1999 – The Best of Van Halen, Vol. 1 [Japan Bonus Tracks] is released…

1999 – The Best of Van Halen, Vol. 1 [Japan Bonus Tracks]
Release date: 1999-10-05

By trying to give the David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar eras equal space, The Best of Van Halen, Vol. 1 winds up a little uneven. The first eight songs run through several of Diamond Dave’s biggest songs — “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love,” “Runnin’ With the Devil,” “And the Cradle Will Rock,” “Jump,” and “Panama.” It’s hard to argue with any of the choices, yet significant songs like “You Really Got Me,” “Beautiful Girls,” “(Oh) Pretty Woman,” “I’ll Wait,” and “Hot for Teacher” are missing. Similarly, the Sammy era has many big hits — “Why Can’t This Be Love,” “Dreams,” “When It’s Love,” and “Right Now” — but skips over hits like “Love Walks In,” “Black and Blue,” and “Finish What Ya Started.” Clearly, the collection would have been better served if it had been assembled as a double-disc set, with Dave and Sammy getting a disc apiece. Furthermore, the much-hyped reunion tracks with Roth, “Can’t Get This Stuff No More” and “Me Wise Magic,” are a slight disappointment; the band sounds good, but neither track contains a memorable hook. Nevertheless, Best Of, Vol. 1 remains a good single-disc encapsulation of Van Halen’s career, even if it isn’t a definitive retrospective. [The Japanese edition wisely includes “Hot for Teacher.”] Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide

Tracks:
Title    Composer    Time
1    Eruption    Roth, VanHalen, VanHalen, Anthony    1:42
2    Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love    Roth, VanHalen, VanHalen, Anthony    3:48
3    Runnin’ With the Devil    Roth, VanHalen, VanHalen, Anthony    3:37
4    Dance the Night Away    Roth, VanHalen, VanHalen, Anthony    3:08
5    And the Cradle Will Rock…    Roth, VanHalen, VanHalen, Anthony    3:34
6    Unchained    Roth, VanHalen, VanHalen, Anthony    3:29
7    Jump    Roth, VanHalen, VanHalen, Anthony    4:03
8    Panama    Roth, VanHalen, VanHalen, Anthony    3:32
9    Hot for Teacher    Roth, VanHalen, VanHalen, Anthony    4:44
10    Why Can’t This Be Love    Hagar, VanHalen, VanHalen, Anthony    3:46
11    Dreams    Hagar, VanHalen, VanHalen, Anthony    4:54
12    When It’s Love    Hagar, VanHalen, VanHalen, Anthony    5:39
13    Poundcake    Hagar, VanHalen, VanHalen, Anthony    5:21
14    Right Now    Hagar, VanHalen, VanHalen, Anthony    5:22
15    Can’t Stop Lovin’ You    Hagar, VanHalen, VanHalen, Anthony    4:08
16    Humans Being    Hagar, VanHalen, VanHalen, Anthony    5:09
17    Can’t Get This Stuff No More [Radio Edit]    Roth, VanHalen, VanHalen, Anthony    4:12
18    Me Wise Magic    Roth, VanHalen, VanHalen, Anthony    6:06

Releases:
Year    Type    Label
1999        WEA International
2007    CD    WEA/Warner

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