Van Halen – Women In Love (1979)

I’ve recently been ‘rediscovering’ the genius that is (was?) Eddie Van Halen.

So, here we have not the obvious Roth-era masterworks:

  • Runnin’ With The Devil
  • Eruption
  • And the Cradle Will Rock
  • Everybody Wants Some
  • Mean Street
  • Unchained
  • Panama
  • Drop Dead Legs
  • Hot For Teacher

… but a lesser known song, “Women in Love“, from VH’s second album, Van Halen II.

The arpeggio intro, with prominent fret-harmonics, and which doesn’t appear to have any overdubs, is jaw-dropping. The song then kicks into gear with a variation of the opening melody, albeit structured into a harder, rock, block pattern.

When the hook/chorus comes in, one can only marvel at the majestic harmonies of Michael Anthony. (Why the f*ck did the weirded-out, manic VH brothers ever fire this guy?!)

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