VAN HALEN producer Glen Ballard has commented on the version of the group's track "Finish What Ya Started" (featuring a sudden halt that wasn't on the song's original version) as it appears on the band's new two-CD set "The Best of Both Worlds". "There's a great irony associated with our choice to present 'Finish What Ya Started' in a way that belies the title," he said. "We retrieved the analog master from the [Warner Bros.] vault only to learn that it needed to be treated or 'cooked' to restore its ability to be reproduced on the analog machine. The original two-track mix ends exactly as presented on the new 'Best of Both Worlds'. In the first mastering of the record nearly twenty years ago it was faded manually and that is the way it appears on the original 'OU812'. We literally decided to let it 'finish' in its truly original form, almost like a 'director's cut.' To the legions of VAN HALEN fans who remember it the other way, we can only hope that the added one second of music and its slightly truncated ending represents a unique version of a song that we all know and love and becomes in its own right a collectors item.
"We have spent hundreds of hours in conjunction with Ed and Alex pondering the tone, texture and tenor of these amazing recordings, and we appreciate the responses from the many listeners who cherish this music. It has represented a sacred mission for all of us and we present it to you with love, respect and passion, and if you hear something you might have missed before, please realize it is included to present what we deem to be the more complete archive of this amazing band."