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Artist: Van Halen

Title: OU812

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Van Halen OU812 Album Cover


Category: Hard Rock

Year: 1988

Label: Warner Brothers

Catalog Number: 9 25732-2


Eddie Van Halen guitars
Sammy Hagar lead vocals
Alex Van Halen drums
Michael Anthony bass


1.  A Apolitical Blues  
2.  A.F.U. (Naturally Wired)  
3.  Black and Blue  
4.  Cabo Wabo  
5.  Feels so Good  
6.  Finish What Ya Started  
7.  Mine All Mine  
8.  Source of Infection  
9.  Sucker in a 3 Piece  
10.  When It's Love  

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Existing comments about this CD

From: Date: April 29, 2001 at 16:23
CABO WABO, one of the best!

From: Mike G. Date: July 25, 2001 at 14:16
Much, much better album than 5150!! Much harder rocking album!! They seemed to go to a darker, wetter sound on this album!! Great songs!!!! But still not like the Dave days!!!!

From: Motley Date: February 4, 2002 at 14:51
Never liked the prod.but I LOVE Source of Infection and When its love

From: Rockforever Date: June 25, 2002 at 12:54
Although the production isn't the best, it still doesn't really taint the album. This is one of the best of the Hagar era, and the band displays the fantastic musicianship. When It's Love is the best Van Halen ballad ever, while there are many great rockers including AFU Naturally Wired, Black and Blue (despite the unsubtle lyrics), Sucker in a 3 Piece and Mine All Mine. Cabo Wabo is a summery epic and a great song. This is one of the best albums of the late80s, and stood out from thehair bands.

From: Desslar Date: June 25, 2002 at 22:48
A little too mellow for a VH album, but plenty of great songs. Could've done without that blues number though.

From: Baris Date: September 17, 2002 at 3:05
No matter how successful was their previous albums with David Lee Roth, I extremely admire the existence of Hagar in VH. This is one more strong Hagar album. Also here the drum beats of Alex come more to the front. 'When It's Love' is a super VH classic. There are quite other strong songs such as 'Black And Blue', 'Cabo Wabo' and 'Sucker In A 3 Piece'. If you like Hagar-VH, this one will quite satisfy you.

From: manos Date: February 21, 2003 at 4:23
God, whenever I listen to ''when its love'' I feel so positive!

From: Atomic Punk Date: February 28, 2004 at 12:04
A pretty decent album all around, but I think it is quite a step down compared to 5150. There seems to be more fillers in this album. Edward has even made statements years after saying that he felt it was a weak album. Also, it was the last year Alex used the large drum set, and it was the last year Edward used his famous striped Kramer guitar for live shows.

From: razor2467 Date: March 25, 2004 at 20:09
Probably the best album with Hagar.....The songs are quite experimental and varies, with some great lyrics on 'Mine All Mine', & Eddie's guitar work on here is amazing, as usual!! Also, as Atomic Punk said, the last album with Eddie using the Kramers too, which was his downfall, in my opinion, his tone was never quite as good after this.

From: jack Date: May 28, 2004 at 6:10
David lee roth may be good but i think van halen won't miss him that much. they already got a class singer like hagar. Anyway,david is better off with steve vai-those two belong together! Hagar may lack david's charisma and the..'hair' but in terms of talent and vocal prowess,he may be just as good as david as proven by this classic album. I think van halen is more successful with hagar as their vocalist than with david!

From: Rockhead Date: May 28, 2004 at 6:28
David Lee Roth has not recorded with Vai since 1988!! DLR cannot sing, his whole success is based upon charisma (and a brilliant job he does too). To compare Hagar and Roth's vocal ability is bringing Oranges and Apples back into the equation

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From: Blue Charvel Date: May 28, 2004 at 8:51
DLR era Van Halen brings to mind cigarettes, whiskey and porno, while Hagar era is like a fun beach party where you might even fall in love... depends what your cup of tea is really... for me, bring out the bourbon! Hagar era was probably more commercially successful (correct me if I'm wrong, I don't have the actual sales figures or anything...), but many people think of the DLR days when they think of VH, myself inclcuded. Sammy's VH is just too white bread for me, I like his solo stuff though.

From: Rockhead Date: May 28, 2004 at 9:34
I love both eras-DLR to get Drunk and party too, Hagar era to remain at the party as long as I can and beyond. Both are important but for me I preferred DLR era and solo Sammy. I think Van Hagar diluted both artists a little. Now the music of I, II or Fair Warning with the Hagar wail would be somthing awesome (oh and Alex VH playing a real kit rather than those horris syndrum sounding tubs he bashes)

From: Metal T Date: June 7, 2004 at 19:09
'C'mon baby you say yeah' ???? ----Give me an F'N break ! 0U812' was a pile of sh*t. Trying to be positive here but,it's really hard .Just give me my Roth' Era VH (even 5150) and ill be happy .

From: jack Date: June 8, 2004 at 7:22
No offense,Metal T but david lee roth sounds like he is vomitting or piuking every time he is singing. Must be thinking of chicks with hairy pits during the time!

