Doing a 180: Four More Van Halen Reissues
If your memory stretches all the way back to the end of March, you may recall how we released the first wave of our Van Halen vinyl reissues - which consisted of the band's self-titled debut and 1984 - simultaneously with their first-ever live album with David Lee Roth, Tokyo Dome Live in Concert. At that time, we assured you that the remainder of the Roth-era catalog would be getting the 180-gram vinyl reissue treatment sooner than later.
Guess what, kids? “Sooner” is today!
Yes, that's right: you can now enjoy the pristine sound of the four remaining Van Halen albums from Diamond Dave's '70s and '80s heyday with the band on glorious vinyl. If you're not up on your VH discography - and, look, if you're getting old and just can't quite remember all of the titles anymore, it's cool, it happens to all of us - that means Van Halen II (1979), Women and Children First (1980), Fair Warning (1981), and Diver Down (1982). That's a whole lot of kick-ass rock, but the best part is that if you listen to them in chronological order, you'll get the best of all possible closing tracks: the band's cover of “Happy Trails.”
Want us to sum it up in a single sentence? Here you go: if you thought Ted Templeman's production sounded crisp and clear before, wait 'til you hear it sounds now.