As far as I'm concerned, there are only six Van Halen albums. Anything after 1984 does not exist in my mind. Because my mind is a place where Van Hagar never happened and where no one ever heard of Gary Cherone. Just wanted to get that out of the way.
I am an unabashed VH fan. I think David Lee Roth was one of the greatest frontmen in rock and roll history. Eddie Van Halen was a god before he became whatever he is now. There are some bands where you just want to go back in time and tell them: Stop here. Stop now, before you become like the baseball player who makes a fool of himself by playing well past retirement age, before you become the sitcom that stayed on one season too long. But, no. Van Halen is like The Simpsons now, where you look at them and think, it all went downhill after Season 5.
This album is near perfection. If we could erase "Feel Your Love" from the track listing it would make my "perfect albums" list. But alas, few things in life are ever perfect. I'll take what I can get and VH really delivers the goods on this one. From the first notes of Runnin' With the Devil, VH had me hooked.
The best thing about this album, is that I bonded with my son through it. He plays a pretty mean guitar and when he started obsessing about guitar playing for real he raided my CD collection for all the classic rock. And thus the hero worship of Eddie Van Halen began.
One day we were in Guitar Center and my son sat down to try out a new guitar. He picked up a Fender, plugged it in and started playing Eruption. There were about six or seven other people in the store all playing (Smoke on the Water, mostly) and they all stopped. Everyone who worked there stopped what they were doing. Everyone shopping stopped what they were doing. My kid played Eruption flawlessly and the place broke out in applause when he was done. Yea, I know, some of you will say it's easier to play than it sounds. But come on, the kid was 10 at the time.
Anyhow, this album is a reminder for me of the days when my son and I got along all the time and listened to music together. Before he turned into a teenager.
Favorite song: Ain't Talkin Bout Love
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