We’re revisiting Van Halen’s slamming self-titled debut album from 1978 in honour of the late, great Eddie Van Halen who passed away two years ago this month.
Driven by axeman Eddie Van Halen's startling virtuosity and frontman David Lee Roth's irresistible swagger, Van Halen's self-titled debut is among the greatest hard rock albums of all time. With such memorable originals as Runnin' with the Devil, Ain't Talkin' 'bout Love and Jamie's Cryin', the 1978 collection was an instant hit and eventually went on to R.I.A.A. Diamond status. “[Producer] Ted Templeman wanted to make a big, powerful guitar record, and he had all he needed in what Eddie was doing,” noted bassist Michael Anthony, and while EVH's two-handed tapping has often been imitated, it has never been surpassed. The legendary guitarist passed away this month in 2020, and we’re going to crank up Van Halen now in his memory.
Van Halen | ‘Runnin' with the Devil’
Van Halen | ‘Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love’
Van Halen | ‘Jamie's Cryin’’
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