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The Best of Both Worlds Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (July 20 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Wea Custom - Rhino
  • ASIN: B000286S8S
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
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Disc: 1
1. Eruption - Van Halen
2. It's About Time
3. Up For Breakfast
4. Learning To See
5. Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love
6. Finish What Ya Started
7. You Really Got Me
8. Dreams
9. Hot For Teacher
10. Poundcake
See all 19 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Panama
2. Best Of Both Worlds
3. Jamie's Cryin'
4. Runaround
5. I'll Wait
6. Why Can't This Be Love
7. Runnin' With The Devil
8. When It's Love
9. Dancing In The Street
10. Not Enough - Van Halen
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Van Halen rocketed to stardom with their raucous, 10X-platinum-plus 1978 self-titled album, one of the greatest debuts ever. Anchored by Eddie Van Halen s guitar wizardry & David Lee Roth's vocal showmanship, the band's dynamic sound reinvented hard rock. A run of multi-platinum Top 10 discs followed, peaking with 1984, another 10X-platinum blockbuster & Roth's swan song. Sammy Hagar replaced the vocalist, a transition that cost the band no momentum. The Red Rocker's VH debut, 1986's 5150 , hit #1 on The Billboard 200, as did 1988's OU812. The Grammy-winning 1991 release, For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge, reached #5. This new compilation spotlights Van Halen's always-stellar musicianship over the course of 25 years & two world-class frontmen, & continues the story with three brand new Hagar-fronted tracks!

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By LeBrain HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on July 8 2010
Format: Audio CD
I am a huge Van Halen fan, almost as big as they come. Musically, I can find very little fault with this collection. How can I? Musically, Van Halen are above reproach. In the 70's, they were without equal. No other band could boast such a series of excellent albums, a charismatic and innovative frontman like Dave Lee Roth, or (obviously) a guitar player like Edward Van Halen. Van Halen defined the term "party rock", but they also rocked with intelligence. They combined challenging arrangements with near-impossible guitar work, clever lyrics, an excellent image, influences dating back to the 1930's, and music heavier than that of many of their rivals.

So how could this compilation possibly fail if the music is that strong? In my opinion, this album is completedly torpedoed by the Van Halen brothers themselves. They've never made any secrets of their intense rivalry with former (but now current) frontman Roth; they even burned bridges with his replacement Sammy Hagar. In a constant effort to downplay Roth's importance (and their own recent history), this compilation suffers terribly. Read on!

On paper, this album looks good. However upon one listen you will realize what works and what doesn't. Kicking off the album with Eddie's groundbreaking solo "Eruption" seems like a good idea at first. It serves to remind the listener right from the beginning why Eddie is considered one of the best, if not the very best, guitar player of all time. His sound is warm and "brown" and he creates noises that nobody had ever heard before....

...But "Eruption" is followed by the first of the new Sammy singles, "It's About Time". Trying to glue "Eruption" to a new song just doesn't work. A Dave song would have sounded much more natural.
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BEST OF BOTH WORLDS, while showcasing some undeniably powerful music, becomes, in the end, a mean spirited, classless greatest hits collection, meant at elevating Hagar over Roth every chance it gets. This anthology leaves the fans little doubt that the 1996 debacle of the Hagar firing/resignation (depending on who tells the story) and rehiring of Roth (and then immediate firing) rests solely on the head of Eddie Van Halen.

There's always fierce debate over two incarnations of Van Halen. Personally, I do not align myself exclusively with either camp, as I am a fan of the band's music made with both frontmen, though I do see the advantages and disadvantages of each.

When Roth fronted them from their commercial breakout in 1978 to the Van Roth's demise in 1985, Van Halen was known for wildly inventive guitar from Eddie, over-the-top vocals and theatrics from Roth, and killer live shows. Roth was the prototypical rock frontman: a larger than life caricature who embodied all the fratboy tendencies of the party-hearty rock and roll lifestyle. The genius of David Lee Roth as the prototypical rock and roll front man is his larger-than-life personae, his gonzo rock antics, and his wild, crazy partycentric lifestyle. Much of the appeal of Van Halen was this larger-than-life frontman.

Roth decided to pursue his own (aptly insubstantial) solo career, and Van Halen brought in Sammy Hagar, frontman to the heavy metal outfit Montrose. When Hagar replaced Roth, there was, naturally, no way for him to replace Roth as the front man without an image modification for the band. While Roth was almost a caricature of himself, a party-hearty animal, Sammy Hagar brought a much more down to earth approach to the whole rock front-man scene.
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I didn't not like how it went back and forth from one era to the next. A bit disorganized. It need to be on one disc and organized differently.
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