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Van Halen: Reissues

Album Review

Albums one to six remastered with original swagger untouched.

The endless cycle of remaster, repress and re-sell continues. Van Halen’s debut was first released on CD in 1984, received a 24-carat gold plating in 1998, and an HDCD remaster arrived two years later. The latter came adorned by a sticker proudly proclaiming its digital credentials, but 15 years on the sonic pendulum has swung the other way, and Van Halen’s first six albums – those released before Diamond Dave left home and the Red Rocker moved in – have been remastered once again, this time cut straight from the original quarter-inch tape. Vinyl versions, for those with deeper pockets, are also available.


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