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5.0 out of 5 stars LYRICAL LAMPOONERY AND GUTSY GUITARS, 7 Sept. 2001
This review is from: 1984 (Audio CD)
If you take a moment to think deeply about it, the year 1984 was a shining jewel in the very drab crown that was the 80's music era. This album is fittingly titled in retrospect, seeing Dave Lee Roth's departure from the band ending on a high note. Although the band were experiencing considerable personal difficulties throughout the writing and recording of this album, none of that manifests. On the contrary, this album is ultimately a "feel-good" recording, hailing back to a time when everyone wanted to play guitar like Eddie, and get the girls with one-liners spawned from Roth's verbal catalogue with a cheeky grin. The album incorpotated more widespread use of synthesizers, and saw the band more mainstream as a consequence. Despite this, Eddie still continues to amaze us with his matured use of finger-tapping, and guitarists amongst us will undoubtedly remember trying to copy his 6 fret stretch that is the incredible opening riff to "Hot For Teacher." As if Alex's double kick-drum technique wasn't enough! This track starts with drum patterns that sound like a Harley Davidson idling ready to be revved up to produce a staggering sonic boom.......enter Eddie! Other stand-out tracks include the legendary "Jump" featuring more keyboards and another famous guitar solo - just to prove again that Eddie hasn't taken leave of his senses and gone soft on you. "Top Jimmy" sounds like more Roth's work than anyone elses, and no doubt used a formlua that was to ensure his initial solo success. Tracks from his debut solo LP "Eat 'Em And Smile" sound similar. "Panama" is another feel-good song, with it's open road imagery and fast car references. I don't know about you, but I definately drive better when this track is on! If you want to be taken out of your little world for a while, if you want the sun to shine, if you want to imagine pretty ladies, if you want to hang out with the coolest bunch of lads in the universe.........check this out.
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