- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : いいえ
- 製品サイズ : 12.4 x 14.1 x 1.19 cm; 85.9 g
- メーカー : Warner Bros / Wea
- EAN : 0093624771821
- SPARSコード : DDD
- レーベル : Warner Bros / Wea
- ASIN : B00004Y6O6
- ディスク枚数 : 1
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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 .
David Lee Roth is pretty much as good as he was ever going to get, by the time this album was released. Seriously, you can put it down all you like, but really take that into consideration. "Where have all the good times gone" is a great album opener, leading into the more fast paced and hard hitting "Hang 'em high". The next track is "Cathedral" which like a lot of Eddie's solos left me with my jaw on the floor the first time I heard it. You kids don't know how lucky you got it. You can probably type in any song on YouTube and learn it on guitar. Damn the amount of songbooks and tabs that inaccurately butchered this song in the days pre-internet, some of you will just never be able to grasp. "Secrets" is a slow but intriguing number, maybe hinting at more laid back numbers on the next album like "I'll wait". "Little guitars" the intro and main song itself is just fantastic. So many amazing intertwining licks and riffs all just locked and loaded and ready to blow your head off. "Dancing in the street" is another cover, but with a very funky vibe.
The band are a solid unit here. Whether or not egos or personalities were starting to clash within the camp by this point I do not know. It sounds like they're on fire. But David Lee Roth would only survive one more album before relations deteriorated rapidly. So clearly something was brewing behind the scenes of this historical album. This is on point, fun 80's hard rock. If this isn't in your Van Halen collection, then I'd love to hear why.
A combination of humour and grit; hardcore dynamics and pop; innovation with accessibility. They could kick you in the guts, and still make you smile. Their sound was so often imitated, but never equalled. I don't think Diver Down is their most appreciated album, but I do declare it is a bonzer collection of songs that sends the listener like a motherlode. I'd buy it if I were you.
For the album opener, VH once again plundered the Ray Davies songbook - this time for "Where Have All The Good Times Gone!". The answer is ... nowhere - they're right here, right now but there are only 4 original songs (+ 3 short instrumentals). If having 5 cover versions suggested this was a band treading water, Diver Down would be an important stepping-stone to greater mainstream commercial success with the band's 1983 release - 1984. "Jump" from that album would be something of a shock to listeners of Terry Wogan's Radio 2 breakfast show - who had been weaned on a VH diet of Diver Down's "Big Bad Bill (Is Sweet William Now)", a jokey jazzy number which features Jan (dad) Van Halen on clarinet. And despite the passage of time, to me this remastered CD sounds as fresh as when I bought the album back in 1982.
Although Diver Down is a mixed bag compared to Van Halen's previous output, it was the perfect antidote to the brilliant darkness of Fair Warning. There is much emphasis on humour, courtesy of DLR (that's singer David Lee Roth - not the Docklands Light Railway) and this is very much the softer side to VH. Although Eddie had exerted himself over the last two albums, Dave Lee Roth and producer Ted Templeman took the opportunity to take hold of the reins again, in search of a hit single, hence also the Motown and Jazz covers alongside the handful of originals - one of which, the hard-rocking "Hang 'em High", dated back to before the first album. There's a great guitar instrumental again from Eddie, "Cathedral" (don't try this at home), "The Full Bug" is VH at its bluesiest - with DLR on acoustic guitar and blues harp (!) and "Secrets" has the band at it's most tuneful and laid-back. "Little Guitars" has a great intro and the song itself again shows the band's more playful side - never being confined by heavy metal convention. Eddie's guitar playing is - well, can any more be said on the subject? Electric, acoustic, steel strung, nylon, 6 string, 12 string, full size or little guitars - he can do no wrong and it's not only the lead work; his rhythm playing is equally unsurpassed (this was never really recognised at the time, his lead playing was so dynamic).
Whilst it lacks the focus of earlier works, Diver Down is still a very enjoyable album. The 2000 remaster has a fold-out inlay with the original album artwork. If you're new to VH, don't bother with the "Best Of Both Worlds" compilation - it's a confused listen - far better to start from the beginning, go on from there and see for yourself how the band progressed. There really is something for everyone if you like American west-coast heavy rock, with exceptional guitar and a frequent sense of humour. And if you like the Sammy Hagar-era version of Van Halen, don't overlook his earlier solo work ... and the first Montrose album! Equally, if you like Diamond Dave's style - check out his solo work too.