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Skyscraper Original recording

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33 RPM LP CLASSIC ROCK record album by DAVID LEE ROTH titled " SKYSCRAPER " released in copyright 1988 by Warner Bros. Records. This release is on the Warner Bros. record label W1 25671. Song titles are: Knucklebones, Just Like Paradise, The Bottom Line, Skyscraper, Damn Good, Hot Dog And A Shake, Stand Up, Hina, Perfect Timing, Two Fools A Minute.

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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
  • ASIN: B000ZM9MHA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,080,719 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Ferguson-Maltzman on October 30, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Fans are split on David Lee Roth's second studio album "Skyscraper." Released in the spring of 1988, the album was a top-ten hit, platinum smash, and yielded the hit "Just like Paradise." Unfortunately for Dave, however, "Skyscraper" saw Dave lose a lot of fans. It was his last hit album before his commercial decline. Bassist Billy Sheehan even admits to hating this album. Far from being universally panned, however, some fans have stuck by "Skyscraper."

After leaving Van Halen, Roth's task was to create a new band, to create a new Van Halen. Competing with Van Halen, Roth employed Steve Vai (guitar), Billy Sheehan (bass), and Gregg Bissonette (drums). This lineup, known as the "Eat `Em and Smile Band" released the classic "Eat `Em and Smile" in the summer of 1986. For "Skyscraper," Roth added keyboardist Brett Tuggle.

Veteran Van Halen producer Ted Templeman was behind the helm for "Eat `Em and Smile." For his second album, Roth opted to produce the album himself with Steve Vai.

In some ways "Skyscraper" and "Eat `Em and Smile" are as different as night and day. "Eat `Em and Smile" was in some ways like a seventh Van Halen album. Roth basically took the best musicians he could find to replace Eddie, Alex and Michael, and rather successfully, emulated Van Halen's sound. "Eat `Em and Smile" is raw, organic and sounds live. "Skyscraper," by contrast, is far more polished, glossy and filled with overdubs. The addition of a keyboard player also took the band in a more commercial, pop direction. Some fans rejected the new sound and revolted.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 10, 1999
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I bought this disc the day it was released, and since then I've probably become the first person in history to wear out a CD. My dear old battered copy is scuffed, faded, skips all over the place in cheap CD players, its lyric book is faded from all the times I flipped through it, the works. Simply put, this wonderful little bundle is mindlessly cheerful, life's-so-groovy-to-me optimism, done with that cartoonish sense of humour we've all grown to love so much... and it STILL manages to successfully slam the works of other so-called artists of the eighties like Bon Jovi with a ferociously fierce talent and creativity few had during that decade. No wonder Eddie Van Halen loathed it so much when it was released... because it and all of Dave's other albums, as Eddie HIMSELF admitted, show who was the REAL heart and creative genius behind Van Halen! Every song is a winner from start to finish, there are gorgeous melodies everywhere that jaded headbangers will probably never understand or appreciate, and Steve Vai's playing is stupendous. Roth reminds me so much of Led Zeppelin... back during the seventies, Led Zep (another fave rave of mine) were slammed ruthlessly by critics with each and every release, all whining about how "pretentious" and "unlistenable" the album was and how the last one was better, even though the same critics had slammed IT too! Same with Dave... each album he has done solo-wise is a masterpiece, and each one has been critically slammed, only to be praised when the next one came out in the precise same way.Read more ›
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Thomas Fallon on November 24, 2004
Format: Audio CD
1988 Fondly remembered for The Diamond's best release of his less than lack-luster solo career. Steve Vai starts the disc out with a chicken pickin guitar opening that is least expected but he remains intune to where Roth is headed and explains why Vai was easily meant to support Roth instead of you know who. Vai and Roth sink deep into Pop territory for Just like Paradise while flexing their metal muscle on Knucklebones.Vai's fifth grade composition Damn Good comes off with some Damn good results and the title track ---- contrary to other reviewers finds Vai's backward masking and recording quite adventurous for its time and if listened to with the proper surround sound equiptment will leave the listener in Awe.Perfect Timing is an excellent song that stands well on its own and should have been a single.Its competition OU812 flounders in comparrision to this Pop Metal Masterpiece.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Toad on January 21, 2010
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The day before it was released to the public, a local radio station played the Skyscraper album. I popped in a blank cassette, hit record, and the rest is history. I absolutely wore this thing out. I am a huge Steve Vai fan, and I still consider his time with Roth one of his most creative periods, and this album iced the cake. Listen to all the intros and fills and you will understand Vai's genius. He is the goofiest guitarist alive, and he got sounds out of his guitar that will make you scratch your head and grin. This album, as well as "Eat 'em and Smile," proves that Roth got the upper hand after the Van Halen saga. Nothing Eddie recorded with Sammy Hagar even comes close to the energy and creativity of these records. I was lucky enough to see Roth on this tour, and he was incredible. This is truly one of the best rock albums of the '80s. Although underrated, it does not disappoint. Listen and try not to smile. I dare you.
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