RHINO To Release Expanded Edition Of VAN HALEN’s “For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge” This July

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Originally released in June 1991, Van Halen‘s ninth studio album, “For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge”, debuted at No. 1 and stayed there for three weeks during the summer of 1991. It was the third consecutive No. 1 album from singer Sammy Hagar, guitarist Eddie Van Halen, drummer Alex Van Halen and bassist Michael Anthony.

An expanded edition of the album is arriving this summer from Rhino, including a newly remastered version of the original, along with previously unreleased audio and video footage from Van Halen‘s December 4, 1991 concert in Dallas, Texas.

“For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge (Expanded Edition)” will be available on July 12 and includes two LPs, two CDs, and a Blu-ray. Pre-order it HERE.

Rhino will have an exclusive bundle featuring the release and a set of four seven-inch singles, including “Poundcake” / “Pleasure Dome”, “Top Of The World” / “In ‘N’ Out”, “Right Now” (Organ Version) / “Man On A Mission” and “Right Now” (Guitar Version) / “The Dream Is Over” (Instrumental Version).

“For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge” was an immediate success. It reached triple platinum certification and earned Van Halen its first Grammy Award for “Best Hard Rock Performance” and American Music Award for “Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Album”. Producer and engineer Bernie Grundman expertly remastered and cut lacquers for this edition, ensuring pristine sound quality.

The expanded edition includes previously unreleased alternate versions of “Right Now” and “The Dream Is Over”. The main attraction, however, has to be the previously unreleased concert footage from Van Halen‘s December 4, 1991, performance in Dallas. Captured during the “For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge” tour, this electrifying show is a powerful example of Van Halen‘s unparalleled stage presence.

The show’s setlist mixes new songs (“Judgement Day” and “Poundcake”) with songs from “5150” and “OU812” (“Best Of Both Worlds” and “Finish What Ya Started”). The band also played “Panama”, a hit from its time with singer David Lee Roth, plus two of Hagar‘s hits, “I Can’t Drive 55” and “There’s Only One Way To Rock”.

In addition, the Blu-ray includes the official music videos for “Poundcake”, “Runaround”, “Top Of The World” and the 1992 MTV VMA “Video Of The Year” winner “Right Now”. Finally, the remastered album is included in the set as a double LP, featuring an etching of the Van Halen logo on the fourth side.


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