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“Rhino Hi-Five” by David Lee Roth

Artist: David Lee Roth
Title: “Rhino Hi-Five”
Label: Rhino Entertainment
Release Date: 3/15/2005
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 4/5

Having been a classic Van Halen fan for many years before he went solo, my interest obviously followed the great David Lee Roth into whatever adventure he saw fit to entertain us with. Now, it was never my intent to offer up thoughts on such a limited compilation but with so many people beginning to purchase music digitally now, it felt like something good. My rationale was based on the hope that it would encourage folks who missed out on some bands giving them a chance care of this kind of brief release. With only five tracks to speak about these would be right on point and give you some must have ideas. Starting off this limited listening experience are the two strongest tracks from Dave’s EP “Crazy From The Heat” which I loved to death despite their being covers. The two videos for these songs alone helped make them staples on both MTV and Rock Radio of the day.

Dave’s first full on solo album “Eat ‘Em and Smile” was superb so I was sad to only find the lead off single track “Yankee Rose” (also a killer video) being the only inclusion and that’s based on the overall strength of the release. Instead we get two tracks from his sophomore album “Skyscraper” which was an album that found a lot of fans saying “come on Dave give me a break”. Old School VH fans should have picked up that reference in a second. Those two tracks are okay at best with the strongest being “Just Like Paradise”. Dave would lose my interest with that second album for a few years but hey these are the chances that artists take with their output. That was a hard decision based on members of his band including Steve Vai, Billy Sheehan and Greg Bissonette. Still, if you’d like to encourage some Roth interest in a younger listener in your world this is still a fair representation based on four out of the five options.

Track Listing:
1. California Girls
2. Just A Gigalo/I Ain’t Got Nobody
3. Just Like Paradise
4. Yankee Rose
5. Stand Up

Official Website: http://www.davidleeroth.com
Official Website: http://www.rhino.com

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