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5.0 out of 5 stars The best rock album ever?
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.
Published on 14 Nov 2009 by Mr. John Lumbard
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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 laptop and my computer (I tried my laptop, that didn't work so I tried my computer that doesn't really work either.) and have been pretty unsuccesful... Is it just me that had this problem?
Published 19 months ago by x PunK x
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best rock album ever?,
This review is from: Van Halen Ii[Reissue] (Audio CD)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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars JUST AS SLICK AND COOL AS THE FIRST VAN HALEN!,
This review is from: Van Halen Ii[Reissue] (Audio CD)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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5.0 out of 5 stars Jaw dropping guitar work + flamboyant vocans = Great album,
This review is from: Van Halen 2 (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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It`s great, of course, but...,
This review is from: Van Halen Ii[Reissue] (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.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Van Halen II,
This review is from: Van Halen Ii[Reissue] (Audio CD)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.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality!,
This review is from: Van Halen Ii[Reissue] (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.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great record, just not as good as their debut (but then, what is?), October 1, 2007,
This review is from: Van Halen 2 (Audio CD)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.
So how do you follow an album as influential as VAN HALEN, a record that basically put rock back on the cultural map in the wasteland of disco?
Well, listening to this VAN HALEN II, it's rather clear that Van Halen simply didn't have the answer to that often impossible question. VAN HALEN II, in all terms and conditions, simply follow the debut's sound and template pretty much to a T, only with less artistic success. You have the guitar solo ("Spanish Fly"). You have the cover song ("You're No Good", made famous by Linda Rondstadt of all people, didn't know the band listened to her). You have the potential single that did become a hit ("Dance the Night Away"). You have high octane, turbo charged rock that will appeal to anyone who likes the first record (the remaining seven songs on the album). Ultimately though, it's just not as good the second time around.
For one, the songs simply aren't as good as on the debut. Don't get me wrong, there's some great songs on VAN HALEN II, but compared the debut the material doesn't hold up as well, though still manages to jam and communicate the party vibe pretty damned well. But the record holds up quite well on its own. Just coming off the high of the first one, II plays out exactly what it is: more of the same, with only a little hint of expanding the sound of the band.
Any of the songs, with the exception of two, sounds like they're cut of the same cloth as the debut, but were left off that because the strongest material had already been chosen. To Van Halen's credit, however, II remains a very strong album in its own right, and only pales because of record before it. "Beautiful Girls" remains a staple of their catalogue (and party lifestyle). There are two songs that sound like Van Halen is intent on opening up their sound. The first song is Van Halen's first top ten hit, "Dance the Night Away". This song is distinct enough both in sound and in style (sounds like an Carribean groove the band stumbled upon) that it really doesn't sound like it could be part of the debut. Very catchy song. The second song is brief guitar instrumental, "Spanish Fly", written and recorded, no doubt due to the legendary guitar solo "Eruption" from the debut. Again, much different from any of the other songs comprising VAN HALEN and VH II. Of course, "Spanish Fly" is nowhere near the calibre of "Eruption".
Fortunately, the same cannot be said of VHII in relation to VH. VHII is a very strong album, but just eclipsed by one of the most legendary hard rock albums of all time. To be fair, VH is a pretty hard record to top, and the fact that the band came up with an album even half as good as VHII is a testament to their strength as a rock outfit
BOTTOM LINE: This belongs in any hair metal or hard rock fan's collection. Sure, if you're just starting to explore the Roth era of Van Halen, get the debut and 1984 first, and after that, your third purchase should be either this or WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST.
(Just a note: one thing that I never liked about the Roth albums is their brevity. All six albums are between 31 and 35 minutes. VH II has a running time of almost thirty two minutes, making it a short album, unfortunately).
5.0 out of 5 stars Another solid release from vh,
This review is from: Van Halen Ii[Reissue] (Audio CD)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 he creates a more accessible fun rocking effort. It had a hit single on it too, 'beautiful girls' , the disc was another big hit for them and it's good melodic metal although at the time there was some dissapointment that it wasn't as hard driving as the first one. That one was pure power in a few songs a most songs here are not of that intensity. The boys though had a winning effort with this one and were not trying to be dark metal in the least. This was lighter in feel and alot of fun and so you and your woman could sit back and just get into this together. if you wanted heavier stuff you could put on judas priest , but this one set what van halen would be like mainly for the next four years. And they would stay at the top until the end of the sammy era. And even today this type of music is enjoyable enough to far outlast the lesser thrash and nu metal which came later.
4.0 out of 5 stars Best time of Van Halen,
This review is from: Van Halen Ii[Reissue] (Audio CD)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.
5.0 out of 5 stars VHII,
This review is from: Van Halen Ii[Reissue] (Audio CD)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 though I had VH1 and loved it!). How wrong was I? After all this time being a Van Halen fan, I didn't have a clue how strong these songs were, in part due to being slightly put off by Dance The Night Away, which I always thought was a bit too poppy for VH.
From start to finish, this album rocks and doesn't at all sound dated as I had once feared. It's hard to actually pick my favourite tracks as they all work really well as a whole (although I still feel `Dance' is too poppy compared to the rest). If I had to pick my personal favourites then Somebody Get Me A Doctor, Bottoms Up, Beautiful Girls and Women In Love probably cut it more, but the guitar intro to DOA is very cool, the guitar work on Spanish Fly is a nice break from the heavy `brown sound' throughout the album and You're No Good is a great opener and choice of cover.
And yes, Dance The Night Away is one of the best pop songs VH ever wrote.
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