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Ou 812 [Import]

Van Halen Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Japan
  • ASIN: B00005HFOC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 710,358 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. Apolitical Blues

Customer Reviews

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Uriel
Format:Audio CD
OU812, Van Halen's second album with Sammy Hagar is musically wonderful, showing off Van Halen's ability to write both hard rockers and sensitive sounding ballads. It is, however, let down a few times by bad lyrics and lacks the overall sound quality that is so obvious in other Van Halen recordings.
The album starts off brilliantly with 'Mine All Mine', probably the band's heaviest keyboard based song. Lyrically it's one of Sammy Hagar's more insightful offerings, agonising about searching for meaning in life. This, along with the classic 'Cabo Wabo' give us a glimpse of what the album could have been - one of, if not THE, best rock album of the late '80s.
The guitar based songs demonstrate a freedom of Edward's playing that is rarely, if ever, matched by other guitarists. Unfortunately these are mostly let down by Hagar's adolescent obsessions. 'Black and Blue' is a particular offender with such wit and wisdom as "Slip 'n' slide, Push it in, Bitch sure got the rhythm...".
'When it's love' and 'Feels so good' continue with the 'Van Hagar' theme of having a couple of ballads on their albums. Unfortunately the keyboard sound on 'Feels so good' sounds particularly dated but this doesn't, by any means, overshadow the song.
In the sleve notes there's a prominent 'This one's for you Pa', relating to the then recent death of Jan Van Halen, father of two of the band members and their inspiration. The two Van Halen brothers, and their long-time band member Michael Anthony, could not have made a much better send off. It's a shame that they didn't take a little more control over the lyrics (which they would later lament in the acrimonious split with Hagar) and employ a producer who could have made their best efforts shine.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best examples of modern rock 27 Dec 1999
Format:Audio CD
OU812 was, and still is, the best album that Van Halen released with the singer Sammy Hagar. While not boasting the barnstorming singles that the band had on "For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge", the album remains thoroughly consistent throughout. I was admittedly reluctant to buy this album at first due to the fact that the promotional singles were mostly ballads, eg "When It's Love", "Feels So Good". After listening to the album for the first time however, I realised that this reluctance was completely unfounded. The guitar sound is impressively huge and warm, the riffery and melody is rarely equalled by any band, and the guitar work remains as some of the most passionate of Eddie Van Halen's to date. Lyrically, the album is typically Sammy Hagar, they are sometimes crass and licentious. These are the type of lyrics that would make people assume that Van Halen are a 'Cock Rock' band, making meaningless, superficial music, the music however proves that they are so mch more than this. Songs like "Cabo Wabo" and "Black and Blue" reveal what genuine genius the band are, it is simply passionate, solid, honest and unpretentious rock music for the people who open-minded enough to listen to them, despite their irrelevance in British music of today. An understated masterpiece of modern rock and roll.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars OU812 3 Jan 2012
By MT
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I missed this album first time round only having 1 single on the Best Of record. Although I had heard the majority of the tracks before, listening to this album in it's entirety was worth it. Perhaps not as rocking as the earlier albums but exciting to hear VH trying new things.
Key tracks: Mine All Mine, Cabo Wabo & When It's Love.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Digest this in its full compacity 4 July 2014
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Oh you ate one too, did you - LOL. An album with a super song select to digest upon after Sammy Hagar as the vocalist of VH. One tight album with equally tighter band of music from his intro on 5150 with its gentler approach to touch base with the fans. So if 5150 was on a Marshall Amp scale of 8 then this is up to a 9.5 harder edge album and has sold very well indeed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Replacement of original 15 Mar 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Love the origami note included in the order, nice touch?

Had this CD the day it came out in 1988 but my original has now started to skip and jump, worn out eh? Weren't we originally told that would never happen? Oh well!! No matter replaced with Japanese version, their packaging etc with lyrics sheets and extras are a lesson to suppliers in the west?
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5.0 out of 5 stars It ate me :-) 9 Jan 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Great music, Eddie plyaing guitar like young god :-) My favourites: Mine All MIne, A.F.U, Naturally Wired , Cabo Wabo
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