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Van Halen


The year of 2020 has not been a great one, and it has been made worse by the loss of one of the greatest guitarists in history, Eddie Van Halen. To classify Eddie Van Halen as just a great guitarist is to do him a disservice. Eddie Van Halen was a truly gifted musician, with incredible guitar skills yes, but also incredible keyboard skills and most importantly song writing skills. His ability to write a hard rock tune that is commercially acceptable, which Van Halens first album was full of, and to not be afraid to put out one of the greatest pop tunes in history in Jump, is something few people can do. Rest in Peace Eddie Van Halen.
Van Halen 1984
Recorded: 1983
Released: 21 December, 1984
Producer: Ted Templeman
Recording Engineer: Don Landee

Van Halen’s Jump was the biggest selling single of the 1980s, you could no go anywhere without hearing it on radio or TV. Given it’s extensive use of keyboards, I was not even aware it was a Van Halen song until some time later! Some 35 years later, it still sounds fresh, a remarkable achievement in itself.

Jump was one of the very first songs recorded at Eddie Van Halen’s new 5150 studio, in Studio City, California. Jump was a song no one wanted to do, primarily because of the keyboards…except Eddie. Thankfully Eddie insisted the song be done, with all the keyboards, and the rest is history.

There is little information available about the recording of Jump in terms of studio equipment, other than the fact that both Alex and Eddie were sick of the EMT reverbs used on their first records. So it is safe to assume Eddie did not install an EMT in his studio. From photos of the studio around that time, the following list is what was available to use during the recording of Jump.

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