When I was on vacation during this past Summer, I found a ton of 45 Singles with the Picture Sleeves at a place called House of Vinyl and I ended buying 7 Van Halen 45’s. And we’ve been through a few so far as seen below…
- “Dance the Night Away” (1979)
- “Pretty Woman” (1982)
- “Jump” (1983)
- “I’ll Wait” (1984)
- “Why Can’t This Be Love” (1986)
And now we are on to our sixth of the 7 and we are still in to the Hagar Era and this was the third single off their first album together for ‘5150’ from 1986. The song is “Love Walks In” which was released on July 23, 1986 and went to #22 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was credited to the whole band as usual, but I believe lyrically it came from Sammy as the song is about Alien Abduction and Sammy has stated he has been. Ok! I am not sure where to really go with that information.
My copy is in a little rough shape with a slight tear at the bottom crease plus someone wrote 15 on the front. But otherwise, it plays well and that is all that matters. This version is the standard single version with “Love Walks In” on the A-Side and the B-Side is “Summer Nights”. Not a bad combo of songs.
The song is more pop than rock and is full of Eddie and his keyboard/synth phase. It opens with Eddie and has numerous key changes throughout. Now, lead guitar on this is Actually Sammy which is nice to see, but the song is mostly synths. The keyboards give it an almost atmospheric feel as if you were flying through outer space which is appropriate with an alien abduction theme. Alex’s drums have that classic Alex pop and Michael’s bass keeps the rhythm and song moving forward. Sammy’s vocals are smooth and soft as the song plays like a love ballad, but that love is for the aliens…and not the illegal kind. It is really a beautiful sounding song and it does draw you in but not to the point where it will probe you or anything.
The B-Side is the song “Summer Nights” and this one is more old school Van Halen. Full of heavy guitars with Eddie throwing in lots of tricks. Alex’s drums are in full force as well. The vocals by Sammy or in more of David Lee Roth style with lots of ad libs yells and noises. There some great harmonies and let’s be honest, they always have great harmonies. The solo by Eddie is fantastic and takes me back to early Van Halen. My only complaint is the other instruments are too loud in the mix during the solo as it take it away from it a little. But overall, a decent mid-tempo rock track.
And there you have it. We still have one more single to go from Van Halen from the stash I bought while on vacation. Which one will it be? We will see next week.