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Strummin' With The Devil: Bluegrass Tribute to Van Halen

David Lee Roth Audio CD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. JumpDavid Lee Roth, The John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band 4:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Jamie's Cryin' (Radio Edit)David Lee Roth, The John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band 5:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. I'll WaitBlue Highway 6:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Runnin' with the DevilThe John Cowan Band 3:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Dance the Night AwayMountain Heart 3:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Ain't Talkin' 'Bout LoveIron Horse 4:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Hot for TeacherDavid Grisman and Sons 4:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Feel Your Love TonightDave McLaughlin, Dudley Connell, Marshall Wilborn, Tony Trischka 3:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. PanamaCornbread Red 3:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. UnchainedIron Horse 3:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Ice Cream ManLarry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time 3:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. And the Cradle Will RockThe John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band 3:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Could This Be Magic?Nashville Bluegrass Band 2:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. EruptionDennis Caplinger 1:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Jamie's Cryin' (Radio Edit)David Lee Roth, The John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band 4:01$0.99  Buy MP3 


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Strummin' With The Devil: Bluegrass Tribute to Van Halen + Eat Em & Smile + DLR Band
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 6, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cmh Records
  • ASIN: B000CEV4RM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,393 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

From the get-go, Van Halen proved breathtaking and ballsy in equal measure. Perhaps that's one of the reasons Strummin' with the Devil works so well. In its own hard-pickin' way, this collection offers a similar sense of musical discovery. Here are those same still-sharp rock gems we know and love retooled using a different sort of metal. Come to think about it, bluegrass and Van Halen have much in common - including an emphasis on exceptional instrumental prowess and timeless tales of everyday drama played out in great songs of haunting and enduring power. Having David Lee Roth, the Man himself, kick off this party celebrating the timeless music of which he was such an essential part is more than just thrilling - it's downright moving. Could this be magic? Definitely.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! April 4, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I just don't understand the negative reviews of this disc. If you loathe bluegrass music, then of course you're going to hate this album. If you're so fanatically devoted to Van Halen that you can't stand to hear their songs reinterpreted in a different genre, then of course you're going to hate this album. You have no one but yourselves to blame for running out and buying this when you should have known better, so quit whining and moaning about it.

As a casual fan of classic Van Halen (and a listener who's generally indifferent to bluegrass), I thought this disc was brilliant. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing familiar songs taken in new directions, and hearing Diamond Dave sing on a couple of them was a nice bonus. I was also very impressed with the excellent musicianship of the artists that contributed to this album: the arrangements and execution were great, and the players really captured the essence of many of these songs, breathing new life into them while reinventing them. It probably won't convert me to bluegrass, but this disc is definitely a keeper. Just maintain an open mind and there is much enjoyment to be had with this album.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gotta have an open mind! June 3, 2007
By Bonnie
Format:Audio CD
Just so you know my perspective going into this review... I am a forty-something who looooved Van Halen back in my teens and twenties, and I still enjoy them. I have several CDs of bluegrass covers of rock songs and really like them. I listen to bluegrass and newgrass but not country music, and I think the banjo is a complex and unique instrument (just ask Bela Fleck) that has gotten a bad rap.

Regarding this album... unlike, for example, the Led Zeppelin bluegrass tribute ("Whole Lotta Bluegrass"), most of these Van Halen songs don't sound as if they could have originally been bluegrass tunes; it's not a very smooth transition. But it is still an enjoyable collection because of the musical talent and lively arrangements. The banjo solo on "Eruption" is magnificent. My least favorite tunes on this collection are the ones sung by DLR; his rock voice stuck in a bluegrass arrangement is like a deuce in the punchbowl. However, he always seems to have had a sense of humor and I guess his participation in this album shows that.

These songs are fun, respectful, and musically respectable arrangements of the originals. Any fan of rock songs who listens to bluegrass renditions of them needs to have a open mind and sense of humor to start with or you'll be offended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is surprisingly solid as hell! April 19, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I have to put my two cents in, if nothing else than to support this CD from getting stomped so hard.

Listen you all, this disc is as solid as a bluegrass thing than VH ever did as a Rock and Roll band. No kidding.

I was a HUGE VH fan back in the day.

Loved em.

Maybe my tastes have expanded over the years (40+ yrs old)but these songs really work in this format.

