Van Halen II

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Van Halen II
Studio album by Van Halen
Released March 23, 1979
Recorded December 11, 1978[1] - January 1979 at Sunset Sound Recorders, Hollywood, CA
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal
Length 32:00
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Ted Templeman
Van Halen chronology
Van Halen
(1978)
Van Halen II
(1979)
Women and Children First
(1980)
Singles from Van Halen II
  1. "Dance the Night Away"
    Released: 1979
  2. "Beautiful Girls"
    Released: 1979
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau C+[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4.5/5 stars[4]

Van Halen II is the second album by American hard rock band Van Halen, released in 1979. It peaked at #6 on the Billboard charts and spawned the singles "Dance the Night Away" and "Beautiful Girls". To date, it has sold over five million copies in the U.S. Critical reaction to the album has been positive as well, with the The Rolling Stone Album Guide praising the feel-good, party atmosphere of the songs.

Background and recording[edit]

The actual recording of the album took place less than a year after the release of the band's eponymous debut album; the process was completed in three weeks.[5] Many of the songs on Van Halen II have been known to exist prior to the release of the first album, and are present (in various forms) on the demos recorded in 1976 by KISS' Gene Simmons and '77 by Ted Templeman, including an early version of "Beautiful Girls" (then known as "Bring on the Girls") and "Somebody Get Me a Doctor". (The album version is only slightly different than the demo versions).[citation needed]

In the band's licensed game, Guitar Hero: Van Halen, four of the ten tracks of this album are available for play: "Dance the Night Away", "Somebody Get Me a Doctor", "Spanish Fly" and "Beautiful Girls".

Artwork[edit]

The black-and-yellow guitar on the back of the album is buried with Dimebag Darrell. Eddie Van Halen placed it in his casket at his funeral because Darrell had said it was his favorite.[6] However, Eddie himself stated in interviews that the guitar itself was not actually used on the Van Halen II album, as it had only been completed just in time for the photo shoots for the album. David Lee Roth is shown in a cast in the inner liner notes, as he allegedly broke his right foot making the leap and accidentally landing on the bottom of the microphone stand also seen in the picture on the back cover art.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, Michael Anthony and David Lee Roth, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "You're No Good" (Clint Ballard, Jr.) 3:16
2. "Dance the Night Away"   3:06
3. "Somebody Get Me a Doctor"   2:52
4. "Bottoms Up!"   3:05
5. "Outta Love Again"   2:51
6. "Light Up the Sky"   3:13
7. "Spanish Fly" (Instrumental) 1:00
8. "D.O.A."   4:09
9. "Women in Love..."   4:08
10. "Beautiful Girls"   3:56

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[8] 2× Platinum 200,000^
France (SNEP)[9] Gold 100,000*
United States (RIAA)[10] 5× Platinum 5,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1979 Billboard 200 6[11]

Singles[edit]

Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1979 "Dance The Night Away" Billboard Hot 100 15[11]
1979 "Beautiful Girls" Billboard Hot 100 84[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rosen, Steven. Record Review Interview. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Van Halen II at AllMusic
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: Van Halen". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Van Halen: Album Guide | Rolling Stone Music". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-03-20. 
  5. ^ Halen, Van. "Van Halen Interviews 2 on Vimeo". Vimeo.com. Retrieved 2012-03-20. 
  6. ^ "Pantera". VH1: Behind the Music. 38 minutes in. VH1.
  7. ^ "Van Halen II". Classicvanhalen.com. Retrieved 2012-03-20. 
  8. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Van Halen – Van Halen II". Music Canada. 
  9. ^ "French album certifications – Van Halen – Van Halen II" (in French). InfoDisc.  Select VAN HALEN and click OK
  10. ^ "American album certifications – Van Halen – Van Halen II". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  11. ^ a b c "Awards". Allmusic. Archived from the original on 2 July 2012. Retrieved 3 July 2012.