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Some great songs

While this may technically be the band's weakest effort with wild front man Diamond Dave at the helm, that doesn't mean there aren't some excellent tracks. The opener "Where Have All the Good Times Gone?" has such a genuine Van Halen sound to it that one would never guess it's a cover. Then again, this band always had a knack for making a song their own.

Unfortunately that same truth doesn't quite work out for them on "Dancing in the Streets" and "Pretty Woman". I know the latter went on to be a concert staple, but I've never cared for it.

While most of the covers are forgettable, the original tracks are top notch. "Hang 'Em High" is standard Van Halen fare served up with growling guitars and wild howls. "Secrets" has such a subdued and smooth sound that it makes you want more. "Little Guitars" is another departure from the metal sound gone right. It's definitely still a rocker, but completely different from anything else the band had done before. "The Full Bug" is a bluesy rocker fueled by Diamond Dave's nasty harmonica playing. Another gem in the bunch. "Big Bad Bill" is purely fun and a change of pace number reminiscent of Women and Children First's title track. "Happy Trails" is great closer, and again, a dose of fun.

All in all, this is a good album. If "intruder" "pretty woman" and "dancing in the street" had been replaced by tracks with a little more substance and originality, this album would rank higher in the VH anthology. 3.5/5 is a fair rating.

FUN

Fun album!

The Good Ol' Days...

This was back when album-oriented rock dominated the rock radio airwaves. This one is good from begging to end. Did you know Eddie & Alex's father plays clarinet on "Big Bad Bill (Is Sweet William Now"? It's true.

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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