Hendrix took electric guitar playing to a new level in the early 1970s. By the end of the decade there was a new guitar hero: his name was Edward Van Halen.
His playing was out of this world. Simply put guitarists just weren't doing this sort of thing. Take the exhilarating soloing on "Eruption" and the opening riff to "Ain't Talking 'Bout Love" and the introduction to "I'm The One". Eddie Van Halen was ripping apart the electric guitar handbook and re-inventing it for the 1980's.
Then there was the small point of the lead singer: David Lee Roth. The consummate stage performer and more than capable of standing up against the new guitar hero.
VAN HALEN had all the ingredients to be massive and a debut album to die for.
VAN HALEN wrote stadium rockers. This is exciting, bold and well over the top Hard Rock music. So you get "Runnin' With The Devil", the KINKS cover "You Really Got Me", "Eruption", "Atomic Punk" etc, etc.
You where in for a good time listening to this and VAN HALEN knew it. The ultimate party rock n roll band. (Online September 7, 2002)