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“Cosmic Universal Fashion” by Sammy Hagar

Artist: Sammy Hagar
Title: “Cosmic Universal Fashion”
Label: Roadrunner Records
Release Date: 11/18/2008
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 2.5/5

Having enjoyed a lot of what Sammy Hagar brought to the musical table over the years as a solo artist and even once in awhile during his tenure as the singer of Van Halen, I had to say that I was rather looking forward to his first solo album since 2000 – then I began to spin it. Now I know that this sounds a bit harsh but what I am getting at is that the record failed to excite me as soon as it began and I had really expected an industry veteran such as Sammy to be able to do that right from the beginning and he did not. The album is called “Cosmic Universal Fashion” and it kicks off with its quasi-electronic/dance oriented beat opening title track that made me scratch my head a little and wonder if the remainder of the album would be along the same line. A slow groove comes via “Psycho Vertigo” which while a decent tune still was not snaring me by the throat as the listener and it would not be until the third and fourth tracks “Peephole” and “Loud” that any semblance of interest and tapping toes would come to me as I played the disc at some healthy volume to get the point a little better. “Peephole” has an interesting guitar riff and comes off as a racing and twisting tune that is quite appealing but then I remembered that these two tracks were originally delivered by the “super group” he formed in 2002 with Neil Schon which essentially made them come off as covers of his own earlier work with a lot less luster. The winner comes by way of “Loud” which really would have served Sammy well had he chosen to open the new album with it. There is almost a Grand Funk Railroad feel to it ala “American Band” and it’s a track that I feel should be played louder than most of the other offerings on the release.
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“Everybody Wants Some: The Van Halen Saga” by Ian Christe

Author: Ian Christe
Title: “Everybody Wants Some: The Van Halen Saga”
Publisher: Wiley Publishing
Release Date: 8/24/2007
Genre: Biography
Rating: 3.5/5

During the final months of 2007 an event that Hard Rock and Metal fans had been waiting for decades to occur finally had come to pass and this of course was the reunion of the brothers Van Halen with their former singer David Lee Roth. I felt it best to begin our commentary with that bit of knowledge for the book itself leaves us wondering if this will indeed happen. “Everybody Wants Some: The Van Halen Saga” by Ian Christe is a journey back in time to the beginning of the band and how its members met and while the more noted Van Halen experts might balk at some of its contents there is really a lot of cool information to absorb when it comes down to it. We journey back to Holland and first meet the Van Halen brothers who were young musicians who performed with their Father and we learn first hand about the sparks being lit by budding guitar genius Edward Van Halen. I won’t recant every chapter but it explains how the band met up and jammed at outdoor parties and simply grew and grew during a time when Hard Rock and Heavy Metal music was being forced out the door by the likes of Disco. We meet a young David Lee Roth and Michael Anthony and learn how they joined the group and each of them offered a unique perspective to the mix as the band struggled for scene dominance and eventually secured their recording contact. Had you been a regular reader of the music magazines that saw publication during the bands early years a lot of this information might not surprise you but with the bands continued impact on modern music today there are clearly more than enough readers who will come away with mountains of detail because of what is lined out in its pages.
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