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on April 29, 2014
Vai and Sheehan? what more do you need? This CD was an excellent introduction to the post Van Halen DLR. It is full of shredding, but still has very catchy songs, it's a great balance of both worlds. Unfortunately, Roth never equaled this CD in his subsequent releases....Skyscraper was good and served up Steve Vai on a platter..but the songs on Skyscraper don't have that gritty edge that this CD has. DLR had the ultimate band around him, but his Las Vegas flair eventually led to Sheehan's departure..had they kept this formula of raw, stomping shred-filled compositions...we might have been treated to more similar CDs...but hey, that's the biz.

This CD was also Steve Vai's coming out party (no not THAT way!!). It cemented him as a guitar god who could go toe to toe with anyone in the business. His playing spans from quirky and amusing to balls out rip your face off with plenty of tasty licks that had guitarist fingers tied in knots...Billy lets you know what he can do as well at opportune times...Greg Bisonette is solid and Roth's vocals are admirable as well.

If only they had continued down this same path on subsequent CDs...and we might be talking about one of the greatest bands ever....
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on April 2, 2014
EAT EM' AND SMILE IS A FANTASTIC 80'S STYLE OF (POP) METAL MUSIC THAT IS ROTH'S MASTERPIECE! EASILY ROTH GREATEST MATERIAL ON ANY OF HIS SOLO ALBUMS. THE MUSICIANS ARE SOME OF THE BEST IN THE BUSINESS! GUITARIST STEVE VAI IS ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE AS IS BILLY SHEEHAN ON BASS. GREGG BISSONETTE IS AN AMAZING DRUMMER AS WELL. AND THEN YOU HAVE THE "ONE AND ONLY" DAVID LEE ROTH DOING HIS THING ON VOCALS! THIS IS A PERFECT LINE-UP AS YOU CAN HEAR EACH ONE FEEDING OFF THE OTHER IN THE MUSIC; WHICH IN TURN IS BRINGING OUT THE BEST OF EACH ONES STYLE. MANY THINK THIS ALBUM IS FAR BETTER THAN ANY OF THE VAN HALEN ALBUMS WITH SAMMY HAGAR ON VOCALS, AND THEY COULD BE RIGHT! EVEN EDGING SOME OF THE DLR-ERA ALBUMS AS WELL. ROTH WOULD HAVE DONE AN EXCELLENT JOB ON 5150 OR OU812, BUT THIS ALBUM IS SPECIAL AND UNIQUE, AND I FOR ONE AM GLAD HE DID THIS ALBUM INSTEAD. IT IS A TRUE A ONE OF A KIND......IT'S "EXCEPTIONAL ROTH!".
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on February 2, 2015
Great album. With a great backing band and his usual style, Dave delivers on his first full-length solo outing. Includes the singles "Yankee Rose" (written about The Statue of Liberty, which was being restored at the time) and "Goin' Crazy". My favorite tracks on the album are the aforementioned singles, as well as "Ladies' Nite In Buffalo", "Big Trouble", and "That's Life". If you don't own this one yet, now's the time.
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on July 15, 2010
I remember the day when MTV actually played videos, and you could not wait to see the new World Premiere Video at the time. I also remember the day the DLR Yankee Rose video premiered on MTV. After watching it, I was completely floored, with my mouth wide open. I loved it. As a guitar player, I especially loved Steve Vai's guitar work on this album. From the opening Yankee Rose with the Wah Wah talk, to the more jazzy and laid back sounds of Ladies Night In Buffalo. Dave could have not put together a more great group of musicians to make this album, and also Sky Scraper, but thats another story.

I understand everyone has their own opinions, and thats great, they are so ever much entitled to them, like me and everyone else, but it amazes me when they try to compare this to a VH album, like Fair Warning, etc. People, its not a VH album, its a DLR album. He was out of VH at this time. Different band. Im amazed at the whining, bitching over this.
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on May 31, 2013
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. With a better singer this could have been the greatest band ever.

The title track is fun as is the upbeat Goin'crazy.
The real gems are the cover of the old blues standard Tobacco road and the old TALAS standard Shyboy (written by Billy). Another fun Sheehan tune is Ladies night in Buffalo, a left handed homage to his home town.

This is a keeper if you like old Van Halen, great guitars, great Bass or just poppy metal fun
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on March 4, 2015
This is the best solo album from David and the best Billy Sheehan bass lines. Too bad things fell apart after just this album with the change on skyscraper which was an ok to terrible album. This is also the closet follow up to Van Halen's 1984 that the world would ever get.
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on September 19, 2017
Well thought this was remaster but it wasn't audio is not great.
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on December 31, 2013
GREAT ITEM, WITH A REALLY GREAT QUALITY AND WELL-RECORDED, DIFFICULT TO BELIEVE FOR ITS AGE, WITH ALL THE FEELINGS AND REGRETS THAT ARE SUPPOSED TO WELL REMIND THE BAND. GOOD PRICE AND FAST SHIPPING. A REALLY GREAT ARTICLE, NOT EASY TO FIND.
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on August 13, 2017
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on August 15, 2007
For whatever reason DAVE left Van Halen this album goes to show that he could make it without them.
With Steve,Billy & Greg this was the follow up to 1984.
The biggest reason DAVE's career has gone down since this album,
is cause DAVE was so diverse in his sound from album to album
that the normal Rock & Roll listener couldn't require the taste
for each album!
That's ok for the DLR listeners that can, they are the ones that wouldn't
put up with same old top 40 cap van hagar was puttin out.
ROTH & ROLL BABY...LONG LIVE THE KING OF ROCK!!
I rate this album a 5 of 5 stars!!
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