Sonrise Salvaje on CD after a long wait...
Stadium Studios | West-Central Wisconsin, United States | 04/05/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What an outstanding album. I have been a Diamond Dave fan for as long as I have been listening to hard rock. When I was younger (and there was no internet) this album was just a rumor between my fellow Diamond Dave fans. Twenty years later, this jewel of the Southern Hemisphere has finally hit compact disc thanks to Friday Music. It is Dave singing the entire "Eat `Em and Smile" album in Spanish and he sings it like he means it man. Everyone, fan or not, should listen to this album at least once. It is ever bit as perfect as the original album.
If you don't know or were just not sure what this album is: It is the same studio recording as "Eat `Em and Smile" with Dave's vocal rerecorded in Spanish. It sounds exactly the same as the original English version except... well... in Spanish. It also came out in 1986 but only on vinyl and only in South America.
The sound on this remaster is fair at best. The vocal track is very forward of the music and sounds very bright. The music track sounds very soft. The two-track just does not sound well mixed. The vinyl version sounds way better than this "remastered" CD... but, it is on CD, so that is something.
The CD art looks like a hack bootleg or something. The cover art is dark and dull, like it was done with a crappy scanner. It is missing all of the vibrant color of the original famous album art. The back art is a zoomed-in blowup of the original album art to make it fit the more rectangle shape of a jewel case. It is also dark and dull and lacks the true color and scope of the original album art. The spine is also really lame. They did include both sides of the original record sleeve on the inside, which is very cool and highly commendable. Under the CD, behind the clear tray is a facsimile of the original recording sheets for the Spanish version, which is also very cool and highly commendable.
Buy this album now. You will be glad you did. If you are a Diamond Dave fan and don't own this, you are missing out big time and should be ashamed of yourself. If you are not exactly a fan, it is just a great rock album and this Spanish version is a real piece of rock and roll history man.
Also be sure to check out the Friday Music DAVID LEE ROTH REMASTERS of "A Little Ain't Enough" and "Your Filthy Little Mouth" if you don't already own them. Also, get all of the original six Van Halen albums now on WARNER REMASTERS (HDCD). They are worth every penny."
Trent B. Mcdaniel | Montgomery, AL | 07/19/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this on cassette and album when it came out in 1986. I scored big points with my high school spanish teacher when i made him a copy. I was always sad that it was never released on cd so i was reduced to bootlegs until now. This is the Eatem And Smile album entirely in Spanish. The translation of english into spanish doesn't always make a smooth transition into the fit of the music and sometimes DLR sings the lyrics doubletime to make it happen. However, it is a gem to have considering the lack of any other product like it in the hard rock/ heavy metal realm. This album was supposed to have done quite well in South America and had minor success in the United States. Why Roth didn't do the same with his follow up Skyscraper is unknown. You can call this a concept album or a one shot project that peaked Daves interest at the time. I call it a great collectors item and the crown jewel to the David Lee Roth catelog."
When Rock n' Roll had talent and was dynamic
Jason Salamone | 08/24/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"David Lee Roth left VH and assembled 3 musicians that Alex, Eddie, and Michael Anthony couldn't hold a candle to. Yes, Steve Vai on guitar, Billy Sheehan on bass, and Greg Bissonette on drums. These 3 musicians were incredibly more schooled, taand diverse in their playing that the boys of VH, and they still are today.
I'm a huge fan of everything VH did during the Diamond Dave Era, but I rather listen to Eat em' Up and Smile before I pick up and listen to any VH cd.