VAN HALEN DIVER Down 12" LP Vinyl Album

Van Halen's fifth studio album, DIVER DOWN, may have divided critics upon its release, but it still managed to captivate fans with its eclectic mix of covers and original tracks. From the heavy metal-influenced "Hang 'Em High" to the band's own take on the traditional blues song "Big Bad Bill (Is Sweet William Now)," DIVER DOWN showcases the band's musical versatility and willingness to experiment with different styles. Join us as we delve deeper into this album and explore its background, musical style, and critical reception.


Red and White Coloured album cover of "Diver Down"

Album Description & Collectors information: 

DIVER DOWN is the fifth studio album by American rock band Van Halen, released in April 1982. It features a mix of covers and original tracks, and marked a departure from the band's previous hard rock sound towards a more diverse and eclectic style. In this web-page, we will explore the background, musical style, and critical reception of the album.


Following the success of their previous album, FAIR WARNING, Van Halen began working on new material in 1981. However, they were unable to come up with enough original songs to fill an entire album, and decided to include several cover songs on the album instead. The band recorded the album at Sunset Sound Recorders in Hollywood, California, and it was produced by the band members themselves.

Musical Style

DIVER DOWN represents a departure from Van Halen's previous hard rock sound, and instead features a mix of covers and original tracks in a diverse range of styles. The album includes covers of classic rock songs such as "Dancing in the Street" and "Where Have All the Good Times Gone," as well as the band's own take on the traditional blues song "Big Bad Bill (Is Sweet William Now)." The album's original tracks range from the heavy metal-influenced "Hang 'Em High" to the acoustic ballad "Little Guitars."

Critical Reception

DIVER DOWN received mixed reviews upon its release, with many critics criticizing the album's reliance on cover songs and lack of original material. Rolling Stone's Kurt Loder wrote that "most of DIVER DOWN sounds like filler," while AllMusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine noted that "it's hard not to feel a little cheated by an album that consists largely of covers." However, the album's commercial success was undeniable, with the lead single "Oh, Pretty Woman" reaching number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

This album "VAN HALEN - Diver Down" includes the original custom inner sleeve with album details, complete lyrics of all songs by and artwork/photos

Music Genre:

American Heavy Metal / Hard Rock 
Album Production information: 

The album: "VAN HALEN - Diver Down" was produced by: Ted Templeman

Sound/Recording Engineer(s): Donn Landee, Ken Deane

Album cover photography: Neil Zlozower, Michael Marks, Richard E. Aaron

  Neil Zlozower Neil Zlozower is an American photographer and music industry professional, best known for his work documenting the hard rock and heavy metal scenes of the 1970s and 1980s. He was born on 9 December 1949, in Los Angeles, California.

 Zlozower started his photography career in the 1970s, working as a freelance photographer for various music industry magazines and record labels. Over the years, he has captured some of the most iconic images of some of the biggest and most influential musicians of the rock and metal worlds, including Mötley Crüe, Van Halen, Guns N' Roses, Slayer, and many more.

 Zlozower's work has been featured in numerous books, magazines, and exhibitions, and he continues to be one of the most respected and sought-after photographers in the music industry. In addition to his photography work, Zlozower has also been involved in various other aspects of the music business, including album design, marketing, and publicity. He is widely recognized as one of the key figures in the history of hard rock and heavy metal photography.


Record Label Information:

Warner Bros WB Records WB 57 003 LC 0392

Media Format:

12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram  

Year & Country:

1982 Made in Germany
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: VAN HALEN - Diver Down
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • David Lee Roth
  • Edward Van Halen
  • Michael Anthony
  • Alex Van Halen
  • Jan Van Halen: Clarinet
Complete Track-listing of the album "VAN HALEN - Diver Down"

The detailed tracklist of this record "VAN HALEN - Diver Down" is:

    Track-listing :
  1. Where have all the Good Times Gone
  2. Little Guitars
  3. Hang 'em High
  4. Secrets
  5. Intruder
  6. (Oh) Pretty Woman
  7. Big Bad Bill (is Sweet William Now)
  8. Dancing in the Street
  9. Cathedral
  10. Happy Trails
  11. The Fukk Bug


Front Cover Photo Of VAN HALEN - Diver Down 12" LP Vinyl Album

Red and White Coloured album cover of "Diver Down"

Red and White Coloured album cover of "Diver Down"

Photo Of The Back Cover VAN HALEN - Diver Down 12" LP Vinyl Album

VAN HALEN live on stage photo on the back cover

VAN HALEN - Diver Down 12" LP Vinyl Album album back cover

First Photo Of Custom Inner Sleeve VAN HALEN - Diver Down 12" LP Vinyl Album

A large photo of the four VAN HALEN band-members wearing vertical, horizontally striped and squared shirts.

VAN HALEN - Diver Down 12" LP Vinyl Album custom inner sleeve

Second Photo Of Custom Inner Sleeve VAN HALEN - Diver Down 12" LP Vinyl Album

A collage of "VAN HALEN" band-member photos, notice the horizontally stiped shirts, t-shirts and pants

VAN HALEN - Diver Down 12" LP Vinyl Album custom inner sleeve

Close up of record's label VAN HALEN - Diver Down 12" LP Vinyl Album Side One

Record Label Details: White Coloured Label WARNER BROS WC 57 003 with label's rim-text in German and French, GEMA Rights Society , LC 0392

VAN HALEN - Diver Down 12" LP Vinyl Album enlarged record label

Jumping Through Van Halen's Discography: A Rocking Journey of Hits and Anthems.

VAN HALEN Band Description:

Van Halen was one of the most popular and influential rock bands of the 1980s. Formed in Pasadena, California in 1972, the band consisted of Eddie Van Halen on guitar, his brother Alex Van Halen on drums, Michael Anthony on bass guitar, and David Lee Roth as the lead vocalist. The band's sound was a blend of hard rock, heavy metal, and pop, and they were known for their high-energy live performances and flamboyant stage presence.

In the early 1980s, Van Halen was at the height of their fame. They had released several successful albums, including "Van Halen" (1978), "Van Halen II" (1979), "Women and Children First" (1980), "Fair Warning" (1981), and "Diver Down" (1982). These albums contained some of the band's most popular and enduring songs, such as "Runnin' With the Devil," "Jamie's Cryin'," "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love," "And the Cradle Will Rock...," "Unchained," and "Jump."

Perhaps the most iconic song of Van Halen's career, "Jump" was released in 1984 on the album "1984." The song was a departure from the band's typical hard rock sound, featuring synthesizers and a catchy pop melody. It quickly became a massive hit, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and earning the band their first Grammy nomination.

Van Halen's success in the 1980s can be attributed not only to their catchy songs and high-energy performances but also to their distinctive visual style. David Lee Roth, in particular, was known for his flamboyant stage costumes, acrobatic jumps, and microphone twirls. His larger-than-life persona made him one of the most memorable frontmen in rock history.

Despite their success, Van Halen was not without their struggles during the 1980s. The band's drug and alcohol use, particularly that of Roth, was well-known, and tensions between the members often boiled over. In 1985, Roth left the band to pursue a solo career, and Van Halen replaced him with Sammy Hagar, who had previously fronted the band Montrose. With Hagar, the band released four more albums, including "5150" (1986), "OU812" (1988), "For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge" (1991), and "Balance" (1995).

While the band's sound evolved with the addition of Hagar, their popularity began to wane in the early 1990s. Hagar left the band in 1996, and Roth briefly rejoined for a reunion tour in 1996 and 1997. The band continued to tour and release albums with various lead singers throughout the 2000s and 2010s, but their glory days were in the 1980s.