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Fair Warning Remastered
Colored Vinyl, 180 gram, Remastered
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Van Halen s 2x Platinum album. Mastering engineer Chris Bellman, who remastered the original albums at Bernie Grundman Mastering Studios, was enlisted for this new version. In order to produce the original sound the band intended, Bellman cut straight from the quarter-inch tapes for CD; for 180-gram vinyl; and for the digital versions.
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Filled with awesome hooks, gritty rock lyrics and song themes this is probably Van Halen's most "conceptual" album. A must have, and I will ad that all the Roth albums are must haves for true VH fans, while Diver Down is their weakest effort even it has some great shining rock moments like Little Guitars etc...
Unfortunately, I'm very disappointed that in this "digitally remastered" version the record company did not fix the sound level problems in a couple of the songs. These problems also appeared on the original vinyl record. The volume in "So This Is Love?" goes up an down several times, which is very noticeable and annoying. And it was/is not an artistic flare. The song starts at a good level with the bass line and drums, and then they are turned down for the guitar and vocals. Not a good effect. It seems like a poor editing decision. It would have been better to have all the music and vocals at the same recorded volume. The same volume "errors" happen on the next song, an instrumental -- "Sunday Afternoon In The Park." But I suppose on that song that you could want it to get louder from time to time as an effect. It's very abrupt, though, and, as a result, not that impressive. They should have spent a little time with some digital audio software and fixed the problems. However, it is faithful to the original.
Even with the audio issue on a couple songs, you should have this album in your VH collection. I still give it 5 stars. "Mean Street," "Unchained," and "So This Is Love?" are classic songs. "Dirty Movies," "Sinner's Swing," and "Push Comes To Shove" add to the cool-factor of the album. I think I can speak for everyone who heard this album for the first time in the 80s, that "Sunday Afternoon In The Park" was an instrumental that just blew us all away because it was so cool and different; everyone talked about it at one time or another.