My Entire Van Halen Bootleg Audio Collection: 1 New Show Per Week

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July 10, 2012 at 7:58 am Quote #16866


I have decided to upload my entire Van Halen audio collection. A new show will be added every week via dropbox. Due to limited space, a show will only be available for 1-2 weeks.

July 10, 2012 at 8:07 am Quote #16867


The first show is:

Van Halen
Tokyo, Japan
Analog Master>DAT(2)>CDR(2)
01 On Fire (
02 I’m The One (
03 Bass Solo (
04 Runnin’ With The Devil (
05 Atomic Punk (
06 Little Dreamer (
07 Last Night (
08 Feel Your Love Tonight (
09 Ain’t Talkin”Bout Love (
10 Ice Cream Man (
11 Somebody Get Me A Doctor (
12 Guitar Solo (
13 You Really Got Me (
14 D.O.A. (
15 Bottoms Up! (

Md5 info (
Show details (

Just left click on the url to download each file.

July 10, 2012 at 11:25 am Quote #16877


Nice….got this one, but if I didn’t, would have loved this.

The poor folks play for keeps down here…They’re the living dead. Nobody rules these streets at night like Van Halen!!

July 10, 2012 at 3:02 pm Quote #16887


Nice idea…gives everyone something to look forward to each week!

July 10, 2012 at 4:22 pm Quote #16892


Very cool of you, new members and people without this collection will love this

July 10, 2012 at 4:35 pm Quote #16893


Here is another one (on a side note, I love Angel Eyes. Part of the song was used during my wedding):

Cherokee Demos
Cherokee Studios, Chatworth, CA
JSwetts Remaster

Soundboard>Unknown Gen Tape>Remaster>CDR>EAC>WAV>FLAC

These are rumored to be from 1973, but are most likely 1974 based on the timeline of the band’s development. It is also rumored that Mark Stone was on the bass, but interviews place Michael Anthony in the band as early as 1972, so it is unlikely. Another story says that when Michael Anthony joined the band, they handed him this tape and told him to learn the songs. David Lee Roth plays guitar on “Angel Eyes”

4. Angel Eyes
5. Believe Me
6. Simple Rhyme
7. Take Your Whiskey Home

This should be the link for all the shows from now on:

July 11, 2012 at 2:24 am Quote #16907


very nice idea. i’ve picked up tons of VH audio this year…but will be nice to grab some more. thanks!!

July 11, 2012 at 4:49 am Quote #16910


Here is something slightly different:

Alan Holdsworth Eddie Van Halen MI, Hollywood 1982 AUD

Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA.

I’m getting rid of my old cassettes, and I found something pretty unique that may interest a few fans of both guitarists, even if only for historic value, so here it is!

I can’t remember the exact date for this recording. Alan Holdsworth was invited to do a clinic at the Musician’s Institute, and Eddie Van Halen joined in for the two last songs.

Alan did talk and answered questions from the crowd, but I didn’t record this part of the event.

I made the recording, so what you get is a direct copy of the master cassette (that has never been shared or even been played since then).

This is an audience recording, made with good portable equipment for the time, and I think the quality is nice (check the sample).

There’s a blank at 6:30 into track 2 because of a tape flip. I also noticed two glitches somewhere else on the tape, but I can’t find them right now.

At the time, Jeff Berlin was teaching at the Musician’s Institute. He may be the bass player here, but I can’t remember for sure, as I didn’t write anything on the tape. I’m not sure it’s his tone here, but then who else?

Also, as I was a little short on tape or batteries (or both), I didn’t record any of the talking and introductions. Some off the applause wher abruptly cut, so I just added a little fade-out, but you basically get what’s on the tape.

This short concert happened around the time the Road Games album was recorded.

About the songs, to me the whole thing sounds like an improvised jam, but please help if you know any of the song’s titles.

Track 1
Track 2
Track 3 Drumset Solo
Track 4
Track 5
Track 6

TT: 47:15

Alan Holdsworth – El. Guitar
Gary Husband – Drumset
(maybe) Jeff Berlin – El. Bass
Eddie Van Hallen – El. Guitar

Sony TCD5 with cardioid microphones > TDK Type I Cassette > Edirol R-09HR -> Copied from the SD card on a Mac > Edited and normalized with Peak on a Mac > Flac level 8 with Toast.

