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Women and Children First [Original recording remastered, Original recording reissued]

Van Halen Audio CD
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1. And The Cradle Will Rock...
2. Everybody Wants Some!!
3. Fools
4. Romeo Delight
5. Tora! Tora!
6. Loss Of Control
7. Take Your Whiskey Home
8. Could This Be Magic?
9. In A Simple Rhyme

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Van Halen opened the '80s with this Top 10 LP featuring such hard rock classics as And the Cradle Will Rock...; Everybody Wants Some!! ; and Loss of Control .

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4.5 out of 5 stars
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By Mike London TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
By 1980, Van Halen were certified rock stars. They had put two LPs (albeit rather similar sounding to one another) which were massively successful, they were selling out arena tours, and had become one of America's premier hard rock bands. So when they went into the studio a third time, they wisely chose to branch out their sound and record a much stylistically broader set of songs that had yet been heard by Van Halen's fans.

If you listen to Van Halen's discography in chronological process (a good practice to do with any band or musical artist, to get a glimpse of their career path and musical projectory), WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST is one of the most important records to their career, and proved to be both a transitional record and one of the most underrated albums of their career. Their debut established the `Van Halen' sound, and VH II followed that sound without changing it up at all. Had they done so a third time, it would have been an artistic misfire and the band would probably start to fade from public consciousness.

Thankfully, Van Halen didn't do that. Instead, they introduced keyboards (Cradle Will Rock has keyboards processed through a guitar amp), does a bluesy acoustic, almost folk sound number (Could This Be Magic, one of the most underrated VH songs ever), some social commentary (!!) about rock fans and their relationship to their parents and authority figures (Cradle Will Rock), stretches out their musical muscle (Fools), and shows they can write some flat-out great hard rock songs (Romeo's Delight, Loss of Control, In a Simple Rhyme). While "Tora! Tora!" is more of a riff and an intro to "Loss of Control" than a real song, the other eight songs prove Van Halen was becoming a much more ambitious band the third time around.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Van Halen album June 17 2004
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Van Halen's third album Women and Children First was released in March of 1980. The album was recorded in two weeks but sure doesn't sound it. The opening And the Cradle Will Rock had a killer keyboard riff which sounds like a guitar but was a distorted Wurlitzer piano and a killer Eddie Van Halen guitar solo. David Lee Roth's vocals were killer on this album. Everybody Wants Some is an awesome song and all I can think about is the claymated hamburger singing this song in Better Off Dead but a killer song nonetheless with stellar drumming from Alex Van Halen and superb bass work from Michael Anthony. Other standouts on this album are Fools, Romeo Delight, Take Your Whiskey Home, Loss of Control and the closing In a Simple Rhyme. When this album was released, it stormed right into the US Top 5 and was another Multi-Platinum hit for the band. I first heard this album when I got it fro Christmas in 1984 on cassette and the remastered CD buries the original album by a longshot. Highly recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Heaviest Van Halen Album Ever July 8 2004
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At first I was skeptical about this 3rd album by the godly Van Halen because it is one of the overlooked albums, but it is also the most underrated. I would rate this the 3rd best Van Halen album. Michael Anthony was at the top of his game, It was arguably DLR's best performance, Eddie was still on top of it, and it had remarkable work by Alex. "And The Cradle Will Rock" is a popular song from the album but I personally don't think it's that great of a song. "Romeo Delight" is the hardest, and pretty close to the best song i've ever heard. It's hard, fast, has catchy lyrics, and the ending riff blew me away. This is the best work Michael Anthony ever did on bass, and one of the best Alex did on the drums. The lead in song "Tora! Tora!" is good but they could of added it to "Loss of Control", or just not put it in at all. "Loss of Control" is another of the good songs and the second best in my oppinion. "Take Your Whiskey Home" is like a funny version of "Ice Cream Man" off of VH1 it begins with Dave on the acoustic, and it has funny lyrics, and he hiccups while singing the song.
If your into harder songs, and your a VH fan, this is definatly the album your looking for. "Everybody Wants Some", "Fools", "Romeo Delight", "Loss of Control", and the killer finisher "In A Simple Rhyme" are all good songs and any one of those songs alone are worth the money. This is the most underated album, but I can't see why. It is a must have for any Van Halen fan.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Van Halen III,chronologically June 15 2004
Format:Audio CD
March 1980 saw Van Halen's release of their third album,WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST. The album title comes from a lyric to COULD THIS BE MAGIC?,track 8 on the CD. TORA TORA!,track 5,is short and instrumental. Other great tracks include AND THE CRADLE WILL ROCK,EVERYBODY WANTS SOME,FOOLS,LOSS OF CONTROL,TAKE YOUR WHISKEY HOME and IN A SIMPLE RHYME.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of VH in the roth era April 30 2004
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Format:Audio CD
Out of all the albums that DLR was singing for VH, this is by far the best. Any roth era album is killer, but this one is a standout!! It's a must have for any TRUE Van Halen fan
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Van Halen in their prime Jan. 28 2004
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This is Van Halen possibly at their peak. The fights have not yet started. Vallerie Bertinelli wanted to meet Eddie after listening to the CD and seeing Ed's picture on the back. Cool guitar riffs, classic Dave one liners-"Have you seen Junior's grades?" It seemed like the guys had fun with this one. It is oceans of laughs and reeks of mischief. On later albums with DLR the tone gets more pessimistic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The real Van Halen III
Van Halen's third album Women and Children First was released in March of 1980. The album was recorded in two weeks but sure doesn't sound it. Read more
Published on June 21 2004 by Terrence J Reardon
5.0 out of 5 stars Rocks the Cradle!
This is beyond doubt one of VH's best albums ever. Great relaxed/spontaneous guitar work, with songs and lyrics that are witty and sometimes funny. Read more
Published on Dec 21 2003 by Flanger
5.0 out of 5 stars Van Halen tried and true...
With this album the true rock and jam of Van Halen was shown in my opinion. This along with Fair Warning are the two albums the true VH fans pop in!
Published on Oct. 6 2003 by Robert Kado
4.0 out of 5 stars Another platinum gem
Third album, third platinum success for Van Halen. Picking up where they left from, these rockers churned out another solid album in 1980, beginning their reign in fine style. Read more
Published on Sept. 9 2003 by Kurt Lennon
5.0 out of 5 stars Their most enjoyable album
Women And Children First is one of Van Halen's best albums, even if it isn't among their biggest sellers. Read more
Published on Aug. 22 2003 by John Alapick
4.0 out of 5 stars one of their best
The BEST part of this album is that Dave doesn't do his patented screaming. It actually PROVES he was an excellent singer and didn't have to rely on screams and little filler... Read more
Published on Aug. 15 2003 by Steve
3.0 out of 5 stars Has some filler, but still rocks hard
WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST the third album by VAN HALEN has the unlucky spot of being released by two classic albums VH1, AND VH2, and although this is a solid album, it doesnt come... Read more
Published on July 19 2003 by Martin Lemos
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