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  • Van Halen I, II, & Women and Children First

    10 22.73%
  • Fair Warning

    18 40.91%
  • Diver Down

    2 4.55%
  • 1984

    10 22.73%
  • 5150

    4 9.09%
  • OU812

    1 2.27%
  • For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge

    1 2.27%
  • Balance

    4 9.09%
  • Van Halen III

    2 4.55%
  • A Different Kind of Truth

    0 0%
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    There are lots of high notes (no pun intended) in EVH's career. I can't count the number of times I listened to something, with a look of "do what!?!?" on my face.

    Granted, up until very recently, I had never picked up a guitar. Even so, who could figure out what was going on the first time they had heard the intro to Poundcake? Or what about the first time you had heard the intro to Mean Streets?

    Looking at an album as a single stream of thought, which of Van Halen's albums reflect the pinnacle of EVH's creativity?

    I'm voting for III, yet if III never came to be, I would vote for Fair Warning.

    III has it's issues; I didn't care for the way Cherone sang on the record, and there are a couple of songs that should never have been put on that album. Even so, to me, III is the album where EVH let loose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by evhintexas View Post
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    Our hearts' are with you Wolf, Al, and Janie; blessings upon you all.

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    I agree with III - and also voted for FW since multiple choices are possible.

    As you mentioned, III (and FW) see Ed reaching out and both having very diverse material, with, IMO, the fewest input from other members of the band or a producer that might have streamlined both albums (for better or for worse, that is up to debate).

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    Fair Warning followed by 1984.


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    For me, 5150 showcased Ed unshackled and inspired.

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    Fair Warning.

    Close 2nd is VHI, you have to think of it in the timeframe it was released. No one had heard anything like VHI, great guitarists themselves were thining "how is he doing that?" "is that sped up?" "how many tracks is that?", on and on and on.
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    Yep...VH 1 had Eruption...it had the scorcher I'm the One...the Ice Cream Man solo...the palm scratches on Atomic Punk...that riff on ATBL....then on VH2 Eddie gives us Spanish Fly...he's tapping harmonics all over the album...there's the beautiful intro to Women in Love...the muted pinging harmonics on SGMAD...the weird and wild solo on You're No Good...those softly tapped harmonics in Dance the Night Away...

    Then FW gives us the legendary Mean Street intro...the spaced out tapped Dirty Movies intro...the incredible Hear About it Later intro and solo...the tasty PCTS solo...and the fluid runs in OFOTD...not to mention THE riff for Unchained.

    Then Diver Down with Cathedral and the one handed hammering and volume swells...Little Guitar Intro has him playing both parts at once...Intruder with a beer can as a slide...that great intro to DITS and the riff of Hang em High...! Pretty pretty pretty good!
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    I put 1984 but change my mind to the first 3 albums because of the arguments above. I guess I initially assumed "well the poll poster means after that" even though it was an option to choose from lol.
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    For me it's a close race between VHI and Fair Warning.

    Like DD said, you have to put VHI in the context of the time it was released. No one had heard anything like that before on an electric guitar. And it's not just the tapping and the faux tapping like on the ICM solo. Literally no one had heard anything like that before because he was the only guy playing an electric guitar with a tremolo and a humbucker. That guitar literally did not exist in 1978. I sometimes think that revolution gets overlooked because it is so standard now, but that all originated with Ed.

    Now, on FW you had taken the tapping to the extreme. The Mean Street intro is a whole 'nother ball of wax from Eruption. I see people on YouTube try to play it all the time and no one (myself included) gets it right. Then you've got all the layering on Dirty Movies. Listen to that intro closely, there's like three different guitar parts going on there with tapped harmonics, slide, and standard crunch chords.

    Frankly his creativity was at its peak on all of the six pack, you've got Cathedral on Diver Down and Top Jimmy on 1984.

    Sadly that all stopped on 5150, maybe you could include the Steinberger stuff, but he really stopped experimenting after that. Now, that could be partly a function of he took the instrument as far as it could go, at some point you exhaust the possibilities for doing something new.
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    There is obviously some very creative guitar playing on all 12 of the VH albums. That being said, if VH I had been the only record on which he ever appeared, Eddie Van Halen's legacy would have been cemented.
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    Iím going to say 1984 from a ďcreativelyĒ perspective. That being said, itís hard to pick one album. Every album had something Awesome on it, but 1984 stands out to me as being the most creative. This was the period of time where Eddie was hanging out with Holdsworth, and there are many examples of Holdsworth's influences on Edward (solos on HOP and I'll wait for example). The keyboards, the HFT intro, GGB (as a whole, epic tune), outro to DDL, itís just dripping with creativity.
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    FW is prolly the one, but i voted for I II & WACF.

    What he accomplished on the first four albums is astounding, but there's no way i'd
    choose one album up against three other stone cold classics.

    The progression he made on II alone, is just amazing.
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    1984 for me. More great guitar work plus the introduction of keys into the forefront. It was a perfect balance which is ironic because they didn't name an album Balance until much later.

    It's not my favorite album, but I think it answers the poll question best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VH1986 View Post
    For me, 5150 showcased Ed unshackled and inspired.
    Definitely this one. Using the steinberger guitar and changing the keys during songs was really creative. Also using a low A string on Good Enough was really cool.

 

 

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