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    Cool Van Halen non instrumental sound effects

    There are some cool non instrumental sound effects on Van Halen records, off the top of my head the following comes to mind. Do you know others?

    - Running With The Devil, the intro is the car horns on Alex's Volvo run backward.

    - Panama, Edwards Lamborghini gassing sounds during the ease the seat back segment.

    - Big Fat Money, ends with the sound of a coin dancing on a table

    - Dirty Water Dog, during intro Ed is making rythm with a stick browsing a pavement.

    I am sure there must be others, i.e. what is that wacked sound in the intro of Tora Tora?
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    In the background of 'Could this be Magic' you can hear rain or a running shower?
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    A little more volume in the headphones please.

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    I read that the begining of "Hot For Teacher" before the drums kick in, its the sound of Al's Harley ideling then you can hear the drums.

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    What about that thing at the beginning of "Poundcake"??? (Excuse me if I don't Know the exact word : I'm French Canadian and my English is not perfect )
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chicoutimi CP
    What about that thing at the beginning of "Poundcake"??? (Excuse me if I don't Know the exact word : I'm French Canadian and my English is not perfect )
    That's Eddie revving a drill (power tool) on his guitar strings
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    Quote Originally Posted by InTheBeginning
    In the background of 'Could this be Magic' you can hear rain or a running shower?
    I remember that story, they had the studiodoor open when recording CTBM and unintentionelly the sound of the rain pooring down outside was caugth on tape. They thought it sounded cool and kept it on the recording.

    Also remembered the munk quire sound in the beginning of Seventh Seal to be on the list.
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    How 'bout those wind-chimes on the Balance album. You can hear them in a couple of spots, but mostly before "Deja Vu."

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    The pick slide coming into Without You

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    There's the dog barking towards the end of "Balutchetherium"(sp).
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    Quote Originally Posted by chefcraig
    There's the dog barking towards the end of "Balutchetherium"(sp).
    if you listen to this song with headphones, toward the end you can hear insects sounds flying from one ear to the other. its near the dog bark. Also the famous elephant noises can be heard here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by White Lightning
    The pick slide coming into Without You
    In addition, I thought I read somewhere that Eddie said he used a quarter as a pick for that intro. I could be wrong...

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    RWTD after the second chorus, there's a slide whistle. Some people may argue that a slide whistle is a wind instrument, but these days I think it's more of a sound effect.
    A little more volume in the headphones please.

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    Mikey's bass on Up For Breakfast and Learning To See
    A little more volume in the headphones please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elephantcall
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    I am sure there must be others, i.e. what is that wacked sound in the intro of Tora Tora?
    Those are backward stuffs. Edward Van Halen first played it with a wind sound and then he got the dive bomb effect or something similar.
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    How's 'bout the beer bottle skittering on the floor on HFT?
    A little more volume in the headphones please.

 

 

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