BALANCE – 19 years ago today

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January 25, 2014 at 9:46 pm Quote #32373

ks34vh
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I remember buying the cd and listening to it at work and someone said to me its over. I find I like it more now than then.


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January 26, 2014 at 2:14 am Quote #32375

PT5150
(5510)

Love Seventh Seal..Sounds like Al is beating on a log for his snare…



EDDIE’S fingers aren’t fingers they are muscle-powered pistons that hammer guitar strings to the fretboard with the force of a rivet gun”.


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January 26, 2014 at 11:57 am Quote #32381

VAiN
(2767)

PT5150: You never knew the Japan cd had the bonus song or never heard Crossing Over??

Listening that song again really makes me wonder what’s hidden away at 5150… It’s definitely one of the stronger hagar tracks – no ‘Wooooo’, ‘baby’ or singing about food/pussy.


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January 26, 2014 at 12:08 pm Quote #32382

guitard
(7354)

VAiN: It’s definitely one of the stronger hagar tracks – no ‘Wooooo’, ‘baby’ or singing about food/pussy.


What’s wrong with songs about pussy??


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January 26, 2014 at 12:54 pm Quote #32386

Cut2TheCrash
(793)

The best performance of this Not Enough by far for me Ed on the solo just sick


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January 26, 2014 at 12:57 pm Quote #32387

VAiN
(2767)

guitard: What’s wrong with songs about pussy??

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fab… if it’s subtle/abstract it’s one thing… when it’s delivered as a horny 13-year old it’s just lame. I present ‘up for breakfast’ as a prime example.


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January 26, 2014 at 1:20 pm Quote #32388

vhrob
(1539)

probably my absolute favorite Sammy era VH album and tour after 5150. Eds playing was razor sharp and his tone was second to none.

I still love that tone the best.

my 2 cents,

Rob


vhtrading member since 2000


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January 26, 2014 at 1:28 pm Quote #32390

VAiN
(2767)

vhrob: probably my absolute favorite Sammy era VH album and tour after 5150.Eds playing was razor sharp and his tone was second to none.

I still love that tone the best.

my 2 cents,

Rob

Definitely a very ‘wet’ sound.. processed, but still pretty natural sound. It’s very big and up-front. Aftershock in particular stands out to me. There’s some nice riffing going on in there.


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January 26, 2014 at 6:22 pm Quote #32395

vhrob
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PT5150: Love Seventh Seal..Sounds like Al is beating on a log for his snare…

this version was ok but damn…… later in the tour when they got more in sync, that song fuckin ROCKED!!!!!!! Eddie was hitting harmonics in the breakdown and did this little ditty at the end fade out of the song that just freaking smoked. I remember in 04 watching him butcher this song thinking, “damn I wish he never played it after Balance.”

Rob


vhtrading member since 2000


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January 26, 2014 at 6:23 pm Quote #32396

vhrob
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VAiN: Definitely a very ‘wet’ sound.. processed, but still pretty natural sound. It’s very big and up-front. Aftershock in particular stands out to me. There’s some nice riffing going on in there.

totally agree with you on that too Vain…. Aftershock had a nice riffing deal happnin


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January 26, 2014 at 7:14 pm Quote #32398

mrmojohalen
(5438)

I’ll save my comments for the 20th anniversary next year.


When you turn on your stereo, does it return the favor?


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January 27, 2014 at 10:25 am Quote #32403

voodoo
(1876)

I liked the production on this one, but I remember being more than a little concerned when I heard a drum solo, a “noise” track (“Strung Out) and then an instrumental on it. Seemed like they were either trying to find filler or they were just bored. For me, Sam’s lyrics were actually more tolerable on this album for the most part.
Seventh Seal was a great song for the era. Cool production and a great sound.
Can’t Stop Loving You is pure Velveeta. It’s a good pop song, but not my favorite VH tune.
Don’t Tell Me was one of those songs that, when it came out, took me several listens to catch on to. Definitely hooks me when the whole band comes in. Shows how even the most simplistic riff can still rock. :)
Amsterdam is a great song, but I think the lyrics are cheesy. I kind of agree with Ed and Al on that.
I love Big Fat Money. All the way around. One of the best Hagar era tunes in my opinion with lots of great guitar work.
Strung Out is still perplexing to me. Why they felt the need to even include it is beyond me.
Not Enough is a nice ballad, but I really think the lyrics were terrible. I guess compared to today’s most popular songs, they’re pure poetry, but they sounded like something a 10 year old would write to me.
Aftershock is badass. Another one of my favorite Hagar era tunes.
Doin’ Time and Baluchiterium were interesting at first, but now, I skip over them both.
Take Me Back is one that I actually still enjoy today. I love the intro throw back to the 70s era, it has a nice clean sound, the lyrics are decent and the bridge is cool. I think this is a nicely done ballad with a rockin’ chorus.
I never understood the fascination with “Feelin’” outside of the guitar solo. I always skipped this one. It always felt choppy to me.
Crossing Over is a cool tune. I used to like to listen to each side of the mix and hear Ed’s take on the drums on one side vs. Al’s version on the other.
I still saw four or five shows on this tour and enjoyed them all. :) Eddie was smokin’ on this tour. Loved his playing in every show I heard or saw live or on bootleg. Seems when Ed was in turmoil, he always seemed to play his best.


