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Van Halen: 5150

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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 25, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: 1989
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Off Roster
  • ASIN: B000002L99
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (198 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,186 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Good Enough
2. Why Can't This Be Love
3. Get Up
4. Dreams
5. Summer Nights
6. Best Of Both Worlds
7. Love Walks In
8. '5150'
9. Inside

Editorial Reviews

As original Van Halen vocalist David Lee Roth quit the band to pursue a solo career, or was fired (depending on who you believe), Eddie and Alex Van Halen and Michael Anthony carried on by hiring Sammy Hagar. Hagar was a middling artist on his own, but he proved to be a powerhouse when placed in front of hard rock's most muscular and innovative instrumental unit. On 5150--the title is police code for "escaped lunatic"--you can hear the band's excitement at having struck a winning combination. Songs such as "Why Can't This Be Love," "Dreams," "Best of Both Worlds," and "Love Walks In" combine to make this the early high-watermark of the Van Hagar era. --Daniel Durchholz

Product Description

This 1986 album was the first with former Montrose singer Sammy Hagar! Diamond Dave's absence doesn't phase the band, whose crashing guitars and harmonies are still there! Includes Good Enough; Why Can't This Be Love; Get Up; Dreams; Love Walks In; 5150 , and more.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Between Punk And Grunge, This Was 80's Pop December 21, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I don't sense this album as having a new singer, (Sammy Hagar), as much as I sense it as being a further development upon the melodic heights which the band reached on 1984. "Dreams", and "Love Walks In", are among the best 5 songs of the Van Hagar era. Along with "Summer Nights" they make this album well worthwhile. It has a very fresh sound.

Hagar is about 10 years older than Eddie, so here VH began to write from a deeper and more adult perspective than was typical even during 1984. Ed looks noticeably older as evidenced by the band photo, as though his alcoholism had finnaly caught up with him at the age of 31. But regardless, the band sounds anything but stagnant as was clearer on OU812 and Balance. This is certainly an inspired effort.
"Good Enough" says welcome to the new VH. Listened to from a lighthearted, fun 80's perspective, the song is enjoyable. "Why Can't This Be Love", is an upbeat, if somewhat cheesy synth based tune. "Get Up" finds Sammy strutting in the vein of his father who was a pro boxer. It's very motivational in both a cerebral and physical way, if tiresome due to the near constant double bass pedal drum beat. On "Dreams", Sammy finds himself within his new band, hiting the high notes with greater ease than Roth could. A great use of keyboards by Ed. The first guitar solo is interesting, and the second solo punctuates the lyric: "And in the end on dreams we will depend/Cause that's what love is made of". "Summer Nights" is the best rocker of the album. Ed's Steinberger has a searing growl. The riff right before the chorus is very cool. This is a typical VH girl chasing song, but with less sleaze than Roth would give.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sammy walks in with force March 5, 2000
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Back in 1986 a neighborhood friend of mine gave me the "5150" cassette -- he hated it. I immediately loved it, and so began the segregation of Van Halen fans in either the David Lee Roth or Sammy Hagar camp.

To be sure, I like Roth-era Van Halen as well, but what's not to love about an album like "5150?" Most of the songs on it rock, and every single one is catchy and very good. The guys all sound rejuventated and raring to go, perhaps more musically well-rounded than before. The production is pumped up and pristine, with searing, creative guitar work by Eddie, spot-on drumming by his brother and heartfelt vocals by Hagar. I always felt this album was an instant VH classic, and that feeling hasn't changed all these years later. Sure, there may be a touch of '80s cheese sprinkled here and there, and some of the songs are more pop-oriented than before, but again, so what? Overall, "5150" is a nine-song gem that should be included in everyone's rock 'n' roll collection.

