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 get ready to hear Van Halen's cover of "You Really Got Me." Don't worry, I haven't forgotten about the first cut on this album, the wonderful "Runnin' With The Devil." It, along with "You Really Got Me," "Ain't Talkin' Bout Love" and "Jamie's Cryin'" are all staples of any true Classic Rock radio staion today. "Ice Cream Man" serves as a harbinger to David Lee Roth's experimentation with dirty Blues tunes later on. The entire album is amazing. Is it their best? Maybe, maybe not. I'll let you decide.
Highly recommended to fans of electric guitar work, hard rock, and anybody interested in knowing why the guitar solo flourished throughout the 80's.
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 … more
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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