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  • Yes, albums get remastered all the time – and more often than not, the “new improved remaster” is not drastically or noticeably different from the previous CD issue. Not here folks, the DLR-era Van Halen remasters are nearly revolutionary. It’s like listening to these albums with new ears, really – the drums are deep and tight, the bass is full and round, Eddie’s guitar is in your face and David Lee Roth is breathing down your neck. Women and Children First is usually the album I’d pick on any given day as my favorite – it shows the band at it’s most diverse. It’s got loads of those dark chord progressions that they were the kings of (until whatever happened to them that made them turn into radio-friendly unit-shifters), some of Roth’s best lyrics, and it’s even got the late great Nicolette Larson singing uncredited background vocals on “Could This Be Magic” (probably a return favor for Eddie playing uncredited guitar on “Can’t Get Away From You” on her ‘Nicolette’ album). At the time, there was no other band like Van Halen – they were path blazers and true bundles of rock and roll energy bursting with creativity and great SONGS that didn’t pander to pop radio. So, if you’re like me and were wondering if these new HDCD remasters are worth buying these CDs once again, I assure you – your ears will be amazed at what a great job was done. Oh yeah – you also get that poster shot of David Lee Roth chained up to the fence that originally came with the LP restored in the insert booklet which was proof that all the girls that had that poster up on their walls in the summer of 1980 wanted some too.

    Posted on January 30, 2010