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Do I need OU812 and F.U.C.K.?

Posted: Sat Mar 24, 2012 9:03 am
by sab
So I own the first 7 Van Halen albums on vinyl. I am planning on picking up A Different Kind of Truth once the vinyl gets released and the price, hopefully, drops.

So the question is, since I'm so close to having the complete Van Halen, do I buy OU812 and For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge? Neither album is that great. I can't even name a single track off F.U.C.K.

Balance seems like its unobtanium on vinyl, but since I don't have any recollection of that album being released in it's day, I'm choosing to exclude it from the canon, along with Van Halen III, which is just a terrible travesty.

Re: Do I need OU812 and F.U.C.K.?

Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 12:02 am
by Mixmaster Shecky
Short answer - no, you don't. One man's opinion.

Actually, I don't think you even need all of the first 7 albums.

Re: Do I need OU812 and F.U.C.K.?

Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 12:55 am
by sab
Whether I need them or not, I have them. And I'm glad I do. I think Van Halen is a band that deserves a completest attitude, at least through the Diamond Dave era. And I have a real weakness for 5150.

Re: Do I need OU812 and F.U.C.K.?

Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 9:29 am
by Jake
Stream them online for free and let us know your results. I've never heard these albums and I never want to. Hagar's voice and his whole vibe bug the crap out of me, and I hate EVH's synth-driven stuff (in general -- "Jump" being an exception).

Re: Do I need OU812 and F.U.C.K.?

Posted: Tue Apr 03, 2012 2:09 pm
by sab
Oh, I've heard them plenty of times. That's not the issue. The question is just whether I need to OWN them.

Re: Do I need OU812 and F.U.C.K.?

Posted: Wed Apr 04, 2012 2:23 pm
by Jake
Are you a Van Halen completist or an essentialist? These albums are surely not essential.

Re: Do I need OU812 and F.U.C.K.?

Posted: Wed Apr 04, 2012 5:52 pm
by DJMurphy
I'd choose to (and I do) own both albums (on CD, not vinyl). Of the two, I listen to OU812 more often (stronger songs), but the singles make FUCK worth owning. Also, be aware that the vinyl of OU812 did not include their cover of Little Feat's "A Apolitical Blues", due to time limitations of the LP format. To get that song on vinyl, you'd need to own the "Black & Blue" 45.

Re: Do I need OU812 and F.U.C.K.?

Posted: Fri Apr 06, 2012 1:03 pm
by Sugarcubes Forever
If Diamond Dave isn't involved it ain't worth a god damn

Re: Do I need OU812 and F.U.C.K.?

Posted: Wed Apr 11, 2012 5:27 pm
by sab
Dammit, DJMurphy, you're not making my life easier!

The notion of having all the VH on vinyl is appealing in the completist sense, but clearly I need the CD of OU812 if I need it at all.

Maybe I just need to decide that 5150 is the only Van Hagar album worth owning and move on to other inane questions, like whether I need ANY Jon Anderson solo albums.

Re: Do I need OU812 and F.U.C.K.?

Posted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 9:13 am
by Jake
sab wrote:Maybe I just need to decide that 5150 is the only Van Hagar album worth owning and move on to other inane questions, like whether I need ANY Jon Anderson solo albums.

My mom had his Christmas album from the 80s on vinyl. His version of "The Holly and the Ivy" is really good, if I recall correctly, which I probably don't since I haven't heard it since I was, like, 15.