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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warner Off Roster
  • ASIN: B000002LEM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,331 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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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

Customer Reviews

Best thing to happen to Van Halen; Sammy Hagar.
Patrick G Langan
The worst thing about this CD, however, is the fact that the tracks are listed on the back cover in alphabetical order, and not in actual running order.
The Scenario
5/10 Feels so good: Comes up sounding not very VH, but it is still a good pop song, a bit on the sappy side again but not a bad song at all.
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36 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Ferguson-Maltzman on October 21, 2005
Format: Audio CD
4.5 Stars

1988 saw the release of Van Halen's eighth studio album "OU812." It was the band's second release with lead singer Sammy Hagar. Pronounced "oh you ate one too," the title was a response to David Lee Roth's first post-Van Halen album, "Eat `Em and Smile" (1986).

Compared to the classic first six Van Halen albums (with lead singer David Lee Roth), the early Van Halen albums with singer Sammy Hagar are far more commercial. While Van Halen had been becoming steadily more commercial since "Diver Down," (1982) the early Van Hagar albums are the bands most radio-friendly work. Therefore, while albums like "Van Halen" (1978) and "Woman and Children First" (1980) can be labeled "metal," or "hard-rock," "5150" and "OU812" can best be labeled "adult-contemporary" rock.

Depending on whom you ask, "OU812" is either one of Van Halen's best, or worst albums. To fans that accepted Sammy Hagar, "OU812" is a tight, pop-savvy, stellar collection of songs. To those that remained loyal to Roth and classic Van Halen, however, "OU812" represents Van Halen's full dissent into commercialism.

While I favor classic Van Halen and am a big Dave fan, I am quite fond of this album.

Although many fans would disagree, I feel "OU812" is an improvement over "5150" (1986). When Sammy Hagar first joined Van Halen most of "5150" had already been written. "OU812" is the first album Sammy Hagar wrote and recorded with Van Halen from scratch. Also, by the time the band recorded their second collaboration, they had been playing together for a few years. Therefore, compared to "5150," "OU812" seems to have more of an organic feel. Also, the production and the band, overall, sound better.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 11, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Let's get one thing straight Van Hagar was not about changing the world or ending poverty...they were about having fun, and they were not about copying their old DLR flavoured self. Van Hagar started almost as a new band, their sound and songs being the fruit of a different *new* tree.
I like a few of DLR's VH songs, and I don't question DLR's style and don't discard it, I just happen to enjoy Van Hagar's style so much more than anything DLR Halen did (Except probably "unchained" and "can't get this stuff no more" both totally awesome)
That being said, let's talk about OU812.
Out of Van Hagar's repertoire this is the album I like the least, (Not saying it is the worst or a bad album I just happen to like the other 3 better) not meaning that is album doesn't have a full set or great songs.
Mine all mine: Not my fav, lyrics are OK but the music kinda sounds weird (unfinished?) 7/10
When it's love: Yeap it's kinda sappy, yes it sounds like a why can't this be love version o cousin, but the song, perhaps excluding the chorus, is one of VH's best balads, lyrics are great. The keyboard intro really gives me goose bumps as well as the whole lyrics and solo around the middle of the song 8.5/10
AFU (All fired up): Not the best IMO, good display of EVH's speed... 6/10
Cabo wabo: Who knows maybe Sammy had just discovered cabo when he wrote the song and he just got into it and wrote about it... who cares if it is a commercial ?! (Though we all know it is not) The whole song is great, it almost makes you feel you're there with the boys, having tequila in the white sands, great chorus and solo around the middle of the song (again) one of the top 3 of this album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mike London on September 26, 2007
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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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