Women and Children First is the third studio album by American rock band Van Halen, released on March 26, 1980, on Warner Bros. Records. Produced by Ted Templeman and engineered by Donn Landee, it was the first Van Halen album not to feature any cover songs and is described by critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine as “[the] record where the group started to get heavier, both sonically and, to a lesser extent, thematically.”
Kerrang! magazine listed the album at number 30 among the “100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time”, and Rolling Stone listed the album at number 36 in their list of “The 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time”.
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