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Crazy From The Heat (1985)
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Eat Em And Smile (1986)
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A Little Aint Enough (1991)
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Your Filthy little Mouth (1994)
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David Lee Roth - Discography
« on: October 15, 2011, 10:02:31 am »
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Re: David Lee Roth - Discography
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2011, 10:03:14 am »
What Is The Best David Lee Roth Album of All Time?



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Re: David Lee Roth - Discography
« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2011, 10:11:54 am »
David Lee Roth (Crazy From The Heat) 1985





The album that f*cked it all up for Diamond Dave. Great album, but at what cost? Fired or left on his own from Van Halen because of the success of this EP. Man, what the hell was he thinking? But then again, we never would have gotten Eat Em and Smile

As much as I love "California Girls", my personal favorite song is "Easy Street". Earworm to the max!!! And "Coconut Grove" rules. It's really hard to come up with a lot to talk about here when the entire "album" consist of just 4 songs. So I guess I will turn my attention to the ultimate music video. The California Girls video was the best damn free p0rn I ever got as a kid. Now bring on that damn Crazy From The Heat movie, 30 years in the never-getting-made making, damn it!!!!!

Now onto the ultimate babe video.....

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Re: David Lee Roth - Discography
« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2011, 10:33:21 am »
David Lee Roth (Eat Em And Smile) 1986




Inner Sleeve




This band, that was put together for Diamond Dave's first full solo effort is the only band that could have pulled it off. Take any of the ingredients out of the mix, and it would have probably been just an average album. But with Steve Vai, Billy Sheehan, and Gregg Bissonette surrounding Dave, they pulled off a pretty big coup: Dave made the right choice in leaving Van Halen (at least for the time being, before everyone defected, leaving him all alone...to buy reefer for 10 bucks from an undercover cop. But that's another story).

As for the album, it's perfect from top to bottom. "Ladies Nite In Buffalo" still has one of the all time kickiest grooves ever. "Tobacco Road" is all little Stevie to the max. "Yankee Rose" is just an awesome song, which showcased everything that is great about the album.  And of course there is "Big Trouble", which  is still an amazing song to this day.

Amazing debut for a man clearly needing to make a statement to the rock world that he could do it on his own. That is till he became a paramedic...but that too is another story. As much as this album was a statement for Diamond Dave, it was also a coming-out party for Steve Vai who more or less upstaged Dave on his own album. And Steve's partner in crime was Billy Sheehan, which was the beginning of a long lasting collaboration between the two.

Great cover art to the Album. Iconic and the the best of his career. Some clarification about the back cover here. I have the vinyl for this and what's depicted here is a little misleading given that I couldn't find scans that matched up. The original back cover to the vinyl is the one with Dave screaming as seen in the below shot for the Spanish version. For whatever reason, the CD used the back of the Inner Sleeve (Side B) of the Dancing chick as seen above. Go figure. I don't know what goes through the minds of those in marketing.

David Lee Roth (Sonrisa Salvaje) 1986



Have to point out that they also put out a Spanish version of the entire album to capitalize on the Mexican market. It failed miserably. So all ideas about doing this for his future releases were scraped. Sonrisa Salvaje translates to "Wild Smile", which is the Spanish version of Eat 'Em and Smile. The music is intact. The vocals were the only things redone. ¿Comprende?

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Re: David Lee Roth - Discography
« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2011, 10:43:22 am »
David Lee Roth (Skyscraper) 1988





Some great stuff on this, but as a whole, it could never quite reach the heights of Eat Em And Smile. It's funny that Dave left Van Halen over the idea that Eddie was adamant about making the new VH record (5150) more keyboard-heavy. And here we are 2 years later, and his biggest hit is "Just Like Paradise". Go figure. I love the song. It's one of my faves. Earworm for sure. "Perfect Timing" is another great song as well.

The song "Skyscraper" is very unusual with the audio pans left and right for the vocals. But Steve's playing is pure vintage "Flexible" stuff. "Damn Good" is a great song, which back then, felt like his attempt at a "Wanted Dead Or Alive" song. Nowhere near as great as that, but still a winner in my book. This review gets a half star less rating than it did a year ago. I just miss that harder edge of Eat Em And Smile. Still some great songs here though.

Fave Songs: Just Like Paradise, Skyscraper, Damn Good and Perfect Timing. Album cover is meh. It ties in with the name thematically, but it's still a boring cover. Get creative dude! Why not have Diamond Dave scaling the Empire State Building, ala King Kong?

