VanHalen2012 As previously reported, Van Halen will be releasing its first-ever live album, Tokyo Dome Live In Concert on March 31st. To learn more about this release, please click here.

Also being released that same day will be remastered versions of Van Halen and 1984.

Considered one of the greatest debut albums in rock history, Van Halen took the music world by storm in 1978 with an 11-song manifesto that features some of rock radio’s most played songs of all time and scorching concert staples like Runnin’ With The Devil, Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love, Jamie’s Cryin’, the band’s signature cover of The Kinks’ You Really Got Me, and Eddie Van Halen’s finger-tapping tour de force, Eruption. Six years and five albums later, Van Halen had become one of the biggest bands in the world around the release of 1984, which includes a number of the band’s most legendary songs such as the #1 hit, Jump, Panama, and Hot For Teacher.

Mastering engineer Chris Bellman, who remastered the original albums at Bernie Grundman Mastering Studios, was enlisted for these new versions. In order to produce the original sound the band intended, Bellman cut straight from the quarter-inch tapes for CD; for 180-gram vinyl; and for the digital versions. Newly mastered versions of Diver Down, Women and Children First, Van Halen II and Fair Warning are now being cut (for CD, for vinyl, and for digital) for release later in spring.



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  • T on

    VH1 is an epic masterpiece IMHO, not to be matched since. Their energy just jumped off the record. I would like one more tour with Michael Anthony.

  • shannon mehaffey on

    I agree, my original vinyls are in good condition. Love the first Van Halen, I had to get back into it, notice that “Jamie’s Cryin'” is modeled after “Christine Sixteen.” (Original) Kiss, believe it or not, doesn’t get enough credit for their music.
    Back over to Viv and Dio: Dio’s dark side is was a big part of his greatness. That chip on his shoulder. It fueled his songs. I’ll never forget seeing the Sabs in Oakland on their Dehumanizer tour, Ronnie’s last gig with them, and he was singing the classics and a few times he would mock Ozzy, it was pretty awesome really.
    Back to Kiss: Man, if you want to hear a guy who really, and I mean really influenced Ace, check out Hot Tuna and Jorma.

  • gregg forbes on

    eddie,werent the first 4 albums already re/mastered?????????????i have the 4 albums n they say re/mastered.diver down and 1984 werent re/ eddie is re/mastering the re/mastered????????

  • Greg Gardner on

    First ever Live album….? I guess “Right Here, Right Now” was not a Live album??

    • john tison on

      Wasn’t from the real Van Halen

  • Doug R. on

    Why do it again? The first 6 VH albums, not 4, but the first 6 were already remastered by Chris Bellman back in 2000, and to me they turned out perfect, not 1 flaw that I can hear, I can’t see how even Chris can make them sound any better than they already are. They’re as close as can get to listening to the original 6 on vinyl. New, doesn’t always mean better, no matter the technology, it’s not an automatic that it is going to make something sound better. I already have the VH remasters, all 6, don’t see any point in remastering them again, but obviously somebody does.

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