Play this one loud!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly rocking 1st album with Sammy November 7, 2001
By Brad
Format:Audio CD
With the exception of AC/DC's "Back In Black" album with Brian Johnson, never in the history of rock and roll has a band had so much success with a first album after a major lead singer change. Clearly, this album deserves the success it got, as it is another of many VH masterpieces.
People criticize Sammy for bringing this band too much into the pop realm, but the truth is the stage for that was already set on the previous album "1984"--the last Roth album. This album just continues the direction that was started then--and it is carried off masterfully with one of the best hard rock voices of a generation.
Make no mistake about it--this album still rocks. The opening track "Good Enough" indicates that. "Why Can't This Be Love", while a top 5 single, is still for sure a very rocking track. "Get Up" is very hard and fast-paced. Then comes a true album highlight, the keyboard-heavy "Dreams". What an awesome soaring anthem with great melodies and a lovely sentiment. Too heavy in parts to really be called a ballad--especially at some of the guitar solo points. "Summer Nights" is also a classic rock anthem--very melodic with a "good time" feel.
The rest of the album is also high quality, although the last track "Inside" is a bit strange. Still like it, though. For sure, "Best Of Both Worlds" and the title track are great rockers. "Love Walks In" is the one true power ballad of the album--a truly fantastic melodic effort where the keyboards and Sammy's vocal range dominate. All in all, this is a fantastic effort that belongs in any '80s rock fan's collection. One of the best albums from one of rock music's best eras.
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28 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid album, but lacks that David Lee Roth punch April 5, 2007
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THE BAND: Eddie Van Halen (lead & rhythm guitars, keyboards), Sammy Hagar (vocals, rhythm guitars), Michael Anthony (bass), Alex Van Halen (drums & percussion).

THE DISC: (1986) 11 tracks clocking in at approximately 43 minutes. Included with the disc is a 6-page booklet containing song titles/credits, song lyrics, 1 black & white band photo, and thank you's. Recorded at 5150 Studios (Eddie Van Halen's home studio in Los Angeles). Label - Warner Bros.

COMMENTS: If you asked me, I'd tell you the David Lee Roth era of VH had pretty much peaked with "1984". Along with "1984", Van Halen's amazing 1978 debut are, to date, still the only VH releases to achieve "Diamond" status (10+ million units sold). Decades later, I still wish Eddie and David Lee Roth could have worked things out (Eddie wanting to do guitar work outside VH, and DLR's infantile antics were the main reasons for each pointing the finger). In my opinion, all of the VH releases from the DLR era are classics (with the exception of perhaps "Diver Down"). The DLR era Van Halen albums were straight ahead hard rock (guitars, bass, drums, and a helleva singer) - the way it was meant to be. The exception being "1984" when Eddie introduced the keyboards. Exit David Lee Roth (April 1985), and enter Sammy Hagar. Sammy's proven himself over the years with Montrose, HSAS, several songs on movie soundtracks, and his many solo albums. A good rock singer with an underrated guitar. In hindsight, Hagar brought a 2nd quality guitar to VH (he's nowhere close to the ballpark Eddie plays in, but who is?). With all this being said, I like this "5150". At first, I wanted to ban anything Hagar did with VH because only the DLR era stuff was real VH. This album has absolutely grown on me over the years though.
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Published 26 days ago by Cathy Bettencourt
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Published 1 month ago by Gary Reichrath
4.0 out of 5 stars great album great band
Went to this concert in 86 , great album great band.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the best albums
Published 2 months ago by jamesoch
5.0 out of 5 stars Love This Album
Love this album. It's riddled with underrated songs and all the guitar is fantastic. Sammy Hagar's performances are great and the album covers a lot of ground for VH. Read more
Published 2 months ago by JimHouseman
4.0 out of 5 stars The polarizing first taste of "Van Hagar"
This album was the natural progression of the keyboard-infused commercial sound that VH began to explore on "1984", but this time with new frontman Sammy Hagar. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jason A. Kentros
5.0 out of 5 stars Van Haggar Fave!
This is my favorite album by Van Halen. Although I know I am in a minority as a lot of Rock doctors think this is too commercial I think it is great from start to finish. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Laurel Lea Perkins
5.0 out of 5 stars 5150 What a new beginning.
5150 is a great start off to a change in the dynamics of Van Halen. 5150 was the next level to 1984. This CD is a great release from start to finish. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Art Romero
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