Best Of – Volume I (Van Halen album)

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Best Of – Volume I
A black background with a golden "VH" flying-v style logo for Van Halen
Greatest hits album by
ReleasedOctober 22, 1996 (1996-10-22)
Recorded1977–1996
GenreHard rock, heavy metal
Length71:33
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerTed Templeman, Mick Jones, Donn Landee, Van Halen, Andy Johns, Bruce Fairbairn, Glen Ballard
Van Halen chronology
Balance
(1995)
Best Of – Volume I
(1996)
Video Hits Volume I
(1996)
Singles from Best Of – Volume I
  1. "Humans Being"
    Released: October 16, 1996
  2. "Me Wise Magic"
    Released: November 20, 1996
  3. "Can't Get This Stuff No More"
    Released: February 7, 1997
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars link
Q3/5 stars link
Christgau's Consumer Guide(1-star Honorable Mention)[1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2.5/5 stars link

Best Of – Volume I is the first greatest hits album by American hard rock band Van Halen, released in October 22, 1996.

The album does not contain any songs from the band's 1982 album Diver Down. Best Of – Volume I also features "Humans Being", the band's contribution to the Twister soundtrack. The two newly recorded songs, "Can't Get This Stuff No More" and "Me Wise Magic", at the end of the album are with original lead vocalist David Lee Roth. These two songs were released as singles to promote this compilation. They are also the last songs recorded by the original Van Halen lineup of Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, Roth and Michael Anthony. The Van Halen brothers would not record again with Roth until the album A Different Kind of Truth, released in 2012. Anthony has not played with Van Halen since the band's 2004 tour.[citation needed]

Initial pressings of the album contained an alternate edit of "Runnin' with the Devil" where the verses, chorus and solos were arranged in a different order than that of the original album version. It was reported that this was accidental and subsequent pressings have replaced this version with the one found on Van Halen. However, some radio stations still play this erroneous version of the song.[citation needed]

The album itself, while not controversial, sparked a great deal of in-band controversy because of the personnel issues surrounding the band at the time. Sammy Hagar, who by this time had been a member of Van Halen for eleven years, equal to the amount of time as the previous lead vocalist, David Lee Roth, left the band in June 1996 due to a number of unclear circumstances. Some sources reported that Hagar was dissatisfied with the decision to issue a "greatest hits" collection, and was instead more inclined to do an entirely new album of new material. In either case, it was announced that Hagar had left the band and they began working with David Lee Roth on new material for inclusion on the disc. This was not to last, as Roth and Eddie Van Halen clashed publicly and the band once again was without a lead singer, before hiring Gary Cherone. All songs except "Humans Being", "Can't Get This Stuff No More", and "Me Wise Magic" are included on the band's subsequent greatest hits album The Best of Both Worlds (2004).[citation needed]

Despite the aforementioned friction, the album went on to win Metal Edge magazine's 1996 Readers' Choice Award for "Best Hits or Compilation Album". Hagar shares the accolade with Roth, since the album features material from both singers. Also, the song "Humans Being" (featured on both the album and the Twister film soundtrack) was voted "Best Song from a Movie Soundtrack".[2]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Original albumLength
1."Eruption"Van Halen, 19781:42
2."Ain't Talkin' 'bout Love"
  • Anthony
  • Roth
  • A. Van Halen
  • E. Van Halen
Van Halen3:47
3."Runnin' with the Devil"
  • Anthony
  • Roth
  • A. Van Halen
  • E. Van Halen
Van Halen3:32
4."Dance the Night Away"
  • Anthony
  • Roth
  • A. Van Halen
  • E. Van Halen
Van Halen II, 19793:04
5."And the Cradle Will Rock..."
  • Anthony
  • Roth
  • A. Van Halen
  • E. Van Halen
Women and Children First, 19803:31
6."Unchained"
  • Anthony
  • Roth
  • A. Van Halen
  • E. Van Halen
Fair Warning, 19813:27
7."Jump"
  • Anthony
  • Roth
  • A. Van Halen
  • E. Van Halen
1984, 19844:04
8."Panama"
  • Anthony
  • Roth
  • A. Van Halen
  • E. Van Halen
19843:31
9."Why Can't This Be Love"
5150, 19863:45
10."Dreams"
  • Anthony
  • Hagar
  • A. Van Halen
  • E. Van Halen
51504:54
11."When It's Love"
  • Anthony
  • Hagar
  • A. Van Halen
  • E. Van Halen
OU812, 19885:36
12."Poundcake"
  • Anthony
  • Hagar
  • A. Van Halen
  • E. Van Halen
For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge, 19915:22
13."Right Now"
  • Anthony
  • Hagar
  • A. Van Halen
  • E. Van Halen
For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge5:21
14."Can't Stop Lovin' You"
  • Anthony
  • Hagar
  • A. Van Halen
  • E. Van Halen
Balance, 19954:08
15."Humans Being"
  • Anthony
  • Hagar
  • A. Van Halen
  • E. Van Halen
Twister soundtrack, 19965:14
16."Can't Get This Stuff No More"
  • Anthony
  • Roth
  • A. Van Halen
  • E. Van Halen
 5:16
17."Me Wise Magic"
  • Anthony
  • Roth
  • A. Van Halen
  • E. Van Halen
 6:09
Total length:71:33

Personnel[edit]

Van Halen

Production[edit]

Charts[edit]

Singles[edit]

Billboard (United States)

Year Single Chart Position
1996 "Humans Being" Mainstream Rock Tracks 1[citation needed]
"Me Wise Magic" 1[citation needed]
1997 "Can't Get This Stuff No More" 12[citation needed]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[21] Gold 30,000^
Australia (ARIA)[22] Platinum 70,000^
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[23] Gold 100,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[24] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[25] Gold 22,015[25]
Germany (BVMI)[26] Gold 250,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[27] 2× Platinum 400,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[28] Gold 7,500^
United Kingdom (BPI)[29] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[30] 3× Platinum 3,000,000^

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

References[edit]

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