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Diver Down Original recording remastered, Original recording reissued

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Product Details

  • 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  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,119 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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3.6 out of 5 stars

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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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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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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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Diver Down (1982.) Van Halen's fifth album.
It was in 1982 that Van Halen released their fifth studio album, Diver Down. Being that this album came after the fairly well-received Fair Warning and the critically-acclaimed 1984, it tends to be the most overlooked of the albums from Diamond Dave's era with the band. Many fans call this the weakest album from David Lee Roth's stint in the band. Is it below the band's usual standards, or is it an underrated masterpiece? Read on for my Diver Down review.
Anyone who calls this the worst of Van Halen's albums with Diamond Dave is correct. This isn't a bad album by any means, but it definitely falls below the band's usual standards. I LIKE the band's various cover songs and instrumentals, but this album wastes too much time serving up too many of them, and not enough unique compositions from the band. That's not to say the covers are bad, though. The high-energy cover of the Motown classic, Dancing In The Streets, is actually better than the original! Their cover of Roy Orbison's Pretty Woman is pretty good, too, but it fails to top the original. Likewise, the extended instrumental before the song is really just a scattershot and mindless collection of noise - NOT necessary by any means. The same can be said of all of the instrumental tracks on this album. However, some tracks on the album ARE surprisingly good - the opening track, Where Have All The Good Times Gone, is nothing short of excellent. Even The Little Guitars and Big Bad Bill, though WAY different than anything else the band has ever done, are still very good. The album DOES fall below Van Halen's normal standards, no question, but this is still a good album overall.
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