Women And Children First 180-gram RTI Vinyl LP
CLASSIC POSTER INCLUDED! David Lee Roth shot by photographer Helmut Newton (size 24" x 36").
Van Halen flexed their artistic muscles for this 1980 album, which David Fricke called "high volume art" in his 1980 review. The LP went to # 6 in Billboard and served up songs that are among the band's greatest tracks "And the Cradle Will Rock", "Everybody Wants Some", "Romeo Delight" and "In A Simple Rhyme".
- Mastered from the Original Analog Master Tapes by Kevin Grey at Acoustech Mastering, using Half-Speed Mastering for superior sound
- Pressed on high quality 180 gram (180g) weight vinyl for longer life and superior sound
- Features all original artwork, packaging & poster
- Premium vinyl pressing HQ-180
Most experts agree that the richness and depth of the original master tapes is truly captured only on vinyl. This sounds better than both the original vinyl, and the remastered CD. This baby is worth buying a turntable for!
Van Halen Women And Children First Track Listing:
And The Cradle Will Rock...
Everybody Wants Some!!
Loss of Control
Take Your Whiskey Home
Could This Be Magic?
In A Simple Rhyme
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About Women And Children First by Van Halen:
Van Halen's third record in as many years, Women and Children First doesn't surrender anything to its two famous predecessors. Eddie Van Halen, David Lee Roth, and company go for broke, amping up the energy and escalating the heaviness on a concise, hard-hitting 9-song set that also throws a few surprises into the mix.
Anchored by the one-two punch of "And the Cradle Will Rock" and "Everybody Wants Some!!," the 1980 release marks the first and only time the group employed a female vocalist, as Nicolette Larson sings on the chorus during "Could This Be Magic?" In addition, the opening track features a phase-shifter-effected Wurlitzer piano being played through a 100-watt Marshall amplifier, the change in instrumentation a hint of the ambition that was to come.
Make no mistake: Women and Children First knows how to party hard, but there are also undercurrents of somber tension missing on the first two albums. Van Halen matures here and it's a welcome evolution, as confirmed by the power ballad "In a Simple Rhyme" and country-flavored "Take Your Whiskey Home." But above all, this album rocks harder than any other VH effort.
No, the bottle of hairspray and liter of Jack Daniel's aren't included with this killer reissue, but cue this meticulously pressed LP up on a good system, turn up the volume, and the good time pleasures forever associated with early Van Halen come rushing back! Guaranteed.
Mastered from the original analog tapes and pressed at RTI, Rhino's new 180g LP brings brings the dynamics and punch of the fervent music into crystal-clear focus and also shines a spotlight on the group's trademarks: Roth's shuck-and-jive deliveries; Alex Van Halen's booming percussion; Michael Anthony's soulful bass; and of course, Eddie Van Halen's inimitable guitar heroics.