It seems readers can’t quite get enough of isolated Eddie Van Halen guitar tracks lately, and it’s easy to see why.
It’s simply hard to turn away from the “behind the scenes” perspective the crystal-clear recordings provide—plus it makes it a whole lot easier to hear (and learn) what Eddie’s playing.
Today we bring you a pair of isolated guitar tracks from Van Halen’s Fair Warning album, which was released in the spring of 1981. You can check out “Mean Street” and “Unchained” below.
While “Mean Street” has more trademark fire and flash, “Unchained” is notable for Eddie’s use of the MXR M-117 flanger, which became a popular sound and spurred sales of the already popular pedal. A preset for the flanger also was included on the EVH Flanger MXR pedal. It uses a drop-C♯ tuning with suspended fourth chords interspersed.
Be sure to check out the isolated guitar from “Hot for Teacher.”