From: Big Papa K Date: June 30, 2004 at 16:36
This is the album where they drop from great to mediocre, and have been ever since. They have now turned into a band that can write the catchy AOR tune here and there ('When It's Love' and 'Finish What U started'), but too much of this sounds lifeless and some songs are just awful ('Black and Blue' and 'Feels So Good'). 5/10

From: Uusiolli Date: August 5, 2004 at 22:31
Not as good as Hagar-era debut, but better than it's follow-ups. 6,5/10

From: Propane Date: December 3, 2004 at 16:20
Terrible mess of pop for the radio play. Ok if you like drivel.

From: Rycheage Date: December 3, 2004 at 21:41
Not as good as 5150, but not as bad as Pro-Pain says. 'When It's Love' is an excellent tune, AOR ballad to the bone. 'Finish What Ya Started' and 'Feels So Good' are catchy tunes in their own right. Many people wrote them off because they left the hard rocking Roth days for a bit more radio friendly AOR with Hagar. Doesn't mean it's bad though. This is real good in it's own right.

From: BWH'Indonesia' Date: December 4, 2004 at 2:49
Remember guys, we can't say that Hagar is entirely poppy, do you still say so when he crank his throat up in songs like Get Up, Mine All Mine or Source Of Infection ? And we can't say that Lee Roth is totally hard rocking when he sings Jump or Dance The Night Away. However, both have qualities and charismas. I think we can't compare them by trying to find which one's better.

From: Priest On E Date: April 6, 2006 at 12:25
Mediocre album. Just picked up LP for 20p (80cents) in a charity shop...definaltey a step down from 5150. In my opinion, all Hagar albums stepped down from 5150, effectively a DLR album (in production and heavyness) with without him. This album on the other hand is too heavy on the synths, balleds, and with a weak soft production. Last time Alex Van Halen would achive that trademark drum sound pioneered on HOT FOR TEACHER. Best songs...MINE ALL MINE, WHEN ITS LOVE, SOURCE OF INFECTION...

From: poproxx2007 Date: November 16, 2006 at 19:22
Good AOR. 'Mine All Mine', 'When It's Love', 'Feels So Good' and 'AFU' all shine! 9/10

From: Wachen Date: May 7, 2008 at 4:59
As someone mentioned, many people believes the DLR-era of the band was the most commercially succesful. That is wrong, the Hagar era had even more sales. And even though I really like "1984" with DLR on vox, the early years are soo overrated. Sammy Hagar is the shit, kick out Dave and bring him back please!

From: Wachen Date: May 7, 2008 at 5:00
Oh, and "Mine all mine" and "When it's love" are two of the best songs ever written!

From: edwithmj Date: September 25, 2009 at 13:07
Mine All Mine, When It's Love, Feels So Good and Finish What Ya Started are all very good tracks. I love Sammy's voice. He has a perfect voice for rock, both hard edged and melodic. I don't get this Dave vs Sammy thing. Just go with what you like best. I like Sammy best and couldn't give a toss if others have a problem with that.

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: September 25, 2009 at 18:01
I like both the Dave and Sammy versions of Van Halen, but for different reasons. In fact, I like to treat them like two different bands. With Dave, they were over-the-top, outrageous, turbocharged party-rock. With Sammy, they were a slick, polished, keyboard-drenched hard AOR. Especially as I get older, keyboards tend to be a dealbreaker, but VH did it well enough, and Sammy's one-of-a-kind voice helped add some personality ... a little. I like pretty much every song on OU812, but am getting really, REALLY sick of hearing "Finish What Ya Started" every hour on the radio, and frankly don't care if I never hear it again.

From: pie75 Date: August 22, 2010 at 4:31
another great album i can't beleive people still going on about dlr when it's love and feel's so good make you feel good! but afu (naturaly wired),cabo wabo,finnish what you started,black and blue and sucker in a 3 peice are all gems

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: January 30, 2011 at 14:04
Love Blue Charvel's analogies. OU812 is probably my favorite Van Hagar album, and one of the first hard-rock albums I bought as a kid. Agree with the sentiment that "When It's Love" was VH's best ballad by a long way, and lyrically fairly profound even, for Hagar anyway. "Mine All Mine" and "Naturally Wired" are good rockers, and "Cabo Wabo" has that fun summertime feel. On the downside though, "Source Of Infection" is just a lame retread of "Hot For Teacher" with lyrics that say absolutely nothing, quite literally. "Finish What Ya Started" has cool guitarwork, but is pretty idiotic as well ("I've got the tools to satisfy you?"). Also, both in this track list and on my copy, the songs are listed in the wrong order (albiet alphabetically).

From: Mace Date: March 7, 2013 at 19:02
I have often wondered if the title OU812 is a reference to the David Lee Roth solo release Eat Em And Smile? A good release by Van Halen and I kinda like the Hagar releases better but that may be more of a reflection of my age considering this release came out just when I was starting to really get into music in my early teens. As stated above, Cabo Wabo and When It's Love are standouts.

From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 2, 2017 at 14:53
Catchy yet rocking album done in a nice moment of the Hagar era ...tracks 5,6 & 10 were famous hits back then but in general lines the whole release kicks a**....84/100

From: hair metal again Date: November 13, 2017 at 13:05
another masterpiece by the mighty VH back in 88 ,with superb&unique musicianship and Sammy painting the songs with his great way of singing!all the songs are fine and especially "black and blue",'mine all mine",'when it s love" and "feels good"!essential

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