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Slightly OT: Van Halen.


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I have listened to surprinsingly little of theirs other than their hits and it's time to finally get an album. Considering their 'change' over time especially without lee roth, if you had to pick one of their album to be representative of the band at their best, which one would it be? Right now I'm torn between their debut "Van Halen" or their Best Of Vol. 1 (is it weird that there's no further volumes? are any planned?)

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You've got to start out with VH I. Once you get that, you'll want more.

 

Basically, the first 4 albums are awesome. Can't go wrong with those.

 

Diver Down and 1984 are good but nothing like the first 4 IMHO.

 

The only two albums I like from the post Roth era are:

 

OU812

For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge

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I went through high school watching them in backyard parties. Their first few albums have a lot of music from their pre signed days. Very little production on their first two albums (nice and raw). They had changed a lot by the time they lost Roth!!

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Originally posted by mdrs:

you saw VH in someone's back yard? I am jealous!!

 

DLR may be a horses behind, but when he was with them, it was magic.......

I graduated from H.S. in '76. Back then they were playing backyard parties on a regular basis. They once played a party behind my house. The parties never lasted more than about a half hour because of how loud they were. Even then, Eddie was playing through two Marshall full stacks and also a great P.A. system. Oh yeah, quite the light show. They also used to play this converted from a bowling alley to a night club in Duarte, called The International Casino. It wasn't International, nor a casino but there was no age limit to enter. Just 21 to drink.

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Originally posted by Durockrolly:

I went through high school watching them in backyard parties. Their first few albums have a lot of music from their pre signed days. Very little production on their first two albums (nice and raw). They had changed a lot by the time they lost Roth!!

That's really cool you experienced that! :thu:

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Fair Warning for me. To me it sounds a little different from the rest, it's got a different feel. Eddie's playing is also a little different sounding on this album. I think that his playing had become more focused on this record.
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Fair Warning is still my favorite, but I would have to agree with everyone who said to start with VHI then move chronologically from there. Not really a bad record in the bunch, including Sammy's stuff. I will pretty much listen to anything that Eddie plays on. Although if I really want to listen to Sammy, I will get out Montrose's first record or VOA.

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Say what you want about the Sammy era, but Eddie's song writing really matured after Roth left. If you can only have one CD, then its a no brainer: VH 1. I consider it to be the most important release in the rock guitar community since Hendrix released "Are You Experienced" in 1967. Sadly, there has not been a landmark release since that matches the originality and fire of Eddie's playing. With that said, there are many great songs from the Sammy era, For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge being my favorite.
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yeah I'd have to say the Fair Warning album is pretty damn good. One of my favorite songs from there is "Unchained." I wonder what you guys think of this song. I always thought this song was majorly awesome. The first time I heard this song played my a couple friends, I had wondered who did this song, and when it came out. I was more hooked to Van Halen's music afterwards, and I wanted everything including the music with David Lee Roth.

 

Unchained (Album Version) by Van Halen

http://www.napster.com/player/tracks/13711371

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