::: AR ::: 2008 07 15

July 11, 2012 at 6:43 am Quote #16914


And another one:

Van Halen
Magic Mountain 1977
Format: Compact Disc (CD-R)
Label: The Atomic Punks
Source: Six Flags Magic Mountain, Valencia California, October 1977
original cdr~eac~wav~flac

On Fire 4:57
One More Time 4:12
Running With The Devil 4:05
Atomic Punk 3:06
Ain’t Talking ‘Bout Love 4:37
Loss Of Control 3:47
No More Waiting 3:54
Eruption 2:44
Feel Your Love Tonight 4:06
Show Your Love (I’m The One) 4:32
Summertime Blues 6:00
Angel Eyes 3:04
Take Your Wiskey Home 3:55
In A Simple Rhyme 3:48

This is a professionally done CD-R. The disc itself is silk-screened maroon with the words “Magic Mountain” printed in bold letters. The liner notes on this disc are printed on very high quality glossy paper. Quality comparable to “That’s All Folks!”
The front cover is a picture of Dave and Ed on stage in front of a red, black, and white guitar pattern.
The inside front is a picture of all four band members.
The inside back is a picture of Eddie (looks like he’s in the studio) with his guitar in the middle of a story from someone who was at the concert that day, claiming to have been really messed up from “many bong tokes”!! He also goes on to describe the entire disc. An interesting note is at the bottom of this story in fine print is: “Buyer Beware: If this cd booklet looks like a cheap Xerox copy, don’t buy it. The CD should be a high quality CDR with a real CD like booklet.”
The under disc tray art is a picture of Eddie and Alex on Yamaha dirt bikes.
The back is a picture of all four members hanging around a Cadillac stretch limo in front of a pharmacy. Above it is a listing of the songs in red.
The sound is excellent for a 22 year old recording. All the instruments come through nice and clear. At times there is some slight feedback during the show, but none takes away from enjoying the show.
Track 2 is noted on the artwork as “Unreleased By VH, Only known Live Version”, a very fast rocking song.
Track 6 is noted on the artwork as “Earliest Live Version Of Song From Women & Childern First”.
Track 7 is noted on the artwork as “Unreleased By VH, Only Known Live Version On Soundboard”. This is really “Show No Mercy” and the intro is the same as “Take Me Back(Deja Vu)” from “Balance”.
Track 11 is noted on the artwork as “Rare Cover, Earliest Known Live version By VH”. There is too much bass on this one song.
Track 12 “Angel Eyes” is an absolutely beautiful acoustic song by Dave. Not your typical VH, probably the reason it was never released, but Dave fans will love it! The sound is excellent…very clear. Supposedly from 1974, one of the rarest songs from the DLR era.
Tracks 13 and 14 are the same versions from “Demo Daze” but claim to be from a much lower generation tape source.
All said……this disc is a must have for every Van Halen fan if you can get your hands on one! This is one of their first shows after being signed by Warner Bros.

July 11, 2012 at 8:11 am Quote #16915


Nice idea mate :-D

July 11, 2012 at 10:58 am Quote #16920


Here is the final one for the week:

Van Halen
Barton Coliseum
Little Rock, AR
June 8, 1979

Lineage: AUD>unknown gen cass>Sony TC-WE635 tape deck, speed corrected on deck>Sony RCD-W500C standalone burner>CDR(M)>EAC(secure/offset)>WAV>Soundforge Audacity minimal editing>WAV>CDWave>WAV>dbPowerAmp>FLAC(level 5)
Taped by: ???
Transferred by: Lou
Quality: B+/B
File Size: 546 MB, FLAC

Disc 1
Total Time: 42:22

1. Light Up The Sky 4:09
2. Somebody Get Me A Doctor / Drum Solo 5:14
3. Runnin’ With The Devil 4:15
4. Dance The Night Away 3:08
5. Beautiful Girls 3:24
6. On Fire 6:57
7. Bass Solo 1:37
8. You’re No Good 2:54
9. Jamie’s Cryin’ 3:52
10. Feel Your Love Tonight 6:48

