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    THE FAIR WARNING REVIEW!!!!

    Although Van Halen were enjoying an enormous amount of commercial success by 1981, not all was happy in the VH camp. While the public believed that the euphoric, party-hearty antics of their live show spilled into their personal lives, this proved not to be case. Edward Van Halen was feeling frustrated due to the group's unwillingness to branch out musically as much as he desired, resulting in the group's darkest album, Fair Warning. Unlike Van Halen's other Roth-era albums, not a single party anthem was included - in its place was an unmistakable feeling of strife and friction, both lyrically and musically. The album opener, "Mean Street," contains a furious guitar intro by Eddie, before leading into one of VH's funkiest grooves. While the mood is eased from time to time throughout ("Dirty Movies," "Hear About It Later," "Push Comes to Shove"), the album is simply an unapologetic ass-kicker — "Sinner's Swing!," "Unchained," "So This Is Love?," and "One Foot Out the Door" capture the band at their red-hot fiercest. Along with their self-titled debut and 1984, Fair Warning is an undisputed Van Halen masterpiece. — Greg Prato
    This is home, this is Mean Street!<br /><br /><b><br />Then one year you find ten years have gotten behind, no one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun. - Pink Floyd, Time</b><br /><br />"Everyone knows that Van Halen with Roth is the only real Van Halen."- Mike Tramp<br /><br /><a href="http://www.vhforums.com/vhlforum/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic;f=12;t=001366&p=66#00 1635" target="_blank"> OBEY THE DFK!!</a>

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    elwood why did you quote the whole story?
    This is home, this is Mean Street!<br /><br /><b><br />Then one year you find ten years have gotten behind, no one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun. - Pink Floyd, Time</b><br /><br />"Everyone knows that Van Halen with Roth is the only real Van Halen."- Mike Tramp<br /><br /><a href="http://www.vhforums.com/vhlforum/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic;f=12;t=001366&p=66#00 1635" target="_blank"> OBEY THE DFK!!</a>

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    Originally posted by Mean_Street:
    the album is simply an unapologetic ass-kicker

    Fair Warning is an undisputed Van Halen masterpiece. — Greg Prato
    Period. End of story.
    "One of the reasons I left Sabbath was because Van Halen was blowing us off the stage every night. It was embarrassing." -Ozzy Osbourne

    "When I first heard "Runnin' With The Devil" on the radio, I was stunned and found myself dizzy, walking through my high school hallways thinking, "What was THAT?!"
    Eddie Van Halen was so innovative and kicked so much ass, and David Lee Roth was for a time indisputably the Greatest Man in America.
    If aliens came down and challenged us to a Battle of the Bands to decide the fate of Planet Earth, I would feel very confident putting early Van Halen forward as our champion." -Tom Morello

    "A lot of bands mature, which means they get square; they start delivering messages. Hey, you got a message, use Western Union." -DLR

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    Originally posted by Mean_Street:
    THE FAIR WARNING REVIEW!!!!

    Although Van Halen were enjoying an enormous amount of commercial success by 1981, not all was happy in the VH camp. While the public believed that the euphoric, party-hearty antics of their live show spilled into their personal lives, this proved not to be case. Edward Van Halen was feeling frustrated due to the group's unwillingness to branch out musically as much as he desired, resulting in the group's darkest album, Fair Warning. Unlike Van Halen's other Roth-era albums, not a single party anthem was included - in its place was an unmistakable feeling of strife and friction, both lyrically and musically. The album opener, "Mean Street," contains a furious guitar intro by Eddie, before leading into one of VH's funkiest grooves. While the mood is eased from time to time throughout ("Dirty Movies," "Hear About It Later," "Push Comes to Shove"), the album is simply an unapologetic ass-kicker — "Sinner's Swing!," "Unchained," "So This Is Love?," and "One Foot Out the Door" capture the band at their red-hot fiercest. Along with their self-titled debut and 1984, Fair Warning is an undisputed Van Halen masterpiece. — Greg Prato

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    Fair Warning ONE OF THE BEST ALBUMS EVER!!!
    End of Story.
    "I could call it anything, but the only word I can think of is Brown. It's just a warm sound. Warm, big, majestic" - Eddie Van Halen on his Tone

    "Van Halen is definitely a ladies band, and I´ve got the Polaroids to prove it". - David Lee Roth

    WOLFGANG did the IMPOSSIBLE, he brought back VAN HALEN, DEAL WITH IT.

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    i know its my favorite..!!
    HERES ANOTHER REVIEW FROM CDNOW.COM
    The name Van Halen automatically makes some people puke, but they are, simply put, one of the best at what they do - which is to churn out bone-crushing heavy metal of the highest order. Some of the lyrics might be geared to the mind of a luded-out, mixed-up kid - this is not pretty stuff - but what puts across the music is the excitement that the band puts into its efforts. Even if Eddie Van Halen's guitar playing on the hardest rockers might be headache-producing material to some, its sure closer to the rock and roll spirit than the sterile electronic music sweeping dance floors today, or the mushy, formula rock found on the charts. And - get this - it's got a good beat and ya can dance to some of it.
    This is home, this is Mean Street!<br /><br /><b><br />Then one year you find ten years have gotten behind, no one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun. - Pink Floyd, Time</b><br /><br />"Everyone knows that Van Halen with Roth is the only real Van Halen."- Mike Tramp<br /><br /><a href="http://www.vhforums.com/vhlforum/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic;f=12;t=001366&p=66#00 1635" target="_blank"> OBEY THE DFK!!</a>

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    I'm sorry.. and heres another one from cdnow THIS ONE IS BETTER THAN THE LAST ONE I POSTED
    Now this is what Van Halen is all about! Not that sad, wussy facsimile pawned off on us with Sammy Hagar by some pathetic carnival barker. There is no real VH without David Lee Roth, just as there is no Pittsburgh Penguins without Mario Lemeuix. This is rock and roll as the father envisioned it.

