Van Halen, Fair Warning (1981)
The first six Van Halen albums – or fuck off! (Actually, I’m gonna say the first seven…controversial perhaps, but that’s where I’m at). The best of this band is never far from my ears but I recently worked through the whole catalogue in chronological order. Yes, the wheels fall off big time toward the end (or in the middle if you’re really not into “Van Hagar”) but the revelation this time around was just how great all of the early stuff is. Some albums are better than others of course – but I found myself super blown away by 1979-1982. The band just on fire. Even more so live of course. Terrific band. One of the best. One of the very, very best. Ever. End of story.
Sample Track: Mean Street
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