Van Halen
The Best of Both Worlds


3.5
great

Review

by Fade.To.Black USER (3 Reviews)
April 16th, 2006 | 22 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist


I found this at the CD store and was only a little annoyed when a band as good as Van Halen will continue to make Compilation Cd's. That said, if you havent heard anything by Van Halen then this would be an Ok place to start. However, if you have alot of money or too much time then you should consider purchasing the original albums especially 1984 and 5150. This double disk set does have some excellent peices of work including Jump, Panama, Best Of Both Worlds, Eruption etc. Good Starter Album, fairly solid Collection of songs.

The Album has some killer songs including:

Eruption
A short guitar solo by Mr Van Halen which is one of the reasons he is known as one of the greatest guitarists ever and this one of the greatest soloís ever. Eddie also did the solo for Beat It by Michael Jackson. In one take.

Ainít Talkiní ĎBout Love
This songs a scorcher. Iread somewhere that Eddie didnít tune his guitar up for this song. Doesnít really matter to much as this song is a gem from beginning to end.

Hot For Teacher
One of the more famous Van Halen songs this really is good with a Drum Intro courtesy of Alex, Eddieís brother. After some insane guitar work David Lee Roth joins the fun with some suitably filthy Lyrics.

Jump
Another incredibly famous Van Halen song that actually does have a synthesizer instead of a weird guitar effect like I earlier thought. A very very catchy chorus and a suitably insane solo from our good friend Edward.

Canít Stop Loving You
Probably my favourite Sammy Hagar song this shows off his vocal range which I find impressive. Starts with a mini solo over some chords which soon launches into one high quality song.

Panama
There are few words to describe this song so I will have to try my best. Awesome intro. Strong verse. Incredible chorus. Mind blowing solo. There is very little Van Halen that can match this and there is few songs as solid as this from beginning to end.

Best Of Both Worlds
An Intro that reminds me of AC/DCís Highway to Hell, it is a good opener to a very good song. A chorus that is almost bellowed and a fairly soft verse. Traditional solo which further shames 99% of guitarists ever.

Why Canít This Be Love
A drum intro to the very first Sammy Hagar song I ever heard. A spaced out guitar riff accompanies a pounding drum beat which leads into a chorus that sticks in your head. That would be annoying if it werenít for the fact that this is one damn good song.

Runniní With The Devil
I have never really liked this song when compared to songs such as Jump, Panama and Hot For Teacher, this song has really grown on me and I see it as a high quality song.

Dance the Night Away
A cowbell of all instruments opens this song which is a scorching dance tune. Really the only thing that could possibly make this song better is a solo. Apart from that this song is awesome.

And those are just the hits, there are other good songs such as Top Of The World and Unchained but Iíll be honest, I am fairly lazy.

Any feedback will be good I want to get better at writing reviews.


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pattern_recognition
April 17th 2006


950 Comments


It IS a synth. Finish the review.

pattern_recognition
April 17th 2006


950 Comments


Blast, beaten to it by Iluvatar!
*shakes fist*

Fade.To.Black
April 17th 2006


85 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Damn I submitted this before finishing. Who knows where the edit buton is. As soon as i find it ill finish it.

Fade.To.Black
April 17th 2006


85 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Right thanks i shall. now, to finish......

pattern_recognition
April 17th 2006


950 Comments


Well for starters, don't be lazy.
If you're going to do a t-b-t, you'll need more details about the songs.
On a side note, I picked this up the same day I got Red, White, And Crue, the Motley Crue retrospective. It struck me that almost half of this album is ballads (ones that have dated badly, too), and the new songs were pretty bad, while Red, White, And Crue rocks you like a bastard form start to finish, with only a few (good) ballads thrown in. And the new Crue songs are excellent, even though they co-wrote If I Die Tomorrow with Simple Plan.
Moral of the story? I love Van Halen, but they've outlived their usefullness.
And honestly, who'd have thought the Crue would have such longevity?

black guy
April 17th 2006


47 Comments


This band cracks me up. My friend is obsessed with them, so maybe I should check them out without having to actually see them playing. Although, I don't know if I can unsee them.

This probably could have been a blurb, but it did help me so I can't direct too much negativity towards it.This Message Edited On 04.17.06

Fade.To.Black
April 17th 2006


85 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks for your help. I dont think Motley Crue would remain as awesome as they are but that really is a good thing that they have. They have a new studio album coming I think which i pray to god will be good.

Bron-Yr-Aur
April 17th 2006


4405 Comments


I enjoy Van Halen sparingly. And I don't like the power ballads, minus a select few here and there.

Fade.To.Black
April 17th 2006


85 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I know what you mean, I can sit and listen to this CD for maybe 40 minutes before i want to change it. It's A good 40 minutes though.

Fade.To.Black
April 17th 2006


85 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

damn, posted againThis Message Edited On 04.17.06

pattern_recognition
April 17th 2006


950 Comments


^^^^^^^^
*hint* Buy Red, White, And Crue.
You'll thank me (:

sabbath-fan-666
April 17th 2006


31 Comments


good album, but its not a very good review

tom79
April 17th 2006


3663 Comments


This is a good compilation :thumb:This Message Edited On 04.17.06

Digging: Nana Grizol - Love It Love It

Fade.To.Black
April 17th 2006


85 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks Sabbath fan could you tell me why my reveiw sucks. Just so i fcan a little better at album reveiws this is only my second.This Message Edited On 04.17.06

led hot chili zeppelins
June 17th 2006


4 Comments


thats a shocking review some parts didnt even make sense
p.s. led zeppelin are way better than van halen jimmy page is so hot and john bonham is a beast and i love him too

DownPaymentBlues78
June 17th 2006


278 Comments


Led Zeppelin? That guy's hot.

The review was rather sketchy, I'd like to see it when you've finished editing it.

BludgeonySteve
June 17th 2006


558 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Too damn much Sammy Hagar. I love Van Halen but this wasn't a good purchase.

Trav87
March 15th 2008


13 Comments


That Eddie Van Halen can play the geetar real good!

Altmer
March 15th 2008


5701 Comments


sometimes it is like eddie van halen wandered into the studio, and claudio was like 'cool you are eddie van halen' and then eddie van halen said 'give me that guitar' and they started playing but eddie was like '**** you guys i'm gonna shread' and then they decided ot keep that track and call it gravemakers and gunslingers


Iam138
March 30th 2008


76 Comments


I wist little dreamer was on here. Too much vanhagar



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