Women and Children First Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
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|1. And The Cradle Will Rock...|
|2. Everybody Wants Some!!|
|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|
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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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.
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.Read more ›
Although the tracks here are longer than on their first two albums, the album never ceases to sound like a party. The most straight-forward track is the opener "And The Cradle Will Rock..." which still sounds pretty loose when compared to later albums with Roth like Fair Warning and 1984. Tracks such as "Everybody Wants Some", "Fools", and "Romeo Delight" are all very strong riff-rockers which sound like they were made for the concert stage. The hyperactive "Loss Of Control" leads to the more laid back classic rocker "Take Your Whiskey Home", the strongest track here. The acoustic "Could This Be Magic?" is very catchy with the band sounding a little tipsy during the chorus. "In A Simple Rhyme" closes the album with a bang, another underrated classic. This album is best enjoyed in its entirety as each track blends into the next flawlessly. After this album, Eddie Van Halen exerted more control over the band's direction. This lead the band to its greatest success but losing the looseness and innocence that made them special. Fans who only have the albums with Hagar or those having just the most popular albums like Van Halen or 1984 should definitely check this out.
Most recent customer reviews
This is not a comment on the quality of the album or the vinyl. This is a comment on the price Van Halen and the producers of the album charge for it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by L. Tampacopoulos
Van Halen's third release and it's a blazing steam roller of good time party hard rock.Everything is killer on this album, guitar of course Roth adding character and a wow factor... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Galatains 5:1 walk free!
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 morePublished on June 21 2004 by Terrence J Reardon
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! Read morePublished on June 15 2004 by andy8047
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 fanPublished on April 29 2004
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. Read morePublished on Jan. 28 2004 by Thomas Guyton