Best Of Volume 1

September 24, 1996 | Format: MP3

$11.49
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  • Original Release Date: September 24, 1996
  • Release Date: September 24, 1996
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Copyright: 1996 Warner Bros. Records Inc. for the U.S. and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the U.S.
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  • Total Length: 1:12:06
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  • ASIN: B001FECIVE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (228 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,202 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

Great CD with lots of good songs.
mdizzog
The two new songs are only mediocre with David Lee Roth singing instead of Van Halen's best lead singer to date, Sammy Hagar.
Mark
As far as I am concerned, this is one of the best "greatest hits" albums ever.
M. Jackson

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65 of 73 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:

Pros:

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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33 of 42 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 20, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I have to say that there are some terrific songs on this album and it makes for a great introduction to the two major eras of Van Halen. Some of my all time favorite VH songs are on here, like "Ain't Talkin' Bout Love", "Dance The Night Away", "Unchained", "Panama", "Why Can't This Be Love", "When It's Love" and "Poundcake". I also love "Runnin' With The Devil" but my cd has the [messed] up version that accidently made it onto early presses of this cd. The two new Roth songs are okay but they just don't stand a chance when compared to their earlier output with Roth.
I agree with just about all the other reviewers that there were some essential tracks that were left off. This collection just isn't complete without such gems as "You Really Got Me", "Jamie's Cryin'", "Beautiful Girls", "Hot For Teacher", "Finish What Ya Started", "Best Of Both Worlds" and "Runaround". A career spanning 2-disk anthology set or even a box set would be in order now that the band seems to be on hold permanently.
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