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  • Audio CD (May 26 1988)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • ASIN: B000002LEM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,153 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mine All Mine
2. When It's Love
3. A.F.U. (Naturally Wired)
4. Cabo Wabo
5. Source Of Infection
6. Feels So Good
7. Finish What Ya Started
8. Black And Blue
9. Sucker In A 3 Piece
10. A Apolitical Blues

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Certified at 2 million units by the RIAA. (2/01)


Having proven its Sammy Hagar-led lineup a success with 5150, Van Halen followed that effort with OU812, an album that, despite its cheesy title, is every bit its predecessor's equal, burning with balls-to-the-walls hard rock that never leaves its pop sensibility far behind. From the sweeping power ballad "When It's Love" and the full-on rocker "Finish What Ya Started," to the stringbending showcases "A.F.U. (Naturally Wired)" and "Cabo Wabo" and even an uncharacteristic cover (of Little Feat's "A Apolitical Blues"), Eddie, Alex, Michael, and Sammy play with abandon and a palpable sense of fun. --Daniel Durchholz

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3.6 out of 5 stars

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Format: Audio CD
OU812 is the best, most diverse collection of VH tunes in the post-David Lee Roth era (although the mix isn't the best). "Cabo Wabo" finds Hagar surfing atop one of Eddie's better riffs. The song has one of the more memorable solo breaks the band has done. "Finish What Ya Started" is a classic. People who don't even like hard rock know this song and sing along when it's on the radio. "When Its Love" is a good, if predictable pop / rock anthem. "Feels So Good" is a bright, boyant pop tune with a scorching solo reminicent of "Unchained." "A.F.U." finds the band playing spontaneously in what sounds like a jam session. "Mine All Mine" is an unsung classic in VH's catalog that has resurfaced in concert several times since this tour. One of the few Van Hagar songs that finds Hagar writing thoughtfully and insightfully about spirituality. "Black n Blue" is classic VH rock and "Sucker in a 3 Piece" is a rocker with a "Panama" beat.
I read in an interview that Eddie VH wanted to name this album "Rock n Roll" rather than "OU812." And it makes sense, because that's what this album is, purely and simply, rock n roll. If you like rock n roll played with originality and style, you'll like this album...the last great VH album before this great band began their descent into predictability, and ultimately, mediocrity.
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After 1986's massive-selling (but creatively and musically wanting) 5150, Van Halen adopted a slightly more daring, slightly more rock approch for their next album, OU812. For the first time since 1984, Eddie Van Halen really got to let loose on guitar, and to good effect. The number of synth-driven tracks(read: 80s pop tunes that sounded stale the week after they were released) was cut from four to three, again a huge improvement(Dreams was the only synth-driven song from the Van Hagar years that was any good). Third, Alex Van Halen ditched those very-80s electronic drums for a normal drum kit. All of this should have paved the way for a great Van Halen album, right?
Wrong. The synth-driver songs are still bad, and some of the rock songs lack power and creativity. Cabo Wabo simply drags on for too long. Their cover of A Apolitical Blues sounds out of place. Black and Blue crude lyrics ruin what could've been a competent song.
However, that's not to say OU812 is all garbage. Their country-like experimentation on Finish What Ya Started works, as does the flat out rock of Source of Infection(even if the solos sound ALOT like they were lifted from "I'm the One"). AFU and Sucker in a 3 Piece display some inspired playing by the band.
Overall, like its predecessor, OU812 was a disappointment(albeit another huge seller). However, OU812 represents a huge improvement over 5150, and 1991's F.U.C.K. would be huge improvement over OU812. Van Halen were well on their way to becoming a first-rate act with Sammy Hagar.
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By chatchi on Sept. 11 2002
Format: Audio CD
"OU812" is in need of a serious makeover. It could have been a great rock album, but instead, it's a poorly produced, really good rock album.
Let's just call this what it is - "The Ed, Al and Sammy Show". Did Michael Anthony play bass on this album? We'll never know, because Anthony's steady bass lines are virtually not existent. It's a shame too, because with a little more "meat", I think this album would get the credit that it deserves.
So rather than beat a dead horse, just realize that all the songs I talk about, would have been even better had this album been produced the way it was supposed to be.
"Mine All Mine" is technically a keyboard song, but don't let that scare you away - there is nothing "pop" about this song. "Mine All Mine" is a straightforward rocker that contains my favorite Eddie Van Halen guitar solo from ANY Van Halen album.
"When It's Love" is the cheesiest thing you'll hear from the band, but those "na-na-na's" at the end are just so darn fun. "Black & Blue" reminds me of "Best of Both Worlds", but that's not such a bad thing.
And then there's "Cabo Wabo" - the song that created the monster that is Sammy Hagar. Who would have thought, that almost 15 years after this album's release, Hagar would STILL be riding on the coattails of this song? First came the Cabo Wabo Cantina, and then came his successful line of Cabo Wabo Tequila. If you've never heard of Sammy's tequila, he'll be more than happy to tell you all about it. Just ask.
"Finish What Ya Started" is a song that Sammy will always take personal credit for. This song is the epitome of Hagar's often-stupid lyrics.
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Let me start by saying that I don't understand the criticisms of both "For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge" and "Balance", as to me those are both somewhat better Van Hagar albums than this one. Nonetheless, this is still a very worthy VH album overall.
"Mine All Mine" gets the album off to a catchy, thought-provoking start, and "When It's Love" is a typical but strong ballad that was the biggest hit of the album. "A.F.U." and "Cabo Wabo" are fine rockers, the later an epic 7-minute track. I also like the bluesy, different "Finish What Ya Started" (a pretty big hit in its day) and the rocking, heavy "Sucker In A 3 Piece". "A Apolitical Blues" is okay.
To the negatives--not that I hate any of these tracks, but they simply aren't VH's best. Sammy screams too much and without real purpose on "Source Of Infection". "Feels So Good" (a minor hit) is pretty meek--not as strong as most VH ballads. "Black And Blue" is a bit inane--both in terms of the lyrical content and the too-dragging guitar riff. (Hard to believe this was the lead single off this album.) Don't get me wrong--I still can enjoy listening to these tracks; they just aren't as good as most VH and/or Sammy songs.
All in all, this album is still definitely worth a listen. The band still rocks in plenty of places, and Eddie's guitar work is still top-notch. It's just not quite to the level of most of this band's work in their prime (i.e., 1978-1996).
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