I think that says a lot about the original songs and the level of songwriting!!!

Yes, you definitely have to go in with an open mind, but, really, check it out, this disc smokes!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mega Ditto Grunt Hog !!-!! December 11, 2010
Format:MP3 Music
Seriously, how marvelous it must be to be so clueless about one's own musical taste. C'mon people, can't you detractors understand the value of broad interpretation and experimentation in ANY art form much less music? That's where rock and roll came from, duh, interpretations of current forms, in this case it was Scotch-Irish folk/mountain music speaking to "country" music, which in turn spoke to rock-a-billy, which in turn spoke to rock and roll. Sheesh....put the bong down already, get a life....
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars you people are nuts! February 13, 2007
By TommyB
Format:Audio CD
I was skeptical about this one, but as soon as I heard it, I dug it a lot.

Let's face it, this was a risky idea- on the one hand, it won't sell well to people who are VH purists or those who can't stand this style of music and on the other, there are those who love this style, but won't be able to get past Diamond Dave...it won't sell to them either. So it's a lose-lose situation. But for those who don't want to hear Dave singing, relax, he's only on 2 of the songs (3 tracks on the album).

If you're thinking about getting this CD, I would suggest listening to the samples and making a decision for yourself since people are either gonna love it or hate it. Don't let us influence your decision. I mean, "The Kritic" gave it 1 star, then admitted that the basis of that rating was from the one song he heard on the Tonight Show...how can you rate an album that you never heard? (*There are some reviewers that have valid reasons to dislike it).

Anyway, in my opinion, it's a great album- I listen to it all the time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Keep things in perspective January 23, 2011
Format:Audio CD
If you are a head banging, Van Halen, metalhead then you will hate this because you will think that this is sacreligous to your beloved tunes.

However, if you are an openminded music fan, than you will recognize that this is not such an illogical extention/progression/innovation of these songs.

As musicians age, they can either try to maintain the original energy (which, with some kinds of music cannot be done. Look at how silly Roger Daltrey looks trying to sing those "Who" songs at his age) or somehow maintain their identity, yet take the songs in a different direction. A well over 50 year old man singing metal is totally embarrassing!

Just as Robert Plant has so successfuly done by remaining a relevant "artist" with his "Band of Joy" and the Allison Krauss collaboration, I find nothing wrong with these bluegrass re-interpretations. The songs easily are translated into believable bluegrass tunes and David Lee Roth's voice is well fitted for this genre. This is a smart direction for an aging acrobatic singer to take his music.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Umm....Okay. Why?
It's nice to know that the hard party-in' ways of David Lee Roth during the 70's and 80's didn't affect him in any way............OH WAIT!
3 words sum it up perfectly. WTF?
Published 15 months ago by DZ
1.0 out of 5 stars Ha Ha Ha
Good for a laugh. This is the most ridiculous sounding thing i ever heard. Roths voice and bluegrass dont mix. Sounds like cottage cheese in a glass of bourbon. Read more
Published on January 6, 2012 by Frettbuzz
1.0 out of 5 stars Ya gotta be joking....
This has to be a joke. Either that or Dave's lost his friggin mind. This is the most absurd thing I can recall hearing in quite a long long time. Read more
Published on May 14, 2011 by Sporty
3.0 out of 5 stars Hits and Misses
I love Eruption and Unchained, but do not care for the songs with Dave singing. His voice doesn't blend with bluegrass, and he overdoes it (as usual). The band is great. Read more
Published on August 23, 2009 by LBS
5.0 out of 5 stars As a Van Halen die hard I loved it.
This is an effort of one of the most challenging band to cover and the most challenging style of music to perform.
Published on January 1, 2009 by P. Young
3.0 out of 5 stars Well, it's a tribute album after all...
Well, it's a tribute album after all. We should not expect more than what a tribute album has to offer. Read more
Published on May 27, 2007 by R. Cerecero
1.0 out of 5 stars Much worse then the Fall of The Roman Empire, pass me a dagger please!
First, let me say that EVH w/DLR were a pinnacle point in Rock'n'Roll history. With that said; I saw Diamond Dave do a cut off of this album on the Tonight Show, with the bluegress... Read more
Published on January 19, 2007 by The Kritic
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