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The best-selling albums from the greaatest artists on Warner Bros. have never sounded better than on their new Warner Remasters editions. State-of-the-art digitally remastered, each album sounds dramatically superior to its original CD release. In addition, the packaging returns each album to its original artwork and graphics. Certified at 4 million units by the RIAA. (2/01)


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  • Audio CD (September 19, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: 1979
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Off Roster
  • ASIN: B00004Y6O8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,992 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A.F. on July 25, 2001
Format: Audio CD
After the astonishing success of their groundbreaking debut, Van Halen refused to rest on their laurels and quickly followed it up in 1979 with the release of VAN HALEN II. Although the first album is truly a landmark achievement in the hard rock/heavy metal genre, VHII is an even better record. The band has never sounded tighter. David Lee Roth's unique and raucous vocals still proves he can scream with the best of them; drummer Alex Van Halen and bassist Michael Anthony are still one of the finest rhythm sections in rock; and Eddie Van Halen's rapid-fire solos and innovative guitar work sound even more groundbreaking than ever before.
Michael Anthony's awesome bass riff kicks off the album's opener, a bluesy cover of Linda Rondstadt's "You're No Good," which is quickly followed by the band's first Top 20 hit, the melodic "Dance the Night Away." The one-minute instrumental "Spanish Fly" shows that Eddie Van Halen can rock just as hard on acoustic guitar, while "Somebody Get Me a Doctor" and "Outta Love Again" showcase the band's blues influences. "D.O.A." (which stands for "Dead or Alive") is one of the band's best songs, a head-banging heavy metal rocker which features some of the best tough-guy-on-the-street lyrics ever written.
Pretty much every song on this sophomore LP is great, no filler just like the first album. The musicianship is top-notch, DLR's showmanship is incredible, and the production by Ted Templeman makes sure every guitar note hits the speakers as expected (loudly). VAN HALEN II is a classic hard rock record.
NOTE: Check out Alex Van Halen's drum solo in the middle of track #6 "Light Up the Sky." It's something to behold.
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32 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Stretch on March 19, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Van Halen II is every bit the classic their debut was. David Lee Roth's talent really shows here. From what I hear this album was recorded in less than a week! You wouldn't know it, as the songs sound masterfully crafted. Not one second seems rushed.
Another fine cover tune opens the album,
"You're no good" and gets things going in full throttle. "Dance the night away" with it's pleasant harmony reached the top 20. The feel-good chorus of "Bottoms up" never disappoints. Eddie showcases his acoustic chops on "Spanish fly" followed by the all-out rocker "Dead or alive". "Women in love" will lift you up during the dog days of summer. Capping it off is the classic "Beautiful girls" playful lyrics, strong chorus, what's not to like?
The songs on Van Halen II encapsulate the ultimate Summertime feel. This is a must-have.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By D. Hawkins on September 21, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I just recently bought the remastered version (which sounds amazing) and I'm dying to get in my car and blast it while cruising. Of course, being in my 30's and with a wife and son, I would look pretty silly doing that. But that's the power of this album; it takes me back to when I was 16 and my friends and I actually DID cruise around blasting this to the heavens. Not having heard this in many years, I can't believe how strong this sounds. Another reviewer said that this was the greatest summer album ever and I would certainly agree, since all the topics covered (women and partying) are best at that time of year. Additionally, I would much rather hear an album that's barely 30 minutes long and filled with nothing but killer, than hear the usual, bloated 65 minute CD's made today and have to skip tracks. You just DON'T skip any tracks here and now I'm thinking where I'm going to cruising for chicks (Don't tell my wife!).
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 22, 1998
Format: Audio CD
The always tough task of following up any hit album is apparent throughout music. But what if that debut album is perhaps one of the top ten best albums of all time and not some 90's garabage, wannabe crap. Van Halen expands their musical range somewhat here, but still uses the same basic format that served them so well on VH1. Songs like "Outta Love Again", "D.O.A" and "Somebody Get Me A Doctor" aren't as memorable as "Runnin' With The Devil", "Ain't Talkin' Bout Love" and "Jammies Cryin", but they are still truly great songs and album rock staples. To go along with that, VH actually shows more diversity on VH2 as they add pop songs like "Your No Good" and "Women In Love", a classic ballad in "Dance The Night Away" (which was the bands first real major hit, charting at no. 15) and even a tongue and cheek, pre pop metal song in "Beautiful Girls". Though VH2 is not quite as good as its predesescor, it is another classic album by any decent standard in the rock and roll cannon. Van Halen 2 is certainly well deserving of the nearly 6 million albums it sold in the U.S. alone.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By El Duce on May 13, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I said it 25 years ago and I still say it today - if you don't own this album, you don't know Van Halen!

Van Halen II is the quintessential "side b" of their debut album. A second helping of the same smokin' guitar riffs, whimsical vocals and high energy good times that made this band the toast of the rock music world.

A bit under-produced by some standards, Van Halen II is unadulterated by synths or MIDI technology. This is pure no-nonsense artistry and raw power.

Hungry to make their lasting mark, the band exudes energy from the pop-friendly radio staple "Dance the Night Away" to the hard driving rock anthem "Light Up the Sky". David Lee Roth's trademark screams along with a powerhouse rhythm section spin the cover tune "You're No Good" into a metal classic. Eddie debuts his acoustic prowess with "Spanish Fly" and unleashes a fury of scorching riffs on "Somebody Get Me a Doctor". The ballad "Women In Love" showcases the dynamic abilities of this versatile ensemble as "Outta Love Again" betrays their heavy metal roots.

Chemistry like this cannot be duplicated. Van Halen II is a must for any VH fan.
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8. Runnin With The Devil
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