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The Best of Both Worlds

Van Halen

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Just as the title claims, this 36-song compilation mines the gems from both Van Halen and Van Hagar. Though the sequence is staggered to play like a David Lee Roth vs. Sammy Hagar taste-test challenge, six-string deity Eddie Van Halen upstages both frontmen in the opening instrumental, "Eruption," and throughout The Best of Both Worlds. If you’re wondering why Hagar follows with three songs before we get to hear Diamond Dave do his thing, its because Hagar reunited with the VH boys and recorded those songs before The Best of Both Worlds was released. The aptly titled “It’s About Time” finally delivers Hagar’s most rocking recording with Van Halen, a hard-strutting song that boogies like a steroidal Black Crowes number. “Up for Breakfast” starts out sounding like “Everybody Wants Some!!”—save for a chorus that’ll make you want to skip straight to “Everybody Wants Some!!”—especially if your introduction to the song included a claymation cheeseburger playing Eddie’s solo in the 1985 movie Better Off Dead. Gary Cherone’s short-lived stint as VH frontman was curiously omitted.

Customer Reviews

Four stars as an album...FIVE STARS for the band!

Whether you are a DLR loyalist, a Van-Hagarite, or just like both, this is the best of Van Halen...not Roth, not Hagar, but the band as a whole. And, it is indeed the best of both worlds! The only reason that I don't give this four stars is because, well, all the songs are mixed up! I personally think that the songs should be divided up, but I guess Eddie was hoping for some unity this time around. Despite this, the compilation is magnificent. Every important & major Van Halen song (with a couple of absences...Little Guitars is one song I'd like to see on there) is on the two-disc set. The album artwork is perfect because it is THE symbol of arguably the greatest guitarist in rock history, Eddie Van Halen. And, the three new tracks (It's About Time, Up for Breakfast, and Learning to See) are nice additions to an already stellar resume. If there is one reason that you should get this abum, then this is it: GUITAR! Aside from the revolving door at the mic, the amazing guitar play of Eddie is unique and proves that he is the king of the electric guitar. Some sounds make you laugh, some make you cry, and some just make you want to go wild. What sets Van Halen apart from other "very good" rock bands is Eddie's guitar play; every song is fully equipped with an awesome guitar solo. Add the excellent drum work by Alex Van Halen (Hot for Teacher = drum barrage), the always steady and reliable bass of Michael Anthony, and either the inhuman yelps of David Lee Roth or the melodic shouts of Sammy Hagar, and you have....THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS


This is a 2-disc masterpiece that is essential to any Van Halen or any classic rock collection. Just about all 36 of the songs on this album are terrific, and are all big hits. It's also very thorough, yet has very little filler to sort through. When I listen to this album, I hardly skip any songs. It begins, like many of his albums, with "Eruption," a great guitar solo, then dives into three new songs, which IMHO are pretty good, yet not quite his best. After those, any VH fan will probably know just about every song until the end of the first disc. The second disc begins with the classic "Panama," then moves straight into a number of other terrific songs. Note that many of the tracks on Disc 2, particularly ones like "Runaround," "I'll Wait," and "When It's Love" are quite underrated, so be sure to check them out as well. The last three songs are live recordings. Yes, it is true that these tracks are sung by Sammy Hagar, which is a bit of a disappointment, but when weighed out with the rest of the album, it's almost nothing. I am not going to mess around with song recommendations here; just buy the entire album. If this album does not please you, you simply do not know what classic rock is and I would like to know what you do like. If you are looking for a Van Halen CD that has all of the big hits and more for one price, look no further than "The Best of Both Worlds." Hope this was helpful, and happy listening =)


This is the best rock album i have ever heard. Eddie on the guitar tearing it up and david lee with his screaming vocals make this album a one of a kind. I would pay 50 bucks for this let alone 16. But this album. Best songs are Panama, Jump, Poundcake, and of course eruption.


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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