Billy Sheehan leaves the band shortly before the Skyscraper Tour starts. Steve Vai quits later at the end of the tour to join Whitesnake. Gregg Bissonette eventually follows suit. So, Diamond Dave went from having a Supergroup...to needing a group hug. Poor little guy. At least he never had to restort to hosting a radio show to make ends meet.

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Re: David Lee Roth - Discography
« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2011, 11:44:42 am »
David Lee Roth (A Little Ain't Enough) 1991




This is such a great album. I wonder if anyone on here has even heard the entire album besides the title track: "A Lil Ain't Enough". The album itself  has some great rock songs, and some really bluesy stuff that you wouldn't necessarily associate with Diamond Dave, namely "Tell The Truth" and "Sensible Shoes", which are personal faves of mine.

Dave made an excellent choice in picking his new guitar wunderkid, Jason Becker. I had known of him prior to him joining when he was fronting the band Cacophony with Marty Friedman. It's just a shame that Jason finally reaches the big time, only to be stricken with Lou Gehrig's Disease.  He never got to tour in support of the record and barely finished the album as is. Such an amazing player. He knocked it out of the park with this one.

Having revisited this one recently, this is still a good rocking record and holds up extremely well, more so than some of his other solo albums. As mentioned before, it's got a lot of blues influences peppered throughout. It's even more shocking in a way because I checked out a lot of Jason's earlier work in Cacophony the last time I listened to A Little Ain't Enough. If you got a little taste of his playing in that band, the last thing you would expect from Jason is blues playing when he was heavily influenced with neo-classical shredding at the time.

Fave songs: A Lil Ain't Enough, Shoot It, Lady Luck, Tell The Truth, 40 Below, Sensible Shoes and It's Showtime! (which is vintage "Van Halen"). Drop In The Bucket is probably my fave of them all.

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Re: David Lee Roth - Discography
« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2011, 11:56:22 am »
David Lee Roth (Your Filthy Little Mouth) 1994





Your Filthy Little Mouth is probably his least heard album of all the major releases in his career. Might tell ya something when there aren't any videos to be found anywhere to give you guys a sample to hear. Nada.

I don't remember ever seeing any promotional videos for this album when it dropped. I picked it up when it came out just because I was a fan of DLR, so it didn't matter. And it's a shame it never got a wider audience, as it's an amazing and very diverse record and very underrated. It's a nice blend of straight ahead rockers and the more bluesy songs hinted at on A Little Ain't Enough. Throw in some reggae and some funk and you got yourself a cool party record.

"She's My Machine" is vintage Van Halen stuff here. Travis Tritt duets with Diamond Dave on the rocker "Cheatin' Heart Cafe". Sounds llike a stupid song huh? Well, aside from the lame spoken part between the two that comes before the actual song, its a damn catchy tune. The "elephant" guitar sound always gets stuck in my head. And it's not a country song, not even a whiff of it being one. "Experience" is another cool bluesy song, much in the same vein as "Sensible Shoes" from his previous release.

"No Big 'Ting" is something I shouldn't like. But damn it's so catchy and the one I play more than any other. It's a cross between Reggae and Big Band Jazz Swing, if that makes sense. "Night Life" is another great tune. Very soulful. The ladies will definitely put out if you guys wanna score. So play this one, if that's your intention.  "Sunburn" will do the same trick too, which is a great slow burn, jazz blues tinted tune. Imagine Dave in a speak easy, sitting on a stool, surrounded by cigarette smoke wafting thru the air, with a lone spotlight shining down on him with a jazz band behind playing. That's the mood of the song.

If there's one song that you will play, cruising down the strip on a weekend, it's "You're Breathin' It". Trust me, you will. I absolutely approve this record to anyone that is a fan of Diamond Dave. Pick up this record. Seriously. It's worth it. Awesome party record.

Fave Songs: Every last one of them.

UPDATE:
I found that they did release a music video for the album.

Your Filthy Little Mouth Videos

David Lee Roth - She's My Machine

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Re: David Lee Roth - Discography
« Reply #7 on: October 15, 2011, 12:16:07 pm »
David Lee Roth (DLR Band) 1998




Coming off Your Filthy Little Mouth's "under performing" album, and hugely underrated in my eyes and ears (if your going by sales, then yes, it was under performing. Artistically, no.). Gone is the wide spectrum of musical styles of Blues, Funk, Reggae, Big Band Jazz of the previous release, and in is vintage Van Halen rock to recapture his former self and hopefully regain fans that maybe thought YFLM was too much of a departure.

