9 Songs, 33 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Jamming more ideas and personality into 34 minutes than most bands pack into a career, this towering pinnacle of ’80s hard rock was a last gasp both for David Lee Roth’s initial run in Van Halen and for metal as sunny as The Beach Boys. Rarely has a band sounded so skilled, so casually confident, so happy to be here. There’s Hall of Fame-hooked synth-rock (“Jump”), pomp-gone-pop (“I’ll Wait”), classy California car-club sass (“Panama”), and bar-band brashness (“Top Jimmy”), plus comedy and chops for miles.

Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Jamming more ideas and personality into 34 minutes than most bands pack into a career, this towering pinnacle of ’80s hard rock was a last gasp both for David Lee Roth’s initial run in Van Halen and for metal as sunny as The Beach Boys. Rarely has a band sounded so skilled, so casually confident, so happy to be here. There’s Hall of Fame-hooked synth-rock (“Jump”), pomp-gone-pop (“I’ll Wait”), classy California car-club sass (“Panama”), and bar-band brashness (“Top Jimmy”), plus comedy and chops for miles.

Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
86 Ratings
86 Ratings
Mairs1976 ,

Sound seems to "JUMP" off the speakers!!!

Ok,to be fair, this is my ALL TIME FAVORITE RECORD. I mean that. I recall when I bought the LP at the initial release. Bought the cassette tape soon after for the car. I finally bought a CD player in the early 1990's and this was the first CD I purchased. Cassette and original vnyl literally wore out. Bought replacement tape, and a used vinyl once I got back into actual records again. I have a copy of the 2000 remaster of this, and couldn't notice anything different. This time, 15 years later, they remasterd again and all I can say is WOW!!! Sounds so crisp, so clear, you can almost watch the sound JUMP (pun intended) from the speakers into the air. I don't know what they did differently this time, but there is a HUGE difference this go around. I suppose I've bought this recording nearly 10 times (in all conceivable formats). I don't regret a single purchase, either. If you are a classic VH fan. A fan that laughs at the Hagar era, then you are worthy of this incredible edition of 1984. GET THIS TODAY!!!

A word lover... ,

Mastered for iTunes?!?

This edition of this album sound WAY over compressed!

I also have the high definition 192Khz version of this album and it’s totally fine. Apple is supposed to be using this same HD master for the Mastered for iTunes stamp. They must have messed something up during the process. Apple please fix this error!

Thrash piggy ,

This is not the REAL Van Halen

I never understood what made this album so popular. This is coming from a band who produced some killer tunes such as mean street, Romeo delight, outta love again, etc.. Their first four records are incredible, but this, it shouldn't be considered quintessential Van Halen. Overrated album.

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