The Best of Both Worlds

The Best of Both Worlds

by Van HalenVan Halen


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As the title indicates, this two-disc retrospective strives to please both David Lee Roth devotees and Sammy Hagar heads by dividing its contents fairly equitably between the two frontmen -- leaving the Gary Cherone era mercifully untouched. Naturally, the collection presents all the band's touchstones, from bulldozing early faves like "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love" to more sophisticated latter-day efforts like "Right Now," but just as important, it puts a three-pack of new tunes on the table. That material shows Van Halen to be anything but stuck in the past -- even though the nu-metal-styled "It's About Time" ends with Hagar bellowing a command to "turn your clocks back." That song is the strongest of the trio, but fans are likely to find plenty to dig in the typically strutting "Up for Breakfast" as well as "Learning to See," the requisite power ballad, replete with demonstrative piano lines from Eddie Van Halen. While there's not much in the way of rarities -- the concert staple "Eruption," previously only available on the B-side to "Runnin' With the Devil," is about as off-the-wall as it gets -- Best of Both Worlds ties together Van Halen's long and winding history with plenty of pizzazz.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/10/2007
Label: Rhino/Wea Uk
UPC: 0081227651527
catalogNumber: 276515

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Van Halen   Primary Artist
Sammy Hagar   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
David Lee Roth   Vocals
Alex Van Halen   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Ivory Joe Hunter   Composer
Marvin Gaye   Composer
Sammy Hagar   Composer,Producer
Roy Orbison   Composer
David Lee Roth   Composer
Ray Davies   Composer
Michael Anthony   Composer
Glen Ballard   Producer
Bruce Fairbairn   Producer
Lee Herschberg   Engineer
Andy Johns   Producer,Engineer
Donn Landee   Engineer
Bill Malina   Engineer
Peggy McCreary   Engineer
Gene Meros   Engineer
Erwin Musper   Engineer
Kent Nebergall   Engineer
Ted Templeman   Producer
Alex Van Halen   Composer,Producer
David Wild   Liner Notes
Mike Plotnikoff   Engineer
Corey Bailey   Engineer
Jeri Heiden   Art Direction
Steve Woolard   Discographical Annotation
Bill Dees   Composer
Jim Fitzpatrick   Engineer
Sara Cumings   Art Direction

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