Thursday, September 7, 2023

Van Halen stream It’s About Time from The Collection II box set

Van Halen is streaming a remastered version of “It’s About Time” as the latest preview to the October 6 release of “The Collection II.”

The tune was one of three new songs – alongside “Up For Breakfast” and “Learning To See” – that were recorded in sync with a 2004 reunion tour with Sammy Hagar that promoted Van Halen’s second greatest hits compilation, “The Best Of Both Worlds.”

“The Collection II” spotlights newly-remastered music from the California band’s years with Hagar, who was in the lineup for four studio albums – 1986’s “5150”, 1988’s “OU812”, 1991’s “For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge” and 1995’s “Balance”; the set is rounded out with an exclusive compilation of studio rarities from the era.

Among the eight rarities is a 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, as well as “Crossing Over,” the b-side to “Balance”’s “Can’t Stop Lovin’ You” (and the band’s only non-album b-side), and two songs the band contributed to the Twister Soundtrack – “Humans Being” and “Respect The Wind.”

“The Collection II” will be available in 5LP and 5 CD editions.

You can pre-order “The Collection II” here and pick up “The Collection” here.

Van Halen
“The Collection II”

Release date: October 6

(1986) “5150”
(1988) “OU812”
(1991) “For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge”
(1995) “Balance”

"Studio Rarities 1989-2004"

“A Apolitical Blues”
“Crossing Over”
“Humans Being”
“Respect The Wind”
“It’s About Time”
“Up For Breakfast”
“Learning To See”

See also:

Van Halen explore Sammy Hager years on The Collection II box set
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Wolfgang Van Halen releases new Mammoth WVH video I’m Alright
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