Label: Warner Bros. Records - K 456 899 Format: Cassette Album Country: France Genre: Rock Style: Hard Rock
The record brought back the dynamics of the debut album , the silences and rhythm-section showcases that formed the full heavy metal machine. At the same time, it was much denser. Musically, almost every song had thick overdubs on the rhythm and lead guitar tracks, and the band recorded using smaller studio amps to control the sound instead of capturing it directly from typical high-decibel stage rigs.
The sunshine backing vocals were held to a minimum. They were pictured uncharacteristically wearing black leather, nodding to the British metal sound just arriving in the United States. I maintain that Van Halen is for everybody. Oozing with menace, Fair Warning was the closest Van Halen ever came to a thematic concept album, a suite of songs about life in the ruts. Fair Warning was a masterpiece made in the studio, not honed like past albums in the clubs before recording.
While demoing the song as a work in progress, Dave slurred the lyrics in a monotonous jive, hustling the band toward a bang-up heavy metal can-can finale, far flashier than anything used on the album. Ever one to bend his tools to fit his needs, he sawed a chunk off the vintage guitar so he could play the song the way he thought it should sound.
If so, the template for dread-rock fusion was years ahead of similar sultry tracks by Rastafarian punks Bad Brains or the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
At the end of the guitar solo, the band pulled back while Roth ribbed the control room like a street-corner wiseguy running a friend through the dozens. Eddie and Templeman often came to screaming fights about overdubs, with Templeman refusing to allow multitracking that the band could never re-create onstage. Some days they were best friends, sometimes Templeman was the enemy. The song was reputedly captured in one take as the band was literally heading out the door of Sunset Sound after finishing the record.
After a reviewer in Rolling Stone predictably tore up the album, Valerie Bertinelli threw the band a congratulatory celebration. Regardless of what a magazine that had yet to put them on the cover thought, Fair Warning established the band artistically and proved Van Halen mattered beyond a party environment. At one point or another, all four members later declared it their favorite early Van Halen record and defended its virtues.
The album cover is an odd collection of drawings, some panels loosely corresponding to a song on the album. Alex had discovered the painting, and instead of a collage he initially was interested in only one image: When the painting was used for the Fair Warning album cover, it was severely cropped and modified, ostensibly to highlight the most striking images inherent in the work.
VHND recently unveiled the highest quality versions of these videos. Fans have always wondered if a complete Oakland concert exists on film. Many fans are unaware that a fourth, non-concert video was also filmed, but the footage was never edited because the record label saw no need to promote an album without a single.
Beautiful and free, Van Halen ruled the world with a wink and a smirk. The rockers dressed like them and the girls all wanted to fuck them—the ultimate forms of teen tribute. It struck me, then as now, as a mean, dark album.
This was a tired and taxed band, and if the lyrics and guitar riffs have anything to say, it is that they were living a freaky nightmare world of freaks, bleaks, decadents and hollowed souls. This is Van Halen blues as they lived it. The album opens with an insane, virtuoso Eddie riff, daring you to try and play along.
Does he want her, or does she want him? The shadows are never clear on this album. And Eddie is at his guitar meanest, sounding as if every track was recorded late at night, cigarette in headstock and head down.
Ed riffing into the cool California night. Van Halen. June " Unchained " Released: Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on June 26, Retrieved February 24, Retrieved October 12, Retrieved March 22, Van Halen". The Village Voice. Album Guide". Retrieved November 25, Retrieved June 20, Retrieved 5 December Music Canada. Recording Industry Association of America. Live Without a Net Live: Discography Awards Guitar Hero: Book Category.
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