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

Van Halen Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Heaviest Van Halen Album Ever July 8 2004
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Van Halen album June 17 2004
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Their most enjoyable album Aug. 22 2003
Format:Audio CD
Women And Children First is one of Van Halen's best albums, even if it isn't among their biggest sellers. This is clearly David Lee Roth's album with his charisma dominating every track. They certainly could not make an album this fun with Sammy Hagar or Gary Cherone. This is Van Halen at their most laid back.
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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Heavy Trifecta July 5 2003
By MR77100
Format:Audio CD
With their third release, WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST, Van Halen stepped into an era of heavier guitar work. Eddie rips chrods like crazy on this release. Released in March of 1980, WACF has some filler, but overall ranks as a very strong release. The opening track, "And The Cradle Will Rock, " gets your blood pumping. The odd sound at the biggining is actually a keyboard, which the band had been experimenting with at the time, and would play a big part in 1984. "Everbody Wants Some!" is a wild rocker with Roth talking between the verses, "I like the way that line runs up the back of your stocking." It's hilarious and I listen to this track over and over. "Fools" takes forver to start up, and has a clunky chorus that gets boring. "Romeo Delight" speeds things up alot after that and Eddie really shows his pro style on this one.
"Tora Tora" and "Loss of Control" are mere fillers to take up space, and do little to show the band's creativity. "Take Your Whisky Home" changes all that. It's good rocker that starts acoustic before getting heavy. This and "Could This Be Magic?" are great drinking songs. The latter is a fun acoustic ballad that is fun to play around the campfire. The closer, "In A Simpler Rhyme," has heavy riffs along with a pleasant chorus to start and end the track. The filler in the middle of this album along with "Fools" are the reasons why I ranked it only 3 stars. Other then that, it rocks hard from start to finish. I have a giant poster of the back of this album, and it's an awesome collectors item that I will treasure forever. Pick up this album today and have fun banging your head.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is where Van Halen opened up their sound, October 1, 2007
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... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Mike London
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Van Halen III,chronologically
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 more
Published on June 15 2004 by andy8047
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of VH in the roth era
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
Published on April 29 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Van Halen in their prime
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 more
Published on Jan. 28 2004 by Thomas Guyton
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. 8 2003 by Kurt Lennon
4.0 out of 5 stars one of their best
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Published on Aug. 15 2003 by Steve
3.0 out of 5 stars Has some filler, but still rocks hard
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Published on July 18 2003 by Martin Lemos
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