Let me tell ya...this sh*t is f*ucking goooooooooood. Stellar guitar work and the band is Tight. I picked this up a few years after it was originally released in a bargin bin by accident. I hadn't even realized that Dave had come out with any new stuff till that day. Its just a shame there's no promotional videos for this either. MTV wasn't playing anything back then, so why spend money on music videos if they aren't going to show it, right?

Fave Songs: "Going Places", "Relentless", "Right Tool For The Job", and "Tight". The cover is of world renowned pinup queen, Bettie Page.
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« Reply #8 on: October 15, 2011, 12:21:02 pm »
David Lee Roth (Diamond Dave) 2003




How to describe this album, simply titled Diamond Dave? Although I enjoy it for the most part, Diamond Dave (the album that is) was absolutely the worst thing he could have done. Especially coming off the musically-reviving DLR Band, which didn't show by way of hit songs, money in the bank, etc.... But musically it was by far the best since Eat Em And Smile.

So, why go the way of doing an entire album of covers with a lounge lizard spin on it? Just picture Dave working on Freemont Street in Vegas in a Smokey filled room crooning songs and this is what you get. My guess is that he was just to lazy to take the time to write anything new. Stylistically, the music is all over the place. But all the songs are sung in the same manner from song to song. It's a mood I guess he was trying to emulate. Having said that, I actually like this a tad more than that of Skyscraper, even though they both rate the same.

Fave Songs: You Got the Blues, Not Me, Tomorrow Never Knows and Let It All Hang Out. Horrible album cover. Atrocious.

Diamond Dave Videos

David Lee Roth - Shoo Bop

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Re: David Lee Roth - Discography
« Reply #9 on: October 15, 2011, 12:30:44 pm »
David Lee Roth (Strummin' with the Devil - The Southern Side of Van Halen) 2006



This is NOT a review

I don't have this record, nor will I ever pick it up. This was his follow up to Diamond Dave and technically the last thing he has recorded that I know of. I saw his apperance on The Tonight Show With Leno and I literally had my head in my hands saying, "Why Dave, why?"

Watching him that night was watching a once mighty showman fall to the depths of hell, only thing is, once he got to hell, the Devil was runnin'....away from Dave. Even he thought this an embarrassment. Without keeping you in suspense, I give you....

David Lee Roth - Jump (The Tonight Show With Jay Leno)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Olk8rZmlhY4

Good Gawd, this is awful!



EDIT: I had to stop this video about 15 seconds into it. Could not take any more of it.

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Re: David Lee Roth - Discography
« Reply #10 on: October 15, 2011, 12:37:23 pm »
David Lee Roth (The Best Of) 1997



This is NOT a review

Looking at the track list, it's got all of his biggest hits but it's still missing some gems that should be on it. I'm sure now that Dave is back in Van Halen, some record company will capitalize on a more complete Greatest Hits package should Van Halen with DLR ever decide to release a album of new stuff, which is forthcoming. But I'm still waiting....
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« Reply #11 on: October 15, 2011, 12:38:57 pm »
David Lee Roth - Jump (Boston Pops)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Sig2JEfcQg&feature=player_embedded

Now to get rid of that Bluegrass stench with another different take on his classic song Jump. Where the other fails, this one is at least entertaining and easy to listen to. No idea when it was recorded though. I've always liked this particular performance here. He is still at rock bottom though and is kinda sad to see where he ended up, a long way from his glory days fronting VH.

He is lucky to have the VH gig right now.

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Re: David Lee Roth - Discography
« Reply #12 on: November 07, 2011, 09:35:49 am »
I still can't choose which album is the best. Before, I went with Eat 'Em And Smile. But now, I'm having second...and third thoughts. Bah!!!!!
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« Reply #13 on: January 05, 2012, 11:48:15 am »
David Lee Roth Scrapbook Chapter 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIUvl7zBlAs

This was very awkward and I'm afraid Dave is going down the same path as before. He is now back in VH and here he is, making a "day-in-the-life" documentary about himself. Shouldn't he be doing something with Van Halen and promoting the hell out of the return of VH and their forthcoming album? I see the inevitable train wreck fast approaching.



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Re: David Lee Roth - Discography
« Reply #14 on: January 05, 2012, 12:46:57 pm »
Hmmmmm  :-\

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