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  • Audio CD (June 18 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Blu-specCD
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • Run Time: 47.00 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002LPD
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 72 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)

Product Description

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

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Format: Audio CD
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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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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Many people may know this album best for the anthem/ballad "Right Now", which to this day is a fantastic, heartfelt song. But what many perhaps forget is that up until that track, which is the 9th track on the album, all of the tracks are pretty much hard rock. This in fact is probably the hardest rocking Van Hagar album of them all.
Sure "Poundcake" is a bit immature, but is fun hard rock. "Judgement Day" is an even better rocker, while "Runaround" is fantastically catchy. "Man On A Mission" could easily be the theme of this album, as Van Halen seemed to be on a mission to flat-out rock on this album. "The Dream Is Over" is an awesome anthem that starts off rocking hard but mellows out a bit at the chorus--the first sign of things slowing down on the album at all. And for sure "Top Of The World", while poppy, is a very positive way to end the album. This is the closest thing to a second ballad on the album (after "Right Now"), but it still rocks as a closing track.
I love all of the Van Hagar albums, ranking only "OU812" under five stars (although that album certainly has many strengths as well). While "5150" is still my favorite Van Hagar, this one is very close. A fantastic rock album that was this great band in their prime. Strongly recommended.
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The band's third, and probably best album with Sammy Hagar.

"For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge" showcases a band as tight as they'll ever get. Eddie's guitar-work is near masterful and Hagar's lyrics are less juvenile and even insightful... at times.

"Poundcake" remains one of the greatest album-opening songs in recent memory. When that drill starts up, you know that this is a band that's running on all cylinders. The pace doesn't slow down with "Judgement Day", a song that reminds you of the days of "Panama" and "Unchained". "Spanked" has Eddie swimming through uncharted waters, as he skippers a six-string bass with ease, all while topping it off with a nice little guitar solo.

This album is probably best known for "Right Now" - the theme song for the ill-fated Crystal Pepsi, and introduction music for most professional sports team in the early '90's. "Runaround" and "Dream is Over" prove that the band has moved on from their days with Roth, and that Hagar was here to stay.

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