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VAN HALEN - Women and Children First




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

Release Date: 26 March 1980 – Warner Music Group


After two albums that were exploding in the rock scene and became all time classics, Van Halen continued their way with the third one „Women and Children First“ in 1980.
And this album already indecated where the sound of Van Halen would move to in later albums.

First thing was the keyboard theme that based „And the Cradle will Rock“. For me til now one of the best Van Halen songs ever. You think that the keys are guitars and they are played really hard.
A little dusky mood represents an all time Van Halen smasher.
The band mixed different kinds of styles on the rest of the album. Harder stuff like „Everybody wants some!“ or „Romeo Delight“ is standing beside slower songs like „In a simple rhyme“ or the boogey orientated „Could this be magic?“.

With „Loss of the Control“ Van Halen created the hardest song of their history so far, even some punk elements could be found in it.
What Van Halen also stands for since this album is the high factor of fun. I think that was caused of David Lee Roth’s fable for entertaining and ability to become a more noticed music business person and shining star in the rockin’ female world. The next Van Halen albums and Roth’s following solo activities attested this more and more.

With „Take your whiskey home“ the band also worked with elements of country rock. And I still have to laugh if I listen to the one minute laughter „Tora Tora“.

„Women and Children First“ can surely be named as a real Van Halen classic, best produced by Ted Templeman. Some songs will ever be remembered in the hard rock scene, other built a base for an amount of hairspray bands that followed in the middle/end of the 80′s.

The outstanding guitar play of Eddie Van Halen and the entertainment quality of David Lee Roth was musically unique and could never be reached again.


Points: 8 / 10

Review by Kerbinator



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