Van Halen - The Collection II [5 LP]


Format: Vinyl
Label: Rhino
Rel. Date: 10/06/2023
UPC: 603497832231

The Collection II [5 LP]
Artist: Van Halen
Format: Vinyl


1. Good Enough
2. Why Can’t This Be Love
3. Get Up
4. Dreams
5. Summer Nights
6. Best Of Both Worlds
7. Love Walks In
8. 5150
9. Inside
10. Side One
11. Mine All Mine
12. When It’s Love
13. A.F.U. (Naturally Wired)
14. Cabo Wabo
15. Source Of Infection
16. Feels So Good
17. Finish What Ya Started
18. Black And Blue
19. Sucker In A 3 Piece
20. Side One
21. Poundcake
22. Judgement Day
23. Spanked
24. Runaround
25. Pleasure Dome
26. In ‘N’ Out
27. Man On A Mission
28. The Dream Is Over
29. Right Now
30. 316
31. Top Of The World
32. Balance
33. Side One
34. The Seventh Seal
35. Can’t Stop Lovin’ You
36. Don’t Tell Me (What Love Can Do)
37. Amsterdam
38. Big Fat Money
39. Doin’ Time
40. Aftershock
41. Strung Out
42. Not Enough
43. Take Me Back (Déjà Vu)
44. Feelin’
45. A Apolitical Blues
46. Crossing Over
47. Baluchitherium
48. Humans Being
49. Respect The Wind
50. It’s About Time
51. Up For Breakfast
52. Learning To See

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THE COLLECTION II spotlights Van Halen’s second incarnation, with singer Sammy Hagar, guitarist Eddie Van Halen, drummer Alex Van Halen, and bassist Michael Anthony. The upcoming set includes newly remastered versions of four multi-platinum studio albums, along with a selection of rarities recorded between 1989 and 2004. All the music in the set was mastered directly from the original master tapes, a process overseen by the band’s longtime engineer, Donn Landee. 

THE COLLECTION II is the long-awaited sequel to The Collection, a compilation released in 2015 that focused on the six studio albums recorded by the band’s original line-up, which featured singer David Lee Roth. THE COLLECTION II picks up where its predecessor left off and covers the four consecutive #1 albums released during the Hagar era: 5150 (1986), OU812 (1988), FOR UNLAWFUL CARNAL KNOWLEDGE (1991), and BALANCE (1995).

The journey begins with 5150, Van Halen’s seventh studio album and the band’s first to claim the top spot on the Billboard 200. Certified platinum six times in the U.S., the record treated fans to hits like “Dreams,” “Love Walks In,” and “Why Can’t This Be Love,” which peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. The group returned two years later with OU812, a quadruple-platinum smash that delivered four Billboard Hot 100 hits, including “Finish What Ya Started” and “When It’s Love."

The accolades continued with FOR UNLAWFUL CARNAL KNOWLEDGE, which earned Van Halen its first Grammy® Award for Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Album. Debuting at #1 and staying there for three weeks, the album achieved triple-platinum certification. The record produced an incredible seven singles, including hits like “Poundcake,” “Top Of The World,” and “Right Now."

In 1993, the band released its first live album, LIVE: RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW, before returning in 1995 with BALANCE, its final studio album with Hagar. The album was another commercial triumph, debuting at #1, selling more than three million copies, and earning a Grammy® nomination for “The Seventh Seal.”

THE COLLECTION II concludes with STUDIO RARITIES 1989-2004, an exclusive compilation that assembles eight gems from the Hagar era for the first time. Among these rarities is “Crossing Over,” the B-Side to Balance’s “Can’t Stop Lovin’ You”, and the band’s only non-album B-side. 

The compilation boasts other exceptional highlights, including the band’s cover of Little Feat’s “A Apolitical Blues” and the instrumental “Baluchitherium,” which were originally left off the vinyl versions of OU812 and BALANCE, respectively. Additionally, the set features two songs the band contributed to the Twister Soundtrack – “Humans Being” and the Grammy®- nominated “Respect The Wind.” 

Rounding out the set are “It’s About Time,” “Up For Breakfast,” and “Learning To See,” which were recorded during the band’s temporary reunion with Hagar in 2004. All three debuted that year on Van Halen’s second greatest hits collection, THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS.