Van Halen III


Van Halen III
Van Halen III
Studio album by Van Halen
Released March 17, 1998
Recorded March – December 1997, 5150 Studios, Studio City, CA
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal
Length 65:47
Language English
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Mike Post, Eddie Van Halen
Van Halen chronology
Balance
(1995)
Van Halen III
(1998)
The Best of Both Worlds
(2004)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars [1]
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Van Halen III is the band's 11th album and was the last studio album by American hard rock band Van Halen. It is the only Van Halen album to feature Gary Cherone on lead vocals. A follow-up with Cherone was recorded, but not released.[citation needed]

Contents

History

The album's title refers to the fact that it was Van Halen's third recorded line-up, and the band's first two albums having been titled Van Halen and Van Halen II. No songs from it are featured on The Best of Both Worlds, the band's 2004 greatest hits compilation.

The album's only significant radio hit was "Without You", which reached #1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart on the March 7, 1998 issue of Billboard, and remained there for six weeks. Other songs receiving airplay on rock radio were "Fire in the Hole" and "One I Want". The album's final song, "How Many Say I", was an unusual acoustic piano ballad featuring Eddie Van Halen on lead vocals with Gary Cherone on backing vocals.

Another song entitled "That's Why I Love You" was dropped at the last minute in favor of "Josephina". This album also contributed the song "Fire in the Hole" to the Lethal Weapon 4 movie soundtrack.

Due to Michael Anthony being replaced by Wolfgang Van Halen when the band reunited in 2006, this is the last album to feature him on bass. Anthony was only featured on three songs: "Without You," "One I Want" and "Fire in the Hole". Edward Van Halen played bass on the rest of the album.

The cover is a still picture from stock footage of Frank "Cannonball" Richards.

Track listing

All songs credited to Eddie Van Halen, Michael Anthony, Gary Cherone, and Alex Van Halen.

  1. "Neworld" (Instrumental) – 1:51
  2. "Without You" – 6:37
  3. "One I Want" – 5:35
  4. "From Afar" – 5:29
  5. "Dirty Water Dog" – 5:33
  6. "Once" – 7:51
  7. "Fire in the Hole" – 5:37
  8. "Josephina" – 5:48
  9. "Year to the Day" – 8:47
  10. "Primary" (Instrumental) – 1:31
  11. "Ballot or the Bullet" – 5:48
  12. "How Many Say I" – 6:16

Personnel

Additional musicians

  • Mike Post – piano on "Neworld"

Production

  • Producers: Mike Post, Eddie Van Halen
  • Engineers: Erwin Musper, Eddie Van Halen
  • Mixing: The Edward, Robbes
  • Mastering: The Edward, Robbes, Eddy Schreyer
  • Programming: Florian Ammon, Ian Dye, Ed Rogers, Paul Wight
  • Art direction: Stine Schyberg
  • Photography: Dan Chavkin
  • Coloring: F. Scott Schafer

Certifications

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[2] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Charts

Album

Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1998 The Billboard 200 4
1998 Top Canadian Albums 4
Singles

Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1998 "Fire in the Hole" Mainstream Rock Tracks 6
1998 "One I Want" Mainstream Rock Tracks 27
1998 "Without You" Mainstream Rock Tracks 1

External links

  1. Van Halen III (1998) Album Review at Rockpedia.co

References


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