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    It's FAIR WARNING's birthday today. Born April 29th, 1981.

    Today marks the 35th anniversary of one of the most original and exciting releases of the 1980s. Van Halen's fourth album features more aggressive guitar-oriented material than ever before. Eddie's genius is all over this album...

    Here is the Fair Warning page on VHND. It includes links to DLR's hand-written lyrics sheets, an article on "The Maze" artwork, and the article i wrote about the mystery of the Oakland '81 footage.


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    http://www.vhnd.com/2011/05/02/the-s...bum-cover-art/

    That's pretty interesting about the album cover art. Having the album for so many years, I never really paid attention to the cover art for Fair Warning at all.

    Lots of stuff going on in there. The original painting is pretty twisted


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    What an incredible rock album FW was. It's such a dark and stand alone album from all of the other VH releases. Brilliant music from Ed. I'll go on record and state that I believe FW deserves a place in the Top 10 albums of Rock n Roll, period.

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    I had become a fan in 1980 with WACF, and anxiously awaited the follow-up.

    I'll never forget the feelings of sheer musical bliss when i first heard Mean street, Unchained
    and Hear about it later, pre-release on the radio.
    I could not believe how incredible this "new" (new to me at the time) band was.

    There was always a air of mystery surrounding it.
    I remember i couldn't locate it in the record store, because the album was brown & blended
    in, plus the VH logo/name was in plain type.
    It was in the "new release" rack, but i couldn't see it.

    Something about this album, for me, illustrates this band at their peak.
    It sounded like Eddie had just landed from Mars, i had never heard a guitar
    with such a raw, full, open, aggressive tone before.
    With that tone, nothing masked what his fingers were doing.
    You could hear the command & power, directly wire to wood.

    The entire band was just on fire.
    Roth put in his third brilliant performance, lyrically & vocally.
    He was as unique as Eddie, in many ways.

    There were so many moments on this record:

    The slide in Dirty Movies, the chirps in Sinner's Swing, the drum echo
    at the beginning of Dirty Movies, the ghostly flange sweep at the end
    of Dirty Movies, the weird yet menacing keyboard of One foot out the door,
    the head turning solo in So this is love, the atonal fusion of HAIL, the outro
    to Mean street, the riff underneath the solo in Mean street....

    Lots of little things added up to big things, and made this album sound so
    unique.

    Then the Oakland videos to compliment the package, via Don Kirshner.

    Those videos blew my mind as much as the actual album, which is saying
    a lot.

    There is something about the FW era that could never be surpassed.
    There is a purity to it, a vibe that kind of defines Van Halen for me.


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    Quote Originally Posted by japeape View Post

    The slide in Dirty Movies, the chirps in Sinner's Swing, the drum echo
    at the beginning of Dirty Movies, the ghostly flange sweep at the end
    of Dirty Movies, the weird yet menacing keyboard of One foot out the door,
    the head turning solo in So this is love, the atonal fusion of HAIL, the outro
    to Mean street, the riff underneath the solo in Mean street....
    you forgot to describe something from Push Comes To Shove ;-)

    One of Eddie's top 10 tasty solos

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    I love this record and it is my favorite. The first three were mostly all written before the debut came out so FW was the first time you can feel the impact of the brewing tension in the band. It was dark, powerful, and defiant in spirit. You can't recreate that time again but man what a perfect record to capture that moment in time for the band.

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    One of the most ferocious and mind-blowing guitar solos Eddie Van Halen has ever recorded = One Foot Out the Door.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Darrin Stephens View Post
    I love this record and it is my favorite. The first three were mostly all written before the debut came out so FW was the first time you can feel the impact of the brewing tension in the band. It was dark, powerful, and defiant in spirit. You can't recreate that time again but man what a perfect record to capture that moment in time for the band.
    yeah this one is a masterpiece. a fan favorite so many years later.

    Mike has said it's probably his favorite
    Wolfgang said the same
    Ed and Al said it has some of their best music/songs


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    Quote Originally Posted by thismusicsux View Post
    yeah this one is a masterpiece. a fan favorite so many years later.

    Mike has said it's probably his favorite
    Wolfgang said the same
    Ed and Al said it has some of their best music/songs


    They asked Dave if it was his favorite and he just muttered why the fuck can't I play Stay Frosty live...

    But yeah its fairly unanimous among the band members

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Hausman View Post
    One of the most ferocious and mind-blowing guitar solos Eddie Van Halen has ever recorded = One Foot Out the Door.
    What a way to cap off an amazing record.

    I love how he does the funky double stops as it fades, then switches back to Holdsworth
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    Every tiny morsel of this record is just perfect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thismusicsux View Post
    you forgot to describe something from Push Comes To Shove ;-)

    One of Eddie's top 10 tasty solos
    When he taps those three harmonics, it reminds me of someone turning on three lights.
    I don't know why.

    That solo is IMMENSE.
    IMMENSE.

    Having said that, the one in "So this is love?" is my all time fave.

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    I bought my vinyl a Saturday 05.08.1981.. my best friend said " hey juju, there's the new Van Halen at the drogstore" so we walked then I ran to buy "Fair Warning" i was so excited ! great moment in my life with VH !

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    The fact that i was too young to witness that tour, breaks my heart.

    There is no doubt in my mind that had i seen it, it would forever be the greatest concert
    of my lifetime.

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    The greatest hard rock album ever made.

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