Thursday, February 26, 2015

Van Halen

Van Halen - Van Halen - 1978
Van Halen - Van Halen II - 1979
Van Halen - Women And Children First - 1980
Van Halen - Fair Warning - 1981
Van Halen - Diver Down - 1982
Van Halen - Van Halen - 1991
Van Halen - A Different Kind Of Truth - 2012
01. Van Halen - Van Halen, 1978 Vinyl LP Album
     Warner Bros. Records - KBS 3075
02. Van Halen - Van Halen II, 1979 Vinyl LP Album
     Warner Bros. Records - HS 3312
03. Van Halen - Women And Children First, 1980 Vinyl LP Album
     Warner Bros. Records - XHS 3415
04. Van Halen - Fair Warning, 1981 Vinyl LP Album
     Warner Bros. Records - XHS 3540
05. Van Halen - Diver Down, 1982 Vinyl LP Album
     Warner Bros. Records - XBS 3677
06. Van Halen - Van Halen, 1991 CD Album Reissue
     Warner Bros. Records - CD 3075
07. Van Halen - A Different Kind Of Truth, 2012 CD Album
     Interscope Records - B001647702
Complete zerness of the super cheese! Yes, but no. This is neither a sarcastic post, nor a mere dive into nostalgia lake. All my hard-rock life, I have been a permanent and avid listener of the David Lee Gorgoroth era of Van Halen, except 1984 (what??? Keyboards in VH?? ACH!). This stuff rocks like nothing else. Edward has been the emperor of killer riffs and axemanship wizardry for almost 4 decades, and Torso Dave is one of my favorite singers (a post of his solo albums is coming up too! Yes!). All the Van Halen songs with this line-up are simply amazing. I must admit that I had put my Thin Lizzy and Deep Purple aside (not for too long...) when I discovered Van Halen I (in 1979!!!). Slack jaw! Perfection in hard rock! Amazement and hours of air guitar! All these early VH records melt my neuron. I carved the VH logo on my high-school tables many times. The 2012 album is another killer piece of hard rock too, hit after hit and heavy rocking stuff all disc long. I wasn't expecting much when I found this $1 copy, but it rocks 27 times like Metallica. Actually, I am now wondering if I should re-explore the Sammy Hagar discs which I didn't like then, haven't tried them in 20 years. Meanwhile, let's rock til infinity with Van Halen and the comets!
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!ZER Van Halen ZER!


  1. When something rocks, no need to make excuses or apologies for it, and Van Halen circa '77-'82 rocks. Pure and simple. I'm on board Zer. Great post. Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy, Sabbath etc. Bring em on.... Cheers

    1. Right! But you know how it is... My death metal and hardcore friends love to laugh at my appetite for Twisted Sister and Scorpions.
      Be warned all you arena rock haters! There will be posts here for Mötley Crüe, Deep Purple, Rammstein, Rainbow, Whitesnake, Yes, Rush and all the old hippie, spandex, hairstylist guard!
      BTW you can get almost all Thin Lizzy here. I am not into maintaining 2 blogs, so I'll probably repost all this on the Church Of Zer, but maybe not very soon.

    2. tu files vraiment un mauvais coton, Laurent!!
      Mate Les trous, c'est Haram ca, quand meme!!
      il paraitrait meme que certains sont devenu sourd avant d'avoir ecouté, juste en regardant le disque!

    3. Putain je me fais effectivement vieux, j'ai rien compris !
      Les trous, tu veux dire les 30 ans qui manquent dans ce post ? Ouais, ma collec est encore trop anémique...

    4. haha mate les trous (t'as aussi la version skate, monte les ecrous) c'est motley faut pas ecouter ca, ca abime les platines, les amplis et les enceintes. je suis quasiment sur que c'est detecté comme un fichier dangereux par les antivirus...
      (j'avais un pote qui etait grand fan dans sa jeunesse et qui avait des posters d'eux et des sex pistols et on aimait bien le chambrer a ce propos. mais il y a pire dans la vie, son cousin etait lui un tres grand fan des guns & roses)

    5. Ah ! Maître Capello ! Eh bien ton pote avait bien raison ! Les deux premiers albums sont vraiment trop bons... zer ! Bon, GnR, j'y arrive pas en revanche.

