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Van Halen I released today (2/10/78)

Discussion in 'The Sound Hound Lounge' started by 67blackcherry, Feb 10, 2019.

  1. Electric I

    Electric I Member

    Sep 17, 2005
    Superlative in it's day & their high-water mark for me.
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  2. jammybastard

    jammybastard "I'm losing my edge, but I was there..."

    Jan 14, 2005
    In Transit
    a couple of months later in Wichita, straight from the soundboard...

  3. carbz

    carbz Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2006
    Funny when VH1 came out I wasn't blown away. I remember thinking the sound of the band was very Dark and Heavy. In 78 I wasn't even playing guitar yet. I was into ACDC, Zep Nuggent Aerosmith....and yes KISS as well. Alive 2 came out the same year. It wasn't till W&CF that I really started Digging VH.
  4. gitfiddler99

    gitfiddler99 Member

    May 30, 2014
    Penticton B.C. Canada.
    This album is the reason I forgot about drums and saw (at 14) that guitar could truly sound like a dragster or something...and here I am , at 47, still chasing it! Guitar before that didn’t inspire me at all.
  5. Kdawg1966

    Kdawg1966 Member

    Mar 16, 2018
    Guitarists? Should be a holiday for America!
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  6. Sam Hill

    Sam Hill Member

    Dec 26, 2014
    There's a story of how, when the album came out, a group of L.A. session musicians were in the studio listening to the album, and couldn't understand what it was they were hearing; they were baffled. Lee Ritenour shows up, listens for a couple minutes, then proceeds to figure it out.

    When it takes a Lee Ritenour to decode your technique, you've stumbled on something pretty unique.

    And Eddie was only, what, 22?
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  7. DustyRhodesJr

    DustyRhodesJr Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2011
    When the album came out, I was already waiting for it and had told several kids at
    school about it.

    Hit Parader magazine had gone Kiss crazy, and had reported that Gene Simmons had
    signed a new band.

    That band was VH, and based on those stories I had huge anticipation for the debut.

    It was at least as good as I was hoping.
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  8. MoarGear

    MoarGear Member

    Dec 6, 2018
    Ice Cream Man remains my actual favorite track, though I love them all.
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  9. Dr. Tweedbucket

    Dr. Tweedbucket Deluxe model available !!!11

    Feb 22, 2007
    Gamma Ray detection station on Mt. Kwakkleberry
    My Boss's 14 year old son brought two VH albums out to a job site where we were running some wire and said, take these and check em out. :red It was VH1 and II .... I was into other stuff at the time, Phil Keaggy and pretty much away from main stream rock. I plopped them on the turn table when I got home and it was like holy crap! I mean, I heard Runnin with the Debil already, but the other stuff is what grabbed me :eeks It's like the best guitar tone I've ever heard ever :love:
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