The Best of Both Worlds (Van Halen album)

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The Best of Both Worlds
Greatest hits album by Van Halen
Released July 20, 2004
Recorded 1977–1994, 2004
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal
Length 156:38
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Van Halen
Van Halen chronology
Van Halen III
(1998)
The Best of Both Worlds
(2004)
A Different Kind of Truth
(2012)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly B[2]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[3]

The Best of Both Worlds is a greatest hits album by American hard rock band Van Halen, released on July 20, 2004 on Warner Bros. The compilation features material recorded with lead vocalists David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar; omitting Gary Cherone's three-year tenure with the band. Prior to The Best of Both Worlds' release, Hagar reunited with Van Halen, and the band subsequently recorded three new tracks to include on the release.

Debuting at #3 in the US,[4] the album was subsequently followed by a reunion tour, and certified Platinum. It is the last Van Halen album overall to feature contributions from Michael Anthony and Hagar.

Background[edit]

The compilation features 16 tracks taken from the six David Lee Roth era albums (1978–1984), and 14 from the four Sammy Hagar era albums (1986–1995), plus three live songs with Hagar from Live: Right Here, Right Now (1993), and three new songs with Hagar made for the compilation. The album was released in promotion of the new reunion tour featuring Hagar returning as lead singer. The three new songs were also performed live at various times.

According to Michael Anthony, the original plans involved one disc dedicated to Roth and another to Hagar which would feature the three new songs, but problems while negotiating with Roth led to the track listing which mixed songs from both singers.[5]

Michael Anthony did not play bass guitar for the three new songs however he did provide backing vocals for all three tracks. Eddie Van Halen recorded bass for the new tracks.[6]

Track listing[edit]

Disc one
  1. "Eruption" (Michael Anthony, David Lee Roth, Alex Van Halen, Eddie Van Halen) – 1:43 (from Van Halen)
  2. "It's About Time" (Sammy Hagar, Van Halen, Van Halen) – 4:15 (new song)†
  3. "Up for Breakfast" (Hagar, Van Halen, Van Halen) – 4:57 (new song)†
  4. "Learning to See" (Hagar, Van Halen, Van Halen) – 5:15 (new song)
  5. "Ain't Talkin' 'bout Love" (Anthony, Roth, Van Halen, Van Halen) – 3:48 (from Van Halen)
  6. "Finish What Ya Started" (Anthony, Hagar, Van Halen, Van Halen) – 4:24 (from OU812)
  7. "You Really Got Me" (Ray Davies) – 2:38 (from Van Halen)
  8. "Dreams" (Anthony, Hagar, Van Halen, Van Halen) – 4:53 (from 5150)
  9. "Hot for Teacher" (Anthony, Roth, Van Halen, Van Halen) – 4:43 (from 1984)
  10. "Poundcake" (Anthony, Hagar, Van Halen, Van Halen) – 5:20 (from For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge)
  11. "And the Cradle Will Rock..." (Anthony, Roth, Van Halen, Van Halen) – 3:34 (from Women and Children First)
  12. "Black and Blue" (Anthony, Hagar, Van Halen, Van Halen) – 5:27 (from OU812)
  13. "Jump" (Anthony, Roth, Van Halen, Van Halen) – 4:04 (from 1984)
  14. "Top of the World" (Anthony, Hagar, Van Halen, Van Halen) – 3:54 (from For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge)
  15. "(Oh) Pretty Woman" (William Dees, Roy Orbison) – 2:53 (from Diver Down)
  16. "Love Walks In" (Anthony, Hagar, Van Halen, Van Halen) – 5:11 (from 5150)
  17. "Beautiful Girls" (Anthony, Roth, Van Halen, Van Halen) – 3:57 (from Van Halen II)
  18. "Can't Stop Lovin' You" (Anthony, Hagar, Van Halen, Van Halen) – 4:08 (from Balance)
  19. "Unchained" (Anthony, Roth, Van Halen, Van Halen) – 3:29 (from Fair Warning)
Disc two
  1. "Panama" (Anthony, Roth, Van Halen, Van Halen) – 3:32 (from 1984)
  2. "Best of Both Worlds" (Anthony, Hagar, Van Halen, Van Halen) – 4:49 (from 5150)
  3. "Jamie's Cryin'" (Anthony, Roth, Van Halen, Van Halen) – 3:30 (from Van Halen)
  4. "Runaround" (Anthony, Hagar, Van Halen, Van Halen) – 4:20 (from For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge)
  5. "I'll Wait" (Anthony, Michael McDonald, Roth, Van Halen, Van Halen) – 4:42 (from 1984)
  6. "Why Can't This Be Love" (Anthony, Hagar, Van Halen, Van Halen) – 3:48 (from 5150)
  7. "Runnin' with the Devil" (Anthony, Roth, Van Halen, Van Halen) – 3:36 (from Van Halen)
  8. "When It's Love" (Anthony, Hagar, Van Halen, Van Halen) – 5:38 (from OU812)
  9. "Dancing in the Street" (Marvin Gaye, Ivy Hunter, William Stevenson) – 3:45 (from Diver Down)
  10. "Strung Out"/"Not Enough" (Anthony, Hagar, Van Halen, Van Halen) - 6:48 (from Balance)
  11. "Feels So Good" (Anthony, Hagar, Van Halen, Van Halen) – 4:32 (from OU812)
  12. "Right Now" (Anthony, Hagar, Van Halen, Van Halen) – 5:22 (from For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge)
  13. "Everybody Wants Some!!" (Anthony, Roth, Van Halen, Van Halen) – 5:10 (from Women and Children First)
  14. "Dance the Night Away" (Anthony, Roth, Van Halen, Van Halen) – 3:10 (from Van Halen II)
  15. "Ain't Talkin' 'bout Love" [live] (Anthony, Roth, Van Halen, Van Halen) – 4:43 (from Live: Right Here, Right Now)
  16. "Panama" [live] (Anthony, Roth, Van Halen, Van Halen) – 6:39 (from Live: Right Here, Right Now)
  17. "Jump" [live] (Anthony, Roth, Van Halen, Van Halen) – 4:20 (from Live: Right Here, Right Now)
Notes

