Van Halen - Fair Warning

180 Gram Vinyl LP Record 2015 Remaster, EU Pressing

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Fair Warning is the fourth studio album by American hard rock band Van Halen, originally released in April 1981 via Warner Bros. Records.

Fair Warning often gets overlooked - partially because it's a dark, strange beast, partially because it lacks any song as purely fun as the hits from the first three records. Because of that, there were no hits from Fair Warning that turned into radio anthems; only "Unchained" and, to a lesser extent, the grinding opener, "Mean Street", rank among the group's best-known songs.

Fair Warning is the first Van Halen album that doesn't feel like a party instead it winds up as a dark, dirty, nasty piece of work. Gloomy it may be, but dull it is not and it contains some of their fiercest, hardest music.

Eddie’s guitar dominates this record. He sounds restless, pushing and pulling the group toward different rhythms and textures, from the disco beat that pulsates on "Push Comes To Shove" to the swinging rhythms on "So This Is Love?" and, especially, the murky synths that comprise the instrumental "Sunday Afternoon In The Park" and the grimy, gunky closing rocker, "One Foot Out The Door".

Either inspired or spurred on by the gloomy rock Eddie cranked out, David Lee Roth casts his net far wider than his usual litany of girls and good times. He spits and swears, swaggering without his usual joie de vivre, with even his sex songs feeling weary and nasty.

Whatever spawned it, that nastiness is the defining characteristic of Fair Warning, showcasing the coiled power of Van Halen better than any other album, which makes it well worth visiting.

Check out the singles: “So This Is Love?” and "Unchained".

This 2015 Vinyl LP has been Remastered from the Original Analog Tapes by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering.

This 2015 remastered LP is pressed in Europe on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl with reproduced original artwork.

(081227954987)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Mean Street

4:58

A2

Dirty Movies

4:08

A3

Sinner’s Swing!

3:09

A4

Hear About It Later

4:35

B1

Unchained

3:29

B2

Push Comes To Shove

3:49

B3

So This Is Love?

3:06

B4

Sunday Afternoon In The Park (Instrumental)

1:59

B5

One Foot Out The Door

1:58

SKU 081227954987
Record Label Warner Bros. Records
Label / Model # Warner
Catalogue Number 081227954987
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 10 July 2015
Original Release Date (Year) 29 April 1981
Barcode # 081227954987
Shipping Weight 0.2750kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Vinyl, Printed Inner Sleeve, Reissue, Remastered Audio, Remastered from Original Analog Tapes by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Hard Rock
Genre Classic Rock
Format VINYL LP

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