Van Halen - 1984

180 Gram Vinyl LP Record 30th Anniversary Edition

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1984 is the sixth studio album by American hard rock band Van Halen, originally released in January 1984 via Warner Bros. Records.

At the time of 1984’s release, there was much fuss around the adoption of synthesizers. The band had been layering in synths since their third album, a point missed by most since those synths were either buried beneath guitars or used as texture, but here they were pushed to the forefront on "Jump", the album's first single.

While the synths played a circular riff in "Jump" the band didn't dispense with their signature monolithic, pulsating rock. Alex Van Halen and Michael Anthony grounded the song, keeping it from floating to pop, and David Lee Roth simply exploded with boundless energy, making this seem rock & roll no matter how close it got to pop.

And "Jump" was about as close as 1984 got to pop, as the remaining tracks - with the exception of "I'll Wait", which rides along on a synth riff as chilly as "Jump" is warm - are heavy rock, capturing the same fiery band that's been performing with a brutal intensity since Women And Children First.

Where earlier albums placed an emphasis on the band's attack, 1984 places an emphasis on the songs, and they're uniformly terrific, the best set of original tunes Van Halen ever had.

The anthems "Panama" and "Hot For Teacher" grab center stage, but "Top Jimmy", "Drop Dead Legs", and the dense yet funky closer, "House Of Pain", are full-fledged songs, with great riffs and hooks in the guitars and vocals.

It's the best showcase of Van Halen's instrumental prowess as a band, the best showcase for Diamond Dave's glorious shtick, the best showcase for their songwriting, just their flat-out best album overall.

It's a shame that Roth left after this album, but maybe it's for the best, since there's no way Van Halen could have bettered this album with Dave around.

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

This LP record is the 30th Anniversary Edition (March 2015) on 180 gram vinyl featuring remastered audio with reproduced artwork, pressed in Europe.

(081227955267)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

1984 (Instrumental)

1:07

A2

Jump

4:01

A3

Panama

3:31

A4

Top Jimmy

2:59

A5

Drop Dead Legs

4:14

B1

Hot For Teacher

4:42

B2

I’ll Wait

4:40

B3

Girl Gone Bad

4:35

B4

House Of Pain

3:19

SKU 081227955267
Record Label Warner Bros. Records
Label / Model # Warner
Catalogue Number 081227955267
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 30 March 2015
Original Release Date (Year) 09 January 1984
Barcode # 081227955267
Shipping Weight 0.3000kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000985960m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Vinyl, Reissue, Remastered Audio, Remastered from Original Analog Tapes by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering, 30th Anniversary Edition
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Hard Rock & Metal
Format VINYL LP

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