Crazy from the Heat is one awesome extended play CD. Yeah, there are only four songs by David Lee Roth on this album–but what a terrific four songs you get! David never sounded better–he’s at his best here singing about his love for women, living life as a gigolo and worshiping girls who just happen to live in California.
The CD starts with David performing wonderfully on “Easy Street.” The piano arrangement is great and when David comes in this tune takes off like a jet! The percussion and drums help to carry the melody along; and there’s some pretty awesome guitar work, too. David sings passionately and I like this tune very much. Love that horn solo, too! “Easy Street” is an underrated number.
Of course, listen for the major highlight of this album when David performs “Just A Gigolo/I Ain’t Got Nobody.” Contrary to what you may have heard, this is NOT an original song by David Lee Roth. Sophie Tucker, the last of the Red Hot Mamas, sang “Just A Gigolo” plenty of times as far back as the 1920s! Of course, David makes this peppy little tune his own with his incredible timing and his diction is excellent. “Just A Gigolo/I Ain’t Got Nobody” retains its original melody but the number is updated with heavy drum and guitar work in the arrangement; it’s truly a gem when David belts this one out!
“California Girls” is a cover of that Beach Boys song that easily rivals their own rendition; and David sings this without a superfluous note! The musical arrangement couldn’t be better with some great percussion and guitar work–it’s all THAT good. David sings this great; and again his excellent timing makes this a really fun song that so many people are bound to enjoy.
The CD ends with David singing his heart out on “Coconut Grove.” “Coconut Grove” starts with a musical flourish and just like with “Easy Street” when David starts singing the number takes flight! David sings with great sensitivity and I really love it. The melody is actually very pretty and it gets a lot of strength from that fantastic guitar work.
Overall, this CD is wonderful. If you like this, try getting another CD by David entitled The Best. It’s out of print but available through sellers on this website. If you like this album, you won’t be disappointed with more by David Lee Roth.