David Lee Roth - Diamond Dave

David Lee Roth - Diamond Dave
Diamond Dave
Release Date:
July 8, 2003
Hard Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Blues-Rock
Recording Location:
Henson Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA

Let's face it; David Lee Roth was the most exciting and entertaining singer to ever front Van Halen. And although his solo albums have not all been winners, at least he's been known to take chances and try new approaches with rock music (such as the entirely sung-in-Spanish Sonrisa Salvaje, the synth pop-ish Skyscraper, the Nile Rodgers-produced Your Filthy Little Mouth, etc.). For his 2003 release Diamond Dave, Roth uses the same approach he and his then-comrades in Van Halen followed on 1982's Diver Down -- an album consisting primarily of cover songs, with a few originals sprinkled in. As expected, the covers that work the best are the ones that aren't that well known, including the lead-off single "Shoo Bop" (a cover of Steve Miller's "Shu Ba Da Du Ma Ma Ma Ma") and a big band reading of a tune Van Halen covered way back when, "Ice Cream Man," while a few of the better-known songs (especially Jimi Hendrix's "If 6 Was 9") don't fare as well. Of course, Diamond Dave is no Fair Warning. But it's a hell of a whole lot more listenable than anything Van Halen has issued in ages (especially when compared to the 1998 atrocity Van Halen III).

You Got the Blues, Not Me... / Chris YouldenDavid Lee Roth3:17
Made Up My Mind / Savoy BrownDavid Lee Roth3:00
Stay While the Night Is Still Young / Chris YouldenDavid Lee Roth3:43
Shoo BopDavid Lee Roth5:11
She's Looking Good / Rodger CollinsDavid Lee Roth2:50
Soul Kitchen / John Densmore / Robby Krieger / Ray Manzarek / Jim MorrisonDavid Lee Roth4:32
If 6 Was 9 / Jimi HendrixDavid Lee Roth3:32
Tomorrow Never Knows / John Lennon / Paul McCartneyDavid Lee Roth3:49
Medicine Man / David Lee RothDavid Lee Roth1:12
Let It All Hang OutDavid Lee Roth2:25
Thug Pop / John Lowery / David Lee RothDavid Lee Roth3:35
Act OneDavid Lee Roth1:34
Ice Cream Man / John BrimDavid Lee Roth3:23
Bad Habits / Tom PriceDavid Lee Roth3:44

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