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Album Review

Sammy Hagar, the singer's last solo album, was released a year after his first album with Van Halen, 1986's 5150. Although it charted the highest of any of his records, peaking at number 14, it wasn't as successful as his three previous albums, suffering from a slick, synthesized production and a lack of consistent material. The power ballad "Give to Live" was a hit and a couple of the rockers raised above the pedestrian level, yet the overall product was rather faceless. Perhaps sensing the lackluster quality of the record, Hagar launched an MTV promotion to re-title the record; the winning entry was I Never Said Goodbye, and titled that way in subsequent pressings. The 1994 Unboxed compilation also called the album I Never Said Goodbye, not Sammy Hagar.

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Should have been bigger success

When Sammy had to put off doing this final contractual album, he said in an interview that he trashed most of the material he wrote. He stressed that he was in a different place from where he was pre-VanHalen. Therefore, he replaced all but three songs. This may account for the disconnected conceptual feel some have carped about. My biggest issue as a Hagar fan is his consistent inability to know which songs to release as singles. Maybe he should have done what Bon Jovi did with their fans and asked them to pick the singles. (Slippery When Wet). Good thing they did because the band was shocked everyone loved "Livin' On a Prayer" so much. They didn't see it as a single release. Sammy released as his second single "Boys' Night Out." Big mistake because: it's his sixth best song and Timothy B. Schmidt (Eagles) had a current hit out with that title. Then he further screws things up by releasing a butchered version of "Eagles Fly" AND putting a video out for a DIFFERENT SONG! (Hands and Knees). Because of the release of OU812 he couldn't release the obvious single choice "Back Into You." "Returning Home" received rock radio airplay in certain markets and despite the debacle with "Eagles Fly," it has become a rock radio staple because it's that good! Don't let top forty hits stop you from ever thinking Hagar didn't put out some of the strongest rock albums around. Loyalty of his fans should be the first clue to the uninitiated.

Stellar album made to fulfill a contract!

Sammy actually made his best solo album while trying to throw something together for the label to end his contract. Of course, he did have a little help from his friends. Check out who the bass player was... none other than Mr. Eddie Van Halen himself! Perhaps that is why this was so well done. Too bad for us he can't let bygones be bygones and link back up with the rest of the band.

when the hammer falls

wow! the first three tracks are awesome and polished quite nicely.the album is good but the first three songs are sounded like sammy was trying to do a tip of the hat to his cousin's achievement, ken tamplins an axe to grinde.well i never said goodbye started out that way.awesome.


Born: October 13, 1947 in Monterey, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

After spending several years as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the mid-'70s hard rock band Montrose, Sammy Hagar began a solo career that produced several hits and made him an album rock favorite. Hagar became a true star once he joined Van Halen in 1985, but he'd been a popular hard rocker ever since his first album with Montrose. After giving up a boxing career, Hagar began singing in the late '60s, performing with various California bands including Skinny, the Fabulous Catillas, Justice...
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