Van Halen demo
previously unreleased demo tracks

Original Recording : 1976
Produced by : Gene Simmons
Time : 33:14

01  On Fire (3:37)
02  Woman In Love (3:25)
03  House Of Pain (3:27)
04  Runnin' With the Devil (3:33)
05  She's the Woman (2:53)
06  Let's Get Rockin' (3:08)
07  Big Trouble (3:35)
08  Somebody Get Me a Doctor (3:03)
09  Babe, Don't Leave Me Alone (2:55)
10  Put Out the Lights (3:38 )

This is the famous demo that Gene Simmons financed and produced.
Mixed by Dave Wittman.
Some tracks were recorded in Village Recorder in L.A., while the guitar solos and overdubs were laid down at Electric Ladyland in New York City.
Probably more tracks were demoed at the time, 12 - 15 tracks according to Gene Simmons.

During their 1976 club days VAN HALEN performed the KISS songs "Firehouse" and "Rock 'n' Roll All Nite" live, among covers of bands like ZZ TOP, AEROSMITH and LED ZEPPELIN.

On February 7, 2012, Van Halen released their first studio album with original frontman David Lee Roth in nearly 30 years, "A Different Kind Of Truth." It turns out this isn't your typical comeback album. In addition to penning new songs, Van Halen dug deep into their vaults to unearth songs that were originally featured on the 1976 Van Halen demo tape produced and financed by Gene Simmons.

Specifically, there are four songs on "A Different Kind Of Truth" with ties to the excellent Simmons-produced recording:

"She's The Woman"
This is the only song of the four recordings to keep its 1976 demo title. The new version is very close to the original, but contains a new middle section as the demo's middle section was recycled for "Mean Street," the opening track on Van Halen's 1981 album, "Fair Warning."

"Outta Space"
Originally titled "Let's Get Rockin,'" the new version retains many elements of the 1976 demo. However, the Facebook reference in the new lyrics is not one of them.

"Big River"
This song is a re-working of "Big Trouble," a favorite demo of many Van Halen diehards. Coincidentally, "Big Trouble" was the title of a song on David Lee Roth's first solo album, 1986's "Eat 'Em And Smile."

"Beats Workin'"
The energetic final track on Van Halen's new album is a revamped version of the original demo "Put Out The Lights."

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Audio Samples 

On Fire
Woman In Love
House Of Pain
Runnin' With The Devil
She's the Woman

Let's Get Rockin'
Big Trouble
Somebody Get Me a Doctor
Baby, Don't Leave Me Alone
Put Out the Lights


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