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Formed in Los Angeles in 1974, Van Halen changed the rock and roll landscape forever with the release of their self-titled, 1978 debut album displaying unparalleled stage presence, revolutionary musicianship, and extraordinary songwriting abilities. With more than 75 million albums sold worldwide, the band's record of achievement is hard to top.

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  • Audio CD (23 May 1988)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: WARNER BROS
  • ASIN: B000002LEM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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  4. Cabo Wabo 7:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
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  6. Feels So Good 4:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 6 Dec. 2000
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 By nathan_drewett@hotmail.com on 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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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 Waggie on 26 July 2015
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OU812 received mixed reviews, and still kind of does from Van Halen fans around the world. This album doesn't just focus on one set genre like some of the very early Roth albums, but more on 3 or 4 throughout the entire song list. As a guitarist and musician, this entire album has me frothing at the mouth. The sound is very Van Halen, with the chorus-ey, hard rocking tone coming from Eddie's guitar, Alex's blisteringly fast drumming on songs such as Source of Infection, Sammy's rough, high pitched vocals on the rock ballad When It's Love and Michael Anthony's amazingly talented bass playing. Finish What Ya Started is also another classic example of how Van Halen don't just acquire themselves to one genre, but this song mixes elements of country with the Van Halen style, and it works oh so well!

All in all, the album is full of fantastic hits that deserve more praise from fellow fans, songs that some of you reading this might have never heard of, and i can say...if you haven't heard songs such as Cabo Wabo, A.F.U. Naturally Wired, Source of Infection and Sucker in a 3 Piece, then i suggest you pick this album up as these aren't available on any compilation albums. Its worth it just for those 4, but the whole album rocks!
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