Right Here, Right Now Live
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|3. Why Can't This Be Love|
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It will forever remain a mystery why the mighty original Van Halen line-up never released a live recording, especially because they were one of the better live hard rock bands to hit the stage. The first official live Van Halen recording was the 1993 two-CD set, LIVE: RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW, which collected 24 tracks from various tours with singer Sammy Hagar (spanning 1986-92). David Lee Roth-era songs are kept to abare minimum, and almost the entire FOR UNLAWFUL CARNAL KNOWLEDGE featured. Such later-Van Halen favourites as "Poundcake", "Why Can't This Be Love", "Right Now", "When It's Love", and "Best of Both Worlds" are featured. Also included is acover of the Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again", Hagar's solo composition "One Way to Rock", and the Roth-standards "Panama", "Ain't Talkin' Bout Love", "You Really Got Me", and "Jump".
"David Lee who?" is the question posed by this 2 Disc compendium of six years of Sammy Hagar-era performances. "Won't Get Fooled Again" is too obvious and tired a tune to be more than a novelty; better bets are firey renditions of "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love" and "Jump" (highlighted by Hagar's Michael Jackson impersonation). --Jeff Bateman
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But many still feel (myself included) that this album could have been even better. There are a few problems which almost ruined an otherwise excellent performance by the band. First of all, the sound quality is somewhat poor, with the instruments warbling and echoing too much at times. The loudest thing on here is Alex's crash cymbal. Why the heck is it so loud? Also, the song selection could have been better, unless you are a huge fan of every song off For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge. To be honest, I really felt that if the band replaced Man On a Mission, Spanked, and In N Out with, say, Runnin With the Devil, And The Cradle Will Rock, and Dance the Night Away from the Roth era, this would easily be a five star album. Also, Sammy could have done without suddenly doing Cabo Wabo right in the middle of You Really Got Me, or stopping Panama so he could try to "rap" to the audience.
How about the upside to this album? Well, we can start with Eddie, of course. Although 316 does go on for a whopping 11 and a half minutes, his guitar work on here is simply amazing, as with all of the other songs. He also includes Eruption within this track, it is at the very end of it. Alex's drum solo is another highlight (despite the crash cymbal), and even Michael Anthony gets a chance to do a BASS solo. Give him a thumbs up for trying but he's just not a good bass player. Live versions of the few Roth tunes on here sound great, despite the fact that I really don't think Hagar wanted to sing them at all. When Its Love and Dreams sound fabulous.Read more ›
The album does contain many of the hits from the Sammy Hagar era such as "Right Now", "When It's Love", "Why Can't This Be Love", and "Dreams" among others. The album also contains two of his solo hits, "One Way To Rock" and "Give To Live". While these are both good tracks, his signature song "I Can't Drive 55" is noticeably absent. Eddie Van Halen's solo "316" is surely an excellent showcase on the album but Michael Anthony's "Ultra Bass" is way too long and Alex Van Halen's drum solo is nothing spectacular. One senses these were pretty impressive to see live but sound indulgent on a live album.
The album also suffers from featuring no less than 10 tracks from For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge and very little from the David Lee Roth era skipping completely over Van Halen II, Women and Children First, Fair Warning, and Diver Down. The addition of tracks such as "Dance The Night Away", "Beautfiul Girls", "Everybody Wants Some", "Take Your Whiskey Home", "Unchained", "Mean Street", and "(Oh) Pretty Woman" and limiting down to 3 tracks from For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge would have helped this album big time. Hagar's singing on the few Roth-era tracks are decent but don't have Roth's charisma.Read more ›
"Van Halen Live: Right Here, Right Now" is a culmination of live performances from the band's first three tours with Sammy Hagar. Unfortunately, the producers of this album thought that it would be a good idea to make it sound like this was one big concert.
If you listen closely, you'll notice that the "screaming crowd" in the background is, for the most part, manufactured. If you've ever been to a concert, you know that the crowd is always loudest before and after a song starts. Very rarely does a crowd yell and scream, at the top of their lungs, DURING the song. Especially during songs like "Dreams" and "Why Can't This Be Love" - songs where the crowd typically likes to sing along, rather than cheer.
All that aside, the album still fails to capture the energy of a Van Halen show. Missing are the spontaneous cheers of "Eddie! Eddie! Eddie!" and the overwhelming pounding in your head that you experience during Michael Anthony's chaotic bass solo.
Considering that this is Van Halen's only live album, I suppose I'll take what I can get, but I expected a little more. Especially from a double album.
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I bought this CD thinking all these great songs would be fun to listen to. I've listened to Van Halen on the radio for a couple decades now and I expected at least radio quality... Read morePublished on May 12 2004
I will agree that one negative is the large number of tracks from the For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge album. Read morePublished on Feb. 12 2004 by E. Hall
This is a very decent VH album. I like the fact that you can hear Eddie's fills in his songs better than you can in studio versions. Read morePublished on Jan. 27 2004
Ok, this is good overall, but I can't help pointing out the flaws. The sound could have been better, it's not terrible, but it's not great. Read morePublished on Jan. 5 2004 by H3@+h
The mixing is terrible (the cymbals are way too high, and the only time Eddie's guitar is clear is "316"), the tracklist is so biased it's not even funny (these guys had... Read morePublished on Sept. 10 2003 by Kurt Lennon
This is a pretty good live album. But it is not a perfect live album. Despite what one reviewer on here wrote, Sammmy does not do any Michael Jackson impersonation on the song... Read morePublished on Feb. 9 2003
The album is a fun listen if you're ready to rock in a not-too-serious fashion. The production is big, reverb-heavy arena rock style. Read morePublished on Aug. 6 2002 by Muddy Moe
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