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Artist: Sammy Hagar

Title: VOA

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Category: Hard Rock

Year: 1984

Label: Geffen

Catalog Number: 9 24043-2

Personnel

Sammy Hagar vocals and guitar
Bill Church bass
Jesse Harms keyboards
David Lauser drums
Gary Pihl guitars
Ted Templeman percussion

Tracks

1.  I Can't Drive 55  
2.  Swept Away  
3.  Rock Is In My Blood  
4.  Two Sides Of Love  
5.  Dick In The Dirt  
6.  VOA  
7.  Don't Make Me Wait  
8.  Burnin' Down The City  

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From: Aaron Date: May 1, 2001 at 11:39
Great tunes on this one. "I Can't Drive 55" is a rock classic for sure. Good production, nice harmonies and catchy tunes make this one a winner. Hagar always does good stuff.

From: Chuck Date: May 16, 2001 at 12:02
Seen the Hagar concert on satellite and it kicks! VOA is hist best work ever. Every song is so cool and '55' is a rock classic.

From: Don Garrett Date: May 19, 2001 at 11:50
The BEST Hagar album ever. Every song is good and it has some CLASSIC songs on it. I love the guitar sounds and Lausers drums are great to. One of the best of the 80s.

From: RockDude Date: May 22, 2001 at 11:23
Classic 80's album...A MUST!! This is one of those CD's that everybody should hear at least once in their life because if you miss out on this one you've missed some great music.

From: Ray Date: June 2, 2001 at 11:03
Great songs here! "55" is one of the best rock anthems of all times!!

From: jason (FA - Q) Date: June 14, 2002 at 12:40
You know, it's hard to believe that the song "Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy" isn't on his best of album - Boxed.

From: ThunderDan Date: July 10, 2002 at 14:54
I totally agree, a great album from a great year of rock music! Anybody out there who doesn't like '55'?? Also, why is there only 2 SH albums on here for review?! That's ridiculous!

From: SamFan Date: October 4, 2002 at 23:51
Love this CD. I agree with Jason on "Your Love..." not being on Unboxed. My fave on this has to be "2 Sides of Love" which has great lyrics, and a HUGE chorus. Don't know why it wasn't a monster hit.

From: Lar in Brussels Date: October 21, 2002 at 18:37
Agree with ThunderDan, where's the album with the studio version of Reckless (I forget the title, it's the one where he's on the cover standing naked with short hair, looking like a dork)? That's the hardest rocking song he ever did and it sounds better than the live version.

From: Van Alan Date: October 25, 2002 at 22:21
I have a handful of Hagar CDs and I need to get more. "5150" from the VH days was one of the first Hard Rock CDs I heard. "Ten 13" from 2000 is still on the level with his older material, and he has a new CD out from 2002, it should be good! David Lee Roth's solo material is not as consistent as Hagar's, Sammy is a much better songwriter and all around musician!

From: TIM Date: October 25, 2002 at 23:52
I have to agree with your last point Van Alan.

From: James Date: May 5, 2003 at 0:36
maybe the best Hagar cd. Sammy has always had this problem with having 3 great songs on an album and the rest kind of fall off and are forgetable.

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From: Whiplash1972 Date: November 24, 2003 at 18:24
The CD that really put Hagar over the top."I Can't Drive 55" can still be heard on the radio nationwide daily,and has become a staple in NASCAR montages."Rock is in My Blood","Two Sides of Love",and "Dick in the Dirt" are my other faves from this release. GREAT stuff here...and Sammy didn't miss a beat with Van Halen's "5150" the following year.

From: Metal Pete Date: January 28, 2004 at 13:23
Wow. This gem replaced '3 lock box' as my 2nd-fav Sammy album when it came out! This album ROCKS, harder than anything he ever did, on an even plane with 'standing hampton'. Because of this album I had mixed feelings about him joining VH. But '5150' is incredible, so I shouldn't have worried. Fantastic music on this one, makes you lament that there aren't more songs on it.

From: Propane Date: December 2, 2004 at 18:57
I can't drive 55! Tunage for the masses. Great rumbler from the Red Rocker.

From: rene Date: May 19, 2005 at 10:32
I love this album. My favorite HAGAR album. Any hard rock fan of the 80s need to buy this album.

From: Rafo Phoenix Date: March 15, 2007 at 10:33
Good Hard Rock album, tanto este como el Three Lock Box un par de buenos trabajos por parte de Sammy y en los 80's lo mejorcito de el Hard Rock comercial con algun que otro toque AOR en algunas canciones 8/10

From: lalo r.o.c.k. Date: January 22, 2010 at 22:07
Two sides of love is pure AOR with amazing melodies and killer guitars,this song pays the album...

From: Remastered Reason Date: December 22, 2010 at 1:01
With an opening lyric of "One Foot On The Break & One On The Gas", & a molten riff wrapped around it, how could "I Can't Drive 55" not be a timeless rock classic? For many bands of the era, they indulged in the excesses of the new wave tendencies, especially as the decade wore on. Undoubtedly, for this 1984 album, Hagar purged the fluff. "Swept Away" is, as the forementioned, full throttle & another killer tune. The only quibble would've been the track order, swapping one & two. "Rock is in My Blood" is a moody number that gets the blood pumping, with a healthy chorous & huge sonics. An excellent track, though any song lyric containing the words blood transfusion is rather unsettleing. Next, the sore spot of side one is "Two Sides Of Love", the obvious radio friendly track. A nice song but it simply doesn't fit quite as well on this album as it would have on the previous one or two. Again, only a minor detraction. Continuing this classic's continuity is "Dick in the Dirt". Yet another

From: Remastered Reason Date: December 22, 2010 at 1:02
Continuing this classic's continuity is "Dick in the Dirt". Yet another highlight & rousing rocker. The title track, VOA, (Voice of America) is Hagar's attempt to chip in his political two cents, cautioning (then) Russia to take note of America's nuclear power during the heigtening mid eighties "Cold War" rival between countries. Sort of cheesy nowadays but a decent rocker non-the-less. The final two tracks are sub par comparably speaking but "Burning Down the City" contains an energy that keeps it worthy & closes the album in rocking fashion. Overall, the second platinum seller of Hagar's solo efforts & one of his best albums top to bottom.

From: rick kerch vzla Date: September 9, 2011 at 20:33
Nice album by Sammy...undoubtebly a musician that has known how to make good music and remain intact through all the genres that have passed(grunge,alternative,nu metal and so on)..."I Can't Drive 55" is the best song of the album even though the video was a bit cheesy ,"Two Sides Of Love" has an AORish feel,a good song too,"Dick In The Dirt" & "Don't Make Me Wait" are also a couple of goodies...84/100

From: elljam Date: January 4, 2012 at 9:30
Always preferred Sammy's solo work to his band output, apart from the classic Montrose debut & for me this was his best ever release. The first 4 tracks (old side one)are all of the highest level while tracks 5- 8 aren't far behind. Not a filler in sight.

From: edwithmj Date: January 16, 2012 at 18:29
My second favourite by Sammy after Three Lock Box. I Can't Drive 55 is a timeless classic, Swept Away is a great rocker, Rock Is In My Blood has a perfect rhythm and melody: I really like this one, Two Sides Of Love is my favourite track: an outstanding ballad, Dick In The Dirt is a rocker with humourous lyrics, VOA is another patriotic rocker, Don't Make Me Wait is another ballad but the lesser of the two and the album finishes nicely with Burnin' Down The City. Recommended to the extreme!


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