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Let me first say that Van Halen and Eddie Van Halen's guitar playing were the catalyst and reason I am considered by some people to be a "Virtuoso Guitarist". I was very inspired by Van Halen and Eddie Van Halen in my youth! I am 43 now and since 2019 am a Born Again Christian. My life has radically changed since then. So for that reason I won't be mentioning the opening song by name.
 
We begin with the opening song with the Car Horns that lead us into one of the greatest guitar riffs of all time. Also the guitar tone that thousands of have tried to emulate since then! Critics who say David Lee Roth isn't a great singer have not obviously listened to the Van Halen's debut album.
 
As soon as the Tour De Force of the first song ends we get to Eruption!!!!! Eruption......The most important and influential 1 minute 42 seconds of guitar playing ever recorded. Millions of guitar
players have attempted to learn to play Eruption. 43 years later a guitar player is judged if he or her is any good by
their ability or inability to play Eruption.
 
For the third track we get Van Halen covering The Kinks 1965 song "You
Really Got Me". Let's be subjective for a moment.........Van Halen made this song their own. I remember in an interview with Dweezil Zappa and he first heard The Kinks version, he thought to himself
"They really _____ed up that Van Halen Song!".
 
Up next is "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love"........Another one of the most
famous guitar riffs ever! The riff to this song.....Eddie came up with
a joke to mock Punk Bands.......David Lee Roth dug it and wrote the lyrics and it is a truly memorable song. I think Van Halen played it on every tour they did!
 
I'm The One is the next track.......The guitar playing from the very first second of this song is on Turbo Boost! The guitar playing on this song is difficult to play correctly....it has a unique and unusual feel to it.
 
Next up is Jaime's Cryin', this is one of my favourite Van Halen songs. The guitar riff to the song is more Steve Cropper(Motown) than it is Hard Rock. It also has a somewhat South American drum feel to it. One thing about David Lee Roth, he absorbs himself in different
cultures and influences. As he said to both the Van Halen Brothers several times......"Great, Great playing Fellas......But people can't Dance to it!".
 
Atomic Punk is another great track! As is Feel Your Love Tonight and Little Dreamer.
 
After those 3 songs we have the song Ice Cream Man which is cover of a
song wriiten by John Brim. The Guitar Solo on this song is simply
Fantastic!!!!! In Rock Music until that point....No players generally used diminished scales like Eddie did on the solo in Ice Cream Man.
 
The Last Song is called On Fire. This song is truly brilliant as the song to finish off the album. Once again the entire band is on top form on this song!
 
Quite Simply.......Van Halen is one of the greatest debut albums of all time and is now regarded as one of the greatest rock albums of all time. There hasn't been an album made like it since. So many American bands that came after Van Halen copied them.....from David Lee Roth's Showmanship, Eddie Van Halen's Guitar Playing.........yet none of them
could even get close to what Van Halen were......
 
They were totally original. Very Few Bands or Musicians can make that claim. Something worth remembering is that all of the truly great bands were from the time when there was no Internet, no smartphones, no social media etc.
 
There is great reverence for all of the truly brilliant bands and musicians because music now for the most part is pitiful and
uninteresting. Also Van Halen had massive competition from many other great bands, singers and musicians too. That simply isn't the case anymore!
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Let me first say that Van Halen and Eddie Van Halen's guitar playing were the catalyst and reason I am considered by some people to be a "Virtuoso Guitarist". I was very inspired by Van Halen and Eddi

Absolutely love this album, apart from eruption the rest of the songs are also solid and you can't really compete with its unique sound and originality especially in the 70s 

Good review short and sweet, I would have to say though it must be in the top 10 for all guitarists..

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It's a classic 👌 you can't really say much to put it down, it's the second most iconic guitar album to date against Jim hendrix's Electric Ladyland.

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