Overall Rating:

Little Guitars: A Tribute to Van Halen is the quintessential Van Halen tribute album.  For Van Halen purists, the disc's most outstanding attribute is that it totally bypasses the Sammy Hagar/Gary Cherone periods, focusing instead on the original lineup of David Lee Roth, Michael Anthony, Alex and Edward Van Halen.  Instead of employing the services of various established bands, producer Bob Kulick puts together a unique collection of artists to cover the material while maintaining the spirit, energy and integrity of the original versions. The pairing of musicians for each song is in itself interesting.

This is by far the best VH Tribute album to date.  No hype at all surrounding the release of this album, so it might have slipped below your radar. 

Features: Ex-Members Of Black Sabbath, Kiss, Wasp, Tubes, Ozzy Osbourne, Poison, Motley Crue, Rainbow, Great White, David Lee Roth, Thin Lizzy, Slaughter, Dokken, Mr Big, Scream, Union, King Crimson, Journey & Whitesnake

Produced by: Bob Kulick
Recorded by:  Bruce Bouillet
Mixed by:  Bruce Bouillet & Bob Kulick
Recorded and mixed at:  "The Office", Van Nuys, CA

Background Vocals:   Jeff Pilson - I'm the One; David Glenn Eisley - Unchained, Panama, Running With The Devil & Dance The Night Away

Special Thanks:  Joe and Ira Gastwirt, Audio Effects, Tommy Nast, Kat Campbell, Billy Sherwood, Matt Masciandero, ESP Guitars, Rick Luxenburg, Stella Stevens, Glen Laferman, Wendy Dio, Michael Faley, Rich Hyland, Brad Starks, Lul's Soundflux Mic's, Pete Johnson & Jerry Dave and everyone at Hafler

 

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Tracks

Unchained

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Vocals:  Jack Russell (Great White)
Guitars:  Dweezil Zappa
Bass:  Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, etc.)
Drums:  Eric Singer (KISS, Black Sabbath)

Comments

Probably the best rendition of a Van Halen tune I've heard.  Dweezil sounds great and Jack Russell does a great job of imitating DLR. 

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I'm The One

Rating: 

Vocals:  Mark Slaughter (Slaughter)
Guitars:  Doug Aldrich (Hurricane)
Bass:  Tim Bogert (Vanilla Fudge, Cactus)
Drums:  Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot)

Comments

This one gets a four star mainly for the guitar work of Doug Aldrich.  Who is this guy? All I know is that he is fantastic guitarist!  I've always been a big fan of Mark Slaughter and he didn't disappoint, plus he's got the Diamond Dave screech down pat.

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Dance The Night Away

Rating: 

Vocals:  Joe Lynn Turner (Deep Purple)
Guitars:  Reb Beach (Winger)
Bass:  Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, etc.)
Drums:  Greg Bissonette (David Lee Roth)

Comments

Very close to the original tune.  Joe Lynn Turner sounds good

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Light Up The Sky

Rating: 

Vocals:  Doug Pinnick (Kings X)
Guitars:  Yngwie Malmsteen 
Bass:  Billy Sheehan (David Lee Roth)
Drums:  Vinnie Colaiuta

Comments

Doug sounds terrible on this tune, his timing seems to be off and he strains too much when trying to screech like Dave.  Yngwie didn't impress me.....seems like he is trying to out-dual the mighty Eddie Van Halen.  That's too bad because this is one of my favorite VH tunes.

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Panama

Rating: 

Vocals:  Jani Lane (Warrant)
Guitars:  George Lynch (Dokken)
Bass:  Tony Franklin (The Firm)
Drums:  Greg Bissonette (David Lee Roth)

Comments

Decent job redoing this classic.  Rocks just like the original, in fact, it sounds very close to the original.  George Lynch adds a little Dokken touch while Jani Lane sounds like he is really enjoying "playing the role" of Diamond Dave.

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Hot For Teacher

Rating: 

Vocals:  John Corabi (Motley Crue)
Guitars:  Bruce Kulick (KISS)
Bass:  Tony Franklin  (The Firm)
Drums:  Greg Bissonette (David Lee Roth)

Comments

Vocals are a little weak but Greg Bissonette does a great AVH imitation.  Nice job

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Running With The Devil

Rating: 

Vocals:  Stephen Pearcy (RATT)
Guitars:  Jake E. Lee (Ozzy)
Bass:  Tim Bogert (Vanilla Fudge, Cactus)
Drums:  Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot)

Comments

For some reason the bass doesn't sound right on this song.  I think Stephen Pearcy's vocals were great but I was a little disappointed in Jake E. Lee's guitar work.

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Pretty Woman

Rating: 

Vocals:  Gunner Nelson
 Matt Nelson
Guitars:  Albert Lee
Bass:  Tony Levin
Drums:  Aynsley Dunbar

Comments

Still don't know why they redid this song.  I think they should have picked an original to do.  Anyways, this rendition is a little twangy but OK overall.  Nothing special

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Atomic Punk

Rating: 

Vocals:  Fee Waybill (The Tubes)
Guitars:  Brad Gillis (Ozzy, Night Ranger)
Bass:  Tim Bogert (Vanilla Fudge, Cactus)
Drums:  Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot)

Comments

Awesome guitar work!  Brad Gillis does a great job redoing this guitar masterpiece.  This, in itself, is enough to give it a four-star.

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So This is Love

Rating: 

Vocals:  Jeff Scott Soto (Yngwie Malmsteen)
Guitars:  Blues Saraceno (Poison)
Bass:  Tony Franklin (The Firm)
Drums:  Eric Singer (KISS, Black Sabbath)

Comments

Don't know what it is but this is not my favorite classic VH tribute song.  It's probably because of a combination of average vocals and average guitar work.

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Little Guitars

Rating: 

Vocals:  David Glenn Eisley
Guitars:  Mitch Perry
Bass:  Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, etc.)
Drums:  Eric Singer (KISS, Black Sabbath)

Comments

I don't know who David Glenn Eisley or Mitch Perry is but they sure do a great job on this under rated VH song.

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