It’s been 40 years since Van Halen’s self-titled debut album erupted into stores

Warner Bros. Records/RhinoToday, February 10, marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Van Halen’s self-titled debut album.

The 11-track collection helped introduce the world to the hard-rock legends: shrieking, high-kicking and irreverently funny singer David Lee Roth, fast-fingered and inventive guitarist Eddie Van Halen, hard-pounding drummer Alex Van Halen and fluid bassist Michael Anthony, who also provided soaring backing vocals.

While the album peaked at a modest #19 on the Billboard 200, and featured only one top 40 hit — an inspired cover of The Kinks’ “You Really Got Me” — it’s packed with songs that have become …read more

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