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Van Helen

There are two kinds of people: 1) Those who believe David Lee Roth has always been Van Halen’s greatest frontman; and 2) Sammy Hagar.

OK, it isn’t as cut and dried as that. But there’s no denying that for decades, VH fans have been divided into two factions (and only two; sorry, Gary Cherone). Also true: The DLR camp has the upper hand right now. After decades of exile and reunion attempts, Diamond Dave seems firmly back in favour with the mercurial Van Halen brothers (bassist Michael Anthony, who sided with Sammy during their divorce, is the current original member non grata, replaced by Eddie’s son Wolfgang). Since 2007, the Halens and Roth have toured regularly, trotting out their ’70s and ’80s hits (but no Hagar or Cherone songs; sorry again, Gary) for fans new and old. In 2012 they released A Different Kind of Truth, their first album together since 1984 (the year and the LP).

This summer, the VH party bus hits the road again for a tour that includes Canadian stops in Toronto and London, Ont. And to prime the pump, they just released a live set from a 2013 Tokyo show, plus remastered versions of their first six albums. So, to help you get back up to speed on their back catalogue, here’s a rundown of their albums from worst to first. If you disagree (seriously, how many times can we say sorry, Gary?), keep it to yourself. I don’t wanna hear about it later.

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There are two kinds of people: 1) Those who believe David Lee Roth has always been Van Halen’s greatest frontman; and 2) Sammy Hagar.

OK, it isn’t as cut and dried as that. But there’s no denying that for decades, VH fans have been divided into two factions (and only two; sorry, Gary Cherone). Also true: The DLR camp has the upper hand right now. After decades of exile and reunion attempts, Diamond Dave seems firmly back in favour with the mercurial Van Halen brothers (bassist Michael Anthony, who sided with Sammy during their divorce, is the current original member non grata, replaced by Eddie’s son Wolfgang). Since 2007, the Halens and Roth have toured regularly, trotting out their ’70s and ’80s hits (but no Hagar or Cherone songs; sorry again, Gary) for fans new and old. In 2012 they released A Different Kind of Truth, their first album together since 1984 (the year and the LP).

This summer, the VH party bus hits the road again for a tour that includes Canadian stops in Toronto and London, Ont. And to prime the pump, they just released a live set from a 2013 Tokyo show, plus remastered versions of their first six albums. So, to help you get back up to speed on their back catalogue, here’s a rundown of their albums from worst to first. If you disagree (seriously, how many times can we say sorry, Gary?), keep it to yourself. I don’t wanna hear about it later.

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