Van Halen’s ‘For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge’ getting expanded reissue


Van Halen’s ninth studio album, For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge, their third with frontman Sammy Hagar, is getting an expanded reissue from Rhino this summer. 

The reissue, dropping July 12, will include the remastered original album, along with an album of rarities and live tracks, including previously unreleased alternative versions of “Right Now” and “The Dream Is Over.” 

The live tracks come from Van Halen’s December 4, 1991, Dallas stop on the For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge tour and include performances of songs like “Right Now,” “Poundcake” and “Pleasure Dome,” along with songs from previous Hagar albums 5150 and OU812. It also includes Hagar performing the David Lee Roth-sung track “Panama.”

The previously unreleased live recording of “Poundcake” is available now via digital services.

The expanded edition is made up of two LPs, with an etching of the Van Halen logo on the fourth side, plus two CDs and a Blu-Ray that will include the Dallas concert, along with the official music videos for “Right Now,” winner of the 1992 MTV VMA for Video of the Year, “Poundcake,” “Runaround” and “Top of the World.”

Rhino will also release an exclusive bundle that includes four 7-inch singles, featuring “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 (Expanded Edition) is available for preorder now.

Released June 17, 1991, For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, where it spent three weeks. The album was the third of four #1s Van Halen had with Hagar, the others being 1986’s 5150, 1988’s OU812 and 1995’s Balance.

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