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January 27, 2014 at 7:30 pm Quote #32414

VAiN
(2767)

voodoo: I liked the production on this one, but I remember being more than a little concerned when I heard a drum solo, a “noise” track (“Strung Out) and then an instrumental on it. Seemed like they were either trying to find filler or they were just bored. For me, Sam’s lyrics were actually more tolerable on this album for the most part. Seventh Seal was a great song for the era. Cool production and a great sound. Can’t Stop Loving You is pure Velveeta. It’s a good pop song, but not my favorite VH tune. Don’t Tell Me was one of those songs that, when it came out, took me several listens to catch on to. Definitely hooks me when the whole band comes in. Shows how even the most simplistic riff can still rock. :) Amsterdam is a great song, but I think the lyrics are cheesy. I kind of agree with Ed and Al on that. I love Big Fat Money. All the way around. One of the best Hagar era tunes in my opinion with lots of great guitar work. Strung Out is still perplexing to me. Why they felt the need to even include it is beyond me. Not Enough is a nice ballad, but I really think the lyrics were terrible. I guess compared to today’s most popular songs, they’re pure poetry, but they sounded like something a 10 year old would write to me. Aftershock is badass. Another one of my favorite Hagar era tunes. Doin’ Time and Baluchiterium were interesting at first, but now, I skip over them both. Take Me Back is one that I actually still enjoy today. I love the intro throw back to the 70s era, it has a nice clean sound, the lyrics are decent and the bridge is cool. I think this is a nicely done ballad with a rockin’ chorus. I never understood the fascination with “Feelin’” outside of the guitar solo. I always skipped this one. It always felt choppy to me. Crossing Over is a cool tune. I used to like to listen to each side of the mix and hear Ed’s take on the drums on one side vs. Al’s version on the other. I still saw four or five shows on this tour and enjoyed them all. :) Eddie was smokin’ on this tour. Loved his playing in every show I heard or saw live or on bootleg. Seems when Ed was in turmoil, he always seemed to play his best.

I pretty much agree with 100% of this… good analysis!


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January 27, 2014 at 9:25 pm Quote #32418

Dave
(1940)

VAiN: Probably the best sounding album of that era.. Crossing over should have been included on the US release. I saw them a few times on this tour – the best was the S.Florida show. Sam was sick, so he didn’t sing much. The band did extended solos, especially during YRGM… they played the break 1984 style. That was fun to hear.

Is this show available? Released as a bootleg?


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January 29, 2014 at 10:58 am Quote #32458

cabojohnny5150
(37)

for me, this is not only my Fav VH album, this is my favorite album of anything I own. I hated when Sammy joined VH. I was a huge DLR fan. I didn’t buy or listen to a VH cd until I heard Poundcake. I still wasn’t really into them, just liked that song. But for some reason, when me & my wife (we were just recently married) heard Don’t Tell Me What Love Can Do, we both immediately loved it. I recorded it off Mtv and we would play it over and over, in anticipation of the Balance cd coming out. I was at the store the day it was released. Me and my wife played this cd at high volume hundreds of times. (to me this is our cd) some couple have a song, but we have this cd. Everytime I listen to it, it reminds me of us, young, just married, and rocking out. haha. We went to see VH for the first time on that tour. in LA ot the Great Western Forum. We were hooked on VH & Sammy. We saw the tour again in San Bernadino. Since then we have seen Sammy over 80 times, met him about 5 or 6 times, and have had numerous awesome vacations and experiences (all because of this cd) I now LOVE 5150, OU812, & For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge (what was I thinking years ago not listing to them) I do still love DLR and their new and old stuff, but for me & my wife, Balance will always be our favorite cd. My favorite tracks are #1 Don’t Tell Me, #2 Amsterdam, #3 Feelin #4 Not Enough #5 Crossing Over.


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