†Denotes a single

Track 10 on disc two combines the instrumental "Strung Out" with "Not Enough", even though "Strung Out" is not listed on the actual album track list. Both songs were listed as individual tracks on the Balance album.

Personnel[edit]

Van Halen
Additional musicians
Production
  • Compilation producer: Van Halen
  • Engineer: Bill Malina (on new songs)
  • Product manager: Kenny Nemes
  • Project assistants: Hugh Brown, Tom Consolo, Malia Doss, Jimmy Edwards, Alan Fletcher, Kevin Gore, Bill Inglot, Joanne Jaworowski, Anna Loynes, Mark McKenna, David McLees, Scott Pascucci
  • Mastering supervisor: Glen Ballard
  • Remastering: Stephen Marcussen
  • Editorial supervision: Cory Frye
  • Art direction: Sara Cumings, Jeri Heiden
  • Design: Sara Cumings, Jeri Heiden
  • Photography: Kevin Westenberg
  • Liner notes: David Wild
  • Discographical annotation: Steve Woolard

Certification[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[7] Platinum 1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Charts[edit]

Album
Chart (2004) Peak
position
Australian Top 50 Albums[8] 31
Austrian Top 75 Albums[9] 33
Canadian Albums Chart[4] 2
Danish Top 40 Albums[10] 25
Finnish Top 50 Albums[11] 4
French Compilations[12] 27
German Albums[13] 28
New Zealand Top 40 Albums[14] 9
Norwegian Top 40 Albums[15] 17
Swedish Top 60 Albums[16] 12
Swiss Top 100 Albums[17] 55
UK Albums Chart[18] 15
US Billboard 200[4] 3
Singles
Year Single Chart Position
2004 "It's About Time" Mainstream Rock Tracks 6
"Up for Breakfast" Mainstream Rock Tracks 33

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Best of Both Worlds (Van Halen album) at AllMusic
  2. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  3. ^ Rolling Stone Review
  4. ^ a b c "The Best of Both Worlds – Van Halen". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 16, 2011. 
  5. ^ Harrell, John "Shooter" (March 17, 2006). "MICHAEL ANTHONY Speaks Candidly About VAN HALEN's Past And Future". blabbermouth.net. Retrieved December 17, 2013. 
  6. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Anthony_(musician)#.282003.E2.80.932005.29_Van_Halen_reunion
  7. ^ "American album certifications – Van Halen – The Best of Both Worlds". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  8. ^ "Van Halen – The Best of Both Worlds (Album)" (ASP). Australian Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 16, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Van Halen – The Best of Both Worlds (Album)" (ASP). Austrian Charts (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved July 16, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Van Halen – The Best of Both Worlds (Album)" (ASP). Danish Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 16, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Van Halen – The Best of Both Worlds (Album)" (ASP). Finnish Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 16, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Les "Charts Runs" de chaque Album Classé" (PHP). InfoDisc (in French).  Find "VAN HALEN" under the drop-down menu to see statistics.
  13. ^ "Chartverfolgung / Van Halen / Longplay". Music Line (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved July 16, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Van Halen – The Best of Both Worlds (Album)" (ASP). New Zealand Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 16, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Van Halen – The Best of Both Worlds (Album)" (ASP). Norwegian Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 16, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Van Halen – The Best of Both Worlds (Album)" (ASP). Swedish Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 16, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Van Halen – The Best of Both Worlds (Album)" (ASP). Swiss Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 16, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Chart Archive: Top 40 Official UK Albums Archive – 31st July 2004". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 16, 2011.