If you’ve just dropped a pile of hard-earned cash on one of the best turntables, you’ll be after some high-quality vinyl to fully test its sonic capabilities.
So you’ll be delighted to learn that Van Halen have partnered with renowned high-fidelity audiophile brand Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab to release limited edition box sets of the first six Van Halen albums, from 1978’s self-titled debut to the final album of the Dave Lee Roth era, 1984.
The reissues are each available in two formats: as UltraDisc One-step 45rpm double vinyl box sets (‘Ultradisc One-Step’ is a process that results in higher quality lacquers, we’re told) and in SACD (Super Audio CD) format, which Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs promise will result in the band’s albums sounding “more vivid, present, and entertaining than ever.”
Each vinyl set will be housed in a deluxe box, with each album tenderly wrapped in a foil-stamped jackets, while the SACD discs feature mini-gatefold sleeves. Both will be remastered using the original analogue tapes. Van Halen will arrive first – in the fourth quarter of 2022 – and be followed by Van Halen II, Women And Children First, Fair Warning, Diver Down and 1984.
“Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab is excited to release Van Halen’s first six iconic albums in the UD1S and SACD formats for the first time,” said Jim Davis, president of Music Direct and Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab. “Fans will experience Van Halen’s original blend of raw power and Hollywood flair like never before through these limited-edition, audiophile-grade One-Step vinyl box sets.”
The vinyl and SACD releases are available from Music Direct, retailing at $29.99 for the SACD and $125 for the vinyl.
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- Van Halen - MCMLXXXIV - tracklist sticker - German - vinyl LP - £15.00, $18.45, €16.95 (New Item) (arrived 24-Jan-2023 11:13)on February 1, 2023 at 9:32 am
VAN HALEN MCMLXXXIV (1983 German 9-track LP including the classic songs Jump, Panama, Hot For Teacher & I'll Wait, complete with the illustrated inner & uncensored 'cigarette' picture sleeve with angled tracklist sticker on the back in red. The sleeve shows some light scuff marks & the vinyl reveals very little play)
- Van Halen - Women And Children First - UK - vinyl LP - £12.00, $14.76, €13.56 (New Item) (arrived 08-Nov-2022 15:47)on February 1, 2023 at 9:32 am
VAN HALEN Women And Children First (1980 UK 9-track vinyl LP , the third studio album by the American hard rock group, including Tora Tora, Loss Of Control & Take Your Whiskey Home. The picture sleeve displays minor shelf/ringwear with a little creasing whilst the vinyl remains excellent with only light signs of play K56793)
- Van Halen - MCMLXXXIV - Hype Stickered - German - vinyl LP - £18.00, $22.14, €20.34 (New Item) (arrived 22-Jun-2022 16:23)on February 1, 2023 at 9:32 am
VAN HALEN MCMLXXXIV (1983 German 9-track vinyl LP including the classic songs Jump, Panama, Hot For Teacher & I'll Wait, hype-stickered glossy picture sleeve. The sleeve shows minimal wear and the vinyl appears barely played)
- Van Halen - The Japanese Singles 1978-1984 - Sealed - UK - 7" box set - £124.99, $153.74, €141.24 (New Item) (arrived 25-Jul-2022 11:56)on February 1, 2023 at 9:32 am
VAN HALEN The Japanese Singles 1978-1984 (2019 limited edition UK/EU Rhino-Warner box set containing 13 replica Japanese 7" Singles on black vinyl, each bearing the original Japanese sleeve art. Factory sealed from new inside its flip-top cigarette-style picture box with hype sticker intact. Hot Rockin'!)
- Van Halen - Women And Children First + Poster - German - vinyl LP - £30.00, $36.90, €33.90 (New Item) (arrived 08-Aug-2022 12:43)on February 1, 2023 at 9:32 am
VAN HALEN Women & Children First (1980 German 9-track LP, housed in a glossy picture sleeve complete with a bonus 24" x 36" fold-out David Lee Roth poster WB56793)