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  • Audio CD (Oct. 22 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • ASIN: B000002NAA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 151 customer reviews
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1. Eruption
2. Ain`t Talkin` `Bout Love
3. Runnin` With The Devil
4. Dance The Night Away
5. And The Cradle Will Rock...
6. Unchained
7. Jump
8. Panama
9. Why Can`t This Be Love
10. Dreams
11. When It`s Love
12. Poundcake
13. Right Now
14. Can`t Stop Lovin` You
15. Humans Being
16. Can`t Get This Stuff No More
17. Me Wise Magic

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Product Description

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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Format: Audio CD
To me, the hits part of this disc is just preamble. The reason everybody went out and bought this CD on October 22, 1996 was the return of David Lee Roth. Nobody cared about the hits. I remember working at the record store the day this was released. A lot of people thought it would be a new studio album. I had many comments that day saying, "But I already have most of these songs." One guy even bought it assuming it was a new studio album and returned it the next day -- I guess he didn't read the title?

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.
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Disposable for the old fans. The two new songs with David Lee Roth weren't anything to write home about ("Me Wise Magic" was a decent song, but not up to standard), and the original idea was much better. Imagine the bang for your buck: two discs with 17 or 18 songs each from both eras of Van Halen. This way, early DLR gems like "Mean Streets", "Jamie's Crying", "Women in Love", "Hot For Teacher", "Ice Cream Man", "Drop Dead Legs" or "I'll Wait" would be included. This is not to mention the Hagar chestnuts like "Best of Both Worlds", "Summer Nights", "Spanked", "Black and Blue", "Runaround", "Not Enough" or "Feelin'". See the dilemma? There's probably a good 7 songs from each era they have neglected, almost all as good or better than the hits they included. I'd love to see an album like that put together, but it's easier to burn one. Besides, we couldn't risk any songs from "Van Halen III", the short-lived Cherone experiment...
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By A Customer on July 12 1999
Format: Audio CD
I totally loved this cd. The Dave songs were very familar, and the Sammy stuff was totally new to me, and I still liked them.
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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My overall opinion is that if weren't for Dave's tracks, this CD would have been sunk right off the bat. I don't knowif you can still get the copy of this CD that has there-mixed version of "Runnin' With The Devil." I have that copy and it's interesting to hear a "new" version of it. I was very unhappy not have heard more of their earlier pieces such as"Jamie's Cryin'" or "You Really Got Me" on this album. "Beautiful Girls"would have been nice to have had on here. Where was "Mean Street" or "Where Have All The Good Times Gone", not to mention "Dancin' In The Streets", "Somebody Get Me A Doctor" or "You're No Good"? Here's my suggestion for Vol II, leave all Van Hagar songs where theybelong..... anywhere but on the samealbum as TRUE Van Halen songs. Put more of Van Halen I and II songs on it and God forbid any Gary Cherone songs. I'd rather jab a sharp stick in my ears than subject them to thatamount of torture. Can I just cut mywrists instead? The only reason I bought this album was that I NEEDED to hear new Van Halen (not Van Hagar or Cherone). "Me Wise Magic and "Can't This StuffNo More" offered only a temporary repreive to this need that I've had since 1984. Unfortunately, "Dave's not here."I hope Eddie, Alex and Michael read this write-up and take some much-needed notes on how to make a truly "Best Of' album.
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