Disc 2
Total Time: 43:48

1. Outta Love Again 4:50
2. Ice Cream Man 7:15
3. Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love 9:05
4. Guitar Solo 5:54
5. You Really Got Me 8:02
6. Bottoms Up! / Story Of Joe 8:39

My own tape transfer. Tape is probably around a 3rd or 4th gen. This is the best I’ve ever heard. There are some really shitty copies of this out there; this one however is pretty clear and enjoyable. The tape ran fast, like all other copies. I speed corrected this right on the tape deck and it should sound fine. There’s a soft crackle throughout from the tape, however this is only noticeable on headphones, and only at a loud volume. Stereo separation is pleasant with the drums shifted more towards the left, vocals more towards the right, and the bass and guitar centered. I’m not sure if “Atomic Punk” was played or not. I have never heard it on this show. This is as complete as it gets.

Digital editing was minimal; I ripped the WAV file from the CDR, got rid of gaps, faded out the ends of both discs. Tracking was done with CDWave.

This is probably not for the very picky, but otherwise everyone else should download this, probably throw away the copy you have, sit back and enjoy a fine show and probably the finest quality copy we’ll hear.

Some Daveisms:

After RWTD: “We’re caught right in the middle of the full moon phase, and everybody’s getting slightly crazy here. Oh let me tell you, we got a little bit crazy last night man. I caught a quick one in the eye, gotta stay away from them card games here.”

Before “Feel Your Love Tonight”: “Yeah, it was the night I was born, yeah, born on the full moon 23 years ago, Bloomington, Indiana.” [My note: I guess this is in keeping with Dave's fudged 1955 date of birth, when he was really born in 1954.]

During ATBL: “But I got to tell you, this is going out to an interview because I feel like there are some questions that the audience can answer a little better than Dave can. So let me ask you one time for the tape, who likes to get high around here?!”

“Let’s me see who’s with us here, light up your matches if you’re with us here huh, light up your matches, let me see it, let me see it, who’s with us on this one, who’s with us on this one, I wanna see who’s making all the noise here. Let me see it, let me see it Arkansas. Let me see it. Oh Little Rock, you’re lookin’ good baby. And I’ll tell you this much, that cheer was a fuckin’ lot louder than Memphis was last night!”

During “Bottoms Up!”: “Can we turn the snare monitor down a little bit around here? Turn it down, Jim. Turn the motherfucker down!!! The crew is on drugs, excuse me.”

Thanks to Tim O. for lending me the tape to transfer.

Brought to you by Lou from

July 12, 2012 at 4:20 pm Quote #16963


Thanks for sharing

July 19, 2012 at 3:58 am Quote #17190


Bump. The above shows will be deleted and replaced with new VH audio tomorrow.

July 20, 2012 at 8:21 am Quote #17231


The above shows are now deleted. Here is the first “new” show for the week:

Van Halen August 25, 1981 Greensboro

Lineage: AUD>unknown gen cass>CDR>EAC(secure/offset)>WAV>
FLAC(level 5)
Quality: B
Size: 581 MB

Disc 1
Total Time: 55:28

1. Intro 2:24
2. On Fire 2:55
3. Sinner’s Swing! / Drum Solo 6:20
4. Hear About It Later 4:45
5. So This Is Love? 4:18
6. Jamie’s Cryin’ 3:37
7. Bass Solo 3:44
8. Runnin’ With The Devil 3:00
9. Dance The Night Away 3:45
10. Sunday Afternoon In The Park / Romeo Delight 8:42
11. Everybody Wants Some!! 11:53

Disc 2
Total Time: 44:14

1. Ice Cream Man 11:19
2. Mean Street 4:45
3. Guitar Solo 10:36
4. Feel Your Love Tonight 2:53
5. You Really Got Me 3:42
6. Unchained 4:28
7. Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love 6:28

July 20, 2012 at 11:12 am Quote #17238


Just noticed that the Cherokee Demos and now the August 25, 1981 Greensboro show have been upped to DIME by “breaker”. Now obviously people can do whatever they want with the shows I upload, but it would be nice to maybe mention


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