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Van Halen II [Import]

Van Halen Audio CD
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1. You're No Good
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180-gram pressing. Originally released in 1979, the band's second album is a hard rock tour de force spotlighting the band's stellar musicianship and the up-front wizardry of guitar genius Eddie Van Halen and lead vocalist David Lee Roth. Highlights include Beautiful Girls, Spanish Fly and the US Top 20 single Dance The Night Away.

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By Mike London TOP 100 REVIEWER
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When Van Halen released their debut in 1978, the incredible guitar work of Eddie Van Halen and the gonzo genius of David Lee Roth's larger than life persona of ultimate rock frontman, they helped guide rock away from the mediocrity (Village People, Bee Gees) and horrendus disco back to a much harder sound. While punk got its start in around the same time, it was more underground and much more politically charged than Van Halen's scene. Van Halen was concerned with partying, not criticising existing political structures or lambasting what punk considered dinosaurs from a bygone era (read Led Zeppelin and The Who).

While punk proved influential, Van Halen laid the groundwork for much of the 1980s music scene, with big hair, monster riffs, and the dime-a-dozen, but mandatory for every hair metal record, power ballads. While the power ballads were mostly from the Sammy era, their 1978 debut pretty much rewrote the rule book, and established hard rock as a viable, commercially successful prospect in the late 1970s and early 1980s, paving the way for quite a few other bands of the same generation.

As I've said before, much of this success is owed entirely to their debut. VAN HALEN turned the clocks back the late 1950s and early 1960s, where rock was dangerous (although by today's standards rather tame). They abandoned all the pretensions of progressive rock (read Yes, ELO), rock operas (The Who), punk (The Sex Pistols), and went back to a time when the music was about a few simple things - sex, partying, and then more sex. On top of that, they wrote phenomenal, catchy music, had a hell of a guitar player and an over the top madman of a singer, making their debut one of the biggest selling records ever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great music great cd July 25 2013
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Just too much. This album redefines rock-n-roll. This music makes me want to live fast and die young, and do it before the album finishes.
If you haven't heard "D.O.A." or "Light Up the Sky", buy this album today!! So damn catchy.
Van Halen's first 5 or 6 albums are technical masterpieces, yet paradoxically soulful, and wild, and swinging and reckless, (...). The fans of this band are probably responsible for the wave of teen-pregnancies during the 1980's.
I wish I had more words, but the only ones left are four-letter exclaimations at the brilliance and seductiveness of this album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No sophomore jinx for Van Halen May 27 2004
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In March of 1979, California based rockers Van Halen unleashed their sophomore effort Van Halen II. The album was produced by Ted Templeman whom helmed the first six albums for the band and this album has all but one track written by Eddie and Alex Van Halen(guitar and drums), David Lee Roth(vocals) and Michael Anthony(bass). The album kicks off with a rocking version of the 1974 Linda Ronstadt hit You're No Good with Dave screaming during the chorus as Eddie and Michael sing the chorus. The hit Dance the Night Away follows and was the song that got most attention from this album. Somebody Get Me a Doctor and Bottoms Up are excellent hard rockers and Outta Love Again ends the second half on a rockin note. Light Up the Sky is a kick ass rocker that starts the second half. Spanish Fly showcases Eddie's talents on classical guitar. D.O.A.(stands for Dead Or Alive) is an awesome rocker. Women in Love starts sounding to be a ballad in its guitar intro before rocking out. The closing Beautiful Girls is another rock radio staple and a kick ass rocker. This was the band's first US Top 10 album and second million seller. I first got this album on cassette in March of 1985 and loved it immediately and the remastered CD catalog buries the original issues by a longshot! Highly recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars - an excellent sophomore album May 16 2004
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Van Halen II (1979.) Van Halen's second album.
In the late seventies, Van Halen entered the growing rock and roll scene. And only about a year after releasing their self-titled debut album, they released their sophomore effort, appropriately entitled Van Halen II. It seemed that Gene Simmons of KISS was right about these guys - they had serious rock potential. How do Dave, Eddie, Alex, and Mike measure up on their second album? Read on for my review of Van Halen II.
Van Halen's second album doesn't have nearly as many hits as their debut does, which isn't surprising assuming their debut is one of the most popular rock albums of all time. But still, this album manages to serve up its share of hits as well. The melodic rocker Dance The Night Away and the rock classic Beautiful Girls both originated on this album. These two tracks were the only singles released from this album, but they were far from being the only excellent tracks to emerge from it. As they proved on their debut, the band was excellent at covering tunes. Only one cover song can be found on Van Halen II, and it's a cover of the Linda Rondstat classic, You're No Good. When I heard that the band had covered this song, I had serious doubts about how well they would be able to execute it - but their recording that kicks off this album shattered those doubts. This is even better than the original version! And, of course, we have the underrated compositions that the band put together for this album. The hard and heavy Somebody Get Me A Doctor is one of Van Halen's finest songs ever recorded, and it's a shame this one never got more popular. The acoustic instrumental Spanish Fly is also excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No sophomore jinx for Van Halen
In March of 1979, California based rockers Van Halen unleashed their sophomore effort Van Halen II. The album was produced by Ted Templeman whom helmed the first six albums for the... Read more
Published on June 21 2004 by Terrence J Reardon
4.0 out of 5 stars Van Halen's sophomore hit!
Contractually,Van Halen put out their second album just one year after their self-titled debut. This was 1979,and it was originally released on Warner Bros. Read more
Published on June 15 2004 by andy8047
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Underrated Classic
The Van Halen headbangers do it again! While I thought this would not be as good as Van Halen I, it is just as good. It is no less heavier, no less catchy. Read more
Published on May 3 2004 by HeadbangerDuh
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost as good as Van Halen one
Van Halen II is a great hard rock album, and its almost as good as Van Halen I. Alex and Michael are tight as ever, David Lee gives a steller performance as usual and Eddie Van... Read more
Published on March 28 2004 by Morton
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome follw up album
Another album from the seventies that was again well ahead of its time. Powerful riffs and an awesome acoustic guitar solo. Buy it!
Published on Jan. 2 2004 by Flanger
4.0 out of 5 stars Sizzlin' Sophomore Album
Van Halen pumped this album out a mere thirteen months after exploding onto the rock 'n' roll scene with their debut. Read more
Published on Oct. 16 2003 by "chloemg"
5.0 out of 5 stars Kept the ball rollin...
with this album, more jams and Eddie shows an "acoustic" side with Spanish Fly.
Published on Oct. 6 2003 by Robert Kado
5.0 out of 5 stars Round Two
After their stunning debut, Van Halen came right back with another masterpiece filled with more party songs and great guitar work by the one and only Eddie Van Halen. Read more
Published on Sept. 9 2003 by Kurt Lennon
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