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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: #19,684 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
I dare say that Diver Down is Van Halen at its best. Now, I know that is a bold statement considering there are more cover songs than originals on this album. But maybe that's part of the reason why it's so great. When doing cover songs, Van Halen always successfully transformed them into their own. "Where Have All the Good Times Gone" is a great rocker that sounds as if the band wrote it themselves. "Pretty Woman" and "Dancing in the Streets" are just as good as the originals, and "Big Bad Bill is Sweet William Now" is Diamond Dave at his best. And speaking of Dave, I do believe Diver Down contains the very best singing of his career. Aside from Dave, Eddie's guitar playing is outstanding. The more I listen to it, the more I can hear his "Sammy-Style" beginning to evolve.
Buy this album. You'll love it...well...probably more if you're a Dave fan. Yeah, you might be scared to spend fifteen to twenty bucks on a thirty minute album, but fear not. It's one of the best Van Halen albums out there. Ever since I bought it, I've listened to it faithfully - usually about three times a week on average. It's one of those albums you'll never get tired of listening to.
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By A Customer on April 5 2000
Format: Audio CD
Frankly, I don't know what Van Halen was thinking when they recorded this album. We do know that "Fair Warning" did not do well, so perhaps the band felt that in order to reobtain commerical success, they should play cover songs. Well, it worked in that regard, but this is an absolute creative nadir for the band.
Of course, there are two originals on this album which do stand out: "Secrets" and "Little Guitars". These two pieces have instrumental preludes in common, "Cathedral" and "Little Guitars (Intro)", and they again serve notice that Edward was indeed king of rock guitar mountain. "Secrets" is beautiful, complete with electric 12 string guitar and beautiful vocal harmonies, while "Little Guitars" is unique because Ed is, in fact, playing a little guitar. It's also a darn good song.
Then we have two other originals: "Hang Em High" and "The Full Bug". Uninspired, at best. Sure, they sound good, but this sounds like Van Halen is going through the motions and not being truly creative.
The rest of the songs are covers: "Where Have All The Good Times Gone?", "Pretty Woman" (with another prelude, "Intruder", to open it), "Dancing In The Streets", "Big Bad Bill (Is Sweet William Now)", and "Happy Trails". At least "Big Bad Bill" has the late Jan Van Halen playing clarinet to give the song some credibility, and we can gather from "Happy Trials" that Ed and Michael Anthony are truly talented when it comes to background vocals. But five albums into their career, the question to ask is whether or not Van Halen should have taken this career path.
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Format: Audio CD
What can I say? If you haven't heard it yet, where the hell have you been since 1981? Although it is their worst selling album to date (next to Van Halen III), the five plus months of studio time put in on this release is evident. The raw, unfinshed tinge of Halen's sound has been fine tuned on every one of these eery tracks. Eddie and Michael's sound experiments make this album ring to different tune. The party songs are gone, replaced by gritty guitar riffs that literally scream and a tight bass line that truly is the backbone of every song on this album. From start to finish, this album just rocks harder than anything I've ever heard. David Lee Roth will always be the ultimate frontman, but for this one shining moment, every member of this band highlights their talent. "Mean Street" and "So This is Love?" are Eddie Van Halen's best guitar work ever! Oh, by the way... we all hate critics, but they gave this album the highest acclaim of any of Van Halen's twelve albums. So much for commercial pop! Anyone that calls themself a Halen fan that does not own this album... well, let's just say "Fair Warning! Lord, strike that poor boy down!"
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Format: Audio CD
Of the six albums released during Diamond Dave's stint witht the band, "Diver Down" is the only disappointment. This album contains too many cover tunes (though "Pretty Woman" and "Dancing in the Streets" are well done), and instrumentals for a newcomer to be impressed with. On a 12 track album there are 5 cover songs and 3 instrumentals. That leaves only 4 songs where the entire band coule potenially work their magic. And these 4 songs aren't that great. Only "Little Guitars" and "The Full Bug" truly stand out on this album, and that isn't saying much. "Diver Down" marks too much of a departure from the seminal "Fair Warning" and the outstanding "1984" to let someone actually believe it fell in between the two. If you are a die-hard fan, then you HAVE to get this -- otherwise, don't waste your time and money. There's good reason why no songs from this album appeared on the Greatest Hits CD.
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