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one of the best

i love this!!! It's the first album that they made!!!!!!

1978 album that revolutionized guitar sounds/

This an amazingly well 'produced' first, yes first, album that not only rocks at first listen, but becomes compelling over time. It revolutionized the guitar sound/artistry; and raised the bar for guitar-hero wannabes, and eyebrows of guitar legends. In front of Eddie Vanhalen was the one-for-the-time- front man, David Lee Roth, stage presence & vocal histrionics on a perfect 'diva' train - Yes, I saw them live in '78 at Maple Leaf Gardens in T.O. This is a great album. I hope the transfer of sweet analogue to digital was mastered properly so you can hear everything as it was originally created.

Dr. Kas

BRILLIANT

Not since Jimi Hendrix lit the world ablaze did a guitarist revolutionize the instrument so completely like Edward Van Halen. It was one of the earliest albums I ever bought, on LP, perhaps a scant three years after its initial release. When that needle hit the record, I was transformed. It set the bar for the hairbands of the 80s, and carried the rock guitar torch post Hendrix.

Biography

Formed: 1974 in Pasadena, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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 the electric guitar could do, developing a blindingly fast technique with a variety of self-taught two-handed tapping, hammer-ons, pull-offs, and effects that mimicked the sounds of machines and animals. 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...
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