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  • Van Halen - Van Halen II

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    Quote Originally Posted by JUNGLE DRUMMER View Post
    Agree to disagree with both of you, Jape and 51501984. It's all good. Some prefer polished, some prefer a more raw sound. I think the guitar tones the band had on LTBR and Powerage were by far the best the band ever had. After that was of course still great, but I definitely don't like it as much. And I'd say the guitar tones on LTBR, their ultimate album, were THE very definition of warm and mean. For me, LTBR is AC/DC's WACF.

    As far as Bon's vocals, yes I can see where maybe Mutt pushed him, which is why I probably didn't like it as much as the previous albums. Some of the vocals come across more as just screaming and pushing his voice past where it should've been. Obviously not everywhere on the album, as Bon was still Bon, and he's my second all time favorite rock singer after Dave. But I'm comparing Bon to himself, and I just preferred him on the records before H2H. And maybe it's just my imagination running wild, because we all know what eventually happened, but I've always felt like maybe the booze was starting to affect the way Bon sounded on that record.

    In the end, I still prefer H2H to every AC/DC album that came after, because it still has Bon and his sense of humor and wit in the lyrics and vocals. I love Brian Johnson and how respectful he has always been to Bon's legacy, but he's just no Bon in either the vocals or lyrics.
    On the subject of the Let There Be Rock album it contains my three favorite AC/DC deep cuts with Go Down , Dog Eat Dog and Overdrose
    You may think I`m being mean but I`m really just being sarcastic

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    Quote Originally Posted by 51501984 View Post
    On the subject of the Let There Be Rock album it contains my three favorite AC/DC deep cuts with Go Down , Dog Eat Dog and Overdrose
    Now, there is the album where EVERY track is great. Probably my least favorite tracks are Problem Child and Bad Boy Boogie, but even they're classic.

    And, yes, agreed on the three you mentioned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 51501984 View Post
    Just watch your back

    That "hiss" in the beginning was so cool.

    But, jesus, listen to those guitars in the beginning, naked (like a body in a tomb...).
    Mutt nailed the Young brothers guitar tones to sheer perfection.

    Powerage is my fave DC record, LTBR is great, but the guitars were buzzy, not recorded well,
    and even out of tune (Down Payment Blues, Overdose).

    Those albums have a punky spirit, but tone wise, not in the same ballpark as what Mutt
    achieved on "Highway."

    Check out the beginning to "Shot down in flames," the SG tone is just balanced perfectly,
    the right amount of dirt.
    Graver, Walking Ed, refugee from CVH & proud tone chaser...

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    Quote Originally Posted by japeape View Post
    That "hiss" in the beginning was so cool.

    But, jesus, listen to those guitars in the beginning, naked (like a body in a tomb...).
    Mutt nailed the Young brothers guitar tones to sheer perfection.

    Powerage is my fave DC record, LTBR is great, but the guitars were buzzy, not recorded well,
    and even out of tune (Down Payment Blues, Overdose).

    Those albums have a punky spirit, but tone wise, not in the same ballpark as what Mutt
    achieved on "Highway."

    Check out the beginning to "Shot down in flames," the SG tone is just balanced perfectly,
    the right amount of dirt.
    The "hiss" sounds so evil as does the whole song and Bon ends it with a tribute to Mork from Ork
    You may think I`m being mean but I`m really just being sarcastic

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    I really just wanna know if VHI vs Bat Out Of Hell is next.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 51501984 View Post
    The "hiss" sounds so evil as does the whole song and Bon ends it with a tribute to Mork from Ork
    Because the subject was so dark, the lyrics, i felt Bon threw that on at the end,
    to lighten the tone & say: It's all in fun, folks.

    Thought it was a cool touch.

    I still love the first, WHOAH! in Shot down in flames.

    Who was that?
    Was it Mutt?
    Graver, Walking Ed, refugee from CVH & proud tone chaser...

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    HTH was my introduction to AC/DC. Both those records were probably my most played of that year.

    Love HTH, but, hey....it's VHII! Outta Love, LUTS, Bottoms Up!....I was like...."these guys sound like they're getting even better...if that's possible."
    Then I heard Spanish Fly and said " WTF... is this guy for real?!!!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by PrideofPasadena View Post
    HTH was my introduction to AC/DC. Both those records were probably my most played of that year.

    Love HTH, but, hey....it's VHII! Outta Love, LUTS, Bottoms Up!....I was like...."these guys sound like they're getting even better...if that's possible."
    Then I heard Spanish Fly and said " WTF... is this guy for real?!!!"
    H2H is a perfectly sequenced album, too.
    Every song arrives in the perfect order.

    As much as i love VH, i've always felt they were terrible at sequencing.
    II should have opened with LUTS.
    1984 with HFT.
    Even OU812 was screaming for AFU as it's opener.

    Both FW & WACF were perfect, though, so i'm being a little harsh.
    Diver was good, too.

    Back to Highway...

    The Mutt Lange i love is the early Mutt with H2H, Back in Black & High & Dry.

    "High & Dry" is just an amazing hard rock record, as good as AC/DC, which
    is huge praise.

    The one two punch of Let it Go & Hit and Run, is equal to H2H/Girls got Rhythm.

    That's Mutt perfectly sequencing the tracks.
    Graver, Walking Ed, refugee from CVH & proud tone chaser...

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    VHII for me but for the average rock fan, I think it could go either way.
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    Had to go with HTH,VH II is just to short of an album.
    Dave's VH claim to fame seems to be albums that are barely over the 30 minute mark.

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    Quote Originally Posted by japeape View Post
    H2H is a perfectly sequenced album, too.
    Every song arrives in the perfect order.

    As much as i love VH, i've always felt they were terrible at sequencing.
    II should have opened with LUTS.
    1984 with HFT.
    Even OU812 was screaming for AFU as it's opener.

    Both FW & WACF were perfect, though, so i'm being a little harsh.
    Diver was good, too.

    Back to Highway...

    The Mutt Lange i love is the early Mutt with H2H, Back in Black & High & Dry.

    "High & Dry" is just an amazing hard rock record, as good as AC/DC, which
    is huge praise.

    The one two punch of Let it Go & Hit and Run, is equal to H2H/Girls got Rhythm.

    That's Mutt perfectly sequencing the tracks.
    Yeah, no denying Mutt was in the zone at the time. Love the sound of all of them, too.

    LOL, yeah VH didn't seem to think about song order, sometimes. Mutt was an expert at it.
    I agree, about the one two punches. Those are great examples. Both are classic. I hear the first song... I automatically think of the next.

 

 

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