ARTIST:

VAN HALEN

(UNITED STATES)
TITLE:

RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW

(1993)
LABEL:

WARNER

GENRE:

HARD ROCK

TAGS:
Easy-Listening, Guitar-Hero, Live, Live, Technical
""Right Here, Right Now", in spite of its flaws, is a good testimony of a bygone era that it is good to rediscover."
NOISE (10.10.2020)  
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For a band known for its high-profile stage performances, whether it be with David Lee Roth or Sammy Hagar, it is surprising that Van Halen has offered very few live performances in the trade. "Right Here, Right Now" which was released in February 1993 is even the only live testimony of the American band to this day. In fact, and given the release date, it is easy to guess that this live album is about the Sammy Hagar period which was then touring for the album "F.U.C.K.". The concert was recorded on May 14 and 15, 1992 in Fresno, California and features no less than 24 tracks on two discs. But this live is finally not a complete testimony of Van Halen, just a testimony of the Hagar era and the three studio albums released with him on vocals. Indeed, only 4 songs from the Lee Roth era remain, the most famous ones, confirming the impression of Sammy Hagar's strong hold on the band. Hagar even offers two songs from his solo career to the program, as well as a cover of a Who hit.

Despite this, "Right Here, Right Now" remains a classy testimonial and shows the extent of the band's talent. The sound is perfect, the performance as well, both vocally and musically, and even if Hagar said that the record has been largely reworked in studio, this live is a perfect condensed American Hard-Rock as it was practiced in the late 80s and early 90s. "F.U.C.K." takes the lion's share of the album with no less than 10 songs out of the 11 that the album contains, 3 come from "OU812" and 4 from "5150". 

From "Poundcake" to "Judgement Day" through "Spanked", "Man On A Mission", "Runaround" and "In 'N' Out", all the tracks are terrifics. "Best Of Both Worlds", "When It's Love", "Dreams" or the ballads "Love Walks In" and "Why Can't This Be Love" are a tribute to the first two albums of the Hagar era, despite the keyboards sometimes sounding a little dated. Hagar's solo tracks are good. The man knows how to make good Hard-Rock, even if their presence seems a little untimely. There are also solos of course, and Eddie displays his class all along this live, on "316" in particular, but also leaves room for his friends. With "Ultra Bass", Anthony shows an impressive fingering on the bass and Alex Van Halen reminds us all his talent as a drummer on an excellent solo never boring and full of groove. Finally, the extracts from the Lee Roth era are making their effect, Hagar is doing a wonderful cover of them, from "Ain't Talking About Love" to the unavoidable "Jump" and "Panama", even if we would have liked to hear some other nuggets from this era.

"Right Here, Right Now", in spite of its flaws, is a good testimony of a bygone era that it is good to rediscover. It thus constitutes a good best of for the novices of this period finally rather short but very rich.


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TRACK LISTING:
01. CD 1 Poundcake (05:28)
02. Judgement Day (04:52)
03. When It's Love (05:22)
04. Spanked (05:08)
05. Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love (04:37)
06. In 'N' Out (06:20)
07. Dreams (04:49)
08. Man On A Mission (04:19)
09. Ultra Bass (05:15)
10. Pleasure Dome/Drum Solo (10:38)
11. Panama (06:39)
12. Love Walks In (05:14)
13. Runaround (05:21)
14. CD 2 Right Now (06:13)
15. One Way To Rock (04:58)
16. Why Can't This Be Love? (03:48)
17. Give To Live (07:11)
18. Finish What Ya Started (05:50)
19. Best Of Both Worlds (05:00)
20. 316 (11:38)
21. You Really Got Me/Cabo Wabo (07:59)
22. Won't Get Fooled Again (05:41)
23. Jump (04:26)
24. Top Of The World (04:59)

LINEUP:
Alex Van Halen: Batterie
Edward Van Halen: Guitares / Claviers
Michael Anthony: Basse
Sammy Hagar: Chant / Guitares
   
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