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rustoffa
07-02-2004, 10:02 PM
Tough choice, but I'm giving the nod to ATBL. The brownsound
is strong with that one Obi Wan.

http://www.lewzworld.com/vanhalen/pics/eddiespecialcvr.jpg

Mr Badguy
07-10-2004, 05:30 AM
This might be sacrelige but "ATBL" has never been a song that did anything for me.

I know some people rate it highly but I don`t know why.

It`s probably my least favourite song off "Van Halen".

"Unchained" on the other hand is the shit.

Wayne L.
07-11-2004, 07:54 PM
Unchained is a rock classic from Van Halen with a great opening riff by Eddie which is better than ATBL!!!

BrownSound1
07-13-2004, 01:11 AM
Unchained by miles. Even EVH thought ATBL was a stupid song when he wrote it. The opening riff is cool, but I think it is Dave who saves that one.

Warham
07-13-2004, 07:03 AM
I'd have to go with Unchained as well.

Big Troubles
07-13-2004, 08:23 AM
ATBL is my choice. I love that opening! The solo is cool, Daves voice rocks.

alexpgrimes
07-13-2004, 09:17 AM
I gotta go with unchained.

Carmine
07-13-2004, 09:30 AM
UNCHAINED is the anthem of all that is VAN HALEN, but AINT TALKIN BOUT LOVE rocks too!

ULTRAMAN VH
07-13-2004, 10:22 AM
I would have to give the nod to UNCHAINED, but ATBL is a kick ass tune. Listen to Ed workin the flanger in the middle of ATBL when they slow the song down. Guitarist's didn't have a clue what this young guitar wizard was doing at the time. The sounds he was coming up with using stomp boxes was way ahead of it's time. To bad he is just a shell of what he once was.

secrets
07-14-2004, 06:56 PM
Unchained has to be the definitive Van Halen riff. Powerful as hell with a very positive upbeat feel to it. But what I like about ATBL is the dynamics; the way the song goes from distorted to clear and loud to quiet. That sound too, which is actually an electric sitar! Amazing! One of my all time favourites, this song really moves me I have to say.

DLRdelight!
07-15-2004, 02:01 AM
ATBL was the first full Van Halen song i learned. The band i use to be in even played it at skewl, such a great day that was. But im goin to have to go with Unchained. The opening riff on that song is great!! Even the verse riff, and Daves voice man!!! Both great songs, but Unchained all the way

VHFan
07-23-2004, 05:58 PM
Gotta go with Unchained...That awesome crunchy guitar riff with Eddie using that MXR Flanger....This song still stands up as a hard rock/heavy metal classic and always will!!!

BARE BONE
07-26-2004, 09:54 PM
Unchained. I love when the drums and bass kick in. Atbl is great too!

FORD
08-04-2004, 11:46 PM
Unchained is the best song Van HALEN ever recorded.

JCOOK
08-05-2004, 11:28 AM
Must disagree Everybody wants some defined VH as in your face steal your woman run into the jungle rocknroll IMO

Carmine
08-05-2004, 12:17 PM
Originally posted by JCOOK
Must disagree Everybody wants some defined VH as in your face steal your woman run into the jungle rocknroll IMO

as did "the full bug"! :rockit2: :killer:

Hollywood Jesus
08-05-2004, 12:34 PM
The riff I think of right away is Fools.

I give Unchained the nod over ATBL.

Now, I realize that ATBL is an important song, but it does little for me. It's probably my least favorite on the album.

DeadOrAlive
08-06-2004, 03:30 PM
Unchained... Mean Street is probably the best though... (If you ask me!)

Rikk
08-06-2004, 03:39 PM
Originally posted by FORD
Unchained is the best song Van HALEN ever recorded.

Ditto.

DeadOrAlive
08-12-2004, 07:19 PM
Still Unchained!

Dan
08-12-2004, 07:25 PM
ATBL, great solo,and Dave's voice is spot on.

DeadOrAlive
08-12-2004, 07:27 PM
ATBL is starting to take over!

Loons The Great
05-25-2006, 11:28 AM
I'm feelin' positively Unchained, mama!!

Sarge
01-27-2009, 05:32 PM
I am going to have to differ and say ATBL.
I love the riffs on that song.

I like unchained.. but not as much as some here.
Breasts,

lesfunk
01-27-2009, 09:54 PM
Unchained by a Mile. That track crushes!

Va Beach VH Fan
01-27-2009, 10:59 PM
Not only Unchained, but the Oakland '81 version of Unchained is in the dictionary under "RAW"....

Terry
02-02-2009, 10:20 PM
Tough choice, but Unchained by a cunthair.

Diamondjimi
02-02-2009, 11:18 PM
Un-fuckin-chained!

"EVERYBODY UP!!!"

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binnie
02-03-2009, 04:47 AM
ATBL.

To my ears, it's a more uniquely VH riff.

DlocRoth
02-04-2009, 12:55 PM
Blue eyed murder in a size 5 dress!

Unchained!!

DLR7884
02-04-2009, 01:35 PM
Unchained is a song that really fires me up...so it was the obvious choice out of the two.

