1979 – The mighty Van Halen release…

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1979 – The mighty Van Halen release Van Halen II.

Van Halen II is the second album by American hard rock band Van Halen, released in 1979. The actual recording of the album took place less than a year after the release of the eponymous “I” album. Many of the songs on this album have been known to exist prior to the release of the first album, and are present (in various forms) on the demos recorded in 1975 by Gene Simmons and 1977 by Ted Templemann, 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.)

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 Dimebag had said it was his favorite.

Track listing

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

Side one

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

Side two

6. “Light Up the Sky” – 3:13
7. “Spanish Fly” – 1:00
8. “D.O.A.” – 4:09
9. “Women in Love…” – 4:08
10. “Beautiful Girls” – 3:56†

† denotes a single

Personnel

* David Lee Roth – Vocals
* Eddie Van Halen – Guitar , Backing Vocals
* Michael Anthony – Bass, Backing Vocals
* Alex Van Halen – Drums

Production

* Producer: Ted Templeman
* Engineers: Corey Bailey, Jim Fitzpatrick, Donn Landee
* Assistant engineers: Corey Bailey, Jim Fitzpatrick
* Remastering: Gregg Geller
* Project coordinator: Jo Motta
* Art direction: Dave Bhang
* Design: Dave Bhang
* Artwork: Dave Bhang
* Photography: Elliot Gilbert, Neil Zlozower

Charts

Album

Billboard (North America)
Year     Chart     Position
1979     Pop Albums     6

Singles

Billboard (North America)
Year     Single     Chart     Position
1979     “Dance The Night Away”     Billboard Hot 100     15
1979     “Beautiful Girls”     Billboard Hot 100     84

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