Sammy Hagar has had a successful career through several bands and his solo work and while discussing his current Crazy Times album with The circlehe compared it to some of the favorites throughout his career, and in the process shared what he felt was his best Van Halen album too.
talking with Guitar worldHagar began to argue Crazy Times place in his legacy, commenting, “When I think about it, I get goosebumps. I know it’s high up there, and I have a feeling it will stand the test of time. Lyrically, I don’t see that it has a problem of lasting for a long time because there is no waste here.”
“The first Montrose record is a huge landmark in my life because it has stood the test of time. You know you’re in good shape when you launch a career with a song like ‘Rock Candy’. [Laughs],” Hagar continued, before turning his attention to the Van Halen era of his career.
“For unlawful carnal knowledge is my favorite Van Halen record. I think it’s even better than that 5150,” said Hagar, explaining, “And then you have the Van Halen stuff, which for me is about For unlawful carnal knowledge. It’s my favorite Van Halen record. I think it’s even better than that 5150 because the writing, the vocals and the way the band played tops it. So I’ll have to let someone else shuffle the deck Crazy Times because I am too close to it.”
Although The Circle is its own entity, Hagar reveals that there is a Van Halen signature he wanted to incorporate with Crazy Times and that was to ensure it Michael Anthony‘s backing vocals were front and center.
“I want Mike to sound like he did on ‘Runnin’ With the Devil’ and ‘Top of the World,'” Hagar recalled. “And [producer] Dave [Cobb] said, ‘I don’t know damn it, man. We don’t get it. Can you call up [Van Halen producer] Ted [Templeman]?’ So I called Ted, he gave me his formula, we went in and boom, we had Mikey’s vocals. And with those vocals, we have an album that rivals Van Halen. I sincerely believe that.”
Meanwhile, in a separate interview talking about Kyle Meredith with… (as seen below), Hagar revealed the existence of an unreleased Van Halen ballad that he believes may be a gem of the band’s unreleased material. The song, titled “Between Us Two,” was originally recorded for the 1996 film Twisterwhich eventually included the Van Halen song “Human Being” and Eddie and Alex Van Halen instrumental “Respect the Wind”. According to Hagar, “Between Us Two” was eventually replaced on the soundtrack by “Respect the Wind”.
Hagar compared “Between Us Two” to The Circle’s “Be Still” from it Crazy Times album, stating, “It was more like a ‘Be Still.’ It was almost country – not country, but… I don’t know. It was kind of like [Van Halen’s] ‘Can’t Stop Loving You’, [but] not so uptempo.”
Revealing that the song was finished, the singer said: “We’ve got it. It’s done. It’s in the archives. They’re finding it. They’re looking through the archives right now to try and remaster some of the old stuff. from my time [with Van Halen]. And they find it. It will be a treasure.”
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