    How can you not enjoy a hard-rockin' fun fest that features the finest guitar player in all of rock, and one of music's most engaging and commanding vocalists? The technologically updated "Mean Street" is a party in a jewel case. Crazy props go to Chris Bellman, who introduced a new sonic dimension to the album with its superior remastering.

    For all of the power that they display, Van Halen has a remarkable history of churning out concise, crystal-clear sound, where every chord cleanly hits the speakers as intended. One good example is "Hear About it Later." The driving groove stays audibly fat yet allows for the range of Eddie Van Halen's guitar to shine through with the attention it demands.

    The title track is a major display of the beauty that can result when a powerball of testosterone crashes into a pile of instruments. The orchestration is thoroughly enjoyable. Van Halen even delves into pseudo-disco pop (on "Push Comes to Shove") without disrupting the flow of the album. The trademark yet always enjoyable guitar solos find their way onto this song and every track on the effort, for that matter.

    Of course the classic "So This is Love?" increases the heart rate in the expected VH tradition. The drums bang so crisp here that I can't stand it. I also love the dark and sinister "Sunday Afternoon in the Park" as it morphs into "One Foot Out the Door." I'm giving you a "fair warning": This album will kick your ass ... but you'll like it.

    Dave Scarpello (aka Funk Wizard Snow) is a product and services specialist for CDNOW's Customer Service Department.

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    This is home, this is Mean Street!<br /><br /><b><br />Then one year you find ten years have gotten behind, no one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun. - Pink Floyd, Time</b><br /><br />"Everyone knows that Van Halen with Roth is the only real Van Halen."- Mike Tramp<br /><br /><a href="http://www.vhforums.com/vhlforum/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic;f=12;t=001366&p=66#00 1635" target="_blank"> OBEY THE DFK!!</a>

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    From all the reviews I read or I hear the one that really stands above all of them is from my ears, when I listen to a new album. Some of the people that review albums are not familiar with the music or their tastes are totally different so ususally I don't pay attention to them.
    I trust my ears and my feelings.
    Sometimes I laugh of what I read, sometimes I get angry, sometimes I agreee, but usually I don't pay attention to them.
    My opinion. [img]smile.gif[/img]
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    WOLFGANG did the IMPOSSIBLE, he brought back VAN HALEN, DEAL WITH IT.

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    Originally posted by Mean_Street:
    elwood why did you quote the whole story?
    Sorry, my damn computer crashed as I was about to make a statement. What I was going to say was . . . While I agree that it's a masterpiece, I don't really think you can call it a "dark" album as the reviewer did. Not with stuff like "So This Is Love", "Dirty Movies", "Hear about It Later", etc., etc. Even "Sinner's Swing" is a party tune.

    I remember Dave making a statement years ago as to why he/they didn't iclude the printed lyrics w/the album. He said he didn't want people to get too wrapped up in interpreting his lyrics, he thought you should just enjoy the songs for what they were. So I don't think he intended it to be a "Dark" album any more than their other stuff..
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    Originally posted by Mean_Street:
    elwood why did you quote the whole story?
    Sorry, my damn computer crashed as I was about to make a statement. What I was going to say was . . . While I agree that FW is a masterpiece, I don't think you could call it a "dark" album as the reviewer does. Not with stuff like "So This Is Love", "Dirty Movies", "Hear about It Later". Even "Sinner's Swing " is a party tune.

    I remember Dave making a statement years ago as to why he/VH didn't include the printed lyrics with each of their albums. (That started w/Sammy) He said he didn't want anyone to get wrapped up in "interpreting" any of his lyrics. Just enjoy the songs. for what they were. Not social commentary, just Rock-n-Roll. Good attitude, Dave!
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    Originally posted by Elwood P.:
    He said he didn't want anyone to get wrapped up in "interpreting" any of his lyrics. Just enjoy the songs. for what they were. Not social commentary, just Rock-n-Roll. Good attitude, Dave![/QB]
    A-fucking-men! This is exactly why Dave is the man, and one of the main reasons the first six albums are pure magic. They're just flat-out rock-n-roll, just like they should be! None of that Ballot Or The Bullet political crap, for example. It's just like one of Dave's famous quotes says: "A lot of bands mature, which means they get square; they start delivering messages. Hey, you got a message, use Western Union." I love it. All I can say to that is once again ... Amen. [img]graemlins/thumb.gif[/img]
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    "When I first heard "Runnin' With The Devil" on the radio, I was stunned and found myself dizzy, walking through my high school hallways thinking, "What was THAT?!"
    Eddie Van Halen was so innovative and kicked so much ass, and David Lee Roth was for a time indisputably the Greatest Man in America.
    If aliens came down and challenged us to a Battle of the Bands to decide the fate of Planet Earth, I would feel very confident putting early Van Halen forward as our champion." -Tom Morello

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    Wolfie3, YOU THE MAN!! Couldn't have said it better about why I love Dave's lyrics and delivery so much! [img]graemlins/thumb.gif[/img]
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    Originally posted by Mean_Street:


    The title track is a major display of the beauty that can result when a powerball of testosterone crashes into a pile of instruments. Dave Scarpello (aka Funk Wizard Snow) is a product and services specialist for CDNOW's Customer Service Department.

    Dave Scarpello
    The "title track" of Fair Warning? what is that, pray tell? [img]graemlins/sleep.gif[/img]
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    Nah whose that babe with the fabulous shadow??

    She looks so fucking good so sexy and so frail...

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    fair warning rocks!

 

 

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