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The Who by Numbers

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A true emotional masterpiece!

    Amazing! I absolutely love this album. First off, one must listen to the lyrics of this album to truly appreciate what it has to offer. That being "Honesty". On this album Pete Townsend bears his soul to the world through some beautifully written songs. Some might complain that this record lacks the electricity of past Who albums. That maybe true, but, one has to look deep into this album hole-heartedly to accept it for what it is. A blend of maturity and excellent song craftmanship. One of the most underrated and underappreciated Who albums.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Midlife Crisis

    In 1975, Pete Townshend moved away from the rock opera concept and bore his soul with The Who by Numbers. "Slip Kid" is a telling story of a man in midlife crisis (Roger Daltrey sings "I'm a soldier at 63," but neither he nor Pete have quite reached that age yet, Pete just turned 59 today!). "However Much I Booze" has the late great Keith Moon hammering away on the drums while Pete shares that while alcohol may be a release to his problems, it's not solving any of them. On "Squeeze Box", Roger isn't exactly singing about an accordian! "Dreaming From the Waist" features some fine bass playing from the late great John Entwistle (someone hand the boys some viagra, please). "Imagine a Man" is the ultimate utopian song. "Success Story" features John (the Ox) at his most hilarious and sardonic! Imagine Cinderella smashing her guitar just like Pete! "They're all in Love" is another biting song "Stay strong, all you punks." "Blue Red and Grey" shows Pete sounding relaxed, strumming a banjo and enjoying "every minute of the day." "How Many Friends" is one of the most poignant songs on here, which was later used in VH1's tribute to Keith Moon. "In a Hand or Face" shows Pete going "round and round" (going nowhere fast, I suppose). Plus, there are live versions of "Squeeze Box" (a little heavier sounding), "Dreaming From the Waist" and "Behind Blue Eyes" (which Keith wasn't allowed to sing, too bad!) taken from their 1976 tour.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The Who: "By Numbers"

    Although one of their lesser known albums (except for the hits "Squeeze Box" and "Slip Kid"), this album does not disappoint the true Who fan. "The Who By Numbers" displays more of the thoughtful, in-depth expressions of their rock & roll life-experiences as was first displayed in "Who's Next". A broad range of emotions are portrayed musically as well as lyrically. From the sincerely sensitive "How Many Friends", to the gritty "In a Hand Or Face", or the almost autobiographical "Success Story", The Who continue their command of rock & roll prowess and have no trouble letting us know about it.

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    Posted January 24, 2010

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