The nineties continued to be groundbreaking years for David Lee Roth, as his platinum plus rocking effort A Little Ain't Enough raced up the charts. Armed with 12 new songs, a great production from Bob Rock, and a band that only Roth could pull together, A Little Ain't Enough has gone on to become one of his most highly regarded albums in his legendary career. However, like a couple of his other significant fan favorites from his coveted discography, they have been out of print for many years, until now. The veteran rock label Friday Music does this magnificent album justice once again, and this time it is remastered by Joe Reagoso, plus it includes the original artwork elements, song lyrics, etc. A truly pristine recording which has stood the test of time, is now within your reach once again. The album goes into overdrive with a play on the title "A Lil' Ain't Enough" and continues breaking new territory with smashes like "Shoot It" and radio favorite "Hammerhead Shark". With help from his killer band Steve Hunter (guitar), Jason Becker (lead guitar), Brett Tuggle (keyboards and vocal) ,Gregg Bissonette returns on drums from the Eat `Em and Smile band, and Matt Bissonette on follows up on bass and vocals, it's no wonder this album raced to the top rungs of the album and rock charts in 1991. Twelve solid performances are what you get on this amazing collection. No home should be without out this album, and if you are truly looking for a good time, no frills rock and roll DLR-style masterpiece, then A Little Ain't Enough is the answer.
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Paul Lawrence | Australia | 05/24/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This disc scrounges into three star territory by the skin of it's party hat. As has been noted by other reviewers this album is very much rehash. That's not to say it's poorly executed or produced or packaged/promoted.
Issues with this album are the feeling you get that your drink is watered down. Of course Dave is not known for his focus but more a a great host to a party. But his own parties aren't always so flash. But if someone else is throwing a huge party then you really would love to go there with him.
Bob Rock produces this and in 1991 Dave was still important and Warner Bros certainly gave this a bit of push. Lead single is/was the title track and it's certainly a cool slice of rockerama and is surely responsible for what sales this did achieve. Because this CD as a whole is a pretty hollow experience, not enough bottom end, basically a very shiny show car with no grunt under the bonnet. I guess Dave felt pigeon holed with the whole rock thing, but be that as it may it was the rocker audience paying for his lifestyle so you'd think he'd just get in there and nail us with some party metal. But much of this is second hand dishwater.
As for the booklet - well the cover is OK and you do get lyrics for the whole thing but you also get painful 'arty' photos weirdly reminiscent of Vernon Reids Mistaken Identity album.
However I defend my three stars on the grounds that the title track rips, the production and playing is great and DLR still commanded respect and had his aura of invincibility intact at this point... so my memories of this mostly uneventful album when taken as a whole are still fairly good."