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Van Halen - Women And Children First (1980)

Artist:  Van Halen
Title:  Women And Children First
Release:  1980
Format:  LP
Label:  Warner Bros. Records
Catalog#  WB 56793

“Women and Children First” is the third studio album by American hard rock band Van Halen, released on March 26, 1980 on Warner Bros. Produced by Ted Templeman. The album is the first to feature compositions written solely by the band, and the record where the group started to get heavier, both sonically and, to a lesser extent, thematically.
The opening track, “And the Cradle Will Rock…”, begins with what sounds like a guitar, but is, in fact, a phase shifter-effected Wurlitzer electric piano played through Van Halen’s 1960’s model 100-watt Marshall Plexi amplifier.
The album is somewhat different to their first two albums in the way that it features more studio overdubs. “Could This Be Magic” contains the only female backing vocal ever recorded for a Van Halen song; Nicolette Larson sings during some of the choruses. The rain sound in the background is not an effect. It was raining outside, and they decided to record the sound in stereo using two Neuman KM84 microphones, and add it to the track.
Only one single was released from the album, the keyboard driven “And the Cradle Will Rock…” Although the single was not a success like previous singles, the album itself was well received and further entrenched the band as a popular concert draw. The song “Everybody Wants Some!!” was also a concert staple through the 1984 tour, and continued to be played by David Lee Roth after he left Van Halen.

Side one
1.  And the Cradle Will Rock  (3:31)
2.  Everybody Wants Some  (5:05)
3.  Fools  (5:55)
4.  Romeo Delight  (4:19)

Side two
1.  Tora! Tora!  (0:57)
2.  Loss of Control  (2:36)
3.  Take Your Whiskey Home  (3:09)
4.  Could This Be Magic?  (3:08)
5.  In a Simple Rhyme  (4:33)

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