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Strummin' With The Devil: Bluegrass Tribute to Van Halen
David Lee Roth
Strummin' With The Devil: Bluegrass Tribute to Van Halen
Genres: Country, Special Interest, Pop, Rock
 
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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 m...  more »

      
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All Artists: David Lee Roth
Title: Strummin' With The Devil: Bluegrass Tribute to Van Halen
Members Wishing: 4
Total Copies: 0
Label: Cmh Records
Original Release Date: 1/1/2006
Re-Release Date: 6/6/2006
Genres: Country, Special Interest, Pop, Rock
Styles: Bluegrass, Comedy & Spoken Word, Tributes
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 027297909021

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Album Description
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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CD Reviews

Fantastic!
Grunt Hog | Vancouver, Canada | 04/04/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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."
BECAUSE DAVE CAN.
A. Vincentini | MI USA | 06/20/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This is the BEAUTY of David Lee Roth! If you are a true fan, you will appreciate and have fun with this Cd. ( at least the songs with Dave singing. ) ...And yes, it is something you can expect from him and his style... if you ever listen to some of the older VH/DLR songs. "Could this be magic", "Ice Cream Man", DLR's "Big Bad Bill". ( all those songs flirt with the style that is on this new album. ) David has such a wide range of style and doesn't shy away from musical expression. How rare is it that artists can do this. I must admit that I wish he sang all the songs on the album. I really don't care for the other vocals, but the music really is good. Jamie's Cryin' and Hot for teacher are the best on the album. Dave sounds great on the album. Really, this album is just another notch to add to his belt of accomplishments that he doesn't limit himself too. With that, you have to respect him and admire him. What an awesome entertainer he his and how cool that he can clown around with something like turning his classics into bluegrass. It shows his appreciation for music and that no matter what anyone thinks, he digs it, and that's all that matters ... and that's what everyone loves about Dave. :) Thumbs up !"
Some Good Moments, but mostly forgettable
T. Scott | Morehead, KY USA | 06/14/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)

"This album would be a much better product if it wasn't for David Lee Roth's presence on it. He can't sing bluegrass. Some of the other tracks feel kind of forced as well. However this is the rare disc of "bluegrass covers" that actually features some quality Progressive Bluegrass acts contributing, not just session players putting "twang" in their voices.

Blue Highway and Mountain Heart do excellent jobs reinterperting "I'll Wait" and "Dance The Night Away". The John Cowan Band also shines on "Runnin' With the Devil". And David Grisman turns "Hot for Teacher" into a jazz swing instrumental that's on par with all his work.

This album could have been better."