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Van Halen: Van Halen

Van Halen: Van Halen

Mobile Fidelity  UDSACD 2243

Stereo Hybrid

Pop/Rock


Van Halen


DEFINITIVELY MASTERED FROM THE ORIGINAL ANALOG MASTER TAPES: SACD PLAYS WITH REFERENCE CLARITY, SUPERB DYNAMICS, AND LIVELY IMMEDIACY

Van Halen did more than announce to the world the earthshaking arrival of a revolutionary guitarist. Performed by an enterprising California quartet that took its name from two of its principal members, the 1978 debut ripped headlines away from punk, injected fresh energy into a then-moribund rock 'n' roll scene, reimagined how heavy music and throwback pop could coexist, and invited everyone to experience the top-down pleasures of a beachfront Saturday night every day of the week no matter where they lived. Painstakingly restored by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, and the first of a multi-album series in an exciting partnership between the famous reissue label and Van Halen, Van Halen delivers feel-good thrills and hormonally charged desires like never before.

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Comment by Downunderman - January 20, 2024 (1 of 1)

Released at the end of 2023 and mastered by Shawn R. Britton.

It sounds very good. Just like you would expect of an original master tape if you will! The average dynamic range having been pretty much returned to that of the original vinyl released back in 1978.

Smoothly analogue sounding with good levels of detail and separation for this kind of album and era. Neither the top end nor the bottom end is accentuated here. It is now a very natural, sonically well-balanced sounding album.

Recommended for stirring memories of a misspent youth :)