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Artist: David Lee Roth

Title: Eat 'Em and Smile

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David Lee Roth Eat 'Em and Smile Album Cover


Category: Hard Rock

Year: 1986

Label: Warner

Catalog Number: 9-25470


David Lee Roth vocals
Steve Vai guitar
Billy Sheehan bass
Gregg Bissonette drums

Jeff Bova Synthesizer tracks 1, 4
Sammy Figueroa Percussion track 5
Jesse Harms Synthesizer track 5, Keyboards track 6, Electric Piano track 10
Jimmie Haskell String & Horn Arrangements track 10
The Waters Family Background Vocals Track 10


1.  Yankee Rose  
2.  Shyboy  
3.  I'm Easy  
4.  Ladies Nite In Buffalo  
5.  Goin' Crazy  
6.  Tobacco Road  
7.  Elephant Gun  
8.  Big Trouble  
9.  Bump And Grind  
10.  That's Life  

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Existing comments about this CD

From: finkler Date: March 3, 2001 at 0:35
shy boy and elephant gun. 'nuff said. 10.

From: Harvey Date: November 16, 2001 at 8:30
Wit, energy, savvy, sass and the best backing band on the planet...what more could you want for your moolah!!

From: Dragonfly Date: December 16, 2001 at 19:07
David hit pay dirt when he put this band together. Great players and great songs. He kept it going for one more release than hit a brick wall.

From: jason (FA - Q) Date: June 15, 2002 at 1:32
I am only going to say this once........... Yankee Rose IS THE BEST SONG THAT DAVID EVER DID IN HIS LIFE!!!!!!!!!

From: Date: August 18, 2002 at 10:58
this is david best album with the best member composition david ever had. just listen how steve vai make the guitar talk in yankee rose, and how steve and billy type their instrument on shyboy. this album really had cool stuffs

From: zakar Date: August 18, 2002 at 10:58
this is david best album with the best member composition david ever had. just listen how steve vai make the guitar talk in yankee rose, and how steve and billy type their instrument on shyboy. this album really had cool stuffs

From: juan c. spain Date: August 28, 2002 at 23:11
uno de esos discos en que hay que escucharlo varias veces para apreciarlo mejor 90/100

From: Baris Date: September 11, 2002 at 7:56
A SUPER CLASSIC. David's best. Also one of the best of 1986.

From: robert Date: October 22, 2002 at 10:30
¿habeis oido YANKEE ROSE? como habla y rie la guitarra, es increible el steve vai, y q me deciis del billy seehan, y del Gregg? Por no hablar de mr. showman DIAMOND DAVE que espectaculo! la diversion y el cachondeo esta garantizado.

From: Eric Carr Date: October 23, 2002 at 20:58
un gran disco si señor... por cierto robert, ¿de que parte de españa eres?, si eres español, claro esta

From: MALLORCA´S ROCK Date: December 3, 2002 at 9:03
Si señor, el tío se va de Van Halen y con dos cojones se supera, es la ostia y encima con ese dreamteam. Señores PERFECTO.

From: Federico Date: January 16, 2003 at 16:08
Es el mejor disco de rock que jamas halla escuchado steve es un capo el mejor rockero the fucking!! best!!!

From: pete picasso Date: January 29, 2003 at 21:04
get the jap import, if only for bonus track "nuke 'em and smile" 10/10

From: manos Date: February 28, 2003 at 2:42
My personal favorite is Ladies Nite In Buffalo. I find it's groove dangerously charming...

From: Emilio Date: April 4, 2003 at 5:09
Conoceis la versión española de este disco "Sonrisa Salvaje"? La tengo en cassette y es muy divertida. I have the spanish version of this record, is very funny too. Great CD. 9/10. David, please, return to Van Halen for save them.

From: robert Date: April 5, 2003 at 15:16
La version española es super-cachonda!!! q acento mas guapo tiene el DIAMOND DAVE! JJJ LOVE, PEACE AND HOW MUCH HARD ROCK/AOR FOR ALL!!! AMOR, PAZ Y MUCHO HARD ROCK /AOR PARA TODOS!!

From: Scandinavia Date: August 24, 2003 at 8:17
Damn amazing album!!! Fall to your knees before the gods!

From: Dan Friml Date: March 11, 2004 at 9:27
Awesome stuff!! 10/10

From: carnifex Date: April 13, 2004 at 7:47
Muy buen disco. Especialmente las composiciones. Desde luego es en el que mejor suena el Vai, porque en solitario es bastante malo (quitando, claro, algunas canciones que sí son bastante buenas como "For the love of god")porque, vale, tecnicamente es de lo mejor, pero en composición es muy flojo (en ese campo le supera con creces Satriani). Aún así, reconozco que en este discazo el tio se sale. Sobresaliente.

