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    Quote Originally Posted by Jedi McFly View Post
    I was gonna read the article, but then I thought: "I dig the song, I don't need to know the bullshit that went on behind it."
    It's actually a pretty interesting and telling story. The whole Balance album makes a lot more sense after reading that article.
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    I like the song but Sam's super power screeching makes it tough to listen to nowadays.

    The ranking of the studio records after the article was telling as well. ADKOT ahead of FUCK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PrideofPasadena View Post
    I like the song but Sam's super power screeching makes it tough to listen to nowadays.

    The ranking of the studio records after the article was telling as well. ADKOT ahead of FUCK.
    Sam strained on too much of Balance.

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    I love the song and Balance. There is tension and darkness on the record, but there's fun stuff too.

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    I really like Amsterdam and Aftershock. Those are definitely the two "A" tracks on Balance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by I Coulda Hada VH View Post
    I really like Amsterdam and Aftershock. Those are definitely the two "A" tracks on Balance.
    Seventh Seal and Feelin for me.

    Feelin has, in my opinion, the best solo Ed ever laid down on a song on an album.

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    Quote Originally Posted by I Coulda Hada VH View Post
    It's actually a pretty interesting and telling story. The whole Balance album makes a lot more sense after reading that article.
    Meh, that whole article is just rehashed content from Sam's book and old Ed interviews.

    Nothing new at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by I Coulda Hada VH View Post
    I really like Amsterdam and Aftershock. Those are definitely the two "A" tracks on Balance.
    My favorites on the album.
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    Iíve never understood the notion of Fair Warning being ďdarkĒ. Itís great, classic VH. Great swagger, riffs, grooves. But I donít find anything particularly ďdarkĒ on it.

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    I have never liked the song. Granted during the time of release I was more into grunge, alternative rock but I always took on it as VH trying to play down to the level of musicianship in those types of bands. It never seemed like VH to me. Its grown a little bit but pales in comparison to Aftershock, 7th and others.

    I am assuming based on the interview that Sammy probably did the vocals for Big Fat Money with Bruce in Vancouver. Due to the tensions in the band, I can't see Eddie allowing that one to slip through his drunken haze.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ziggysmalls View Post
    I have never liked the song. Granted during the time of release I was more into grunge, alternative rock but I always took on it as VH trying to play down to the level of musicianship in those types of bands. It never seemed like VH to me. Its grown a little bit but pales in comparison to Aftershock, 7th and others.

    I am assuming based on the interview that Sammy probably did the vocals for Big Fat Money with Bruce in Vancouver. Due to the tensions in the band, I can't see Eddie allowing that one to slip through his drunken haze.
    I always thought Don't Tell Me had kind of an Alice in Chains "Man in a Box" vibe to it. Figured it was a result of Ed hanging with Jerry Cantrell back then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MF5150 View Post
    Seventh Seal and Feelin for me.

    Feelin has, in my opinion, the best solo Ed ever laid down on a song on an album.
    Feelin definitely is an all time great solo from Ed, easily the very best of the Sam era. Unfortunately, I can't stand Sam's cliched attempts at being "deep" and his painful wailing during the entire outro makes the last couple minutes of the song unlistenable for me. I also still feel like Alex could've done more on that tune. But, damn, that whole pre-solo breakdown with that awesome riff, then Al comes in with the tight double kick/snare fill, then Alex locks in with basically the same beat he does during the HOP solo and Mike is locked in, and that solo just BLAZES.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bjk View Post
    I’ve never understood the notion of Fair Warning being “dark”. It’s great, classic VH. Great swagger, riffs, grooves. But I don’t find anything particularly “dark” on it.
    The lyrics to Mean Street are kind of dark.

    I think the album cover kind of lends people to get that vibe. But there's nothing dark about Unchained or So This is Love?
    The only genre I really know is Van Halen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Get The Show On The Road View Post
    The lyrics to Mean Street are kind of dark.

    I think the album cover kind of lends people to get that vibe. But there's nothing dark about Unchained or So This is Love?
    It's more the subject matter involved on tunes like MS, "Dirty Movies", Sinners, HAIL, OFOTD, and the dark, heavy tones such as Sunday etc. Of course, it's all done with the swagger, flair, and stellar musicianship of CVH.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Hampshire View Post
    I think they took parts of Sammy's unofficial chapter 19 and 20 that never made it to his book to make this article. Those two chapters leaked out a long time ago and it's an eye opening read to say the least.
    That's right, I knew it sounded familiar. Been so long since I read those lost book chapters.
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