Van Halen 5150
Kerrang (Magazine): "[T]he band's first album with Sammy Hagar marked the beginning of a distinctly saner, more melodic direction."
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- Released: March 24, 1986
- Originally Released: 1986
- Label: Warner Bros / WEA
Kerrang (Magazine) - p.52"[T]he band's first album with Sammy Hagar marked the beginning of a distinctly saner, more melodic direction."
- 1.Good Enough
- 2.Why Can't This Be Love
- 3.Get Up
- 5.Summer Nights
- 6.Best Of Both Worlds
- 7.Love Walks In
Van Halen: Sammy Hagar, Eddie Van Halen (vocals, guitar); Michael Anthony (vocals, bass); Alex Van Halen (drums).
Recorded at 5150 Studios, Hollywood, California.
Personnel: Sammy Hagar (vocals); Eddie Van Halen (guitar, keyboards, background vocals); Alex Van Halen (drums); Michael Anthony (background vocals).
Recording information: 5150.
Photographer: Aaron Rapoport.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Eddie Van Halen; Michael Anthony ; Alex Van Halen; Sammy Hagar.
Back in June of 1986, while skeptics questioned whether "Van Hagar" could deliver the goods, all doubts were put to rest as 5150 charted at #1. This was the band's first #1 record, as 1984 peaked at #2. It's also a damn good album.
After hitting #3 with his version of "California Girls" in 1985, David Lee Roth went on to pursue a successful solo career, leaving Sammy Hagar to pick up where he left off. Van Halen continue in the heavy pop vein of "Jump" with the hooky "Why Can't This Be Love." By the time every long-haired guitarist on the planet had copied Eddie Van Halen's licks, the guitar whiz had taken a right-turn and added synthesizers and programming for a broader sound. His precise use of keyboards dominates "Dreams," but his six-string dominates the ode to concert parking-lot festivities, "Summer Nights." Meanwhile, brother Alex's power-percussion gives the title track the vintage Van Halen sound. 5150 rocks hard and true.