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#1 treeduck

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Posted 25 March 2020 - 03:53 PM

Here's my (current) list:

1. Fair Warning
2. 1984
3. Van Halen
4. Van Halen II
5. Women and Children First
6. Diver Down
7. 5150
8. A Different Kind of Truth
9. For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge
10. OU812
11. Balance
12. Van Halen III

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Posted 25 March 2020 - 04:08 PM

1. Fair Warning
2. Van Halen II
3. Van Halen
4. Women and Children First
5. 1984
6. Diver Down
7. OU812
8. 5150
9. For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge

Not familiar enough with these three to rank them. I can't imagine they'd displace any of the above albums.

A Different Kind of Truth
Balance
Van Halen III

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Posted 25 March 2020 - 04:29 PM

Well this is impossible, but hey, worth a try:

1. Van Halen
2. Women And Children First
3. Fair Warning
4. 1984
5. Van Halen II
6. 5150
7. Diver Down
8. Balance

Those are the ones I've heard.

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Posted 25 March 2020 - 04:52 PM

1984
Fair Warning
Van Halen II
Van Halen
Women And Children First
Diver Down
5150

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Posted 25 March 2020 - 05:11 PM

View Post1-0-0-1-0-0-1, on 25 March 2020 - 04:08 PM, said:

1. Fair Warning
2. Van Halen II
3. Van Halen
4. Women and Children First
5. 1984
6. Diver Down
7. OU812
8. 5150
9. For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge

Not familiar enough with these three to rank them. I can't imagine they'd displace any of the above albums.

A Different Kind of Truth
Balance
Van Halen III

me too for 1 to 6

1. Fair Warning
2. Van Halen II
3. Van Halen
4. Women and Children First
5. 1984
6. Diver Down



i was thinking diver down over 1984 but have to agree. 1984 was a great record.

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Posted 25 March 2020 - 05:15 PM

Fair Warning
WACF = 1984
VH 1
Diver Down
VH 2
A Different Kind of Truth
5150 = F.U.C.K
OU812
VH 3 = Balance

I have listened to them all many many times, obsessively perhaps, but without DLR you're doing well to get more than 5 or 6 strong songs each time. Rush and Dave-era VH are the only bands I truly love for their non-generic lyrics and musical excellence.

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Posted 25 March 2020 - 06:28 PM

Not difficult for me...it starts and ends with DLR. Even though he's a mega-douche, the DLR era material was their best.

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Posted 25 March 2020 - 06:50 PM

View PostHemiBeers, on 25 March 2020 - 06:28 PM, said:

Not difficult for me...it starts and ends with DLR. Even though he's a mega-douche, the DLR era material was their best.

yeah, thats why i ended at 6. mega douche perhaps, greatest american lead vocalist/frontman probably

i prefered dlr solo over post roth van halen

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Posted 25 March 2020 - 11:06 PM

No I won't and you can't make me either!!!!

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Posted 26 March 2020 - 12:01 AM

View Post1-0-0-1-0-0-1, on 25 March 2020 - 04:08 PM, said:

1. Fair Warning
2. Van Halen II
3. Van Halen
4. Women and Children First
5. 1984
6. Diver Down
7. OU812
8. 5150
9. For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge

Not familiar enough with these three to rank them. I can't imagine they'd displace any of the above albums.

A Different Kind of Truth
Balance
Van Halen III

This great to see!  I knew "Fair Warning" was your number one just like me!  I see a few others also feel the same way.  I love it.

Guys!  

My top two albums in the world are

"Hemispheres"
"Fair Warning"
"Breaker"  ACCEPT  Yep I am crazy!  In a good way.

So here we go.

You all know I can't stand the Sam Hagar stuff, but I do enjoy Eddie, Michael and Alex.  "Balance" actually isn't that bad.

Here we go!

1.  FAIR WARNING
2.  VAN HALEN
3.  VAN HALEN II
4.  WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST
5.  DIVER DOWN
6.  1984
7.  A DIFFERENT KIND OF TRUTH (I love that these songs are mostly from Seventies demos!  A KICK ASS RECORD!)

ALL DAVID LEE ROTH BABY!!!

8.  5150
9.  F.U.C.K.
10. BALANCE
11. OU8APOO?
12. VAN HALEN III  (Gary was a bad hire. An "EXTREME" mistake.)  LOL!! VAN HALEN III should have been a three piece with Michael Anthony on lead vocals and bass instead.

Edited by RUSHHEAD666, 26 March 2020 - 12:02 AM.


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Posted 26 March 2020 - 09:38 AM

1. Fair Warning
2. Van Halen II
3a. Van Halen (The debut, WaCF and 1984 all swap places depending on which one I'm listening to at the time, so here I'll just list them in order of release)
3b. Women and Children First
3c. 1984
6. Diver Down (DD loses points ONLY because it has too many covers.  Great ones, no doubt, but still . . . )
7. 5150
8. For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge
9. OU812
10.Balance
11. A Different Kind of Truth (If this had been recorded in 1985, with Michael Anthony on bass, or when most of the songs were written, it would vault ahead of the Hagar albums.  But Dave was well past his prime in 2012).
12. Van Halen III (This is NOT Cherone's fault.  The songs are not good for the most part).

