With their 1978 eponymous debut, Van Halen simultaneously rewrote the rules of rock guitar and hard rock in general. Guitarist Eddie Van Halen redefined what the electric guitar could do, developing a blindingly fast technique with a variety of self-taught two-handed tapping, hammer-ons, pull-offs, and effects that mimicked the sounds of machines and animals. It was wildly inventive and over the top, equaled only by vocalist David Lee Roth, who brought the role of a metal singer to near-performance art standards. Roth wasn't blessed with great technique, unlike Eddie, but he had a flair for showmanship derived as much from lounge performers as Robert Plant. Together, they made Van Halen into the most popular American rock & roll band of the late '70s and early '80s, and in the process set the template for hard rock and heavy metal for ...
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Album Discography

Year Album Label AllMusic Rating User Ratings
Van Halen 1978 Van Halen DCC Compact Classics / Warner Bros.
 
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Van Halen II 1979 Van Halen II Rhino / Warner Bros.
 
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Women and Children First 1980 Women and Children First Rhino
 
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Fair Warning 1981 Fair Warning Rhino / Warner Bros.
 
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Diver Down 1982 Diver Down Rhino / Warner Bros.
 
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1984 1984 1984 Warner Bros.
 
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5150 1986 5150 Warner Bros.
 
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OU812 1988 OU812 Warner Bros.
 
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For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge 1991 For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge Warner Bros.
 
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Balance 1995 Balance Warner Bros.
 
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Van Halen III 1998 Van Halen III Warner Bros.
 
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A Different Kind of Truth 2012 A Different Kind of Truth Interscope
 
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