Best Of Both Worlds CD (2004)

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Greatest Van Halen

by GH on 6/13/2012

This 2 cd set has almost everything in the way of Van Halen's hits. Good rock n roll, a great addition to my collection. Read More

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Van Halen's The Best Of Both Worlds covers the best songs from both the David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar eras and includes liner notes by Rolling Stone scribe David Wild. This definitive two-CD collection, packed with 36 classic tracks, spans 11 albums and features three brand new recordings: "It's About Time," "Learning To See," and "Up For Breakfast." The album also includes the hits "Runnin' With The Devil," "Jump," "Why Can't This Be Love," "Right Now," and many more.

Van Halen rocketed to stardom with their raucous, 10X-platinum-plus 1978 self-titled album, one of the greatest debuts ever. Anchored by Eddie Van Halen's guitar wizardry and David Lee Roth's vocal showmanship, the band's dynamic sound reinvented hard rock. A run of multiplatinum Top 10 discs followed, peaking with 1984, another 10X-platinum blockbuster and Roth's swan song. Sammy Hagar replaced the vocalist, a transition that cost the band no momentum. The Red Rocker's VH debut, 1986's 5150, hit #1 on The Billboard 200, as did 1988's OU812. The Grammy-winning 1991 release, For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge, reached #5. This new compilation spotlights Van Halen's always-stellar musicianship over the course of 25 years and two world-class frontmen, and continues the story with three brand new Hagar-fronted tracks!

Specifications

Label Rhino Records
SKU 61014086
UPC 081227896126
UPC 14 00081227896126
Format CD
Release Date 7/20/2004
Links
Author Van Halen
Compilation Appearance Detroit Rock City
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Technical Info
Producer Van Halen; Ted Templeman; Andy Johns; Bruce Fairbairn; Glen Ballard; Van Halen (Compilation)
CatalogID 78961
Lable Name Warner Bros.
Released 07/05/2004
Original Release 2004
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00081227896126
Album Notes and Credits
Includes three previously unreleased tracks.
Van Halen: David Lee Roth, Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, Michael Anthony , Sammy Hagar.
Personnel: Sammy Hagar (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar); David Lee Roth (vocals); Alex Van Halen (drums, percussion, background vocals); Michael Anthony (background vocals).
Audio Remasterer: Stephen Marcussen.
Liner Note Author: David Wild.
Photographer: Kevin Westenberg.
Bursting forth in the late 1970s, Van Halen made its mark by melding the hammering wallop of hard rock with an iconoclastic approach to the guitar. With striking virtuosity, Eddie Van Halen's guitar playing succeeded in turning the heads and dropping the jaws of a wide range of listeners. Matched with the acrobatic energy of frontman David Lee Roth and the formidable rhythm section of bassist Michael Anthony and drummer Alex Van Halen, these combined elements added up to Van Halen's hugely success musical formula.
THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS is a two-disc overview of more than 25 years of Van Halen recordings. The set contains a few of the now-standard new songs included in such offerings. Placed on the first disc, this trio of tunes finds VH's second singer, Sammy Hagar, back on board (he'd left in '96 when the band planned to record with Roth again). In fact, the compilation's title (taken from the Hagar-era song) is a reference to the band's two major eras, as demarcated by their distinctly different frontmen. The result is a collection that features raucous, hyperactive songs with Roth ("Hot for Teacher," "Jump," "Unchained") and soaring ballads and mid-tempo anthems with Hagar ("Dreams," "Right Now," "Finish What Ya Started").
Artist Overview
With their 1978 eponymous debut, Van Halen simultaneously rewrote the rules of rock guitar and hard rock in general. Guitarist Eddie Van Halen redefined what electric guitar could do, developing a blindingly fast technique with a variety of self-taught effects. It was wildly inventive and over the top, equaled only by vocalist David Lee Roth, who brought the role of a metal singer to near-performance art standards. While all of their previous albums were successful, Van Halen didn't become superstars until 1984 became an across-the-board smash, rocketing to number two on the strength of the number one single "Jump." ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.83) - 3 1/2 stars out of 5 - "[With] powerful examples of the greatest party band of the past twenty-five years."
Spin (p.123) - "Three decent new cuts add modern sludge riffs and digital voice effects to the usual pop-metal spritz."
Disc 1
1 Eruption,Panama
2 It's About Time - (previously unreleased),Best Of Both Worlds
3 Up for Breakfast - (previously unreleased),Jamie's Cryin'
4 Learning to See - (previously unreleased),Runaround
5 Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love,I'll Wait
6 Finish What Ya Started,Why Can't This Be Love
7 You Really Got Me,Runnin' With The Devil
8 Dreams,When It's Love
9 Hot For Teacher,Dancing in the Street
10 Poundcake,Not Enough
11 And the Cradle Will Rock...,Feels So Good
12 Black And Blue,Right Now
13 Jump,Everybody Wants Some!!
14 Top of the World,Dance The Night Away
15 (Oh) Pretty Woman,Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love - (live, live)
16 Love Walks In,Panama - (live, live)
17 Beautiful Girls,Jump - (live, live)
18 Can't Stop Lovin' You
19 Unchained
Disc 2
1 Eruption,Panama
2 It's About Time - (previously unreleased),Best Of Both Worlds
3 Up for Breakfast - (previously unreleased),Jamie's Cryin'
4 Learning to See - (previously unreleased),Runaround
5 Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love,I'll Wait
6 Finish What Ya Started,Why Can't This Be Love
7 You Really Got Me,Runnin' With The Devil
8 Dreams,When It's Love
9 Hot For Teacher,Dancing in the Street
10 Poundcake,Not Enough
11 And the Cradle Will Rock...,Feels So Good
12 Black And Blue,Right Now
13 Jump,Everybody Wants Some!!
14 Top of the World,Dance The Night Away
15 (Oh) Pretty Woman,Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love - (live, live)
16 Love Walks In,Panama - (live, live)
17 Beautiful Girls,Jump - (live, live)
18 Can't Stop Lovin' You
19 Unchained
Product Attributes
Artist Van Halen
Label Rhin/mesa/bluemoon Records
Music Format Compact Disc

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