February 13, 2010 – 4:12 am

This show predates their Warner Brothers debut album by two months. The invasion was still under wraps.

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Die Laughing [no label, 1CD ripped from original vinyl boot]

Live in Pasadena, CA, October 15, 1977. Ex- soundboard stereo. Vocals are slightly behind but clears by Tk 7. Pitch-corrected.

In the late ’70s or early ’80s, this bootleg LP was sent to me by mistake along with a shipment of imports, and while I offered to return the unordered album, the dealer never wrote back. The album crackles with fiery guitar playing and some vinyl surface noise as well.

Before giving away the original LP, I transferred it to CD-R, and corrected the original LP’s most glaring fault: a speed fluctuation that caused the music to suddenly, drastically speed up during “You Really Got Me”. By carefully rehearsing to operate my turntable’s pitch control, I was able to correct the problem perfectly on the first attempt. However, I also accidentally split “Eruption” into two track. Oh well, nobody’s perfect. [Ed: That has been corrected here.]

Recorded in Pasadena, California while the group was touring behind their debut album. -  Philip Cohen

Soundwise, this is very nice if only the vocals could come up a bit. The performance is inspired with both Eddie’s lightning riffs and David’s vocals hitting bullseye. The show took place just two months before their Warner Bros debut album. All the music at this show comes from the first two Van Halen albums. Eruption is the track that highlights Eddie’s guitar technique of finger tapping. Some bootlegs of this show have the in-between banter cut but it’s all here on this vinyl rip.

For fans of melodic guitar rock. Thanks Phil.

(Cover art lifted from Ron Higgins’ site

Note: A longtime music fan, Philip Cohen was a contributor to the now-defunct ICE Magazine and compiled the boxsets for The Yardbirds, The Small Faces, Humble Pie and Nice.

These tracks are no longer available for download.

Track 01. On Fire*
Track 02. Feel Your Love Tonight*
Track 03. Runnin’ With The Devil*
Track 04. Atomic Punk*
Track 05. Little Dreamer*
Track 06. Somebody Get Me A Doctor+ [extended]
Track 07. Ice Cream Man*
Track 08. Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love*
Track 09. Eruption*
Track 10. D.O.A.+
Track 11. You Really Got Me*

* from Van Halen I
+ from Van Halen II
Eddie Van Halen - lead guitar
David Lee Roth - vocals
Michael Anthony - bass
Alex Van Halen - drums

Van Halen I is the debut album from this hard rock band. The Led Zeppelin bootleg “Listen To This Eddie” refers to Van Halen’s Eddie VH. Click on the link to buy Van Halen albums.

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“The Philip Cohen Collection: “V”

Printed Name:  Dorothy Sherman
Title:  Consultant
Company:  Warner Bros. Records, Inc.
Address:  3300 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA  91505

  1. 8 Responses to “THE PHILIP COHEN COLLECTION: “V””

  2. hey bigo, thanks!!! this has all the hits. i was too young to see them with this lineup when they played here in 84, but my brother went. he may even still have the tour shirt. i never saw them with hager, even though they played here a bunch. however, i saw dlr band here 7 years ago come june, and he was awesome. they played d.o.a.!

    first comment!


    By Ed Saad on Feb 13, 2010

  3. hey bigo, looking around the net and hearing dave say: pasadena civic. venue must be pasadena civic auditorium.


    By Ed Saad on Feb 13, 2010

  4. Classic Vinyl Boot - I bought this in the 80’s for $9 at a sleazy record store/head shop in Poughkeepsie, NY: mine had a blue cover. Since there was no internet/YouTube etc. back then, this was the only way you could ever hear your favorite bands live… VH were notoriously stingy with live material, especially in the DLR era. So, anything was highly cherished. Great recording since it’s a SB and it shows a young and hungry star bound VH. I know there’s better versions of this out there on the net that have the sound check … thanks Big O!.

    By Woodstock on Feb 14, 2010

  5. Dear Woodstock,

    The L.P. that I dubbed from had the artwork printed on blue paper(like your copy), but, since I gave the L.P. away many years ago(after dubbing it to CD-R), Big O has found similar artwork(not blue) and supplied it for everyone.

    By Philip Cohen on Feb 14, 2010

  6. If this was before the first album was released, I would guess that this is from the Handlebar Saloon. They played there quite often before breaking big. I saw them in a backyard in Hollydale with about 250 other people before the cops broke it up.

    By Bill on Feb 16, 2010

  7. I hate consultants!

    By walter on Feb 20, 2010

  8. So let me get this straight Dorothy - we cannot get Warner Bros to release ANY David Lee Roth era Van Halen live material which would sell TONS by the way)and they actually have a “consultant” to scour the web and close down downloads of the only live stuff out there? No wonder the music industry is FUBB!

    By Dave Duncanson on Feb 28, 2010

  9. we cannot get Warner Bros to release ANY David Lee Roth era Van Halen live material which would sell TONS by the way)and they actually have a “consultant” to scour the web and close down downloads of the only live stuff out there? No wonder the music industry is FUBB!

    By Batagor bandung on Dec 14, 2017

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