Van Halen «Studio Albums 1978-1984» (2013) – A nicely crafted limited edition box

I have always liked Van Halen, especially those albums with Sammy Hagar as vocalist. For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge and Balance are amongst my most favourite hard rock albums of all-time. For unexplainable reasons, I never got into Van Halen’s David Lee Roth albums, but fortunately, I recently stumbled upon this very nice limited edition box set, which was released in 2013. It includes Van Halen’s first six albums spanning 1976 to 1984 – effectively the David Lee Roth-era – and contains some of their best known songs including Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love, Runnin’ With The Devil, Jump, Dance The Night Away, Unchained, Everybody Wants Some, Hot For Teacher and Panama. [1]

This collection comes in a clamshell box that houses the albums Van Halen (1978), Van Halen II (1979), Women & Children First (1980), Fair Warning (1981), Diver Down (1982), and 1984 (1984). The CDs are inserted in the usual card vinyl replica jackets and the price is more than fair. I payed less than $30 for the new, still-wrapped box, which makes it less than $5 per CD.

Apparently the record company only made one production run. Therefore, get it as long as you can. I am definitely enjoying catching up on the early days of Van Halen.

Sebastiano Mereu

YouTuber + host of the #FHTZ online music show with co-producer @simonkurt + marketing & digital content producer + university lecturer