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... that started it all and the 2015 remaster is fantastic! The clarity of the drums
on August 7, 2015
This is the album that started it all and the 2015 remaster is fantastic! The clarity of the drums, Eddie's guitar, and all the rest have amazing impact and truly do the digital medium justice.
After all these years, the music has aged well and makes the listener lament the horrible state of today's pop music and the recycled garbage that is passed off as rock.
The album opens with "Running with the Devil." Yep, it's that same devil the Rolling Stones cashed in on one decade earlier only this one plays a mean guitar with an equally sassy front man. Pete Townshend's pronouncements that "rock is dead" in the age of disco were certainly just blowing smoke, and speaking of smoke, the album then erupts with the guitar pyrotechnics of "Eruption." They then remake a rock classic, the Kinks, "You Really Got Me," which rockers will certainly recognize their old favorite dressed up in new clothes as Van Halen performs it.
Most of the rest of the album has become classic rock standard repertoire with songs including "Ain't Talking About Love," "Jamie's Crying," "Feel Your Love," "Little Dreamer," and "On Fire." Just for fun, the album's next to last track, "Ice Cream Man," adds some just pure sweet fun to the onslaught of vicious hard rock.
In 1978, VAN HALEN, made a huge musical statement. Maybe the bands of the 60's had largely grown old and many had hung up their guitars for good, but rock wasn't dead. Disco hadn't suffocated it. Van Halen picked up where the previous generation left off, and with shades of Jimi Hendrix, :Led Zeppelin, and the Rolling Stones, these American rockers cranked up the volume and let 'er rip. Rock fans remain forever grateful.