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Best of Van Halen, Vol. 1

Van HalenAudio CD
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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 (October 22, 1996)
  • Original Release Date: October 22, 1996
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Off Roster
  • ASIN: B000002NAA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (228 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,797 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

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

Product Description

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.

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66 of 74 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Missing a lot of songs, but.................. 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Good compilation, but... 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent intro to VH 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
3.0 out of 5 stars Good collection but some essentials tracks were missed February 20, 2002
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Gotta love it.
Published 7 days ago by Michael Duffy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 18 days ago by Harold Meyer
5.0 out of 5 stars No one on earth sound the way they do and this is a great collection...
Hey, it's Van Halen. No one on earth sound the way they do and this is a great collection of their music for the price.
Published 1 month ago by Robert R.
5.0 out of 5 stars It's too bad there aren't more stars
It's too bad there aren't more stars, cause I'd give them to this album... Try not to play air guitar as you queue up the first track... You simply can't.
Published 1 month ago by Benjamin J Weaver
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great music from the past. Takes me back to my late 20's.
Published 1 month ago by G. Montgomery
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings Back My Youth
I hear these tunes on the radio from time to time, but to hear them all back to back has taken me back to my youth. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dino Eliadis, Inc.
5.0 out of 5 stars Van Halen
Oh my my this brings back memories of the 80's, bad clothes, bad hair, GOOD times. I could listen to Dance the Night Away over and over again-in fact, I do.
Published 2 months ago by Joanne Law
3.0 out of 5 stars pick and choose
I dont care much for this kind of music, but a couple of the tracks are really , really good
Published 3 months ago by Ronny McMann
4.0 out of 5 stars The music
Love it, this album is great I enjoy every minute of it songs are awesome and I'm glad Amazon could give it to me really quick
Published 5 months ago by bradford vantiem
3.0 out of 5 stars Do not buy this.
I bought this 2 years ago and finally gave up on them ever releasing volume 2

It is a great CD. However it is missing several of their most famous songs. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Cheese
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