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Van Halen [CD]

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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 19, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: 1978
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warner Off Roster
  • ASIN: B00004Y6O9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (422 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,973 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Digitally remastered edition of the Hard Rock quartet's legendary 1978 debut album. State-of-the-art remastered, this classic album sounds dramatically superior to its original CD release. In addition, the packaging returns the album to its original artwork and graphics. If you thought it rocked before, just wait until you hear this! 11 tracks. 2010.

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140 of 154 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have October 29, 2001
Format:Audio CD
In 1978 the L.A. based rock group VAN HALEN released a self-titled album (known to most fans as VAN HALEN 1) that pushed the limits of the genre and changed the way every longhaired rock and roller played the guitar. Considering the impact this one record had on all rock music that was to follow, it is undeniably one of the most important rock records ever made.
Now imitated to death, Eddie Van Halen's wildly inventive guitar technique of two-handed hammer-on pull-off finger tapping on the fretboard set the new standard for guitar wizardry in the late 1970's. The strength of the Van Halen brothers' musicianship could have made VAN HALEN 1 an essential record, but Michael Anthony's pounding eighth-note anchoring and David Lee Roth's Roger Daltry meets Wayne Newton wailing assured the group a spot in the annals of rock superiority.
The group started out playing small clubs around LA, quickly becoming one of the most popular local acts. Gene Simmons of KISS financed the demo recording that led to the group signing with Warner Brothers and releasing their breakthrough debut album. Strong radio support and constant touring established the group as the leaders of the coming wave of 80's heavy metal. It's painfully obvious that every lead guitarist in every 80's metal band was directly descended from Eddie Van Halen's lineage. Most of these guitarists unquestionably honed their technique by learning to play "Eruption" the instrumental second track on VAN HALEN 1.
The first VAN HALEN album produced 4 "hits" that became staples of AOR radio: "Runnin With the Devil", a cover of the KINKS' "You Really Got Me", "Ain't Talkin Bout Love", and "Jamie's Cryin".
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81 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Album That Saved Rock N' Roll September 17, 2004
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It was the late 70's and unless you lived through it, it may be kind of hard to understand. Disco ruled the radio, you couldn't turn the dial without finding the latest and greatest by the Bee Gees or The Village People. The term "Rock" was now assigned to bands like Styx or Supertramp. The guitar driven rock of Led Zep, The Who and Kiss, were pushed to the back-burner of the American music scene. Then out of nowhere Van Halen burst onto the scene. With the opening chords of "Runnin' With The Devil" into "Eruption" and "You Really Got Me", Van Halen cemented the new American rock sound. No matter what era of Van Halen you prefer, DLR vs. Sammy, it's impossible to top the band's debut album. This was something new, something purely American, and opened the door to what we know as Hard Rock or Heavy Metal today. It's impossible to listen to any rock artist today and not hear the influence of Van Halen. The 80's hair-metal scene was basically made up of bands immitating this album. Is it coincidence that soon after Van Halen debuted disco died, and bands like Twisted Sister emerged? Why bother reviewing the songs on this disk, unless you have lived under a rock for the last 25+ years you have heard each of the songs on this album at one point or another? These songs are classics, and have stood the test of time. I have owned this album on vinyl, 8-Track, cassette and CD. If you don't own this disk already.....well what are you waiting for. Like The Beatles "Sgt. Pepper", or AC/DC's "Highway to Hell" and Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon", "Van Halen" is an essenital album for your cd collection.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VH Never Sounded Better! October 16, 2000
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This remains Van Halen's best CD. There is a cynical truth in the music business: you have 10 years to prepare your first album, and only 10 weeks to do your second one.
While Van Halen's subsequent CD's all had great tunes, none were as consitently excellent as this one. The remastering job here is exceptionaly good. The guitar sounds are hot, and clean, the bass and drums sound like they're right in the room, and the vocals are out front, but not inordinately so. You can blast this CD right up to the clipping levels of your electronics, and it sounds clean.
Musically, every song here features some pyrotechnic guitar variation, over a hard driving rhythm section, and complemented by strong vocals by David Lee Roth. In short, it's got the formula that all great rock acts used. But this is not "formula music"; it's the stuff of rock legends, and it's easy to see why VH went straight from LA house parties to super stardom -- headlining in areanas & stadiums-- by the time their 2nd CD came out.
Audiphiles take note: While some "remastered" CD's are barely distinguishable from the originals, this one is a major improvement.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest rock debut of all times! February 9, 2006
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There are very few bands and guitarists in the history of music who changed the face of rock and reinvented the guitar, making everyone who thought they knew the instrument re-evaluate their knowlegde. Well, exactly 28 years ago, on 10 February 1978 came out the greatest rock debut of all times. And to this day, no other guitar album has had more impact on music the same way. Sure there was Hendrix, Clapton, Page, Beck, and many other amazing players before Eddie Van Halen, but even these shredders acknowledged Eddie's impact and unmatchable playing and songwriting. Not since Jimi Hendrix' Are You Experienced? in 1967 were people, both guitarists and fans, so shocked at what they were hearing when "Eruption" hit the waves, displaying yet an unmatched energy, power and technique. Simply put, if there's one album that put guitar-oriented music back in its deserved place in the late 70's and made it stay there for decades on end, it's the self-titled Van Halen debut.