From: Scott Date: April 16, 2004 at 11:16
Perhaps one of the finest Van Halen albums ever recorded. (Yes, I realize it's not actually Van Halen, but man does it sound like 'em.) This CD rocks! Saw Roth, Vai, Sheehan and Bissonette on this tour as well. Quite the show!

From: biser Date: June 1, 2004 at 19:22
yes yes yes great album great vox great musicians if thre have a great fans please write to

From: Big Papa K Date: June 28, 2004 at 16:25
It looks like Van Halen, sounds like Van Halen, but just does not feel like Van Halen. Dave continues the party rock image of his old band, but ends up sounding a little too much like a hair band here. Some great tunes on here like "Yankee Rose" and "Shyboy", but too many cover songs. 7/10

From: Dean Date: June 28, 2004 at 19:12
The ultimate party album. This one is a classic in my book. The interplay between Sheehan and Vai is unrivaled. 9/10

From: SPOTLIGHT Date: August 9, 2004 at 0:08
This was Diamond Dave's finest hour. This release featured everything that made his cool in VH. While I like some of the material that followed, I think Dave lost his edge. Kind of reminds me of Autograph. Had a lot of MUSICAL potential...just didn't have the lyrical strength to back it up.

From: gener8tr Date: October 18, 2004 at 9:40
One of tyhe highlights of 1986, and featured Dave at his best. Skyscraper was awesome as well, but Roth would never again reach such heights. I remember hearing "Yankee Rose" for the first time just after I graduated in June 1986 and thought to myself... Who is that guitar player? He's better than Eddie! Funny how certain things take you right back to a specific place in time, and "YR" takes me right back to a swealtering June day in Virginia in the summer of 1986. Great stuff!

From: Propane Date: December 3, 2004 at 11:04
Sheehan and Vai blew the roof off with such wizardry as this.

From: Metaldad Date: January 31, 2005 at 11:29
Perfect model on how to leave a GREAT band. You form one that has better musicians. Awesome band and two great albums. Saw this tour and Billy and Steve were AWESOME!!!But after the departure of Vai and Sheehan, Roth's career took a dive and has never recovered!

From: Blaster Date: February 24, 2005 at 21:35
This album is better than some of the more lackluster Roth-era albums even, he is really in top form. Steve Vai deserves a lot of credit for the great Van Halenesque guitar sounds. Goin' Crazy is a damn good (pun intended) arena rocker, with Shyboy and Yankee Rose as the hard rockers. Ladies Nite In Buffalo is my favorite on here, its got such a swinging vibe. Definitely get this album, its Daves solo best.

From: run2u Date: March 14, 2005 at 13:04
Alguien dijo antes que SteveVai"en la composición es muy flojo".Se pueden objetar muchas cosas a este instrumentista pero sin duda es uno de los mejores compositores de la historia de la música en general.Tal vez por eso no resulte accesible a muchos.Aquí,en su faceta rockera,se marcó un buenísimo trabajo con un renovado D.LeeRoth tras su etapa en VH.Cada segundo destila energía,frescura y virtuosismo,con grandes momentos como YankeeRose,ShyBoy,LadiesNight...o Goin'Crazy.8/10

From: "el gran Ñako" Date: August 16, 2005 at 5:27
Problemas? Te han echado de tu banda? Juntate con unos músicos que son la hostia y saca un disco como este. QUE BARBARIDAD!!! Comienza con uno de los pasajes más originales de la historia del Rock, con el diálogo entre “Diamond Dave” y la Ibanez de “Steve Vai”. Recuperan el “Shy Boy” de los “Talas” de “Sheehan”, y continúa la fiesta hasta el final con un excelente trabajo de guitarra y bajo y David más en forma que nunca. Otro de esos discos que no puede faltar en la discografía de un Heavy.

From: Crimson eyes Date: February 9, 2006 at 17:00
good album i gived 8/10

From: Priest On E Date: April 12, 2006 at 9:12
Yankee Rose!! Fuckin awesome, also like Shyboy and Goin Crazy.

From: wzcj02 Date: August 19, 2006 at 1:12
If this is DLR's best solo stuff then it's all sh1t. This is not heavy, it's not catchy, its not really even pop rock. It's so far from Van Halen it would make your head swing. CRAP CRAP CRAP. P1ss your money away if you must.....3/10.

From: rick kerch vzla Date: May 10, 2007 at 20:48
The wave started to raise for the great Diamond Dave when he presented this piece of rock history!.The songs were solid as hell and with that line-up was impossible to ignore such album."Yankee Rose","Shyboy","I'm Easy","Ladies Nite In Buffalo"(cool) & "Going Crazy"(amazing!)only to mention a few are timeless songs that will keep you rocking 4 the rest of your life.10/10

From: Metal T Date: May 11, 2007 at 19:57
Well...he didn't sell as many records after "Skyscraper" and "Eat Em' And Smile" but who gives a f**k! Like ive said before id personally take the "DLR Band" record over anything he's done solo.That thing is raw,a little rough around the edges-yet smokes! The stuff he did with "Vai" etc.. i believe was a bit overproduced.That said this is still a d*mn good album nonetheless.--

From: Remastered Reason Date: May 15, 2007 at 18:21
Stunning bunch of players here on this Roth solo cd. Wonder how he managed to get all these guys in one band. Anyway, this is Roth fresh out of Van Halen & it is a winner.

