection stinks. Most of the songs are from the Sammy Hagar era, which, in my opinion, is not true Van Halen. Read morePublished on June 7 2004 by Jehu You
What can I say but Perfect! A true must in every way for every rocker!Published on June 3 2004 by Dude