Best of Van Halen, Vol. 1by Van Halen
By trying to give the David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar eras equal space, The Best of Van Halen, Vol. 1 winds up a little uneven. The first eight songs run through several of Diamond Dave's biggest songs -- "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love," "Runnin' With the Devil," "And the Cradle Will Rock," "Jump," and "Panama." It's hard to argue with any of the choices, yet significant songs like "You Really Got Me," "Beautiful Girls," "(Oh) Pretty Woman," "I'll Wait," and "Hot for Teacher" are missing. Similarly, the Sammy era has many big hits -- "Why Can't This Be Love," "Dreams," "When It's Love," and "Right Now" -- but skips over hits like "Love Walks In," "Black and Blue," and "Finish What Ya Started." Clearly, the collection would have been better served if it had been assembled as a double-disc set, with Dave and Sammy getting a disc apiece. Furthermore, the much-hyped reunion tracks with Roth, "Can't Get This Stuff No More" and "Me Wise Magic," are a slight disappointment; the band sounds good, but neither track contains a memorable hook. Nevertheless, Best Of, Vol. 1 remains a good single-disc encapsulation of Van Halen's career, even if it isn't a definitive retrospective.
- Release Date:
- Warner Bros / Wea
Performance CreditsVan Halen Primary Artist
David Lee Roth Vocals
Technical CreditsSammy Hagar Composer,Contributor
Mick Jones Producer
David Lee Roth Composer
Glen Ballard Producer
Bruce Fairbairn Producer
Andy Johns Producer
Donn Landee Producer,Engineer
Erwin Musper Engineer
Ted Templeman Producer
Van Halen Producer
Eddie Van Halen Composer,Contributor
Alex Van Halen Composer,Contributor
Stine Schyberg Art Direction
Michael Anthony Composer,Contributor
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I love this one. But I still prefer the Van Hagar yrs.
What more could you ask from Van Halen? All of their best riffs on one CD. A must for all rockers.