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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The power struggle within Van Halen was often painted as David Lee Roth's ego running out of control -- a theory that was easy enough to believe given his outsized charisma -- but in retrospect, it seems evident that Eddie Van Halen wanted respect to go along with his gargantuan fame, and Roth wasn't willing to play. Bizarrely enough, Sammy Hagar -- the former Montrose lead singer who had carved out a successful solo career -- was ready to play, possibly because the Red Rocker was never afraid of being earnest, nor was he afraid of synthesizers, for that matter. There was always the lingering suspicion that, yes, Sammy truly couldn't drive 55, and that's why he ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The power struggle within Van Halen was often painted as David Lee Roth's ego running out of control -- a theory that was easy enough to believe given his outsized charisma -- but in retrospect, it seems evident that Eddie Van Halen wanted respect to go along with his gargantuan fame, and Roth wasn't willing to play. Bizarrely enough, Sammy Hagar -- the former Montrose lead singer who had carved out a successful solo career -- was ready to play, possibly because the Red Rocker was never afraid of being earnest, nor was he afraid of synthesizers, for that matter. There was always the lingering suspicion that, yes, Sammy truly couldn't drive 55, and that's why he wrote the song, and that kind of forthright rocking is evident on the strident anthems of 5150. From the moment the album opens with the crashing "Good Enough," it's clearly the work of the same band -- it's hard to mistake Eddie's guitars, just as it's hard to mistake Alex and Michael Anthony's pulse, or Michael's harmonies -- but the music feels decidedly different. Where Diamond Dave would have strutted through the song with his tongue firmly in cheek, Hagar plays it right down the middle, never winking, never joking. Even when he takes a stab at humor on the closing "Inside" -- joshing around about why the guys chose him as a replacement -- it never feels funny, probably because, unlike Dave, he's not a born comedian. Then again, 5150 wasn't really intended to be funny; it was intended to be a serious album, spiked by a few relentless metallic rockers like "Get Up," but functioning more as a vehicle to showcase Van Halen's -- particularly the guitarist's -- increasing growth and maturity. There are plenty of power ballads, in "Why Can't This Be Love" and "Love Walks In," there's a soaring anthem of inspiration in "Dreams," and even the straight-up rocker "Best of Both Worlds" is tighter and leaner than the gonzo excursions of "Panama" and "Hot for Teacher." And that's where Hagar comes in: Diamond Dave didn't have much patience for plainspoken lyrics or crafting songs, but Sammy does and he brings a previously unheard sense of discipline to the writing on 5150. Not that Hagar is a craftsman like Randy Newman, but he's helped push Van Halen into a dedication on writing full-fledged songs, something that often seemed an afterthought in the original lineup. And so Van Hagar was a bit of an odd mix -- a party band and a party guy, slowly veering into a bourgeois concept of respectability, something that eventually sunk the band -- but on 5150 it worked because they had the songs and the desire to party, so those good intentions and slow tunes don't slow the album down; they give it variety and help make the album a pretty impressive opening act for Van Halen Mach II.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 075992539425
  • Catalog Number: 25394
  • Sales rank: 16,692

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Good Enough (4:00)
  2. 2 Why Can't This Be Love (3:45)
  3. 3 Get Up (4:35)
  4. 4 Dreams (4:54)
  5. 5 Summer Nights (5:04)
  6. 6 Best of Both Worlds (4:49)
  7. 7 Love Walks In (5:09)
  8. 8 5150 (5:44)
  9. 9 Inside (5:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Van Halen Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Sammy Hagar Vocals
Eddie Van Halen Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Alex Van Halen Drums
Michael Anthony Bass, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Sammy Hagar Contributor
Mick Jones Producer
Ken Deane Engineer
Donn Landee Producer, Engineer
Van Halen Producer, Art Direction
Eddie Van Halen Producer, Contributor
Alex Van Halen Contributor
Bobby Hata Mastering
Jeri McManus Art Direction
Michael Anthony Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sammy Hagar walks in, David Lee Roth walks out.

    After the 1984 album and tour was completed, there were problems between David Lee Roth and the rest of the band, and they had enough at that time, with David Lee Roth's ego, so that was a possible reason why that he left Van Halen, which he pursued a solo career, but Sammy Hagar had just came off his successful hit single, &quot I Can't Drive 55&quot , but then he was called in to replace David Lee Roth. Now as far this album goes, it has some great songs like &quot Love Walks In&quot , &quot Dreams&quot , and &quot Best Of Both Worlds&quot , which makes this album. awesome from start to finish, and no matter the circumstances from what happened with David Lee Roth at that time, this album is still enjoyable for all Van Halen fans to enjoy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Van Halens Best

    How could you wright a bad review for this album unless your a crazy Death Metal Head. You cant go wrong with this album, from start to finish this album is pure entertainment. If Hagar didnt join this band Roth would have blown it and Van Halen would have never gone the hights they went. David Lee Roth was great Dont get me wrong but all of Hagars albums were quality work. Roths longest album with van Halen was there first, and it only ran about 35 minutes. Van Halen II and Diver Down were both kind of, lack of quality albums. 5150 shows the true talent of the band.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    awesome 80s album

    the first van halen that i bought (but didn't listen to) was 5150 this one of my favorite vh albums ever "5150" is my favorite track on the album this one rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great beginning

    Hagar's first record with VH proves worthy to Mr. Roth. Most like Roth better than Hagar (I'm the same way, but Hagar is just as good), but this record and OU812 shows his potential. Songs like Good Enough, Get Up, and 5150 show that Hagar is a harder rocker with VH than he is solo. I dont know if his solo career is better, but this is harder. Van Halen's lighter/more heartfelt songs like Why Cant This Be Love, Best Of Both Worlds, and Love Walks In is Van Halen at their best, kicking mainstream's butt everywhere. The most unusual track is the last one, "Inside", and is a fun one to listen to...but if you're at the end of collecting Roth material...jump on to USS Hagar because this is just as good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GOOD record, but NOT a GREAT one

    First off I'm gonna say that I prefer David Lee Roth way more than Sammy Hagar. The band was much more of a hard rock band with Roth, when Hagar joined they lightened up their music. I did not find this album consistently good, I find myself wanting to skip over certain tracks. Van Halen, Van Halen II, Women And Children First, and 1984 were all perfect albums in my opinion. I will admit that Best Of Both Worlds is one of my very favorite Van Halen songs. This album contains to much synthesizer/keyboard work for my taste. If you prefer Hagar over Roth I totally recommend getting this album. If you prefer Roth over Hagar I recommend giving this album some serious thought.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Ever

    The album is a great mix of Hard Rock and Ballads, not 1 dimensional. Eddie is at his best (very fast and very clean), rhythm section (Mike and Al) very tight and give a great foundation to build guitar and vocals upon. Sammy Hagar added something musically that Van Halen and their fans probably never even dreamed of. He raised their musicianship to a new level. The song 5150 has one of Eddie's best solos (and like every other solo he does, it fits the song like a glove).

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