Diamond Dave

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
It's been a while since rock's greatest one-man three-ring circus raised his tent, but this typically over-the-top set proves that Diamond Dave, like Barnum & Bailey, possesses a bag of tricks as timeless as they are entertaining. From the opening notes of the jiving "You Got the Blues, Not Me," Roth serves notice that the only thing he's particularly interested in is having a good time...all the time. But rather than simply lapse into dunderheaded Spinal Tap-isms, Roth manages to fuse old-fashioned rock debauchery with even older-fashioned Vegas slapstick, creating a hybrid that's all his own. Diamond Dave is peppered with cover tunes, some of which, like his take...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
It's been a while since rock's greatest one-man three-ring circus raised his tent, but this typically over-the-top set proves that Diamond Dave, like Barnum & Bailey, possesses a bag of tricks as timeless as they are entertaining. From the opening notes of the jiving "You Got the Blues, Not Me," Roth serves notice that the only thing he's particularly interested in is having a good time...all the time. But rather than simply lapse into dunderheaded Spinal Tap-isms, Roth manages to fuse old-fashioned rock debauchery with even older-fashioned Vegas slapstick, creating a hybrid that's all his own. Diamond Dave is peppered with cover tunes, some of which, like his take on the Doors' "Soul Kitchen," work beautifully and some of which, like a misguided rendition of "Tomorrow Never Knows," fall flat, since they require the singer to hold back too much. When Roth is high-stepping and scat-singing his heart out, however -- as he does on "Shoo Bop" and the smirking mojo-dripper "Ice Cream Man" -- he's unstoppable. Pass the Thunderbird and the cotton candy!
All Music Guide - Greg Prato
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/8/2003
  • Label: Magna Carta
  • UPC: 026245906921
  • Catalog Number: 59069
  • Sales rank: 61,418

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You Got the Blues, Not Me... (3:17)
  2. 2 Made Up My Mind (3:00)
  3. 3 Stay While the Night Is Still Young (3:43)
  4. 4 Shoo Bop (5:11)
  5. 5 She's Looking Good (2:50)
  6. 6 Soul Kitchen (4:32)
  7. 7 If 6 Was 9 (3:32)
  8. 8 Tomorrow Never Knows (3:49)
  9. 9 Medicine Man (1:12)
  10. 10 Let It All Hang Out (2:25)
  11. 11 Thug Pop (3:35)
  12. 12 Act One (1:34)
  13. 13 Ïce Cream Man - Edgar Winter (3:23)
  14. 14 Bad Habits (3:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Lee Roth Primary Artist, Harmonica, Vocals, Background Vocals
Omar Hakim Drums
Nile Rodgers Guitar
Gregg Bissonette Drums
Edgar Winter Saxophone
Jamie Hunting Bass
Ray Luzier Drums, Background Vocals
Scott Page Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Greg Phillinganes Piano
Lee Thornburg Trombone, Trumpet
Brett Tuggle Keyboards
James LoMenzo Bass
Zac Rae Keyboards
Crowell Sisters Vocals
Jaime Sickora cowbell
Jeremy Zuckerman Organ, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Hammond Organ, fender rhodes
Tracy Wormsworth Bass
Brian Young Guitar
Alex Gibson Percussion, Accordion, Background Vocals, Mellotron
Technical Credits
David Lee Roth Producer, Art Direction
Brian Gardner Mastering
Kevin Mills Engineer
Jeremy Zuckerman Programming, Producer, Engineer, Digital Editing, Sound Design
Alex Gibson Producer, Engineer
Robby Krieger Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    WORTH BUYING!Best Roth album since Eat 'Em & Smile

    I ordered this cd based on an earlier Sept. review on this site.They stated to get it before it goes out of print and they were RIGHT.This is an excellent collection of songs previously recorded by the Beatles, Hendrix, Wilson Pickett, etc. But what makes it great is that they aren't the songs by these artists that have been covered over and over or their hits that radio has burned out.On top of this Roth's vocal performance is soulful, the sound mix is perfect, and the musicians are top-rate.An added bonus is Roth's new recording of Ice Cream Man which sounds great with piano in the mix.This cd may inspire you to seek out the original versions of these songs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Diamond Dave

    David is awesome and this lastest album just proves it again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Diamond Dave

    I am so sorry to see such outstanding albums as YOUR FILTHY LITTLE MOUTH go out of print before someone out there has a chance to discover them. DIAMOND DAVE is yet another shinning example of why Dave is Dave man. Buy this album and you won't be sorry. I am sure it will be out of print someday, so don't miss it NOW. The album (recording) itself sounds really good also, so good job to Magna Carta.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Thanks Dave!!!!

    Diamond Dave is a great CD. If you are a DLR fan or enjoy Blues/Rock, pick it up. This album is very different from Classic VH and most of Dave's solo work, containing mostly covers that Dave makes his own.

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