1995 Van Halen – Balance

Balance is the tenth studio album by hard rock band Van Halen, released on January 24, 1995 through Warner Bros. Records. The album is the last of the band’s four studio releases to feature Sammy Hagar as lead vocalist. Balance reached number 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 in February 1995 and reached Triple Platinum status on May 12, 2004 by selling more than three million copies in the U.S.

Balance was released January 24, 1995 and is the first release by a platinum-certified act on Warner Bros. since Danny Goldberg stepped in as chairman/CEO. It’s also the band’s first album since the loss of their longtime manager Ed Leffler, who died of thyroid cancer on October 16, 1993, before Ray Danniels took over management of the band (mostly due to Alex’s personal relationship with Danniels as brother-in-law). Warner Bros. said that early 1995 would be the right time to unleash a new Van Halen album. “It seems like we’ve always had success with big acts right after the first of the year,” says Warner Bros. VP of merchandising and advertising Jim Wagner. “Don’t Tell Me (What Love Can Do),” the first single from Balance, was shipped to top 40 and album rock radio on December 28, 1994. Van Halen takes the honor of being the first act to debut at No. 1 in 1995, as their weekly sales of 295,000 units earns Balance the Billboard 200 crown. The opening-week tally for Van Halen’s Balance is 21% higher than that of For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge, the band’s previous studio album, which topped the chart with 243,000 units in the summer of 1991

Tracks

1  The Seventh Seal (Alex Van Halen; Eddie van Halen; Michael Anthony; Sammy Hagar) 05:14
2  Can’t Stop Lovin’ You (Alex Van Halen; Eddie van Halen; Michael Anthony; Sammy Hagar) 04:05
3  Don’t Tell Me (Alex Van Halen; Eddie van Halen; Michael Anthony; Sammy Hagar) 05:53
4  Amsterdam (Alex Van Halen; Eddie van Halen; Michael Anthony; Sammy Hagar) 04:42
5  Big Fat Money (Alex Van Halen; Eddie van Halen; Michael Anthony; Sammy Hagar) 03:57
6  Strung Out (Alex Van Halen; Eddie van Halen; Michael Anthony; Sammy Hagar) 01:28
7  Not Enough (Alex Van Halen; Eddie van Halen; Michael Anthony; Sammy Hagar) 05:09
8  Aftershock (Alex Van Halen; Eddie van Halen; Michael Anthony; Sammy Hagar) 05:25
9  Doin Time (Alex Van Halen; Eddie van Halen; Michael Anthony; Sammy Hagar) 01:41
10  Baluchitherium (Alex Van Halen; Eddie van Halen; Michael Anthony; Sammy Hagar) 04:04
11  Take Me Back (Alex Van Halen; Eddie van Halen; Michael Anthony; Sammy Hagar) 04:39
12  Feelin’ (Alex Van Halen; Eddie van Halen; Michael Anthony; Sammy Hagar) 06:28

Media

Musicians

BassMichael Anthony
DrumsAlex Van Halen
GuitarEddie van Halen
KeyboardsEddie van Halen
VocalsSammy Hagar

Other Musicians

7 Not Enough

Background VocalsSteve Lukather

Liner Notes

Producer – Bruce Fairbairn
Engineer – Erwin Musper
Engineer (Second) – Mike Plotnikoff
Mastered By – George Marino
Mixed By – Mike Fraser

Art Direction – Jeri Heiden
Photography By – Randee St. Nicholas
Photography By (Cover) – Glen Wexler

Recorded At – 5150
Recorded At – Record Plant, Los Angeles
Lacquer Cut At – Sterling Sound