DLR7884
Kinda like RATM songs, it makes me want to kick someone's ass.

flappo
02-05-2009, 06:42 AM
as much as i love fw , there are better tunes and riffs on the album

how aboot so this is love ? arguably vh's all time high point imo

hear aboot it later rocks too , mean street too

sadaist
02-07-2009, 01:29 AM
When I got my first electric guitar my mom also pre-paid for two lessons on the next two Saturdays. The first lesson he taught me how to tune and said "next week, bring in a song you'd like to learn". I knew exactly what I wanted to be able to play. The next week I sat down with the instructor in a tiny sound room lined with speakers & electronics and two small stools to sit on. We hooked up our guitars, he checked my tuning, then I handed him my cassette I had brought. 10 seconds later the opening of ATBL cranked through the system. I could see his head drop a bit thinking "shit, how am I supposed to teach the kid this?" Hey, he said any song, and this is what I wanted to play.

To his credit, he did a fine job showing me how to do it.



btw - his name was Mike, from Music, Music guitar shop in El Cajon, CA (in case he ever finds himself perusing these boards someday)

Panamark
02-12-2009, 05:39 AM
Old threads spring up from the dead !!
Awesome, we didnt totally die !!

Unchained ! By a bee's pube......

blonddgirl777
02-13-2009, 12:04 PM
Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love. I love everything about this song, especially the lyrics. But Unchained is excellent as well...

NATEDOG001976
02-14-2009, 03:03 AM
Both songs, with 2 blondes.

hotdogtime
02-27-2009, 10:40 AM
ATBL may be more the more "famous" track, but to the initiated Unchained is far superior. The syncopation during the bridge kicks ass!

Ralphy Lee Fox
03-01-2010, 08:32 PM
Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love

VHfan99
03-20-2010, 04:40 PM
Aint talking about love is classic but Fair warning kicks ass and Unchained is a mean riff!!!

vaijuju
03-20-2010, 06:18 PM
ATBL is a original riff! Unchained the first time i heard it (1981) , i said damn it sounds a little like Dead or alive!

diamondsgirl
03-21-2010, 04:56 PM
Strictly riff? Unchained.

Imapus Sylicker
03-22-2010, 12:21 PM
I have to say I kinda like ATBL a little better. The variations in the song, the lyrics, the guitar spots are all extremely good & even though I don't really like the "Hey, hey, hey" at the end, that part can really work to to get everybody in the audience shouting.

Now, 'scuse me while I take a listen to ATBL & follow it up with Unchained.

Cheers! :bottle:

Imapus Sylicker
03-22-2010, 12:23 PM
Even EVH thought ATBL was a stupid song when he wrote it.

Considering what that twat thought was cool during the late 80s, I think that's actually a compliment to the song.

Cheers! :bottle:

SilvioDante
03-23-2010, 05:54 AM
Unchained....

I am 15 years old at my first VH concert in Evansville, IN in July of '84 (I had the boot until my hard drive crashed, got it here so if anyone has a copy....hint hint...)

Anyway... lights go down... crowd cheers...band starts to noodle around to build the excitement...the Ed begins the opening riff of Unchained... lights hit Dave standing on the drum riser and he hollers "Alright Evansville"... jumps of and does the splits mid air... the second he hits the ground the whole band kicks in and the light come up on stage...

That my friends...... IS rock and roll!

VanHalenFan5150
03-23-2010, 08:15 AM
Unchained....

I am 15 years old at my first VH concert in Evansville, IN in July of '84 (I had the boot until my hard drive crashed, got it here so if anyone has a copy....hint hint...)

Anyway... lights go down... crowd cheers...band starts to noodle around to build the excitement...the Ed begins the opening riff of Unchained... lights hit Dave standing on the drum riser and he hollers "Alright Evansville"... jumps of and does the splits mid air... the second he hits the ground the whole band kicks in and the light come up on stage...

That my friends...... IS rock and roll!

I have the Evansville bootleg! PM me, we can work something out.

Unchained for sure!

kissfan1976
04-28-2010, 11:55 AM
Ain't Talkin' Bout Love!
Love the riff on UNCHAINED but I like ATBL as a whole song.

Dave's Bitch
06-30-2010, 10:28 AM
Aint talkin' bout love. I love unchained but the first time i heard ATBL's intro my heart skipped a beat

GreenBayLA
07-11-2010, 04:39 AM
ATBL cuz it was 1st VH album I bought back in '78 EPIC Riff, classic vocal. Ive been to the edge.....
Unchained is cool but it sounds like lite beer in comparison.

vanhalen1r2
09-03-2010, 11:36 AM
They both are kickass tunes, I always liked Unchained a little more.

rocking ron
06-04-2011, 05:45 PM
Unchained is one of my fave's but AIN'T TALKIN' BOUT LOVE is for me the ultimate VH song!!!!!!!!!!!:rockin:

Etienne
06-05-2011, 10:55 AM
Unchained is my all time favourite VH tune... ATBL is a typical good CVH song too...

PETE'S BROTHER
07-28-2013, 02:06 AM
unchained

minkahed
08-25-2013, 01:23 AM
unchained

Primavera888
10-11-2013, 03:19 AM
Unchained of course!

Momshell
10-11-2013, 05:29 AM
Tough call..went with Unchained 'cause it was one of my first intros to VH...remember seeing the video and thinking 'holy shit!'..and then falling in love with Dave :) It still totally pumps me up. I hafta give a shot out to ATBL for the opening riff and the lyrics though...'you're semi-good-looking' is still one of my all time favorite lines.

Seshmeister
10-11-2013, 06:06 AM
I voted 9 years ago, I'm not sure for what. :)

ashstralia
10-12-2013, 03:21 AM
Nice bump!

Still unchained for mine