Van Halen III

Label
Warner Bros / Wea
Release date
17 Mar 1998
Running length
12 tracks
Running time
64:22

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Neworld 1:45 14,515
2 Without You 6:25 17,312
3 One I Want 5:29 13,842
4 From Afar 5:14 14,088
5 Dirty Water Dog 5:20 12,728
6 Once 7:36 12,320
7 Fire in the Hole 5:25 14,339
8 Josephina 5:37 12,574
9 Year to the Day 8:29 11,838
10 Primary 1:26 11,462
11 Ballot or the Bullet 5:36 11,988
12 How Many Say I 6:00 10,896

About this album

Van Halen III is the eleventh studio album by American hard rock band Van Halen, released in 1998. It is the only Van Halen album to feature Gary Cherone on lead vocals, and is commonly said to be Van Halen’s most unpopular album; no songs from it are featured on The Best of Both Worlds, the band’s 2004 greatest hits compilation, and the album itself is not even listed on the band’s discography.

The album’s only significant radio hit was “Without You”, which reached #1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in the March 7, 1998 issue of Billboard, and remained at #1 for six weeks. Other songs receiving airplay on rock radio were “Fire in the Hole” and “One I Want”. The album’s final song, “How Many Say I”, was an unusual acoustic piano ballad featuring guitarist Eddie Van Halen (mostly) on lead vocals with Gary Cherone doing vocals with him at the chorus. Year To The Day is also featured. This is the longest Van Halen studio track, at 8 minutes and 42 seconds. Also, one particular song, “That’s Why I Love You”, from the VH3 sessions, was leaked to the public before the album went on sale, but the band’s deeper appreciation for another song (“Josephina”, named after Gary’s mother) caused it to replace the former on the lineup and supposedly was the reason why the album release was postponed three more weeks.

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  • usrejects

    I like all incarnations of Van Halen. I used to not like III, but listening to it again recently, I quite like it. It's very different than the Roth and Hagar albums, so it's understandable it frustrated fans (I was one of them back then), but it actually ages well, and it's musically more interesting than many of their other albums, including the most recent one with Roth back on vocals. Maybe they should've kept this going on as a side project, under a different name.

    13 Aug 2:58pm Reply
  • jcliffe0

    Having given it a few listens, I still can't say I'm sold, BUT there is definitely some absolutely killer guitar playing on here (as one would come to expect from the mighty Van Halen).

    24 Feb 12:00am Reply
  • Thradar

    There's a reason this version of VH only produced one album. To say this album is in any way good is pure denial.

    5 Jan 4:39am Reply
  • theytsejamer

    Extreme album, by Van Halen...

    17 Oct 2013 Reply
  • hadomaru

    It's not bad. I like it better than the Haggar years, but it's no Roth Van Halen.

    17 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Timitzi

    It's a very bland album as a whole, but "Fire in the Hole" (and possibly "Without You) deserves a mention: it's rocking, catchy and features amazing vocals by Cherone. The rest can easily be skipped.

    25 Apr 2013 Reply
  • satchalicious

    I wanted to like it. I wanted to be one of the few people who rated it as a decent effort. It's not a terrible album, but it's far from being a great one. [2]

    23 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Cheapskateninja

    I feel like the long track lengths of this album hurt it for me. I just don't feel compelled to listen to a 6-8 minute long Van Halen song, so I tend to overlook them.

    16 Jan 2013 Reply
  • 27Vadim27

    не особо альбом

    4 Dec 2012 Reply
  • nssworld

    Very underrated album.. incredibly moody, sonic and textured.

    1 Dec 2011 Reply
  • glamztermazter

    ....I listen VH since like 3 or 4 year, recently i listened this and i LIKE IT!! 8/10

    4 Apr 2011 Reply
  • cesareslava73

    It's a great album. It´s not like others, but It´s good, memorable.

    9 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Pennyroya1Tea

    not bad

    9 Feb 2011 Reply
  • KingsAndQueen

    This album lacks David ;O; oh gosh, actually i know Eddie is completely fabulous. But Roth is part of VH's magic! What the hell were they thinking ?

    25 Jan 2011 Reply
  • kwebb007

    Gary Cherone, I hate you. Go die nOOb. No one loves you.

    7 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Hawkdaddyfoolz

    Van Failin'

    18 Aug 2010 Reply
  • suryopras

    I love this album, Josephina is my favorite

    15 Aug 2010 Reply
  • asterix_13

    terrible album. .terrible production, mediocre songs

    30 Dec 2009 Reply
  • rmarkmatthews

    Am I the only one that wonders what this album would've sounded like if Glen Ballard had produced it instead of Eddie and a guy who scores TV shows?

    28 Sep 2009 Reply
  • walkingonthesun

    Some of the songs on this aren't actually half bad, true, the David Lee Roth era was much better, but at least this tops the entire Hagar era! :P

    16 Feb 2009 Reply
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