“Van Halen” by Van Halen - album review

TJR says

The debut album from the Pasadena hard-rockers - named after the band's two Dutch brothers - arrived in February '78. They lined-up: David Lee Roth (23, vocals), Eddie Van Halen (23, guitar, backing vocals), Michael Anthony (23, bass guitar, backing vocals) and Alex Van Halen (24, drums). Four US singles were lifted from the album, all in the same year, beginning with “You Really Got Me” (The Kinks, 1964), giving them a cheap #36 hit. It has little visceral power but, wow, the things that Eddie feller can do with his guitar. So that's alright then. The follow-up, “Runnin' With The Devil” (#86) kinda walks like a panther and has lasted as one of their signature songs, with some remarkable vocal acrobatics from Lee Roth, giving cause for alarm that some sort of satanic sacrifice may be afoot in that studio. The next two singles “Jamie's Cryin'” and “Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love” both failed to chart, but include some of their most memorable licks and tricks, and have endured as catalogue favourites over time. The album's one other cover version appears just before the close as they take on “Ice Cream Man” (John Brim, 1953). It starts well as an acoustic blues number, but descends into a clichéd boogie hell. Ruined it. The LP was a decent start for them commercially, hitting #19 in the US and #34 in the UK.

The Jukebox Rebel
17-Mar-2016

A1 [03:36] 4.7.png Van Halen - Runnin’ With The Devil (Edward Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, Michael Anthony, David Lee Roth) Rock
A2 [01:42] 1.4.png Van Halen - Eruption (Edward Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, Michael Anthony, David Lee Roth) Rock
A3 [02:38] 4.5.png Van Halen - You Really Got Me (Ray Davies) Rock
A4 [03:50] 4.3.png Van Halen - Ain’t Talkin’ ’Bout Love (Edward Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, Michael Anthony, David Lee Roth) Rock
A5 [03:47] 4.1.png Van Halen - I’m The One (Edward Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, Michael Anthony, David Lee Roth) Rock
B1 [03:31] 3.9.png Van Halen - Jamie’s Cryin’ (Edward Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, Michael Anthony, David Lee Roth) Rock
B2 [03:02] 3.6.png Van Halen - Atomic Punk (Edward Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, Michael Anthony, David Lee Roth) Rock
B3 [03:43] 3.1.png Van Halen - Feel Your Love Tonight (Edward Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, Michael Anthony, David Lee Roth) Rock
B4 [03:23] 3.5.png Van Halen - Little Dreamer (Edward Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, Michael Anthony, David Lee Roth) Rock
B5 [03:20] 2.9.png Van Halen - Ice Cream Man (John Brim) Blues Rock / Soul Rock
B6 [03:01] 4.3.png Van Halen - On Fire (Edward Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, Michael Anthony, David Lee Roth) Rock




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