Diamond Dave

Diamond Dave

4.7 4
by David Lee Roth
     
 

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… See more details below

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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!

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Editorial Reviews

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).

Product Details

Release Date:
07/08/2003
Label:
Magna Carta
UPC:
0026245906921
catalogNumber:
59069
Rank:
93151

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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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