40 years ago this weekend, Van Halen’s debut album was released. It was February 10th, 1978. Disco was ruling clubs and radios and we were dying for some great rock n roll. Van Halen’s 1st album saved us from a world of soft rock and disco! Van Halen I changed the face of rock n roll…I may even say…saved Rock N Roll! Below, you’ll find videos and live performances in the order of the songs on this historic album. Enjoy!
From the first sounds of Runnin’ With the Devil (It starts with a backwards blare of car horns, which was made by a contraption Eddie Van Halen put together using a bunch of horns, a car battery, and a footswitch.)
To Eruption…I’ll never forget the first time I heard Eruption. An explosion of the craziest, most brilliant guitar sounds I had ever heard…even though I was only 11.
Now enjoy the album version with the official Eruption/You Really Got Me video
From Fresno, 1978…Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love…Live!
I’m the One live from Ipswitch, 1978
The Official video for Jamie’s Cryin’
Atomic Punk…originally released as the B side of You Really Got Me…Live from Fresno, ’78
Here’s a rare version of “Feel Your Love Tonight” live from 1977
An early demo for Little Dreamer…
Ice Cream Man…This was written and originally recorded by the Chicago blues musician John Brim. Recorded for Chess records in 1953. It was one of DLR’s favorites…he had to push to get it on the first album.
…and closing out the album is a song called On Fire. Live from London ’78
Now, let’s listen to the full original album in all it’s Loud, Screaming Glory!!! Turn it up!!