Van Halen - Fair Warning
In my book Van Halen I and II will always be the ultimate David Lee Roth albums. "Women and Children First" was a great album with David Lee Roth as the center of the party. On Van Halen's fourth album Eddie Van Halen is reminding everyone why he is the greatest guitar player since Hendrix. "Fair Warning" is the last real Hard Rock album from Van Halen's David Lee Roth era.

While Eddie Van Halen's guitar playing is top-notch, the songs on this record don't quite match their predecessors. Like all Van Halen records the quality of the material is high, but around half the songs is lacking the usual Van Halen quality stamp. Eddie's playing is making the weaker songs better, but some of the material is lacking consistent songwriting.

Album highlights are Mean Street. The intro is showing off Eddie Van Halen's repertoire with some monster licks incorporating his famous tapping technique. Dirty Movies definitely has David Lee Roth all over it. The mid-tempo song is so typical Dave with its sexual lyrics. Unchained has a very strong melody line and an amazing rhythm guitar. This song is clearly underlining Eddie's so called "Brown" sound. The song is among the strongest and is still featured in David Lee Roth's setlist.

Overall "Fair Warning" is a quite strong record. The album is a manifestation of Eddie Van Halen's unique style of playing. Basically if you own a guitar you need to have this album in your collection.

The album is from 1981, but today it still sounds excellent. Long-time producer Ted Templeman handles the production. If you want to purchase the cd - make sure that it is the re-mastered version.

Written by Michael
Tuesday, December 10, 2002
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Comment by leonardo (Anonymous) - Saturday, March 22, 2003
a great album, crashing songsss!!!! eddie is the most important guitar hero of the world !!!!
very good article, but you forgot to comment the better song of the album, with no dount,,,....
HEAR ABOUT IT LATER


Comment by David (Anonymous) - Wednesday, November 12, 2003
This is widely regarded as the dark album and the epitome of Van Halen's brown sound (as guitar techies call it).

Meanstreet and Unchained are the reasons for the price of admission.
Awesome to this day.


Comment by digi_aussie (Anonymous) - Wednesday, March 24, 2004
I agree that Fair Warning is a great album. One of my favourite Van Halen records. I think all the songs on this album are strong and have spent many an afternoon/evening listening to this album. My favourite song on this album is Hear About It Later.


Comment by Pe (Anonymous) - Saturday, September 18, 2004
Why dont you review one of the new albums of Van Halen,they are so much greater than the older one's.....I agree With the review on this page,but try to open your eyes for the other albums to....


Comment by Michael (Anonymous) - Wednesday, September 22, 2004
Quoting "new albums of Van Halen,they are so much greater than the older one's" and "try to open your eyes for the other albums to...."

If you checkout my All time 10 ten albums you will find Van Halen - "Balance" as runner up. So
I am very aware of Van Halen's Sammy Hagar era albums and love them all.


Comment by Jeff (Anonymous) - Monday, December 6, 2004
Who is this Michael dude and why is he unable to know what a masterpiece sounds like? He didn't understand Cheap Trick's Special One either. This is VH heaviest masterpiece and Eddie's best guitar work. The band has never been tighter as a unit and the song writing is fantastic!

Lord Strike That Poor Boy Down! (Michael)


Comment by Jeff (Anonymous) - Monday, December 6, 2004
Who is this Michael dude and why is he unable to know what a masterpiece sounds like? He didn't understand Cheap Trick's Special One either. This is VH heaviest masterpiece and Eddie's best guitar work. The band has never been tighter as a unit and the song writing is fantastic!

Lord Strike That Poor Boy Down! (Michael)


Comment by Raúl Anthony (Anonymous) - Saturday, March 26, 2005
This album guided me thru my dark ages as a kid, is suffered, i was heartbroken, i was misguided, almost destroyed by the 'Real Mean Streets' and from the oscure night this guitar driven band onslaughted the night with their expressive mix of music and heartfelt lyrics...need i say more!
LLK Edward!


Comment by John (Anonymous) - Friday, April 8, 2005
I think Van Halen is awesome. We even named our dog after them!!!


Comment by Matthew (Anonymous) - Tuesday, May 3, 2005
This is a fantastic and heavy album by a band that never sounded happier or more confident on vinyl. Easily could be included in a guitar greats album collection. Van Halen is a rare amalgam of virtuoso and party music the likes of which many have tried to imitate and have failed.


Comment by vhfan (Anonymous) - Sunday, February 12, 2006
"Happier than ever", Matthew? That's quite an assessment, seeing as how Eddie almost quit the band during this record, and how they all agree that it's their darkest record.


Comment by Neal Nassano (Anonymous) - Saturday, August 19, 2006
Are you kidding me? The song One Foot Out The Door rocks harder than almost any other VH song. The guitar solo that finishes out the song is some of Eddie's finest licks to date. I saw that tour front row in Oakland which you can see me in all those early live videos that play on VH1 Classic. I was fourth row for Women and Children First tour. Also in Oakland. I'm a junky of Van Halen and Fair Warning rocks just as much as its predecessors.


Comment by glenn head (Anonymous) - Thursday, February 1, 2007
i'm just trying to find some info on the artist who did the cover art. does anyone know his name, or anything about him, or where i can look him up ?? any info?? I NEED A NAME!


Comment by ThraX (Member) - Friday, October 26, 2007
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I'm not a big fan of David Lee Roth's voice but somehow David always surrounds himself with top notch musicians, And of course I believe the greatest influential guitarist of all-time Eddie Van Halen.....And i do agree the best Van Halen albums are I & II, this album is perhaps Eddie's best guitar playing album......8/10 for me would be a 10 if Roth was not on it!


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Tracklisting
01 - Mean Street
02 - "Dirty Movies"
03 - Sinner's Swing
04 - Hear about it later
05 - Unchained
06 - Push Comes to Shove
07 - So this is Love?
08 - Sunday afternoon in the park
09 - One foot out the door


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