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With their 1978 eponymous debut, Van Halen simultaneously rewrote the rules of rock guitar and hard rock in general. Guitarist Eddie Van Halen redefined what the electric guitar could do, developing a blindingly fast technique with a variety of self-taught two-handed tapping, hammer-ons, pull-offs, and effects that mimicked the sounds of machines and animals. It was wildly inventive and over ... Read more in Amazon's Van Halen Store

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  • Audio CD (November 4, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import
  • Label: Wea Japan
  • ASIN: B0000074QB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (253 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #288,600 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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. Hot For Teacher (Bonus Track)
10. Why Can't This Be Love
11. Dreams
12. When It's Love
13. Poundcake
14. Right Now
15. Can't Stop Lovin' You
16. Humans Being
17. Can't Get This Stuff No More (Radio Edit)
18. Me Wise Magic

Editorial Reviews

Japanese edition of first ever hits comp adds'Hot For Teacher' as a bonus track and also includes a 16page bilingual lyric booklet (English & Japanese), plus afull color 2 1/2' x 4 1/2' sticker with their current logoin flames, none of which comes with the U.S.! Also featuresthe new hits 'Me Wise Magic' & 'Can't Get This Stuff No More(Radio Edit), alongside 15 other classics: 'Ain't Talkin''Bout Love', 'Dance The Night Away', 'And The Cradle WillRock', 'Panama', 'Unchained', 'Jump', 'Wings', 'Right Now','Can't Stop Lovin' You', 'Poundcake', 'Humans Being' + 4...

Customer Reviews

Beautiful Girls 9. ...And The Cradle Will Rock 10.
The two new songs are only mediocre with David Lee Roth singing instead of Van Halen's best lead singer to date, Sammy Hagar.
I would recommend buying both the debut album and 5150 if you really want to get to know the band.

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66 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Some Gravity on March 25, 2005
Format: Audio CD
A pretty good greatest hits compilation. Read on for my review of this:


Except for the live album "Live: Right Here, Right Now" and "Fair Warning" (1983) this album contains material from all of Van Halen's studio albums from 1978 up until 1995: their self-titled 1978 debut album, their self-titled 1979 sophomore album, "Women and Children First" (1980), "Diver Down" (1981), "1984" (no need to say what year this album was released, but I will say that this was Van Halen's last album with David Lee Roth), "5150" (1986, their first album with Sammy Hagar), "OU812" (1988), "For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge" (1991), and "Balance" (1995, their last album with Sammy Hagar). What this all means is that this greatest hits CD will not only serve good for all Van Halen fans, but also for someone who is either new to Van Halen or is on a tight budget and can't afford the individual albums.

Before Sammy Hagar left Van Halen in 1996, he wrote one more song with Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, and Michael Anthony. That song was "Humans Being", which was written and recorded for the hit film "Twister", and also appeared in the movie and the soundtrack for the film. That song is to be found on this album, so any die hard VH fans who hear about the song won't have to locate a copy of the soundtrack or buy/rent the movie itself and then be sitting through half of the movie, thinking "When will that Van Halen song appear"?

1996 also happened to be the year Van Halen did a one time reunion with David Lee Roth, writing and recording the songs "Can't Get This Stuff No More" and "Me Wise Magic". Those songs have also been included on this album, which makes this album not only a Van Halen collector's item, but also somewhat of a VH souvenir.
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34 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Edward Morales on November 20, 2002
Format: Audio CD
...not a fitting one for a band of Van Halens' status. (Oh, and by the way, Eddie, Alex, Mike, Sam and Dave need to squash those collosal egos of theirs and do a full-on reunion - with both lead singers!) Anyway they need a better compilation than this.
Here's what should have been:
CD 1
1. Eruption
2. Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love
3. You Really Got Me
4. Runnin' With The Devil
5. Jamie's Cryin'
6. I'm The One
7. Dance The Night Away
8. Beautiful Girls
9. Light Up The Sky
10. ...And The Cradle Will Rock
11. Everybody Wants Some
12. Take Your Whiskey Home
13. Mean Street
14. Unchained
15. Intruder/(Oh) Pretty Woman
16. 1984
17. Jump
18. Panama
19. Hot For Teacher
20. I'll Wait
21. House Of Pain
CD 2
1. Why Can't This Be Love
2. Dreams
3. Best Of Both Worlds
4. Love Walks In
5. When It's Love
6. Feels So Good
7. Finish What Ya Started
8. Cabo Wabo
9. Poundcake
10. Right Now
11. Top Of The World
12. Can't Stop Lovin' You
13. Don't Tell Me (What Love Can Do)
14. The Seventh Seal
15. Humans Being
16. Me Wise Magic
17. Without You
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Gorham on January 22, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Most, if not all Van Halen is good... if not great (not including 1998's Van Halen "III" featuring Extreme's Gary Cherone... yuck). This "Vol. 1" is a good intro to the band, but like so many other reviews here... there needs to be a 2nd disc. One disc should cover the span with David Lee Roth and should include at least some of the following songs "Jamie's Cryin'", "Bottoms Up", "Beautiful Girls", "Light Up The Sky", "Mean Street", "So This Is Love", "Everybody Wants Some", "I'll Wait", and last but not least "Secrets" and "Little Guitars" from DIVER DOWN - even tho one of VH's weaker releases, it still should have been represented on this "Vol. 1" collection. The other disc should cover the Sammy Hagar era and add a few more choice tunes like "Runaround", "Cabo Wabo", "Finish What Ya Started", "Seventh Seal" and "Black & Blue". Again, good first volume... the hits are here and deservedly so. But it could have been more complete with a 2nd disc.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By oldschooler1981 on August 14, 2004
Format: Audio CD
There are many debates in rock history, especially concerning eras (i.e. old vs new Aerosmith; Peter Gabriel vs Phil Collins in Genesis). One of the big ones seems to be which Van Halen fans prefer Sammy Hagar or David Lee Roth. I happen to like both. Though they have slightly different styles, they're both great mainstream arena/hard rockers. If you like one, I don't see what's not to like about the other.

Shortly after the short-lived 1996 reunion between David Lee Roth and his old band, this collection was released, possibly as an attempt to appease both era's VH fans. In one respect, it works (providing a short overview of the band for beginning/casual fans), and in others, it doesn't (these guys are too great to sum up in 14 previously released songs).

1978's VAN HALEN, arguably one of the best hard rock debut albums in history, includes 2 1/2 songs -- the darker, yet melodic and heavy "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love," the bass-heavy hard rocker "Runnin' With the Devil," and Eddie's guitar solo "Eruption," the instrumental 'half' song.

The next three albums only get one song. 1979's VH2 includes the pop-tinged mid tempo rocker "Dance the Night Away," which was a sign of their bigger Top 40 hits to come. 1980's WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST gets the live sounding and bluesy hard rocker "And the Cradle Will Rock." 1981's darker FAIR WARNING gets the also loud rock hit "Unchained."

1982's DIVER DOWN, though not that great and highly filled with covers, gets 0 songs! That's hardly justafyable, especially since "Oh! Pretty Woman" comes off here.
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