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On this day in music history: February 10, 1978 - “Van Halen”, the debut album by Van Halen is released. Produced by Ted Templeman, it is recorded at Sunset Sound Recorders in Hollywood, CA from September - October 1977. A staple on the L.A. rock scene since the mid 70’s, the Pasadena, CA hard rock band records a demo tape with the assistance of Gene Simmons from KISS. In spite of this help, KISS’ management does not see Van Halen’s potential, and the break ties with Simmons. The band finally lands their big break when Warner Bros executives Mo Ostin and Ted Templeman sees the band perform at a club in Hollywood. Within a week, they offer the band a recording contract and immediately put them in the studio. Recorded in only three weeks, their first album is cut mostly live in the studio with minimal overdubbing. Anchored by Eddie Van Halen’s outstanding lead guitar work and charismatic front man David Lee Roth’s vocals, it does not take long for its impact to be felt. Though in time the album is regarded as one of the greatest debut rock albums of all time, many critics react negatively upon its release, but rock fans embrace it immediately. It spins off three singles including “You Really Got Me” (#36 Pop) and “Runnin’ With The Devil” (#84 Pop), with several other tracks becoming rock radio mainstays. The album influences generations of future rock musicians that follow, spawning numerous copycats in their wake. First remastered and reissued on CD in 2000, it is reissued again in 2015. The album is also reissued as a 180 gram vinyl LP by Rhino Records in 2009. “Van Halen” will peak at number nineteen on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 10x Platinum in the US by the RIAA, receiving a Diamond Certification.

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