1984 180-gram RTI Vinyl LP
Van Halen's 1984 masterpiece was David Lee Roth's final studio recording as frontman for the band - Diamond Dave went out with a monumental bang! The ultimately ten-times platinum recording boasts signature Van Halen classics including "Panama", "Hot For Teacher", "I'll Wait", and "Jump". "Every song hits harder than expected," wrote Rolling Stone, "until by album's end you're convinced that, despite all the bluster, Van Halen is one of the smartest, toughest bands in rock & roll."
- Mastered from the Original Analog Master Tapes by Kevin Grey at Acoustech Mastering, using Half-Speed Mastering for superior sound
- Pressed on high quality 180 gram (180g) weight vinyl for longer life and superior sound
- Features all original artwork & packaging
- Premium vinyl pressing HQ-180
Most experts agree that the richness and depth of the original master tapes is truly captured only on vinyl. This sounds better than both the original vinyl, and the remastered CD. This baby is worth buying a turntable for!
Van Halen 1984 Track Listing:
Drop Dead Legs
Hot for Teacher
Girl Gone Bad
House of Pain
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About 1984 by Van Halen:
You've never had it made so easily. And no, your homework was never quite like this. And, yes, we can say that you'll definitely be runnin' a little hot tonight after grabbing this celebratory reissue. Why? Van Halen's 1984 is a blockbuster in every sense of the term, a record of limitless energy, crafty tunes, and one of the most ideal mixes of catchy pop and intense hard rock ever created. It's no wonder that the album has sold more than 10 million copies in the U.S. alone and established the sonic precedent for the decade's pop and rock that followed.
Coming on the heels of two records on which Van Halen engaged in a slight power struggle, with David Lee Roth leaning in favor of spritzy pop and bacchanalian shtick and Eddie Van Halen preferring more complex material, 1984 bridges the two disciplines and also brings to the table the most cohesive, consistent, and celebratory original songs the quartet ever devised. The melodies, choruses, riffs, and accents here are the stuff of legend. Hear a snippet of "Jump," constructed entirely around Eddie's synthesizer parts, the speedy boogie of "Hot For Teacher," rumbling engine-revving pulse of "Panama," or dramatic flow of "I'll Wait," and be hooked for life.
While this 180g LP can't give you the hot-rod car Diamond Dave cruised around in during the era or Eddie's striped red Kramer guitar, it basically provides everything else. Once the needle drops, Van Halen enters your room. And we're talking the cool edition of Van Halen, the boys playing around, clad in retro tuxedos, white gloves, and black sunglasses while dancing about in comedic and clever MTV videos that became a staple of the channel's most dominant period. Admit it: Who wasn't hot for teacher after watching that clip? Now, bring the memories and pleasures that much nearer to reality.
Mastered by Kevin Gray from the original analog master tapes and pressed at RTI, Rhino's 180g LP brings brings the dynamics, edginess, and punch of the music into laser-sharp focus. Never before has the engine noise of Eddie's Lamborghini on "Panama" or the synthesizer airiness of the introductory "1984" sounded so lifelike. Never before has Roth's baritone, sensual rasp, and unique screams sounded more lively or persuasive. Then, of course, there's the classic and then-controversial album art, in full resolution. You can't lose.