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Women And Children First Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered


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Formed in Los Angeles in 1974, Van Halen changed the rock and roll landscape forever with the release of their self-titled, 1978 debut album displaying unparalleled stage presence, revolutionary musicianship, and extraordinary songwriting abilities. With more than 75 million albums sold worldwide, the band's record of achievement is hard to top.

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  • Audio CD (22 Jan 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Warner.Esp
  • ASIN: B00004Y6OA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,084 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  7. Take Your Whiskey Home 3:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Could This Be Magic? 3:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. In A Simple Rhyme 4:39£0.79  Buy MP3 

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dave Bartley on 25 Mar 2003
Format: Audio CD
This was Van Halen's third album (rel. 1980), following the release of Van Halen I (1978) and II (1979). These are all truly great records, with original songs, techniques (at the time of release anyway!) and a fantastic sense of live performance. The latter comes from Producer Ted Templeman's impressive ability to just let the band play the songs without over-producing. Also Engineering from Donn Landee enables you to hear the infamous 'Brown Sound' of Alex Van Halen's Snare and Eddie's Amp/ Guitar Set Up.
But less of the history! As a stand-alone record this, like so many other Van Halen records, has brilliantly pure Hard Rock Songs and in so many different styles: From the meanest 'Fools' to the premier track 'And The Cradle Will Rock...' to the acoustic work on 'Take Your Whiskey Home' and the (let's face it) bizarre masterpiece of 'Could this be Magic?'. These are impressive to the listener because the band do them all so well.
Reasons to buy this record?? If your interest is in Van Halen, Monumental Guitar work, quality understated Bass and drum work (Michael Anthony and Alex Van Halen are legends in their own right), Hard Rock, great songs, scary harmonic-squealing from David Lee Roth, a wonderful ear for chords from Eddie, balanced records... This is certainly one of the best of the Group's realeases, because it showcases them doing what they do best.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By nathan_drewett@hotmail.com on 10 Jan 2000
Format: Audio CD
If you have got to this point (i.e. reading this review), then it is evident that you have more esoteric and refined tastes in rock music than the average trend and fad prone rocker of today would anticipate. Such distance is this album from any commercially relevant music of today would also imply that you already have a fair experience of rock music in its complete form, unsullied by trends or modern commercial success.
Bearing this in mind, if you are looking for a classic, seminal masterpiece of rock music to add to a collection, then look no further. From beginning to end, this album delivers everything a classic rock fan could desire. Tracks such as "Everybody Wants Some!", "Romeo Delight" and "Tora Tora" will showcase the fast-paced, decadent and joyously defiant rock music that only Roth era Van Halen could do so well. What makes tracks like these so special is that they are so original in their sound, it has remnants and the concept of classic rock like Led Zeppelin and Free, yet it is also fresh and rebellious like punk music was at that time. It blends the greatest attributes of both era's and unites them to make this album essential listening for any dedicating rock fan.
While this album lacked the commecial hype of its two predecessors, Van Halen 1 and Van Halen 2, but that by no means implies that the album is any less significant or revolutionary.
Eddie's playing is still as fresh and triumphantly experimental as it was before, and the many facets of their sound are displayed here. Certain songs will genuinely hit you with a surprise, leaving you thinking "Is this a Van Halen song?".
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 26 May 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is one of the *classic* Van Halen albums. Such a great diversity of songs. The songs almost sound live and the band sounds so 'together'. The highlights:
- Cradle will Rock : early use of synth (through the MXR phaser, I guess) by EVH. Has the sound of a single.
- Everybody Wants Some! : DLR's sleazy spoken lines are well matched by EVH's sleazy guitar & trem bar. Sounds like it was recorded in a tunnel.
- Romeo Delight : pure energy. the little breakdown after the fantastic solo is pure brilliance, adding a completely different dynamic to the song. EVH has a real ear for gorgeous chord voicings. the bass/drums have a kind of mesmeric quality during the breakdown...i love this song.
- Take your Whiskey Home : the acoustic intro is a nice little piece
- Could This Be Magic : one of my favourite VH recordings. DLR was made for these type of songs. Great 'noodled' slide guitar.
- In a Simple Rhyme : unusually tender lyrics from Mr Roth! A lush breakdown.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mike London on 8 Oct 2012
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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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