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Diver Down Original recording remastered, Original recording reissued

3.6 out of 5 stars 86 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Sept. 19 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Original recording reissued
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • ASIN: B00004Y6O6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 86 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,245 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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

Product Description

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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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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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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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 avoid Diver Down. But calling this a bad album is ridiculous. On this album, the band actually progressed, showing a versatility they haven't come remotely close to before or since (and something which much of their remaining work had a real need for), putting out a very good and very refreshing album in the process.
Sure, DLR is a loon. But he also has a much broader understanding and appreciation for music on the whole than most, and the album is all the better for it. If that's "bad," I'll take it every time. For example, their high-energy rendition of "Dancin the in Streets" is the only remake of this classic song, covered by many big artists, that actually surpasses the original. The understated "Secrets" is another great track, with a kind of cool sophistication I'd never expect from VH. The Little Guitars intro shows EVH exploring different sounds and ways to play and is also refreshingly unique for VH. "Big Bad Bill" is simply a fun, jazzy tune that again, is a total departure for VH and so not for the die-hards who only want that "VH sound" - yet very well done and a again, just a "fun" tune. In fact, that could sum up the whole album.
True, not everything is a a keeper. The "Pretty Woman" remake didn't work, for example, and the intro is an especially worthless collection of noise. But overall, this is a very good, very interesting piece of work by the group, and if you are into different types of music and willing to keep an open mind, you may find you love it. But you may think it stinks, in which you probably think groups like Ratt and Poison really RULE, and hate "slow songs"....and hey, to each their own. I'm just very grateful they made this album.
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Format: Audio CD
For better or worse, Diver Down exemplifies all that is David Lee Roth. Not surprising, when we recall Edward Van Halen's grumblings that Roth exerted almost total control on this album. Diver Down ominously foreshadows a Diamond Dave that later would front a Vegas act; a Diamond Dave whose most recent album of the same title constitutes nothing but cover tunes. It 's over the top flair with little substance. 'Dancing in the Streets' and 'Big Bad Bill' were never great songs to begin with, and Van Halen doesn't do much to augment my assessment of them. While David Lee Roth seems to be having the time of his life here, I can't help but think that the rest of the band didn't share in his exuberance. The band seems lifeless, certainly when compared to the high-energy records that immediately preceded (Fair Warning) and succeeded (1984) Diver Down. While there are a couple good songs here worthy of the VH imprint (" Full Bug," "Hang 'Em High," "Little Guitars"), there are too many mediocre tracks to make this required listening. Muddled production also doesn't help Diver Down's cause: the drums sound slushy and Eddie's guitar tone is weak. I would recommend virtually any of the other DLR or Sammy Hagar-era albums before this one.
While an average Van Halen album is still solid enough to blow away 99% of the stuff put out by other rock bands, most listeners familiar with VH would agree to rate it a disappointment.
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