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  • Audio CD (June 18 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • ASIN: B000002LPD
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 71 customer reviews
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1. Poundcake (Album Version)
2. Judgement Day (Album Version)
3. Spanked (Album Version)
4. Runaround (Album Version)
5. Pleasure Dome (Album Version)
6. In 'n' Out (Album Version)
7. Man On A Mission (Album Version)
8. The Dream Is Over (Album Version)
9. Right Now (Album Version)
10. 316 (Album Version)
11. Top Of The World (Album Version)

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Import pressing of their 1991 album. Out-of-print in the US. Warner.

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The third Van Hagar album, For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge, is the most pedestrian of all of Van Halen's albums. This is easily the worst Van Hagar album. Not that it's bad, just rather average. Of the four Van Halen albums with Sammy, this one sounds the most like his solo career, with the only difference being some good guitar licks from Maestro Eddie

In many ways, this album marks the end of an area. Though no one knew it at the time, alterative was poised to overthrow hair metal and was about to become a dominant, musical cultural force. Van Halen released this album in June of 1991, a mere three months before Nirvana released NEVERMIND, the album that would change everything in the rock landscape. Van Halen's catalogue up to this point has always been primary had a party atmosphere, and this album is the last in the celebration line. Balance, the 1995 followup to this album, is a much darker affair, and VAN HALEN III Eddie changed directions both for the band image and the lyrical direction completely. In many ways, this is the last feel-good, everything's a party atmosphere that so dominated Van Halen as a band. Sammy Hager, however, is still cashing in on that atmosphere (just like at his hard-rock send up of Jimmy Buffet in "Livin' It Up" from 2006).

The album title is a well known acronym. Originally, Sammy Hagar just wanted to call the album "F--- " in a attempt to press the censorship issues, but after being told by his boxing friend Ray Boom Boom Mancini that word is an acronym for "for unlawful carnal knowledge," he back away from this flat vulgarity and went with this title. Promo material made a big deal out of this, with T-shirts sold during the 1991 tour having the title written vertical on the t-shirt with the first letter written in bright red.
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Many did not like Van Hagar because of the fact that things slowed down and love songs were brought in. But on this album, Van Halen Mark II were one cohiesive unit. No Love Songs here. The only real ballad on here was "Right Now", which along with "Dreams" is one of their best ballads. The rest of the album is pretty hard rocking, except for 316, a slow instrumental dedicated to Eddie's son, Wolfgang, born March 16.
My Rundown:
Poundcake-One of the hardest rocking openers. It makes me want to get up and jump and bang my head.
Judgment Day-The bottom heavy sound comes through on this track. A song telling people to leave each other alone, it is a mantra for me.
Spanked-The sleazy midnight feel. It has a great groove and continues the bottom heavy sound.
Runaround-Another song like Poundcake. It rocks hard as it deals with the woes of dealing with women.
Pleasure Dome-This was the most progressive song VH ever did. It was pretty cool, the way it just continued to build from beginning to end.
In 'N Out-Another great track that talks about money and the effect on peoples' lives.
Man on A Mission-This was a really fun track. Deals once again with lust and has a good groove.
The Dream is Over-This track encompasses my mood when I am down. I enjoy it a lot because I went through a situation which I felt the same way as this song conveys.
Right Now-One of VH's best ballads. It talks about taking the initiative. It also has some great guitar and keyboard work courtesy of Eddie.
316-Great instrumental
Top of the World-Great closer to a great album.
In short, if you are a classic VH fan, but are not sure about Van Hagar because it does not rock as hard, and has too many love songs, give this album a second look, seriously. This is an album that even people who dislike Van Hagar should own.
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Format: Audio CD
Subsequently it's been all downhill. Balance had it's moments but was far from cohesive. For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge was released at the perfect time, a few months before grunge took over, murdering Hair Bands and hurting Van Halen themselves in the process. Eddie's high-flying guitar antics seemed to fall out of favor. For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge (F.U.C.K) was indeed the hardest rocking of the Sammy albums. Their decision to work with Ted Templeman was a wise choice, the production is a leaps and bounds improvement over OU812, I can actually hear Mike's Bass again.
Here's my song-by-song analysis:
1.Poundcake-Terrific opener. Eddie used a drill to make those guitar sound effects. (And in all fairness he wasn't the first, Paul Gilbert of Mr. Big had done so before him.)
2.Judgement Day-Fast tempo rocker, love the chorus.
3.Spanked-Sleazy lyrics, the mainframe has a mid-night feel.
4.Runaround-Hook-heavy. You'll be singing it all day!
5.Pleasure Dome-Epic song. Mood setting and atmospheric with Out of control drums and a screaming chorus.
6.In N'Out-Boasts a mid-paced swagger. Catchy as hell.
7.Man on a mission-Delightful opening lick. A full throttle track, crank it up.
8.The Dream is Over-Excellent lyrics about trying one's best in society.
9.Right Now-Great song, no question. The keyboard/Bass intro is extremely catchy. You may remember the video constantly flashed messages and facts on the screen. If there's one thing I dislike it's that this song was overexposed, the video won an MTV award, and it was even used in commercials to tout Crystal Clear Pepsi (In hindsight that was a gaffe).
10.3:16-A guitar instrumental dedicated to Eddie's newly-born son. "3:16" being his date of birth.
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