From: rick kerch vzla Date: June 13, 2007 at 22:20
I suppose he was kinda sensation at that time so having all these great musicians wasn't a difficult task to achieve!

From: shark attack Date: February 17, 2008 at 11:20
Diamond Dave puts together the dream band and together they explode onto disc with this superb musical smorgasbord of sounds that made VAN HAGER sound dull and conservative in comparison. Whilst the songs are a bit of a hit and miss affair, the playing of Vai and Sheehan in tandem with the big D more than compensates to provide the ultimate party mix tape. 90/100

From: jedilato Date: June 1, 2008 at 14:24
This is almost perfect!!!! The best album Dave put on the desk. Yankee Rose and Shyboy what a start for a record, whoa!!! They say the first impression is always the strongest, well when I heard these songs I was blown away imediately! And we haven't heard the best yet. For me the highlight of this album is Goin' Crazy. It's like an unreleased hit from the VH 1984 album, or it was written for the next one. But we can tell this about almost every song from this release! Masterpiece!!!! 9.5/10

From: pie75 Date: August 5, 2010 at 8:08
life for dave after van halen told me one thing without great musicians he didn't have the voice or talent to go any further a fairly limited singer in vocal range but good all the same with the right musos behind him therefore this is a great album when i first heard yankee rose it blew my head off other good songs include shy boy,i'm easy,going crazy and tobacco road

From: hair metal again Date: January 3, 2018 at 4:52
excellent release as expected for DAVID LEE ROTH with amazing musicianship and great songwriting!i d say that it s one of those releases ahead of its time and i can t find any similiar!Steve ,Billy &Gregg are among the best and the result is massive &flawless!"yankee rose","goin crazy" ,"bump &grind" and "big trouble" are great songs indeed!

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: January 3, 2018 at 11:55
Ahead of its time in what way? For doing covers of "standards" a decade before Rod Stewart made it his career path into the sunset? I don't hear it, dude. This sounds squarely rooted in the mid-'80's to me. A fun party record for sure, as Dave had something to prove (his output would decline quickly hereafter), but I'm not going to kid myself thinking it was anything groundbreaking or ahead of its time. The one thing you can say for sure is that it's David Lee Roth; his personality is the single biggest factor on the album. His band often comes off as like Van Halen Jr., which was probably the intent, at least for Dave.

From: hair metal again Date: January 4, 2018 at 8:38
ahead of its time in the way Dave and his superb band wrote the songs in a "twisted" way without following the standards of the mid 80 s !it s flawless and it goes without any particular song structure!can you state something else that it s similar to Eat Em And Smile approach,something i mean like a top class fun hair metal endless jam?anyway just my thoughts

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: January 4, 2018 at 15:45
I see your point. This definitely was different from any other '86 mainstream/hair-metal release. Honestly though, I just see it as a record that ONLY Dave could have made, at that time or any other. He'd probably cringe at calling it hair-metal (a fairly meaingless label that only got applied well after the fact, and really signifies nothing more than "mainstream hard rock from about 1983-1992). I never got the feeling tha tDave was particularly interested in hard rock or metal--it was just one of many types of music he loved and wanted to incorporate. Eat 'Em And Smile was able to exist because it was Dave, a big-name guy, with that personality, who was able to write his own ticket, so to speak, and be given the kind of freedom to make this type of record. We romanticize this period now, but if you're honest, you'll admit that the major labels were churning out a lot of very formulaic, cookie-cutter bands who haven't stood the test of time, much as we enjoyed them back then.

From: hair metal again Date: January 9, 2018 at 2:41
Yeap i agree that only because of Dave that happened ,but that s cool also!To be honest i believe that the hair metal movement was the best thing ever happened to the hard rock genre and will never be another era as great as that one!We got to the mainstream ,over pop acts and there was a lot of money thrown into bands of our beloved genre!I lived that era very close (even though i live in Athens Greece)and i must admt that i still like almost every tune of such bands!

From: Auslander Date: April 23, 2021 at 15:38
In the book Nothing But A Good Time, a true story is told about how David Lee Roth had a large pet monkey whom he wanted to be dressed in matching spandex pants and shirt as him as part of his stage show. The monkey was really unhappy getting measured up for his pants and got really pissed off with the tailor. He was slapping his hand away and eventually shat all over the floor in anger. Meanwhile Diamond Dave was doubled over in laughter.

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