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haikarate
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Van Halen I released 40 year ago today
What were your impressions when you first heard it?


Vandyrone
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re: Van Halen I released 40 year ago today
Staring at the record player and the album cover in total awe. From beginning to end, like nothing I’d ever heard before.


Telecaster
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re: Van Halen I released 40 year ago today
Astounding guitarist wasted with an awful lead singer.


High C
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Astounding guitarist wasted with an awful lead singer.


Dude...


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RogerTheShrubber
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re: Van Halen I released 40 year ago today
It was a game changer at the time. When I first heard "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love" I was blown away. It was a huge shift away from the direction American music was headed.


tigermeat
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Those guitar riffs...wow.

Was a great time to be a teenager.


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cj35
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Upon first listening to the entire LP, I thought it was fantastic and refreshing.


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Chitter Chatter
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re: Van Halen I released 40 year ago today
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Staring at the record player and the album cover in total awe


Man no shite. Kept looking at the album cover thinking, 'I want to see them live'


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14&Counting
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re: Van Halen I released 40 year ago today
.....and it still sounds fresh as hell.


PiscesTiger
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re: Van Halen I released 40 year ago today
Best album opener?

Van Halen I
ACDC Back in Black
Guns N Roses Appetite
Metallica Battery


Sayre
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Best album opener?


Suite Judy Blue Eyes


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LSU Jax
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Was amazed at the awesomeness. I wholeheartedly agree with RogerTheShrubber about "Ain't Talkin 'Bout Love". Fantastic.


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LSU Jax
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What were your impressions when you first heard it?

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Astounding guitarist wasted with an awful lead singer.

Yeah? So that was your very first impression? Okay. Sure it was.


Telecaster
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Yeah, it was. DLR is as cheesy a singer as I've ever heard. His 'vocals' have repulsed me for forty years.

EVH redefined the electric guitar. They needed a better singer.


High C
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DLR is as cheesy a singer as I've ever heard.


I can understand someone viewing DLR as having a cheesy personality or public image. His vocals being cheesy, though? GTFO


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Twenty 49
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re: Van Halen I released 40 year ago today
Some older kids had it on cassette. I had never even heard of VH. One kid's dad had a huge stereo, and they popped it in to show off the system.

Blew me away from the opening. Went and bought it immediately.


High C
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re: Van Halen I released 40 year ago today
Mine was also on cassette.


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RogerTheShrubber
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re: Van Halen I released 40 year ago today
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Yeah, it was. DLR is as cheesy a singer as I've ever heard. His 'vocals' have repulsed me for forty years.


Wtf???


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I remember thinking I had never heard anything like it and realizing it would be huge. It was the most accessible music ever for 12-18 year old boys of that era. Bruh.


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ruzil
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In the late 70's we hung out in the Bonne Carre' Spillway and came across some hippies in a VW van that were stuck in the mud. They were kneeling and praying around the van and we saw this and asked if they needed us to help push them out of the mud.

We got them out of the mud and then they invited us to hang out with them for a few bowls. The were listening to some music that I had never heard previously and it was good.

It turns out that it was an early bootleg Van Halen tape. This must have been summer of '77 as best as I can recall.


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