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Diver Down [Original recording remastered, Original recording reissued]

Van Halen Audio CD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
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1. Where Have All The Good Times Gone!
2. Hang 'Em High
3. Cathedral
4. Secrets
5. Intruder
6. (Oh) Pretty Woman
7. Dancing In The Street
8. Little Guitars (Intro)
9. Little Guitars
10. Big Bad Bill (Is Sweet William Now)
11. The Full Bug
12. Happy Trails

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Eddie and the boys rebounded from the disappointing Fair Warning with this 1982 album that spent over a year on the charts and features a slew of swaggering cover songs including the hit (Oh) Pretty Woman; Dancing in the Streets; Have All the Good Times Gone , and Happy Trails .

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Nov. 29 2012
By Langer
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Not the band's best, but this album shows they were having a blast. The a capella go at "Happy Trails" is great
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By Mike London TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
DIVER DOWN is Van Halen's most artistically bankrupt album. Cited by both Van Halen brothers as their least favorite album, DIVER DOWN marks a vast departure from its predecessor, FAIR WARNING, returning the band to their party hearty image. Roth was behind the drastic changes behind the record. This album is not only Van Halen's weakest album, but overall one of the most puzzling records in all of rock. DIVER DOWN is very reactionary. The album points to Roth trying to reclaim the audience they lost with FAIR WARNING, as DIVER DOWN is the polar opposite of that album. Like all Roth Van Halen albums, the album is very brief, being only 31 minutes long, which has always irritated me.

The album sounds like it has a personality crisis. David wanted to do a covers record to move product, while Eddie wanted to maintain some shreds of artistic credibility, and the quality album is a causality of this tension between the two dominant personalities of the band. The sound and atmosphere is a total retreat from the darkness of FAIR WARNING, and the only reason for the retreat is Van Halen selling out. This selling out indicates lack of integrity and total artistic bankruptcy.

For fans of bands, I always recommend listening to the albums in chronological order. It gives a sense of history. When you get to DIVER DOWN, you realize that the band is simply running on empty, they're looking to reinvent themselves after the hideous darkness of FAIR WARNING, and they're simply running out of ideas.

