Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Van Halen - Diver Down (1982)

I'm not the biggest Van Halen fan you'll meet, but there are a few bands that people my age are practically required to know. Van Halen is one of those bands (The Cars, Journey, Duran Duran are others in that category). I also have much respect for Eddie VH as a musician. Unfortunately, I don't have much respect for him as a person, but's a whole nuther thing. My buddy Blake calls this a covers album, but if you like covers, then that's not a bad thing.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #3
Peak on Cash Box album chart: #4

Tracks: I can easily listen to this CD without skipping any tracks. I could do without the final track, the cover of Happy Trails, but whatever. The other 4 covers are top notch. Of the original tunes, I prefer Secrets and Little Guitars.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: In high school, my friend Brett had this release on cassette. I borrowed it from him for about 2 years. I'm pretty sure I eventually returned it to him.

1 comment:

  1. Both of the parties I attended in 1982 had this record playing. At one party it was just side one repeated over and over and over while at the second party, they had the courtesy to play both sides of the record. The only other record played at both of those parties was The Doors 1967 debut album. Quite a party mix.

    The album is brief. But I like it. "Dancing In The Street" was on pretty much every mixtape I made that year.