Who's Next

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Much of Who's Next derives from Lifehouse, an ambitious sci-fi rock opera Pete Townshend abandoned after suffering a nervous breakdown, caused in part from working on the sequel to Tommy. There's no discernable theme behind these songs, yet this album is stronger than Tommy, falling just behind Who Sell Out as the finest record the Who ever cut. Townshend developed an infatuation with synthesizers during the recording of the album, and they're all over this album, adding texture where needed and amplifying the force, which is already at a fever pitch. Apart from Live at Leeds, the Who have never sounded as LOUD and unhinged as they do here, yet that's balanced ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Much of Who's Next derives from Lifehouse, an ambitious sci-fi rock opera Pete Townshend abandoned after suffering a nervous breakdown, caused in part from working on the sequel to Tommy. There's no discernable theme behind these songs, yet this album is stronger than Tommy, falling just behind Who Sell Out as the finest record the Who ever cut. Townshend developed an infatuation with synthesizers during the recording of the album, and they're all over this album, adding texture where needed and amplifying the force, which is already at a fever pitch. Apart from Live at Leeds, the Who have never sounded as LOUD and unhinged as they do here, yet that's balanced by ballads, both lovely "The Song Is Over" and scathing "Behind Blue Eyes". That's the key to Who's Next -- there's anger and sorrow, humor and regret, passion and tumult, all wrapped up in a blistering package where the rage is as affecting as the heartbreak. This is a retreat from the '60s, as Townshend declares the "Song Is Over," scorns the teenage wasteland, and bitterly declares that we "Won't Get Fooled Again." For all the sorrow and heartbreak that runs beneath the surface, this is an invigorating record, not just because Keith Moon runs rampant or because Roger Daltrey has never sung better or because John Entwistle spins out manic basslines that are as captivating as his "My Wife" is funny. This is invigorating because it has all of that, plus Townshend laying his soul bare in ways that are funny, painful, and utterly life-affirming. That is what the Who was about, not the rock operas, and that's why Who's Next is truer than Tommy or the abandoned Lifehouse. Those were art -- this, even with its pretensions, is rock & roll.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/2008
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • UPC: 042281365119
  • Catalog Number: 813651
  • Sales rank: 20,642

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Baba O'Riley (5:08)
  2. 2 Bargain (5:34)
  3. 3 Love Ain't for Keeping (2:10)
  4. 4 My Wife (3:41)
  5. 5 The Song Is Over (6:14)
  6. 6 Getting in Tune (4:50)
  7. 7 Going Mobile (3:43)
  8. 8 Behind Blue Eyes (3:42)
  9. 9 Won't Get Fooled Again (8:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Who Primary Artist
Roger Daltrey Harmonica, Vocals
Pete Townshend Organ, Synthesizer, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, ARP
Keith Moon Percussion, Drums, Vocals
John Entwistle Bass, Piano, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Brass
Dave Arbus Violin
Technical Credits
Pete Kameron Executive Producer, Producer
Kit Lambert Executive Producer, Producer
Pete Townshend Liner Notes
The Who Producer
Jon Astley Producer, Reissue Producer, Remixing, Remastering
Keith Moon Producer
John Atkins Liner Notes
Glyn Johns Engineer, Producer
Chris Stamp Executive Producer, Producer
Robert Rosenberg Producer
Chris Charlesworth Producer
Bill Curbishley Producer
Andy MacPherson Remixing, Remastering
Richard Evans Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the top-ten albums I'd want on a deserted island!!!

    I was 19 years old when this album first came out. I bought the 8-track tape first. In fact, I wore out two, maybe three of 'em! "Going Mobile" was my favorite while I was driving. The reason being, I was indeed "an air-conditioned gypsy" in my '65 Pontiac Catalina 2-door hardtop w/421 cubic inch V/8 and factory AC. My other favorite cuts (I LOVE the whole album) are "My Wife" and "Behind Blue Eyes". One of the best rock & roll albums of all time!!

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