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Album Review

Let's face it; David Lee Roth was the most exciting and entertaining singer to ever front Van Halen. And although his solo albums have not all been winners, at least he's been known to take chances and try new approaches with rock music (such as the entirely sung-in-Spanish Sonrisa Salvaje, the synth pop-ish Skyscraper, the Nile Rodgers-produced Your Filthy Little Mouth, etc.). For his 2003 release Diamond Dave, Roth uses the same approach he and his then-comrades in Van Halen followed on 1982's Diver Down — an album consisting primarily of cover songs, with a few originals sprinkled in. As expected, the covers that work the best are the ones that aren't that well known, including the lead-off single "Shoo Bop" (a cover of Steve Miller's "Shu Ba Da Du Ma Ma Ma Ma") and a big band reading of a tune Van Halen covered way back when, "Ice Cream Man," while a few of the better-known songs (especially Jimi Hendrix's "If 6 Was 9") don't fare as well. Of course, Diamond Dave is no Fair Warning. But it's a hell of a whole lot more listenable than anything Van Halen has issued in ages (especially when compared to the 1998 atrocity Van Halen III).

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Top of the List

I have been waiting for a long time to hear the juice, and now we have it~ Dave needs to do MORE~~~~~ This work is not played enough by the radio because they dont care... if you love DLR and VH, then get this and jam to it every day!

This is VH without VH

These songs are fun, and make you smile. Thats what made VH with David so popular. It was lyric's like "I got a drink in my hand I got my toes in the sand all I need is a beautiful girl" Granted this is lacking the guitar work of the incredible EVH, but for those of us who got VH it still shows us and lets us hear why VH with DLR was the only true Van Halen. Is it really 4 stars NO, but it is not 1 either so I wnat to balence it out.

toastmaster general

It's just Dave being cool, confident, slick, and a whole lot of charisma. The first three songs are great. Dave should do more of these. Let it all hang out is just Dave talking with music only as a backdrop, and he pulls it off with pure Dave originality. Even ice cream man sounds goods, and he sings just as good as he did in 1978. Best collection of songs since lil aint enough


Born: October 10, 1954 in Bloomington, IN

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

In the eyes of countless hard rock fans, David Lee Roth is the prototypical frontman. With a flamboyant, larger-than-life stage presence and a party-hardy surfer-dude persona (not to mention his acrobatic leaps, long mane of blond hair, and skintight spandex outfits), Roth was an integral part of Van Halen's meteoric rise to global dominance during the late '70s and early '80s. Born on October 10, 1954 in Bloomington, Indiana, Roth was introduced to music at an early age, via his father's affinity...
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