Best of Van Halen, Vol. 1

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/22/1996
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624633228
  • Catalog Number: 46332
  • Sales rank: 975

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Eruption (1:42)
  2. 2 Ain't Talkin' 'bout Love (3:47)
  3. 3 Runnin' with the Devil (3:32)
  4. 4 Dance the Night Away (3:04)
  5. 5 And the Cradle Will Rock... (3:31)
  6. 6 Unchained (3:27)
  7. 7 Jump (4:04)
  8. 8 Panama (3:31)
  9. 9 Why Can't This Be Love (3:45)
  10. 10 Dreams (4:54)
  11. 11 When It's Love (5:36)
  12. 12 Poundcake (5:22)
  13. 13 Right Now (5:21)
  14. 14 Can't Stop Lovin' You (4:08)
  15. 15 Humans Being (5:07)
  16. 16 Can't Get This Stuff No More (5:14)
  17. 17 Me Wise Magic (6:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Van Halen Primary Artist, Primary Artist
David Lee Roth Vocals
Technical Credits
Sammy 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
Chris Bellman Remastering
Stine Schyberg Art Direction
Michael Anthony Composer, Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Van Hagar!

    I love this one. But I still prefer the Van Hagar yrs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Perfect

    What more could you ask from Van Halen? All of their best riffs on one CD. A must for all rockers.

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