It was the late 70’s and unless you lived through it, it may be kind of hard to understand. Disco ruled the radio, you couldn’t turn the dial without finding the latest and greatest by the Bee Gees or The Village People. The term “Rock” was now assigned to bands like Styx or Supertramp. The guitar driven rock of Led Zep, The Who and Kiss, were pushed to the back-burner of the American music scene. Then out of nowhere Van Halen burst onto the scene. With the opening chords of “Runnin’ With The Devil” into “Eruption” and “You Really Got Me”, Van Halen cemented the new American rock sound. No matter what era of Van Halen you prefer, DLR vs. Sammy, it’s impossible to top the band’s debut album. This was something new, something purely American, and opened the door to what we know as Hard Rock or Heavy Metal today. It’s impossible to listen to any rock artist today and not hear the influence of Van Halen. The 80’s hair-metal scene was basically made up of bands immitating this album. Is it coincidence that soon after Van Halen debuted disco died, and bands like Twisted Sister emerged? Why bother reviewing the songs on this disk, unless you have lived under a rock for the last 25+ years you have heard each of the songs on this album at one point or another? These songs are classics, and have stood the test of time. I have owned this album on vinyl, 8-Track, cassette and CD. If you don’t own this disk already…..well what are you waiting for. Like The Beatles “Sgt. Pepper”, or AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell” and Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon”, “Van Halen” is an essenital album for your cd collection.