You lucky, lucky boys and girls! Another double feature review? And this time it’s all Van Halen? Today, you get Part One – Can’t Stop Loving You!
REVIEW: Van Halen – Can’t Stop Loving You (parts I & II, inc. collector’s tin.)
In the 90’s, CD singles were a big deal especially in Europe. Probably due to quirks of the British chart rules which limits a single to 4 songs, bands often doubled up by releasing double singles with each part sold separately. There were also cases of triple singles, or singles with exclusive tracks on the vinyl versions, in order to get you, the consumer, to buy it more than once therefore charting it higher.
Can’t Stop Loving You by Van Halen was released this way, but without all the bonus tracks that really made it worthwhile. Instead, you could get a collector’s tin to store both discs in.
Part I of the single (w022cd) came in a standard jewel case and the following b-sides.
- 2. Crossing Over (non-LP track, Japanese bonus track for Balance)
- 3. Right Now (live)
- 4. Man on a Mission (live)
The case has no indication of a second disc being available. The two live songs are from the album Live: Right here, right now. The bonus track “Crossing Over” is incredible, and well worth hunting down for any Van Hagar fan. This thumper is apparently based on music that Edward had written years earlier, and was finished off by Sammy’s haunting lyrics about journeying to the great beyond. Lyrically it hits the spot, and musically, it cascades atmospherically. It has a lot of bass, runs very slowly, but is unique in the Van Hagar canon, there is nothing else like it. It fits the darker, mellow vibe of some of Balance‘s more thoughtful moments.
Part II (wo288cdx) is only worth buying for the tin itself. There are no exclusive bonus tracks to be had on this disc. The tin is your standard CD tin, with the Van Halen “globe”-style logo embossed onto the front. There’s a helpful (upside down) sticker on the front advertizing that you can also buy the other CD and store it in this case. There is a foam insert inside to help protect your CD. The back of the tin has a large sticker with notes and pictures, and a tracklist for the other CD as well — this is handy if you do end up storing them together.
Bonus tracks are as follows. Once again all bonus tracks are simply lifted from the live album. The A-side is the standard album version of “Can’t Stop Loving You”, which is also the same as the first CD.
- 2. Best of Both Worlds (live)
- 3. When It’s Love (live)
- 4. One Way To Rock (live)
For part one, a solid 4/5 stars for the excellent bonus track “Crossing Over”
For part two, a dismal 2/5 stars. It’s only there to look at really.
Tune in again in a couple days, when we finish this review off with one more RARE VAN HALEN collector’s tin…