180g Vinyl Reissue! Mastered from the Original
Analog Tapes by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering!
Diver Down is the fifth studio album by American hard rock band Van Halen,
released in 1982. It spent 65 weeks on the album chart in the United States and
had, by 1998, sold four million copies in the US. The 1982 release features
Eddie and Alex Van Halen's father, Jan, on clarinet for the song "Big Bad Bill."
The album also contains the song "(Oh) Pretty Woman," which was banned from MTV
as a video for its controversial content.
Mastering engineer Chris Bellman, who remastered the original albums for Bernie
Grundman Studios, Hollywood, CA, was enlisted for these new versions (2015). In
order to produce the original sound the band intended, Bellman cut straight from
the quarter-inch tapes for CD; for 180-gram vinyl; and for the digital version.
"...this is undoubtedly the work of a finely honed band who has only grown
tighter and heavier since their debut...it's one of Van Halen's best records,
one that's just pure joy to hear. Like the debut, it's a great showcase for all
the group's strengths, from Eddie Van Halen's always thrilling guitar to the
bedrock foundation of Alex Van Halen and Michael Anthony's throbbing pulse to,
of course, David Lee Roth's strut." -Stephen Thomas Erlewine, allmusic.com
• 180g Vinyl
• Remastered from the original analog tapes by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman
• Pressed at Record industry, Netherlands
David Lee Roth, vocals
Eddie Van Halen, guitar, backing vocals
Michael Anthony, bass, guitar, backing vocals
Alex Van Halen, drums
Jan Van Halen, clarinet (Big Bad Bill)
1. Where Have All the Good Times Gone!
2. Little Guitars
3. Hang 'Em High
6. (Oh) Pretty Woman
7. Big Bad Bill (Is Sweet William Now)
8. Dancing In The Street
10. Happy Trails
11. The Full Bug