Unreleased, pre-WB Van Halen

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July 24, 2017 at 8:26 am Quote #56917

ron
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We all know Van Halen rules, but have you ever wondered what their albums might have sounded like if they were able to record a few of them during their club days? While we’ll never know the answer to that question, I’ve attempted to do the next best thing and compiled a series of fantasy releases covering the group’s formative years.

These albums will hopefully serve as both a road map for the casual fan who’d like to learn more about the group’s history, as well as a scholarly resource for the VH die-hard, covering the most notable of their early, unreleased recordings in the best available quality.

Van Halen – Vanhalen (Feb. 1976)
Alti2de
Published on Mar 23, 2016

TRACK LISTING:

01. Woman in Love – 0:00
02. Believe Me – 3:28
03. I Live with Fools [first version] – 6:14
04. Babe Don’t Leave Me Alone – 10:49
05. I Wanna Be Your Lover – 14:01
06. Angel Eyes – 16:50
07. She’s the Woman [first version] – 19:45
08. Glitter – 22:55
09. Gentleman of Leisure [edit] – 25:45
10. Take Your Whiskey Home [first version] – 28:14
11. Ice Cream Man [first version] – 31:59
12. A Simple Rhyme [first version] – 35:54

To kick things off here’s the first album, which I’ve titled ‘Vanhalen’. This release covers the period from Fall of 1973 when Mark Stone was still on bass, to their January 1976 Hound Dog Studios session. Here we can see that the group has already developed serious chops and killer songs, even in their nascent state.


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July 24, 2017 at 8:27 am Quote #56918

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Van Halen – Eyes of the Night (Dec. 1976)
Alti2de
Published on Mar 24, 2016

TRACK LISTING:

01. Runnin’ with the Devil [version 1] – 0:00
02. Let’s Get Rockin’ – 3:23
03. Eyes of the Night – 6:25
04. Big Trouble – 10:41
05. House of Pain – 14:15
06. Show Your Love [live] – 17:48
07. Somebody Get Me a Doctor [version 1] – 22:24
08. On Fire [version 1] – 25:26
09. Last Night – 29:01
10. We Die Bold – 32:41
11. Put Out the Lights – 36:37

This is the second of the studio albums, titled ‘Eyes of the Night’. This release includes songs from the November ’76 Gene Simmons ‘Zero’ sessions, as well as a few live versions of songs that had yet to be recorded in the studio during this time period. It’s during this brief era that Van Halen went from being a dynamite club band to one of the greatest hard rock acts of all time. The songwriting and playing here have to be heard to be believed.


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July 24, 2017 at 8:28 am Quote #56919

ron
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Van Halen – Light in the Sky (Apr. 1977)
Alti2de
Published on Mar 24, 2016

TRACK LISTING:

01. You Really Got Me [version 1] – 0:00
02. Feel Your Love Tonight [version 1] – 2:36
03. Little Dreamer [version 1] – 6:23
04. Light in the Sky – 9:29
05. Peace of Mind – 13:59
06. Bring on the Girls – 17:48
07. Young and Wild – 21:33
08. Voodoo Queen – 24:04
09. Get the Show on the Road – 27:39
10. D.O.A. [first version] – 30:32
11. Happy Trails [first version] – 34:29

This is the third studio album, which I’ve titled ‘Light in the Sky’ after the amazing unreleased song of the same name. These tracks are all taken from the February, 1977 Sunset Sound Recorders demo sessions, and show Van Halen in an upbeat, party-hearty mood due to the increased creative presence of vocalist David Lee Roth.


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July 24, 2017 at 8:31 am Quote #56920

ron
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Van Halen 1977: Official Live Bootleg – disc 1 of 2
Alti2de
Published on Mar 24, 2016

TRACK LISTING (DISC ONE):

01. On Fire – 0:00
02. Feel Your Love Tonight – 3:39
03. Get the Show on the Road – 7:41
04. One More Time – 10:34
05. Just What You Wanted – 14:32
06. Show No Mercy – 17:28
07. Runnin’ with the Devil – 22:24
08. Atomic Punk – 26:34
09. Down in Flames – 30:01
10. Bullethead – 34:35

We all know Van Halen rules, but have you ever wondered what their albums might have sounded like if they were able to record a few of them during their club days? While we’ll never know the answer to that question, I’ve attempted to do the next best thing by compiling a series of fantasy releases covering the group’s formative years.

