Editors’ Notes When you’re talking all-time greatest slabs of hard rock party music, Van Halen’s debut is right up there with the best of them. Young Diamond Dave is a samurai on the mic—twirling, somersaulting, and slicing through the humongous sound with brilliant theater. Eddie Van Halen is innovation incarnate; on rippers “Runnin’ With the Devil,” “Jamie’s Cryin’,” and “Ice Cream Man,” the guitarist’s coldly precise harmonics transform post-Hendrix licks and riffs into the ecstatic shrieks of alien robots. “Eruption,” his mind-bending solo piece, represents an entirely new language in feedback, distortion, and technique.
Runnin' with the Devil
You Really Got Me
Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love
I'm the One
Feel Your Love Tonight
Ice Cream Man
11 Songs, 35 Minutes
February 10, 1978
℗ 1978 Warner Records Inc. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, A Warner Music Group Company.
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