Van Halen II is the second studio album by Van Halen, released on March 23, 1979. It peaked at number 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 United States. 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.
VH II Record Poster.
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. Many of the songs on Van Halen II are known to have existed prior to the release of the first album, and are present on the demos recorded in 1976 by Gene Simmons and in 1977 by Ted Templeman, including an early version of “Beautiful Girls” (then known as “Bring on the Girls”) and “Somebody Get Me a Doctor”.
The black-and-yellow guitar on the back of the album is buried with Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell, who was killed on December 8, 2004. Eddie Van Halen placed it in his casket at his funeral because Darrell had said it was his favorite. 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 heel making the leap also seen in the picture on the back.
1. “You’re No Good” (Clint Ballard, Jr.)
2. “Dance the Night Away”
3. “Somebody Get Me a Doctor”
4. “Bottoms Up!”
5. “Outta Love Again”
6. “Light Up the Sky”
7. “Spanish Fly” (instrumental)
9. “Women in Love…”
10. “Beautiful Girls”