‘Van Halen 1977: Live Bootleg’ compiles unreleased live takes of songs not found on ‘Van Halen Live’, and was recorded in Southern California between June and December, 1977. (You can find Van Halen Live on my channel as well.)

As some of these songs postdate the group’s first album, you’ll get an idea of what Van Halen II might have sounded like before the group decided to go back to the well for material for that record.

Van Halen 1977: Official Live Bootleg – disc 2 of 2
Alti2de
Published on Mar 28, 2016

TRACK LISTING (DISC TWO):

01. Little Dreamer – 0:00
02. Voodoo Queen – 3:15
03. The Shape You’re In – 7:58
04. Young and Wild – 12:26
05. Ice Cream Man – 15:35
06. Ain’t Talkin’ ’bout Love – 19:26
07. Loss of Control – 23:26
08. Bottoms Up! – 26:48
09. You Really Got Me – 33:51


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July 24, 2017 at 8:35 am Quote #56921

ron
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Van Halen – Roots (Club Days Covers Collection) – disc 1 of 3
Alti2de
Published on May 19, 2016

Here it is: disc one of the “complete as possible” collection of every known Van Halen cover song played during their club days from 1975-77. Tracks have been pitch corrected as necessary and are presented in the best possible fidelity given the original source tapes.

TRACK LIST:
01. Chevrolet (ZZ Top) – 0:00
02. If You Can’t Rock Me (Rolling Stones) – 3:43
03. Might Just Take Your Life (Deep Purple) – 7:02
04. Make It Last (Montrose) – 10:45
05. Man on the Silver Mountain (Rainbow) – 16:36
06. In for the Kill (Budgie) – 20:44
07. Wildfire (Spooky Tooth) – 26:35
08. Maybe I’m a Leo (Deep Purple) – 30:15
09. Brown Sugar (ZZ Top) – 33:28
10. We All Had a Real Good Time (Edgar Winter) – 36:56
11. Walk Away (James Gang) – 40:15
12. Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You (Sugarloaf) – 44:00
13. All the Way (KISS) – 47:38
14. Now I’m Here (Queen) – 51:22
15. Some Kind of Wonderful (Grand Funk)/ Can’t Get Enough (Bad Company) – 56:15

Van Halen – Roots (Club Days Covers Collection) – disc 2 of 3
Alti2de
Published on May 20, 2016

TRACK LIST:
01. The Jean Genie (David Bowie) – 0:00
02. Rock Steady (Bad Company) – 4:40
03. Rock ‘n’ Roll Hoochie-Koo (Rick Derringer) – 10:15
04. The Fool and Me (Robin Trower) – 17:36
05. The Grind (Tommy Bolin) – 21:31
06. Trampled Underfoot (Led Zeppelin) – 24:47
07. Stone Cold Sober (Rod Stewart) – 32:15
08. Get Down Tonight (KC & The Sunshine Band) – 34:01
09. Tomorrow’s Dream (Black Sabbath) – 37:00
10. Drive My Car (The Beatles) – 40:37
11. Last Child (Aerosmith) – 43:38
12. Tush (ZZ Top) – 48:08
13. The Rover (Led Zeppelin) – 50:43
14. Rock ‘n’ Roll All Nite (KISS) – 55:31
15. Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers (ZZ Top) – 59:23
16. Summertime Blues (The Who/Blue Cheer) – 1:03:38

Van Halen – Roots (Club Days Covers Collection) – disc 3 of 3
Alti2de
Published on May 27, 2016

TRACK LIST:
01. Live for the Music (Bad Company) – 0:00
02. Hots on for Nowhere (Led Zeppelin) – 4:04
03. La Grange (ZZ Top) – 8:12
04. Let Me Swim (Cactus) – 15:02
05. Sweet Emotion (Aerosmith) – 21:06
06. Waitin’ for the Bus (ZZ Top) – 28:32
07. Walk This Way (Aerosmith) – 32:28
08. Superstition (Beck Bogert & Appice/Stevie Wonder) – 36:11
09. Still Alive and Well (Johnny Winter) – 45:30
10. Firehouse (KISS) – 48:25
11. Keep Playin’ That Rock ‘n’ Roll (Edgar Winter Group) – 51:26
12. Twist and Shout (The Beatles/Isley Brothers) – 55:10
13. 30 Days in the Hole (Humble Pie)/ Francine (ZZ Top)/ Gudbye T’ Jane (Slade) – 57:28
14. All Day and All of the Night (The Kinks) – 1:06:18


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July 26, 2017 at 2:58 pm Quote #56928

Gilligan
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Gotta love dedicated VH fans!


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