Van Halen

Rating: 80/100

Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen, July '04
Label: Warner Bros. Records
Style: Heavy Rock

The Best Of Both Worlds

After 9 Years of confusion and rumors about Van Halen, they return with Sammy Hagar as vocalist on this best of album. There is 3 new songs ("It's About Time", "Up For Breakfast" and "Learning To See"), 30 regular songs and 3 live songs on this great run down of 26 Years of Van Halen.

This double CD package starts off with the song that really put Van Halen on the music-map back in 1978: "Eruption". And with a very strong back-catalogue, that includes 10 studio albums and one double live album, there is plenty of good songs to choose from, and I think they've managed to cover all periods of their career very well. You get all the great songs from the David Lee Roth period like: "Hot For Teachers", "Panama", "Jump", "Ain't Talkling 'bout Love" and ... I could cotinue. From the Sammy Hagar period you get stuff like: "Dreams", "Poundcake", "Runaround", "Why Can't This Be Love", just plain and simple great Van Halen songs.

The 3 new songs puts a smile on my face, and I really hope they take the time to record an whole album, with what I consider their strongest line-up. Eventhough I think they wrote stronger songs with David Lee Roth, I have always thought that Sammy Hagar was a better fit on vocals for Van Halen. I won't start to recommend tracks, because you all know the songs and know what to expect from a best of album from Van Halen.