VAN HALEN I & II
Van Halen is a hard rock band formed in Pasadena, California in 1972. They enjoyed success from the release of their self titled debut album in 1978. As of 2007 Van Halen has sold more than 80 million albums worldwide and have had the most number one hits on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart. During the 1980's they also had more Billboard Hot 100 hits than any other hard rock, heavy metal band of the decade. According to the Recording Industry Association of America, Van Halen is the 19th best selling band/artist of all time with sales of over 56 million albums in the USA and is one of five rock bands that have had two albums sell more than 10 million copies in the USA.
"Van Halen" is the self-titled debut album by American hard rock band Van Halen, released in 1978. It has sold over ten million copies in the United States alone and is one of the most successful debuts by a hard rock band, remaining on the Billboard charts for over three years- a total of 162 weeks. Along with 1984, it gives Van Halen two original (non-greatest hits) albums with Diamond status in sales. *
TRACKS: 01. Runnin' With The Devil 02. Eruption 03. You Really Got Me 04. Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love 05. I'm The One 06. Jamie's Cryin' 07. Atomic Punk 08. Feel Your Love Tonight 09. Little Dreamer 10. Ice Cream Man 11. On Fire
"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. 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 second album. David Lee Roth is shown in a cast in the inner liner notes, as he allegedly broke his heel making the leap on the back cover. *
TRACKS: 01. You're No Good 02. Dance the Night Away 03. Somebody Get Me a Doctor 04. Bottoms Up! 05. Outta Love Again 06. Light Up the Sky 07. Spanish Fly 08. D.O.A. 09. Women in Love... 10. Beautiful Girls
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