"Eruption" is one of the most important musical statements ever made in the history of rock. Now known as the "brown sound", Eddie Van Halen's monster tone, his acrobatic hammer-ons, pull-offs, whammy-bar dives, and unique trademark two-handed tapping licks on this short instrumental suggest a true virtuoso in every sense of the word. Basically, with this song, Eddie changed everything in the blink of an eye. Even the most prolific guitar players refused to believe the nasty end part of the track was actually played on a guitar, cause it sounded too much like a frenetic keyboard solo. However, what truly makes "Eruption" so timeless is the compositional mindset it entails. Eddie actually wrote this piece way before 1978. There are 1975 bootlegs of Van Halen where Eddie plays a longer version of this piece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The good stuff.
It's Van Halen. Nothing else to add.
Published 10 days ago by Rick
5.0 out of 5 stars Van Halen at their best
An invention of a new style of rock.
Published 18 days ago by Charles E. McGehee
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Review!! :o)
Just got it today-9/25/14!! I love it!! Amazon is #1!! Awesome!! Amazon is like a Xmas Wonderland!! A++++!! I will be doing all of my shopping here!! Outstanding!! Read more
Published 20 days ago by Thomas E Shelton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 20 days ago by steve montano
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing better
I through this in the CD player and I'm 17 again. The neighbors hate it!
Published 1 month ago by BigRedEd
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story behind this GREATalbum...
This is the Album that shot Van Halen to the lead of the pack back in the eighties. They were just another bar band trying to make it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Michael Cast
5.0 out of 5 stars Van Halen's debut, still kicks butt 36 years later.
"Van Halen", #19, (but would sell over 7 million copies since it's release), still kicks butt 36 years later. Read more
Published 1 month ago by ScottE
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best debut albums ever.
This album seriously screams...and it's just their first album! It showed that Eddie is not one to mess with on guitar. All of the songs are great!!!
Published 1 month ago by Henry Peraza
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Best VH album ever.
Published 1 month ago by Lisa Sims
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
One of my all time favorite albums from days gone by.
Published 2 months ago by Steven S. Nelson
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David Lee Roth reunion with V.Halen confirmed yet?????
For what it's worth...and you probably know this by now (8-14-07)...but, yes...Diamond Dave is back, and the tour starts on September 27...go to the official Van Halen site ( for more details and the complete tour schedule.
Aug 14, 2007 by Doc Xavier |  See all 7 posts
Van Halen recommendations
Try Fair Warning, Women and Children First next. Then 1984 and Diver Down. If you love ALL of these, give the new Roth album "A Different Kind of Truth" a try. If you want to give the Sammy Hagar era a try - start with either 5150 or For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge, the former being more... Read More
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