VAN HALEN | VAN HALEN II | Women and Children First | FAIR WARNING | DIVER DOWN | 1984

5150 | OU812 | FOR UNLAWFUL CARNAL KNOWLEDGE | LIVE: Right here, right now. | BALANCE | BEST OF VOLUME I

VAN HALEN 3  |  THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS  |  A DIFFERENT KIND OF TRUTH

email   contact   Home      Main VH Page  '78 VH Live  '79 VH Live  '84 VH Live  '08 VH Live  VH:The Early Days   Van Halen Unleashed   Sammy Vs Dave  Top Van Halen Songs  Open Letter to EVH   Van Halen Concert Review     Van Halen Album Reviews

 

VAN HALEN > BEST OF VOLUME I

 

VAN HALEN's First Greatest Hits Ends Van Hagar  

Edward Van Halen Welcomes David Lee Roth Back - Well, Sort Of

 

"Van Halen - Best Of Vol. I" is a greatest hits with three new songs on it.  It marked the end of the Van Hagar days.  Although the band would temporarily reunite for a Greatest Hits and tour, it was the end of Michael Anthony and Sammy Hagar contributing to albums for the band.  From this point on, Eddie played all bass, Sammy left and started his own band, and the subsequent reunion would not go smoothly.  

 

HUMANS BEING

CAN'T GET THIS STUFF NO MORE

ME WISE MAGIC

 
 

"Humans Being" was the last song - for a while - with Sammy Hagar and it was made for the "Twister" soundtrack.  Subsequently work on the Greatest Hits, which Sammy didn't want to do, started behind his back with David Lee Roth.  The song is fantastic and just a blast to play on guitar.  The rhythm guitar is at least.  I can't do the solo - yet. 

"Me Wise Magic" is the first song with David Lee Roth in 12 years and it's received warmly by fans and critics alike.  It is a truly magical song.  The guitar tone was just like Van Halen 1 on this song and it stands alone because the second one with Roth was a Hagar song, re-worked...  I personally think THAT sound IS THE SOUND Edward should strive for. 

That second one with Roth is "Can't Get This Stuff No More" which is "Back Door Shuffle" from Balance, a left over, Hagar vocalized song.  It sounds nothing like "Me Wise Magic" and before it was verified for me, I thought it was a Sammy Hagar / Van Halen song, just re-done. 

 

2015 Chris Gossett & ChrisGossett.com    site map