Van Halen - Women And Children First

180 Gram Vinyl LP Record 2015 Remaster, EU Pressing

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Women And Children First is the third studio album by American hard rock band Van Halen, originally released in March 1980 via Warner Bros. Records.

After two pure party albums, Women And Children First is where Van Halen started to get heavier, both sonically and, to a lesser extent, thematically, changing the feel of the band ever so slightly.

Where the first two records were nothing but nonstop parties, there's a bit of a dark heart beating on this record, most evident on the breakneck metal of "Romeo Delight", but also the pair of opening party anthems, "And The Cradle Will Rock" and "Everybody Wants Some!!".

This is the first Van Halen album to consist entirely of original material and there's some significant growth here to the writing, evident in the winding, cynical neo-boogie "Fools" and also in the manic "Loss Of Control", which gallops by with the ferocity of hardcore punk. These, along with all previously mentioned songs, are some of the heaviest music Van Halen would make, but as the album rushes toward the end Diamond Dave pulls them toward his country-blues jive fixation with "Take Your Whiskey Home" and the all-acoustic "Could This Be Magic?" giving the album a dose of levity that is welcome if not necessarily needed. Then, before the album comes a close, the band unleashes its first stab at a power ballad with "In a Simple Rhyme". This may not make for a full-fledged power ballad, but this tension between the two extremes - by their increasing songcraft and their unhinged rock & roll - makes for dynamic music, and captures all the contrasting glories of the album in one song.

Check out the tracks: “And The Cradle Will Rock”; “Loss Of Control” and "Everybody Wants Some".

This 2015 Vinyl LP has been Remastered from the Original Analog Tapes by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering.

This 2015 remastered LP is pressed in Europe on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl with reproduced original artwork.

(081227954963)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

And The Cradle Will Rock…

3:31

A2

Everybody Wants Some

5:05

A3

Fools

5:55

A4

Romeo Delight

4:19

B1

Tora! Tora! (Instrumental)

0:57

B2

Loss Of Control

2:36

B3

Take Your Whisky Home

3:09

B4

Could The Be Magic?

3:08

B5

In A Simple Rhyme

4:18

SKU 081227954963
Record Label Warner Bros. Records
Label / Model # Warner
Catalogue Number 081227954963
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 10 July 2015
Original Release Date (Year) 26 March 1980
Barcode # 081227954963
Shipping Weight 0.2600kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Vinyl, Reissue, Remastered Audio, Remastered from Original Analog Tapes by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Hard Rock
Genre Classic Rock
Format VINYL LP

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