All right, time for some rock.
Nobody rocks like Van Halen, even Van Halen (Hagar era) can’t touch them. Sorry to those Sammy Hagar fans out there. I like his stuff, but it just doesn’t do it for me like Van Halen with David Lee Roth.
Released in 1978, this album has made it past Gold and Platinum status, and made it to Diamond. Actually, 1984 by Van Halen also went Diamond. There are only four other bands to have two original albums go Diamond, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Def Leppard.
I know that almost all of the guitar players I know, (being a musician I know quite a lot) say that Eruption off of this album was the reason they played guitar. Eddie Van Halen is probably the most influential guitar player in history along with Jimi Hendrix.
This record is one of those albums where almost every song is a hit. “You Really Got Me” “Runnin’ WithThe Devil” “Eruption” and of course, one of my favorites “Ice Cream Man.”
By the way, the track listing on the back of the album cover is out of order. I don’t know if that makes any difference, but hey, there it is.
Here is “Ice Cream Man” on MP3 for your listening pleasure;
And out of the kindness of my heart, here is “Eruption” for all you guitar players;
As always, you can find Van Halen albums on vinyl, and CD at Musicstack.
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