  2. Twisted Sister "Under the Blade"... Motley Crue "Too Fast for Love"..Absolute gems... Scorpions/ UFO absolutely owned the late '70's and early '80's. Been there, done that Zer. Many a drunken night getting grief from my harder than hardcore friends. Funny thing is, most of them now listen to crap way worse than what they were complaining about 30 years ago. Some of us are in it for life, and at 48 years old that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it. Love your site and all the work you put into it.. btw, did you catch the Van Halen CD that came out a few years ago that was the '77 demo's and stuff that was produced by Gene Simmons?

    1. No, I didn't even know about that demo CD. I will check it out for sure!

  3. Alice Cooper was my first hero, still is. He taught me that I should always question authority, and it was that foothold that literally saved my life, through 17 years of a stolen childhood. A majority of one is still a majority.

    I still love Yoko Ono but I wouldn't care to shake her hand for the fascist statist attacks she and that useful idiot son executes against freedom. To hear Yoko sing "I'm A Witch, I'm a bitch, I don't care what you say", gets through to me. I've never met anyone else who enjoyed her craft but it's great for me. A majority of one is still a majority.

    I think I have all the Van Halen in my library except for the Hagar material but I haven't enjoyed any of Hagar's stuff except where he was with Montrose. I love Hagar's vocals for Montrose, especially on the song "Connection". I don't know why I dead end on Hagar solo or Hagar/Halen, but I know it's got nothing to do with David Lee Roth. I encounter the same disparity when Sinatra leaves me stone cold bored, but Dean Martin shaves ice. Individualism will never be captured, imprisoned by story.

    Woodchuck Pirate
    aka Raymond J Raupers Jr USA

  4. Spot on with this VH post. The demo is called Zero by the way. Also look for The Complete Warner Bros Demos. It's like two discs worth of great stuff. (alt versions and some unreleased stuff).

  5. These are great. When iPods first came out the first album I bought off iTunes was Fair Warning. Thanks for these superior vinyl rips.

  6. I'm sorry, I can't go in here with you. I'll wait for you outside.

  7. I love the Van Halen first album, pure Hard Rock "nearest metal" IMO (sorry for my english, isn't my native language)

  8. teh pure awesome! thx for this, so much fun, such witty and playful rocking on the first two albums! "women and children" and "fair warning" are darker, more introspective but no less great.

    but most of all I would never have bothered with "a different train" if you'd not had put it up. what a discovery! fucking awesome album man!! thxxx!!

    still would love if you post the 1984 album too. and maybe the two david lee roth solo albums with vai...!

    1. I don<t have 1984, sorry. But yes, there will be a DLR post. Steve Vai... and Billy Sheehan!

  9. bonjour,
    pour commancer, je ne sais pas ce qu'est le 2505. alors, tu devine bien de ce que je veux parler! et oui, un lien. je voudrais bien avoir Van Halen - Van Halen (1978) en vinyl rip, mais le lien est décédé. désolé de le dire ici, mais je ne trouve pas d'autre manière de le signaler... falait-il le signaler sur ? bref, j'ai aucune idé... bon, au moins, ce n'était pas que pour ça! mon autre question: est-ce que c'est uniquemant en flac? ci oui j'abendone... je déteste ce format. pour finnir, j'aime beaucoup ce blog... du beau travail!
    merci d'avance.

    1. Ah, tout est en FLAC ici. Pourquoi détester ce format admirable ?
      Si tu lis bien le Uzer's Guide, tu comprendras qu'il n'y a pas de rechargement pour tout ce qui est daté après janvier 2012.




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