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OU812


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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 (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,506 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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By G1 on Aug. 11 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Sammy Hagar is great with Van Halen. There are quite a few interesting numbers on this record. I could do with less keyboards though.
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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 best Van Hagar record. Released in 1988, the musical landscape was still dominated by hair metal and power ballads (NEVERMIND was three years away), and being a typical 1980s record you get a surprising diverse, eclectic album from the boys.

The album itself is a much more versatile album than most Van Halen albums. Featuring blues (A Apolitical Blues), power ballads (Feels So Good, When It's Love), winding epics (Cabo Wabo), country picking (Finish What You Started), metallic rockers (Mine All Mine), and social commentary (Sucker in a 3 Piece), the album has both good lyrics (for hair metal, at least) and an expanded sonic template on the majority of the songs. For OU812, Van Halen returned to a more guitar oriented approach, though there are still synths in the mix.

What makes OU812 such a breath of fresh air is Van Halen moving away from singing typical party anthems and broaching more serious subject matter. "Mine All Mine", one of my favorite songs from the band, deals with religion and has some great lines (such as I was looking for the light staring at the sun and nearly ended up blind), and for once is not nearly as pagan as some of their other material about religion. This exploration of more serious material would culminate in BALANCE and VAN HALEN III, but this exploration is definitely presence here.

There are some uneven moments, but nothing too distracting. "A. F. U." and "Source of Infection" are absolute drivel lyrically, with Sammy just yelling his head off spouting a bunch of random phrases.
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By H3@+h on July 11 2004
Format: Audio CD
Though I also like the "David Lee Roth" era, because of my age I'm more of a "Van Hagar" person. I don't think this is as great as "5150", but it is the next best thing. Included here are the big hits "When It's Love" and "Finish What Ya Started", as well as the minor hits "Black And Blue" and "Feels So Good". I also really like the opener "Mine All Mine", and "Cabo Wabo". Overall it's a very solid album, and probably my fourth favorite over the course of their entire career, after "5150", the debut, and "1984". If you like their late 80's material, also check out "Sammy's" solo 1987 album "I Never Said Goodbye".
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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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By joshua on April 5 2004
Format: Audio CD
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 sands and sunny beaches in eddies sound on this particular album. highly listenable and enjoyable, and an overall good feeling album. its not as earth shaking as some of thier previous efforts, but then this album doesn't really set out to be. and keeping things in perspective, even a less than earth shattering van halen album such as this is still far and away more creative and enjoyable an album than most other rock band's crowning efforts. five star rating. (and for those who haven't quite figured out the meaning in the title, as there seems to be a few of you here who haven't including daniel durchholz' editorial review,shame on you, try looking at some of diamond dave's albums around the same time frame.) ;)
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By Chad Ouimette on Oct. 15 2003
Format: Audio CD
This album serves up the hits only. The rest of the songs have great guitar dynamics but that is the extent of it. "Cabo Wabo" is good, but not until you get to almost the end of the song, and that isn't cool. "Mine All Mine" is interesting, at the beginning of the song you don't know what you're in for, but the tone is a bit darker and it has kind of a catchy chorus. I use catchy losely, what I really mean it has a certain melody to it that appeals to me. It's not a bad album opener. Everything else is making me yawn. You may want to stick to the hits here, the fav has to be "When It's Love" and also "Feels So Good" those two songs make it worth the purchase, "Finish What Ya Started" is a good song as well. This album is too varied as far as good songs spread over ok songs thrown in with some terrible songs. It's too sketchy for me and is recommended for die-hards.
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