This is a groundbreaking Heavy Metal debut from this party hearty band. Eddie Van Halen alters the style of hard rock guitar playing with his numerous whammy bar effects and dive bomb noises. Eruption is a frequent guitar solo played by many guitarists of other bands during the course of a concert. Outside of that Ice Cream Man, Running With The Devil, You Really Got Me, Janie's Crying, and Aint Talking About Love will always go down as hard rock classics. Little Dreamer and Feel Your Love Tonight are somewhat hidden gems. And I forgot to add what charisma on the part of that David Lee Roth character. This is one of the first three Van Halen discs to get.
While many could argue that this isn't Van Halen's best album, it's definitely in the top three. "Van Halen" was a landmark album for its time and still is today. It introduced the world to the guitar wizardry of Eddie Van Halen and unleashed David Lee Roth onto the music scene. One need look no further than "Eruption" to understand what makes this album so amazing. Eddie Van Halen becomes one with the guitar as he pulls off this wonderful sampling of sonic salvos, firing up the listener as the … more
At least half of the songs on Van Halen's eponymous 1978 debut are still considered classics, and the Eddie Van Halen instrumental "Eruption" revolutionized the guitar community by introducing a technique called finger-tapping into the heavy metal lexicon. A magnificent debut for sure, but maybe the band should have held onto a few of their blockbuster tunes to bolster the lean years that started after 1984, and continue to the present day. Regardless, Van Halen amply demonstrate their drive, showmanship, and musicianship throughout, blowing the needle off the scale on such tracks as "You Really Got Me," "Jamie's Cryin'," "Runnin' with the Devil," and "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love."--Jon Wiederhorn