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Eat Em & Smile

David Lee RothAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • Run Time: 30 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002L9W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,942 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Yankee Rose
2. Shyboy
3. I'm Easy
4. Ladies' Nite In Buffalo?
5. Goin' Crazy!
6. Tobacco Road
7. Elephant Gun
8. Big Trouble
9. Bump And Grind
10. That's Life

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Roth, who turned the flamboyant-frontman role into an art form, turned out this solo effort after leaving Van Halen. Hiring two of the top instrumentalists in the hard-rock genre, guitarist Steve Vai and bassist Billy Sheehan, Roth created meta-arena rock--big, exaggerated rock music with heavy guitars. Typical entries included "Goin' Crazy" and "I'm Easy"; "Yankee Rose" had one of the more entertaining videos on MTV at the time. The cover of "That's Life," which closes the album, is predictably overblown, but Roth can be forgiven as it's obvious that he's not taking anything too seriously. --Genevieve Williams

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
When David Lee Roth parted ways with Van Halen, there was a ton of bad blood between him and the brothers Van Halen. We all saw it on MTV in daily diatribes and tauntings and all the hooflaw. Feelings were hurt, egos bruised, and the press was having a field day stoking the fires. So Diamond Dave, being exceptionally pissed off, goes out and finds his replacements for the brothers Van Halen. Welll... many would say that it is almost impossible to find a guitarist to fill Eddie Van Halen's shoes. Steve Vai fits the bill and then some. Technically better than the Edward the Great, Vai can play anything. Will he ever eclipse EVH's legacy as the absolute God of Rock Guitar? Never. Sorry Steve, but never, ever, not in a million years. Being technically superior counts for very little in the eyes of the masses. Still, if there was ever a burner to give EVH the finger it was Stevie Vai. And Billy Sheehan? Could Michael Anthony aspire to lick Sheehan's boots? Hell no, Billy is God on bass. So that left Alex Van Halen, a typical but popular drummer in the heavy rock genre. How about a schlep from The Maynard Feguson Big Band by the name of Gregg Bissonette? He makes Alex look like a fool. The band is complete. All the hired guns are in place. Diamond Dave can turn his back on the brothers Van Halen and shake his spandexed ass. Eat 'Em And Smile is born.... along with the Picasso Bros.

Right out of the gate we have "Yankee Rose," a straight-ahead rocker with David Lee Roth and Steve Vai (via his axe) having a conversation about The Statue of Liberty. The video was an MTV staple forver and it intoduced us to The Picasso Bros. (DLR & Pete Angeles). If there was ever a way to tell your former bandmates to "F*ck Off!" David Lee Roth found it in a big way.
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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars as good as classic VH January 12, 2003
Format:Audio CD
In 1985, when Dave was still in Van Halen, he had two big solo hits "California Girls" and "Just a gigolo." When Dave left VH, he couldn't be a viable solo artist just covering lounge songs and Beach Boy hits, he needed to put together a rock band, one that was as good, if not better, than his old band. This is just what Dave did. He got Steve Vai for guitar, Billy Sheehan for bass, and Gregg Bissonette for drums. Not only was his first solo band, the "Eat 'Em and Smile" band technically as good as Van Halen, but it wrote songs that were up-to-par with VH classics. In my humble opinion, the Eat 'Em and Smile album was as good as the first six Van Halen albums. I see this album as being the true follow-up to Van Halen's 1984. In a sense, I see this as being the seventh Van Halen album. I also think that this album is far superior to Van Halen's first album with Sammy Hagar, 5150. Like the first six Van Halen albums, this album is only about a half hour, and rocks top to bottom. It is filled with heavy, catchy rifts, color, melody, and humor. There are a lot of classic rockers on this album, such as "Yankee Rose," "Going Crazy!" and "Shy Boy." There are a few lounge numbers--"I'm Easy," and "That's Life." There are a few slower numbers such as "Ladies Night in Buffalo?" and "Big Trouble." Overall, this album is a straight-a-head rocker, with no ballads or synth-pop. If you are a fan of the David Lee Roth era of Van Halen, than this CD is a must have!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eddie who? September 26, 2003
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With Eat 'em and Smile, David Lee Roth's first full-length solo album, Van Halen's former front man proved he didn't need Eddie and the guys behind him to rock the house. Of course, his new band members deserve a lot of credit for making this album sound as good as it does: guitarist extraordinaire Steve Vai, talented bassist Billy Sheehan, and drummer Gregg Bissonette. There are more than a few echoes of vintage Van Halen in these ten tracks, but in the end this is really and truly David Lee Roth at his best. While the comic and campy aspects of the persona he built around his earlier EP release Crazy From the Heat also showed up here to party, David Lee Roth and his band basically came to the studio to rock hard and heavy and have fun doing it.
Yankee Rose, featuring some killer riffs from guitarist Steve Vai, gets the album off to a driving, heart-pumping start. This track, which I consider the best of Roth's career, is followed by Shyboy, another metal classic that some fans may be unfamiliar with. Roth takes the show down a notch or two with the catchy but pop-oriented track I'm Easy. Then there is Ladies' Night in Buffalo?, a track which some critics have pronounced Roth's most artistic song; I find it rather boring, myself. Roth perhaps feels the same, for he quickly shifts back into overdrive and pumps out three hard-driving rockers in Goin' Crazy, Tobacco Road, and Elephant Gun. After reaching this mid-album crescendo, though, Roth coasts some of the way to the finish line. Big Trouble is relatively unimpressive except for its noteworthy bridge, and Bump and Grind is rather forgettable altogether. Roth really closes the album out in style, though, belting out his cover of That's Life.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars And a bottle of anything, to go...
Super groups are rarely this good
Published 14 days ago by Joe M. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars were on to something.....
Vai and Sheehan? what more do you need? This CD was an excellent introduction to the post Van Halen DLR. Read more
Published 3 months ago by flyerdog
1.0 out of 5 stars Reviews were great, However Unlistenable
This is one of those cd purchases i have regretted, now in the cd graveyard. Reviews were amazing, I think these people must be deaf
Published 3 months ago by Rockin Bones
5.0 out of 5 stars "EXCEPTIONAL ROTH!"
Published 3 months ago by EVLROB
5.0 out of 5 stars Van Halen's worst nightmare
This album clocks in at a little over 30 minutes. It rocks from beginning to end with no apologies. Personally, I like this album better than anything Van Halen ever put out with... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mr.Mister
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT IN ALL ASPECTS
Published 7 months ago by CARLOS DE CASTRO RUEDA
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing album!! Should still be in stores!
David lee roth can do no wrong..this album is great! Worth the price just for the song "Crazy From The Heat" Great cover of "Thats Life" on here too! Read more
Published 12 months ago by Turbo
5.0 out of 5 stars The only DLR you need
This cd is a gem. I've never been a huge Dave fan but very track here is a gem. Steve Vai on guitar, Billy Sheehan on bass. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Tapps
5.0 out of 5 stars Eat it Van Halen and Smile!!!! by Jake R.
David Lee Roth' road wasn't easy but this is a conclusion of 1984, sorry Van Hagar but Dave kicked your butt with this one. Steve Via, Billy Sheehan, enough said. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Jake R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate 80's album for me!!!
Music from back when you could enjoy the whole album, not just one or two tracks. This album defined the 80's for me.
Published 18 months ago by Charles W McNeil
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