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Van Halen Ii[Reissue] [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Van Halen Audio CD
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Formed in Los Angeles in 1974, Van Halen changed the rock and roll landscape forever with the release of their self-titled, 1978 debut album displaying unparalleled stage presence, revolutionary musicianship, and extraordinary songwriting abilities. With more than 75 million albums sold worldwide, the band's record of achievement is hard to top.

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  • Audio CD (22 Jan 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00004Y6O8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,942 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  4. Bottoms Up! 3:060.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen  6. Light Up The Sky 3:130.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen10. Beautiful Girls 3:560.79  Buy MP3 


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best rock album ever? 14 Nov 2009
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This 2nd album is their best. Its my favourite anyway. Each song is a gem..and if you want to hear pure guitar talent listen to Spanish Fly. Its up their with Queen, Black Sabbath and Rush. This was the golden age of rock.
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4.0 out of 5 stars JUST AS SLICK AND COOL AS THE FIRST VAN HALEN! 1 May 2001
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It'll probably grow on me as I listen to it more, but Van Halen II doesn't quite have the groundbreaking spark that its predecessor had. Nevertheless, this follow-up is just as fun to listen to, with Roth in reflective mood in songs like 'Dance The Night Away' and 'Women In Love'. Eddie is still cranking out those hard, groovy riffs, the metallic highlight being 'DOA' with its rasping, punkish sounding guitar and Roth's near-growling lyrics. Without these guys, I don't think there would have been any G'N'R nor the wave of '80s hairspray metal bands that would subsequently emerge.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Uriel
Format:Audio CD
After revolutionising rock guitar in just over half an hour with their first album, Van Halen released their second only a year later and it did not disappoint. After a massively successful tour, in which they frequently upstaged the acts they were supposed to be supporting, Van Halen quickly returned to the studio and emerged triumphantly soon afterwards with a second masterpiece.
Ever since David Lee Roth left the band in 1985 fans have been clamouring for his return and it's easy to see why. Few singers could match the explosive guitar riffs that permeate this dynamic recording but this showman rides them with an exhuberance that was never to be matched by either of his two successors.
Since the departure of Gary Cherone last year rumours have abounded that Roth has rejoined the band. If that is true, and they manage to recapture anything like the fire that drove this album, the wait for the fans will have been well worth it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It`s great, of course, but... 14 July 2010
By Little Cat Voom TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
...I`m surprised some people think it`s up there with the other Roth-era undisputed classics. It doesn`t quite have the amazing panache of "Van Halen I", or the power and quirkiness of "Women and Children First", the grit and anger and speed of "Fair Warning", the strangeness of "Diver Down" and finally the awe-inspiring mix of styles and polish of "1984". It`s like their first album, except over the entire album it`s about 5 or 10% less of everything. "You're No Good" is not as good as "You Really Got Me", and there are a couple of tracks - "Bottoms Up!" and "DOA" - which are great tracks but I don`t think they quite compare with the quality of say, "I`m The One" or "On Fire". I love "Dance The Night Away", "Light Up The Sky", also "Women In Love" and classic-Roth closer "Beautiful Girls", and "Spanish Fly" is absolutely majestic, sort-of "Eruption"-unplugged from Eddie. You must buy it, it`s a fantastic album, but the fact is I listen to it slightly less than other VH (with DLR) albums, which are of course all unsurpassed in rock history as far as I`m concerned. Maybe I should have given it a five, but it`s a relative four - compared to the other five Van Roth albums.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Van Halen II 27 Sep 2002
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This album demonstrates perfectly, that the original Van Halen line up was the best all round rock band to have ever recorded in the same studio. Brilliant muscianship throughout, and a vocalist who managed to keep a sense of humour, whilst rocking your socks off.
The guitar riff in "Light up the sky" is one which just has to be listened to again and again, and as loud as you can make your speakers go! This album allowed each band member a chance to show their individual talents, from the bass guitar intro on "You're no good", the drums on "Light up the Sky", Diamond Daves lyric's and vocals on "Bottoms up" and Eddie Van Halens amazing guitar sounds throughout.
For me, this is the best all round VH album and one to be listened too again and again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quality! 16 Aug 2001
Format:Audio CD
The first two VH albums more than any other seem to represent all the qualities present in Vanhalen's music.Vanhalen 2 is comparable to A freight train running right through your back garden,shaking your house as it plays.The first sound you hear is Michael Anthony's bass singing eerily almost sounding like a whale before thumping out a beat with alex's drums."Youre no good" is a great way for this album to start and beleive me it just gets better.The obvious talking point is Ed's guitar playing(and so it should be)which for me at least is inspirational and genius amplified,but the whole band here demonstrate a kind of fluid liquid movement that is true VH.Alex and Michael are in perfect unison,much more so than other hard rock bands and I think this how the music sounds so alive and raw ,yet with plenty of depth.Dave Lee Roth for me just adds the icing on the cake.Love him or hate him he brings VH a sense of humour that completes the package. If you like VH buy this album you will love it... Promise.
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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 Another solid release from vh
This one was not as powerful and raw as their first classic release that really kicked some butt. Eddie was every bit as good a guitarist as michael schenker of ufo and on this one... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Michael Dobey
4.0 out of 5 stars Best time of Van Halen
This cd is also a great album, i like it less than the debut but it still good.
There are some claasic songs, favorite from the band.
Published 22 months ago by Yaniv Riahi
3.0 out of 5 stars Is it just me?
I brought this album as well as another album (Diver Down), The items were deliverd early which I was very pleased about however I have been trying to import these albums onto my... Read more
Published 23 months ago by x PunK x
5.0 out of 5 stars VHII
I have only just recently picked this album up having in the past put it down as a 70's album that wouldn't sound as good perhaps as the bands mid 80's production values (even... Read more
Published on 6 Feb 2012 by MT
4.0 out of 5 stars Van Halen Volume 2....
With the release of this disc,Van Halen threw a couple of curve balls,while everyone expected the band to come flying out the traps as per their debut,the boys played it a little... Read more
Published on 19 Jan 2012 by Mr Blackwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Van Halen 1i
It arrived on time, in excellent condition. Perfectly suits the person it is purchased for who will be thrilled. I am very pleased to have no hassle!! What more can I say?
Published on 16 Dec 2011 by Anni
5.0 out of 5 stars Two good for words
I didn't get into VH2 straight away, because I didn't think that it was quite as accessible as its predecessor. Read more
Published on 14 Mar 2005 by Andrew Van Vleck
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Most Inspiring Albums of all time
When I first heard this almum I was like, OK its alright but not great. I then listened to it again and wondered how can a band like this make two albums this good. Read more
Published on 11 July 2004
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