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Great Songs! But left a lot to be desired for the true Van Halen Fan,
This review is from: Best of Both Worlds (Audio CD)I can remember one day in late 1978, hearing Van Halen's (Eruption) and the entire first album scream out of the speakers of my buddies' borrowed record player in our 8th grade locker room during our half hour lunch break. I couldn't believe what I was actually hearing, but ever since that time I was hooked on Van Halen and I have every album they have ever put out. Yes, even the disappointing Van Halen III. Except for a couple songs, Van Halen III was very difficult to listen to, and I wonder what they were thinking when they got rid of Sammy after several great albums with the infamous "Red Rocker". Anyway, back to 1978 and the David Lee Roth era through 1984. They were the hottest rock band around. Unfortunately, I was unable to ever see them perform live with David Lee on vocals but since then, I have seen them a half-a-dozen times with Sammy and they all have been fantastic live shows. I also own both of their live concert videos and love to watch Eddie's solo guitar performances which, in my opinion, are second to none. Yes, there have been other great guitarists before Eddie: Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Stevie Ray Vaughan, just to mention a few, but in my opinion, no one before, and no one since, has been as innovative, creative and just down right the "Best of the Best" as Eddie Van Halen on guitar. He will always be #1 in my book of top Rock guitar players of all-time.
Alas, back to the album at hand. I actually give this album 5 stars for quality of songs, because some of these songs are some of the best Rock-n-Roll songs of all time. But I give whoever put this record together a NEGATIVE 5 stars as for the order in which the songs were compiled and they left out at least another 5 to 10 songs that could have, and should have been included on "Best of Both Worlds". I have listed my ultimate Van Halen song collection below. Therefore, I have to rate this album as an average compilation of Van Halen Songs. First of all, I wish they would have put the songs in chronological order starting with Van Halen I continuing down through the years, and then saved the three newest songs with Sammy for last, (of which shouldn't be on the album in the first place, because they are definitely not the "Best" that Van Halen has to offer) But if they are going to be included in this disc set, they should have been the last three songs of the disc, so that when you got to end you could push stop, or eject if you didn't want to sit through them. This album never gets into a rhythm due to this non-chronological order of songs. Also, I would like to have seen a little more homage paid to David Lee Roth. Even if he is one of the fruitiest "Nuts" you'll ever see, you have to admit he was one heck of a Front man back in his prime, and sang some of Van Halen's greatest songs.
This is the song set that I would have compiled, had I been the producer on this "Best of Both Worlds" project.
Disc 1: (David Lee Roth) Eruption, Runnin' With The Devil, You Really Got Me, Ain't Talkin' Bout Love, Jamie's Crying, Feel Your Love Tonight, Little Dreamer, Ice Cream Man, Dance The Night Away, Beautiful Girls, And The Cradle Will Rock, Everybody Wants Some, In A Simple Rhyme, Mean Street, Unchained, Where Have All The Good Times Gone, Cathedral, Secrets, Pretty Woman, Dancing In The Street, Little Guitars (intro), Little Guitars, 1984, Jump, Panama, Drop Dead Legs, Hot For Teacher, I'll Wait.
Disc 2: (Sammy Hagar) Why Can't This Be Love, Dreams, Summer Nights, Best of Both Worlds, Love Walks In, 5150, When It's Love, Cabo Wabo, Feels So Good, Finish What Ya Started, Black And Blue, Poundcake, Runaround, Right Now, 316, Top of The World, Can't Stop Lovin' You, Don't Tell Me What Love Can Do, Amsterdam, Not Enough, Take Me Back (Deja Vu), Feelin'.
Van Halen will always be one of my favorite groups, if not my favorite rock-n-roll group of all time. It's too bad the Van Halen brothers can't put their egos aside, get over themselves and get back together with one of, if not both of, two of the greatest front men of all time. And don't forget Michael Anthony, maybe not the greatest bass man of all time, but he sure puts on an excellent live show and bass solo, and you have to love his Jack Daniels bass guitar, (it's a classic, just like Eddie's red, black and white striped guitar) plus he sings great harmony in his own right. And you can't leave out Alex Van Halen on drums. When you bring up Van Halen, everyone immediately talks about Eddie's unbelievable guitar playing, but Alex is one of the top ten drummers of all time as well. Just as Michael Anthony, Alex puts on an excellent live drum solo, it's just that he has been overshadowed by his brother's guitar playing...in any other band Alex would be the star.
Now wouldn't that be an awesome tour. The Van Halen brothers with Michael Anthony together with both David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar doing all of their hits respectively in one live show. Now that would definitely be what you could call the "BEST OF BOTH WORLDS"!!!
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Initial post: May 14, 2007 4:44:16 PM PDT
CLINT BRONSON says:
I like your review and love Van Halen,but I am not a fan of 1984 on up! I'm sorry cannot get into the pop
era of them. Though it has made them millions.
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