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    Tough call isn't it.

    One has wimpy ballads and soft chorusy songs, but has melody.


    The other has sone real hard rock and angry vocals by Mr Hagar, but most of the songs are boring. (Im my opinion)

    Still, my vote goes to OU812.

    Not even close to any Dave-era records, though.

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    Hmm... which one, which one...

    Guess I'd have to give Balance the slight nod on this. I like the sound of the For UCK era songs (which I group Balance in with) a bit better.

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    Maybe its because I had so much fun in '88-89, but I love OU812. When I hear it, I think fun fun fun.Every song on there kicks except Sucker and Apolitical. Although Balance has a better sound, its not as good as OU812, IMO.

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    Balance is my favorite Sam era album, and OU812 is my least favorite. Just my opinion.

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    I hate to skip songs when I listen to music, and I have to skip more songs on Balance than I do on OU812 so I would have to say that OU812 is the better album, although Balance does have some kick ass tunes.

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    I would have to choose "OU812" over "Balance." I thought "Balance" was the weakest Van Hagar album by far. I think "A.F.U.," "Black and Blue," "Source of Infection," were all good. The only song I thought was any good off of "Balance" was "Aftershock."

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    OU812

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    I'd pick Balance. There are only 4 songs on Balance I like and 5 on OU812 but the songs on Balance are a whole lot better.

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    while OU812 has (arguably) one of the best Van Hagar songs (when it's Love), Balance is just an amazing album. How can you argue with those pounding rockers 'aftershock', 'seventh seal', and 'feelin', and the softees 'cant stop lovin you', and 'not enough'. 'Crossing over' should have been on the US release! get the mp3 if you have the chance...its great. 'Feelin' is one of Sammy's most emotional songs EVER.
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    I'll go with Balance, cuz I thought OU812 was a rush job. Ed kinda got lazy with his lead work on OU812 and the whole sound of that album is limp. Balance had some oomph to it, but you do have to do a bit of track skipping.

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    i say ou812. I had a blast in 88/89 also so i could be biased as well. Bruce Fairbairn though was a genius producer on Balance. I only hope someone,someday sits down and fixes ou812 and remasters it with some balls.

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    Damn we is being tough here. Okay my take, I was 15 when OU812 came out, started drinking and really just went crazy. VH was already my favorite band, so I listened religiously. I love everthing on OU812 even A Apolitical Blues and Sucka! Source Of Infection is definitely cool, it doesn't try to be a badass tune and all. Balance equally as cool, I have been listening to it alot lately. Comes and goes you know? Seventh Seal, DTMWLCD, Amsterdam, Big Fat Money, Aftershock, Take Me Back ( Deja Vu) and Feelin' are awesome. However, I give the nod to OU812 because I can listen to it without skipping any tracks! That and Finish What You Started was playing when I lost my virginity!

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    OU812 ... it cracke me up !!!

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    Dunno,
    for the rockers I'll choose OU812 (A.F.U. is a great kickass song, Cabo Wabo is one song where I love the chord progression in the middle), for the ballads Balance (Deja Vu, Can't Stop Lovin'You).
    But I really think they are the weakest production in Van Hagar era.

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    OU812 and F.U.C.K. are my least favorite Sammy-era albums. The only song I skip over on Balance is Big Fat Money. Love all the rest. Balance is one of my favorite VH albums ever. Not just with Sammy.


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