Let's look at a little history. In 1982, when Van Halen released DIVER DOWN, they had just come off a major tour in support of FAIR WARNING. FAIR WARNING met with a rather chilly reception.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Album Jan. 15 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is a very good album in my opinion. Certainly not VH's best, but perhaps their most underrated. In particular, the song 'Cathedral' really shines to guitar players like myself. Like 'Eruption', it introduced a style- 'Eruption' introduced finger tapping. 'Cathedral' introduced the underrated and seldom used but still incredibly cool technique of guitar violining, which involves alot of delay, reverb and chorus effects while swelling the guitar's volume control from 0 to 10 with each note. This album is great and it is one of my favorite hard rock albums, if not my favorite Van Halen. I am dissapointed that they did not follow it up in 1983 however. As well, in 'Dancing in The Streets', Eddie uses yet another interesting guitar technique. This album is a technical guitar masterpiece and contains several incredibly innovative tracks. Rock on Eddie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty much a cover album July 3 2004
By Gitters
Format:Audio CD
While not as popular with most fans as Women and Children First, and Fair Warning, Diver Down is a much better album.There are a couple of cool instrumentals, and an awesome cover of Roy Orbison's Pretty Woman.Although there are only a couple originals on this album, I would have to say it is more interesting than Van Halen's 3rd and 4th albums.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DIVER DOWN RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! June 15 2004
Format:Audio CD
When i fist got this album I couldn't stop playing it because Dave or Sammy this is the best (Balance a close second though). All the songs are great. The cover tunes were bad songs made good. Here's my song by song opinion:
Where Have All The Good Times Gone: 10/10 I never heard the original version but I LOVE this one!
Hang'Em High: 10/10 Nice hard rocker and a pesonal favorite of mine
Cathedral: 10/10 Cool
Secrets: 10/10 This one takes a while to like but I really like this one
Intruter: 10/10 Made as an intro for #6 and This is really cool
Oh! Pretty Woman: 9/10 This song was too bad of a song for even VH to make 10/10 but still horible song made good
Dancing In The Streets: 8/10 Same as Oh! Pretty Woman and weakest song of the album
Little Guitars (Intro): 10/10 Shoulda just called it Spanish Fly II
Little Guitars: 10/10 This is an awsome song
Big Bad Bill: 10/10 I can't say it's a good awsome song I just think of it as something fun to listen to
The Full Bug: 11/10 One of if not my favorite VH song EVER.
Happy Trails: 10/10 See Big Bad Bill
overall 10/10
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2.0 out of 5 stars Second rate album Dec 5 2002
By Poverty
Format:Audio CD
An album less than thirty minutes long and filled with covers. It's clear VAn HALEN was simply delivering a product demanded by contract with the record company. That's the only reasonable explanation.
This is the worst Dave Lee Roth's era album. Period
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5.0 out of 5 stars The happiest day of my life... May 30 2004
Format:Audio CD
was the day Diver Down came out (well, maybe it's in the top ten !)
I had the great fortune of growing up in the late 70's and early 80's, the golden age of both classical and alternative rock. In 1977, when I was in 8th grade, we had bands like the Police, Talking Heads, Boston and the Cars just coming out. And countless other bands (AC/DC, Bad Company, Cheap Trick, the Doobies, ELO, Foreigner... I can almost come up with one for every letter of the alphabet !!), whose talents far surpass anything from today, were also producing great music.
And then there was Van Halen. Like the Police and Talking Heads, they put out a great album EVERY YEAR (how many bands do that nowadays ?) from 1977 through 1984. Every year KZAP would announce when the new album was going to be released, and I would go to Tower Records and pick up my copy that very same day.
By the time Diver Down came out in 1982, my buddies and I were totally in love with Van Halen. I remember buying Diver Down on the first day it came out, taking it home, playing it about 10 times, and being totally ecstatic. Diver Down is much more melodic than its predecessor, Fair Warning. Nevertheless, songs like Hang 'Em High, Cathedral and the Full Bug are every bit as Wailin' as any previous record. And the melodic tracks - Secrets, Pretty Woman, Little Guitars, and Big Bad Bill (a swing throwback with pappy on the clarinet) capture the good time party essence of Van Halen at its finest.
This album has a very special place in my heart, and quality wise it is every bit as incredible as the other five records from the DLR era (which to me is the only Van Halen worth listening to.) In fact, I like it better than 1984. The beauty of VH records is that they only last 30 minutes. Which is great, because when you get to the end, you will want to play it again immediately !!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Van Halen V,chronologically
In 1982,Van Halen put out their fifth consecutive album DIVER DOWN. This album is only 32 minutes in length. This album features covers of (OH)PRETTY WOMAN,and HAPPY TRAILS. Read more
Published on June 15 2004 by andy8047
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars - The weakest album from the Diamond Dave era
Diver Down (1982.) Van Halen's fifth album.
It was in 1982 that Van Halen released their fifth studio album, Diver Down. Read more
Published on May 17 2004 by Rocker_Man
5.0 out of 5 stars What's your problem? This album kicks butt!!!!
Ok, sure this album has been given a lot of flack because of the majority of songs being cover tunes. But so what, there all Van Halenized for your protection! Read more
Published on May 10 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing and Highly Underrated
If you're just looking for more of the same VH stuff over and over - if you can't appreciate or get into much of anything beyond head banger music - then yeah, you should probably... Read more
Published on May 3 2004 by Jo Mama
3.0 out of 5 stars Lowering their Standards
This album is the worst of the roth era. it marked the time when Van Halen started to become a pop oriented band. Read more
Published on April 29 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars 2 Stars For A Few Songs
Pardon me if I sound just a little bit mean, but this gets two stars only for the excellent "Little Guitars" and a few other good songs. Read more
Published on April 21 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars The beginning of the end.
I'll give this 3 stars, just for the Cathedral guitar solo, Hang um High and the Pretty Woman riff. But this is no Van Halen 1. Read more
Published on Dec 21 2003 by Flanger
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