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Best of Van Halen, Vol. 1

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  • This is the album that pretty much sealed Sammy Hagar’s fate. He wanted to do a new album and when this was released, he’d had enough and left. Most of the songs on this album are classics, especially the old Roth-era tunes. “Eruption” starts it off, the crazy guitar work of the young Eddie Van Halen that made him a guitar god. Still great after all these years. “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love” is next, an excellent tune from their self-titled debut. “Runnin’ With the Devil” follows, also from the first album. More mature than many of Van Halen’s early songs. “Panama” is here too, a cool song that still gets a lot of radio play. There are also a few Hagar-era songs, four of them being love songs (“Why Can’t This Be Love” “Dreams” “When It’s Love” and “Can’t Stop Lovin’ You”). Also included is “Humans Being” the excellent song from the “Twister” soundtrack. Plus, there are two newly-recorded songs done with David Lee Roth that are…so-so. Nothing special, but nice to hear him again (he might be coming back for good. We’ll see). There are many songs that could have been included that are better selections than those picked, but what are you gonna do? This is o.k. for fans that have most of their stuff, but much better for a first time listener. This album is a blast and will leave you wanting more!

    Posted on December 13, 2009