I agree that "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love" is an average song.
But at least he recognizes "Jamie's Cryin'," "Atomic Punk" and "On Fire" (Mark Prindle's favorite VH song) as the true classics they are. Still, I love "Little Dreamer" a lot more than he does.
I, too, love "Somebody Get Me a Doctor," "Outta Love Again," "Light Up the Sky" and "D.O.A." But he massively overrates "Women In Love," and even "Dance the Night Away" and "Beautiful Girls." (Maybe I've just heard them too many times.)
I agree that "Romeo Delight" and "In a Simple Rhyme" are two of their best songs. But "Loss of Control" is awesome in my opinion. And "Fools" is one of their worst songs. WTF?!
He does not speak highly of most of the songs off of "Fair Warning" (their second-best album after their debut), but he loved "Hear About It Later," a very good song. And of course, he ranked "Unchained" extremely high.
I love pretty much all of the original Roth period, but I start to lose interest after the first four albums. I will note that I agree VH's cover of "Where Have All the Good Times Gone" is awesome. (But I still prefer the original.)
They start to get a little too poppy on "1984" IMO. And to tell the truth, I never liked "Panama." "Jump" and "Hot For Teacher" are good I suppose, but here again, I think I've just heard them too many goddamn times.
I might post my comments on Van Hagar at anther time.
N.P.: VH - The Best of Both Worlds (2004 compilation): Where in the hell is "Mean Street"?!