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Posted 26 March 2020 - 10:16 AM

Fair Warning
VH I
VH II
WACF
1984
Diver Down
A Different Kind of Truth
5150
For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge
OU812
Balance
VH III

It's funny how Fair Warning is near the top of almost everyone's list and yet it sold the least at that point in their career & had a lukewarm reception from the critics.

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Posted 26 March 2020 - 04:26 PM

1. VH I
2. Fair Warning
3. VH II
4. 1984
5. Diver Down :P
6. Women And Children First
7. 5150
8. A Different Kind Of Truth
9. F.U.C.K.
10. OU812
11. Balance
12. VH III (only VH album I didn't bother buying)

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Posted 27 March 2020 - 08:27 PM

View PostTurbine Freight, on 26 March 2020 - 10:16 AM, said:

Fair Warning
VH I
VH II
WACF
1984
Diver Down
A Different Kind of Truth
5150
For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge
OU812
Balance
VH III

It's funny how Fair Warning is near the top of almost everyone's list and yet it sold the least at that point in their career & had a lukewarm reception from the critics.

Jonny!!  I know!!

Not only is it my number one but it's right after "Hemispheres" dude on my top five list:


HEMISPHERES
FAIR WARNING
BREAKER
INVASION OF YOUR PRIVACY
AGENTS OF FORTUNE


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Posted 29 March 2020 - 04:19 PM

1. Van Halen I
2. Fair Warning
3. Women and Children First
4. VH II
5. 1984

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Posted 29 March 2020 - 06:00 PM

Van Halen
Fair Warning
Woman and children first
1984
VH 2
Diver Down
A different kind of truth
5150
Balance
f**k
OU812
VH 3

I think Balance is underrated.. it has a dark vibe to it

Edited by Xanadoood, 29 March 2020 - 06:01 PM.


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Posted 29 March 2020 - 09:44 PM

View PostXanadoood, on 29 March 2020 - 06:00 PM, said:

Van Halen
Fair Warning
Woman and children first
1984
VH 2
Diver Down
A different kind of truth
5150
Balance
f**k
OU812
VH 3

I think Balance is underrated.. it has a dark vibe to it

I totally agree with you on "Balance."

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Posted 29 March 2020 - 09:45 PM

View PostRick N. Backer, on 26 March 2020 - 09:38 AM, said:

1. Fair Warning
2. Van Halen II
3a. Van Halen (The debut, WaCF and 1984 all swap places depending on which one I'm listening to at the time, so here I'll just list them in order of release)
3b. Women and Children First
3c. 1984
6. Diver Down (DD loses points ONLY because it has too many covers.  Great ones, no doubt, but still . . . )
7. 5150
8. For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge
9. OU812
10.Balance
11. A Different Kind of Truth (If this had been recorded in 1985, with Michael Anthony on bass, or when most of the songs were written, it would vault ahead of the Hagar albums.  But Dave was well past his prime in 2012).
12. Van Halen III (This is NOT Cherone's fault.  The songs are not good for the most part).

Excellent point on "Truth."  I really love "Eat Em And Smile" and "Skyscraper" though.  Saw both tours.  Incredible.

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Posted 29 March 2020 - 10:00 PM

View PostRUSHHEAD666, on 29 March 2020 - 09:44 PM, said:

View PostXanadoood, on 29 March 2020 - 06:00 PM, said:

Van Halen
Fair Warning
Woman and children first
1984
VH 2
Diver Down
A different kind of truth
5150
Balance
f**k
OU812
VH 3

I think Balance is underrated.. it has a dark vibe to it

I totally agree with you on "Balance."

Don’t tell me what love can do, feelin and the twister soundtrack tune humans being are darkish  tunes for VH, and I liked that direction they were going in, but that was the end for Sammy

Edited by Xanadoood, 29 March 2020 - 10:01 PM.


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Posted 29 March 2020 - 10:02 PM

View PostXanadoood, on 29 March 2020 - 10:00 PM, said:

View PostRUSHHEAD666, on 29 March 2020 - 09:44 PM, said:

View PostXanadoood, on 29 March 2020 - 06:00 PM, said:

Van Halen
Fair Warning
Woman and children first
1984
VH 2
Diver Down
A different kind of truth
5150
Balance
f**k
OU812
VH 3

I think Balance is underrated.. it has a dark vibe to it

I totally agree with you on "Balance."

Don’t tell me what love can do, feelin and the twister soundtrack tune humans being are darkish  tunes for VH, and I liked that direction they were going in, but that was the end for Sammy

I absolutely love "Humans Being."





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