Van Halen Catalog

Techdeth

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Once or twice a year I listen to the Van Halen catalog in order . Doing it now . Its cool to see Eddie’s tone evolution in order . OU812 is the only one that’s a chore to get through . So it’s my least favorite. My fav is …Fair Warning . Though it’s too short . Just wanted to see you favorite and least favorite as well as I’m in Van Halen week lol
 

crwnedblasphemy

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I am in total disagreement. No disrespect. Ever since getting back into vinyl in 2017, my views have changed a bit. OU812 is one of my favs. And I never owned it growing up. VH3 and Balance don't do anything for me. Nor does Diver Down, besides a couple songs. OU812, 5150, 1984, VH1 and II are my favs. I like F.U.C.K. album, but not my go to.
 

Techdeth

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I am in total disagreement. No disrespect. Ever since getting back into vinyl in 2017, my views have changed a bit. OU812 is one of my favs. And I never owned it growing up. VH3 and Balance don't do anything for me. Nor does Diver Down, besides a couple songs. OU812, 5150, 1984, VH1 and II are my favs. I like F.U.C.K. album, but not my go to.
I don’t take it as disrespect at all . I’m usually the oddball because I live VH3 so much because I think Eddie’s rhythm playing on that is so crazy. Ou812 production just falls so flat on my ears mostly is all
 

thenine

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Yep Fair Warning is the tops for me. Everything fantastic. Then Women and Children First. I don’t think gets enough pub. Fools, Romeo Delight. Everybody Wants Some, Loss of Control. Fantastic. I think after the first 2 albums he was really able to get down what he wanted.
 

311splawndude

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Once or twice a year I listen to the Van Halen catalog in order . Doing it now . Its cool to see Eddie’s tone evolution in order . OU812 is the only one that’s a chore to get through . So it’s my least favorite. My fav is …Fair Warning . Though it’s too short . Just wanted to see you favorite and least favorite as well as I’m in Van Halen week lol

I do this too. FW is without a doubt my favorite but they are all really good. Prefer DLR era but the they are all good albums pretty much top to bottom.
 

Techdeth

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I do this too. FW is without a doubt my favorite but they are all really good. Prefer DLR era but the they are all good albums pretty much top to bottom.
I agree . I think it’s the production of OU812 that kills me most . It sounds like it was recorded in a tin can . Blow up your video by AC/DC does too . And so does Girls Girls Girls. 87-88 was a weird time for mastering . So many albums then have that super treble sound with small lows and mids . IMO
 

megamike

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I love everything VH has done ,in the order it was done. Except ADKT should move up on the list and VH lll should be at the bottom.
 

romanianreaper

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Eddie was such an innovator and I didn't get stuck in wanting him to be a certain way, etc or create a certain type of music. I dig all of his stuff, some more than others.

For me, VH1 will always be my favorite start to finish, then the rest of the DLR Era, song-specific, not album specific. I had high hopes for the Gary Cherone stuff but they were on some super hippy trip or something with tight 70s pants and turtlenecks and the songs were just...off. I did like a few songs on that though.

When 5150 came out, I was loving it!! DLR was irritating me with the stuff he was doing and I was just happy they were doing some new music. The songs were great.
 
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