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Synthesizers "Jump" into the band's sixth studio album as their first single wins over radio fans. Includes the band's most famous anthems: Jump; 1984; Panama; Hot For Teacher; I'll Wait; Girl Gone Bad and more!
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 19, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: 1983
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: WEA/Reprise
  • ASIN: B00004Y6O3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (353 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,187 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This album was the last one that David Lee Roth recorded with Van Halen and he definitely left on a high note. This is a very fun album, with the classic feel-good song "Jump." This song seems to have set the tone for a lot of bands in the years following. "Panama" is one of Van Halen's most beloved songs and can still be heard often on the radio. "Top Jimmy" is one of my favorite songs ever by Van Halen. It's a great country/blues number that is one of their best foot-stompers. "Hot For Teacher" is another highlight, with it's great intro and fast, furious playing. You can tell they probably had a lot of fun doing this one, including the video for the song. Every song is cool on this one and if you've never heard this before, this is essential 80's hard rock that you should definitely check out. If you're already a Van Halen fan, make sure that this is in your collection!
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1984 marks the last of Van Halen's 5 star albums .. Also the last studio album with David Lee Roth.

1.1984-A keyboard instrumental. Not one of the bands best IMO. 3/5

2.Jump-The bands biggest chart hit. Not really one of my favorites other than the solo of course, but it's hard to deny the impact it had for years. 4/5

3.Panama-Another one of the bands most popular songs. This one of the more hard pop rock songs the band did. 5/5

4.Top Jimmy-One of the most underrated Van Halen songs IMO. It's a hard rock song with some hints at pop rock with it's hooks. This one is probably my favorite.5/5

5.Just a tad below Top Jimmy. A underrated cut here. Really long solo at the end. 4/5

6.Hot For Teacher-Probably the band at it's best right here. This one flirts into metal.5/5

7.I'll Wait-This is the band at it's most pop. Atleast in the DLR era. It's a ballad filled with keyboards and a restrained but good solo. This shows the band can do what alot of bands can't.. Make a good keyboard filled song. 5/5

8.Girl Gone Bad-This is the band returning to more of it's hard rock roots. Very little pop here. Good solo's as the comes and goes in the song. 5/5

9.House of Pain-Not one of my favorites, but it's probably the hardest rocking song on the album. 3/5

You might ask how this album can get 5 stars with 4 of the 9 songs getting below 5 stars. The fact is that even the lower rating stuff is good, and all the great songs are just that good.

This is IMO the band finally getting to where it wanted to go. They spent albums going back and forth below hard rock and more pop rock type of albums... But the band puts together it's album with both hard rocking tunes and big pop hits. This is where Dave and Ed finally meet in the middle.

It's actually my 3rd favorite album behind Van Halen and Fair Warning.
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I was nineteen years old and sophomore in college when this album came out. It blew me away then, and still does today. Twenty years have gone by, but they absolutely do not cut them like this anymore -- there is no comparison! You take this trash off the shelves today that they shove down your throats and compare it to this album and it blows you away. Panama, Jump, I'll Wait, Hot For Teacher, Girl Gone Bad, these guys were absolutely genius. I remember seeing (Rothized) Van Halen in concert in Pullman, Washington during their "final" tour, -- I was absolutely floored, blown-away, you name it, it was amazing! Twenty years have gone by, I listen to all types of music today: jazz, classical, country, but after a few stiff ones, I come back to these fellas and this album. The genius of Eddie Van Halen and David Lee Roth, they wrote the book on "American" hard rock and no one since has even come close. I think back to those years gone by and thank the lucky stars above -- I was at the perfect age when this album came out. Do yourself one helluva favor and listen to it (you'll wonder what planet you've been on). Now Noah, where to put that hammerhead shark?!
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For those who actually remember buying this album on vinyl back when it came out in 1984 will also remember what it was like to hear all the boys in their prime before Dave's monumental ego (which at that time was about to apply for statehood...) sent him on a one-way trip into obscurity. This is quite honestly Van Halen at their best (with Dave, that is). Virtually every song is a winner, especially when you factor in the lesser known tunes, like 'Top Jimmy' (a GREAT song) and of course, 'Hot For Teacher' and one of the biggest hard-rock anthems of the 80's: 'Panama'.
Was there a direction that Van Halen was taking with MXMLXXXIV (1984)?? Maybe, I have NO idea, and wouldn't care if they were. I hear so many opinions as to what it all meant and how it predicted in various ways Dave's departure and as far as I'm concerned, WHO CARES?? The album is just a great example of 80's rock from one of heavy metal's best.
Now the debate will rage for as long as Van Halen fans still draw breath about David Lee Roth vs Sammy Hagar...I fall somewhere in between. LOVE them BOTH (however Sammy is better in concert and after having MET them both, Sammy again was much better to talk with--Dave was pretty much consumed with his favorite topic: himself) and do NOT wish to extoll the virtues of the first-half of Van Halen's career over the second-half with Mr. Hagar--I just enjoy good music, and let's face it: '1984' delivers not just good music, but GREAT music--oh, and it has also managed to stand the test of time very well...not an easy task for a hard rock band from any decade.
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