Van Halen rode the crest of 1970s riff-rock into 1980s abandon. Always able to produce a smile and a killer hook, their songs captured a West Coast attitude that combined Eddie Van Halen's guitar gymnastics and the high-energy antics of vocalist David Lee Roth with solid backing by bassist Michael Anthony and drummer Alex Van Halen. Following Roth's less-than-amicable departure, the band signed up reckless driver Sammy Hagar, and their success continued into the '90s. When Hagar left after several albums, the band's fate seemed uncertain, but they soon found a temporary replacement in ex-Extreme frontman Gary Cherone.
If youve never listened to this album before, buy it and skip to "Get up". Songs
like this, based on Sammy Haggars experience as a boxer, just arent written
anymore. A total energy blast, there isnt a single energy drink that can give a
kick like this song. The other songs on this album deliver as well.
aspect Ive enjoyed about the Sammy Haggar invasion is that Van Halens tunes dont
seem to brood as much as they did with David Lee Roth. With Haggar, we get to
hear more of Eddie Van Halens talent in 5150 which previewed in "Jump" with
Roth. More keys, more complex harmonies, more fast songs which in my estimation
resulted in more music making make this album a great one.
5150 is probably
Van Halens greatest album ever. Though some may contest this, I cant help but
constantly deem this valid when listening to the older and sadly less than
exceptional following albums.
Great rock is just that, great. 5150 is great
No Description Available No Track Information Available Media Type: CD Artist: VAN HALEN Title: 5150 Street Release Date: 07/07/1987 Domestic Genre: ROCK/POP
As original Van Halen vocalist David Lee Roth quit the band to pursue a solo career, or was fired (depending on who you believe), Eddie and Alex Van Halen and Michael Anthony carried on by hiring Sammy Hagar. Hagar was a middling artist on his own, but he proved to be a powerhouse when placed in front of hard rock's most muscular and innovative instrumental unit. On 5150--the title is police code for "escaped lunatic"--you can hear the band's excitement at having struck a winning combination. Songs such as "Why Can't This Be Love," "Dreams," "Best of Both Worlds," and "Love Walks In" combine to make this the early high-watermark of the Van Hagar era. --Daniel Durchholz
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