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Van Halen Audio CD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Best Van Hagar album May 11 2004
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Better Than 5150 At Least March 29 2003
Format:Audio CD
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Where's the bass�? Sept. 11 2002
By chatchi
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Still good, but the weakest Van Hagar album July 8 2002
By Brad
Format:Audio CD
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting sound
Sammy Hagar is great with Van Halen. There are quite a few interesting numbers on this record. I could do with less keyboards though.
Published 14 months ago by G1
4.0 out of 5 stars Easily Van Halen's most eclectic album, September 26, 2007
Van Halen's second album with their then new lead singer Sammy Hagar, and eight overall, is a strong collection, falling just slightly behind the 1995 disc BALANCE as the third... Read more
Published on Sept. 1 2012 by Mike London
5.0 out of 5 stars "Playing to Win" gets respect & I "Desire",...
"Lick Your Fingers Clean" for the "Benefit" of 'life, libety, the pursuit of my happiness (which protects yours very well)and truth' which is essential to 'Get... Read more
Published on July 31 2004 by Patton Pending
4.0 out of 5 stars I still play it.
Though I also like the "David Lee Roth" era, because of my age I'm more of a "Van Hagar" person. Read more
Published on July 11 2004 by H3@+h
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Van Halen Album
OU812 is a great Van Halen album. The only dog here is "Finish What Ya Started", a black mark on an otherwise top-drawer album. Read more
Published on April 21 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars sammy hagar sucks!!!! bring back dave!!!!!!!
everybody knows van halen was way better when diamond dave was in the group. every single van halen song with sammy hagar that i have heard sounds like the something micheal bolton... Read more
Published on April 12 2004 by Dude
5.0 out of 5 stars ou812
make NO mistake, this is a stellar rock effort. while there are some fillers here, its worth the price alone for feels so good, cabo wabo, and afu, you can almost see the white... Read more
Published on April 5 2004 by joshua
2.0 out of 5 stars Just for the Hits
This album serves up the hits only. The rest of the songs have great guitar dynamics but that is the extent of it. Read more
Published on Oct. 15 2003 by Chad Ouimette
4.0 out of 5 stars Oh you ate one too?
A pretty cool album with some weird experimentations on the band's part.....some classics here though with "When it's love" , "Black and Blue" , and Finish What... Read more
Published on Oct. 6 2003 by Robert Kado
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, yet dated
Once again, the electronic drums mar some of Van Halen's most loose, fun songs. However, I can't let this minor criticism get in the way of the songs themselves. Read more
Published on Sept. 10 2003 by Kurt Lennon
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