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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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  • Audio CD (October 22, 1996)
  • Original Release Date: October 22, 1996
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Off Roster
  • ASIN: B000002NAA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (273 customer reviews)
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66 of 76 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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38 of 48 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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4 of 4 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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