Who's Next [Deluxe Edition]

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This 2003 Deluxe Edition of the Who's classic 1971 album finds all nine original tracks newly remastered and features a treasure trove of bonus material -- live versions of the songs that Pete Townshend had intended to use as part of his shelved Lifehouse project. The six tracks appear on Disc 1, after the original nine from Who's Next, were recorded in New York with guest musicians including Leslie West and Al Kooper; two were previously unreleased ("Getting in Tune" and "Won't Get Fooled Again"). The second CD features 14 tracks recorded in 1971 at London's Young Vic Theatre by the Stones Mobile recording unit; all were previously unreleased. Additionally, this new package includes new updated liner notes by ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
This 2003 Deluxe Edition of the Who's classic 1971 album finds all nine original tracks newly remastered and features a treasure trove of bonus material -- live versions of the songs that Pete Townshend had intended to use as part of his shelved Lifehouse project. The six tracks appear on Disc 1, after the original nine from Who's Next, were recorded in New York with guest musicians including Leslie West and Al Kooper; two were previously unreleased ("Getting in Tune" and "Won't Get Fooled Again"). The second CD features 14 tracks recorded in 1971 at London's Young Vic Theatre by the Stones Mobile recording unit; all were previously unreleased. Additionally, this new package includes new updated liner notes by Townshend along with John Atkins original reissue notes and is housed in an eight-panel digipak.
All Music Guide
The Who's catalog was revamped in the mid-'90s, with every title except My Generation, due to legal entanglements with producer Shel Talmy receiving new remastering and bonus tracks. Nearly eight years later, Who's Next, one of the group's most beloved albums, was given another remastered/expanded treatment as part of Universal Chronicles' Deluxe Edition series. Now it spans two discs, including a full disc devoted to their legendary show at the Young Vic on April 26, 1971. Reportedly, this is also the first time the original master tapes were used for a CD master as well, and while the difference isn't as dramatically different as it was from the 1984 CD to the 1995 CD, this is a richer, resonant mix, which may be reason enough for some fans to acquire it. Most collectors will focus on the bonus material, all of which ranges from very good to great, yet the set on the whole gets a qualified recommendation for one very simple reason: The greatest of the material here was already featured as bonus material on the 1995 reissue. True, some of the versions were present as single edits, but the greatest songs -- "Pure and Easy," a rollicking cover of "Baby Don't You Do It," the live set pieces "Naked Eye" and "Water," "Too Much of Anything," "I Don't Even Know Myself," the original take of "Behind Blue Eyes" -- were all bonus tracks on the previous edition this is not counting the fact that the electric version of "Love Ain't for Keepin'," which is really good, is also on Odds & Sods. That said, there is some unreleased music here that is either fascinating the first take of "Won't Get Fooled Again," which sounds as if it's on the verge of collapse or excellent the whole of the Young Vic show, where you can hear the band get its strength back; it's a truly fine concert. But no matter how good, or even revelatory, some of this is, the end result feels underwhelming because any Who fan has heard the most crucial music here before and those who enjoy nitpicking will surely wonder why there wasn't more of an effort to present Lifehouse rejects and outtakes here instead of a full concert. If you're a fan, Who's Next: The Deluxe Edition
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/25/2003
  • Label: Mca
  • UPC: 008811305628
  • Catalog Number: 113056
  • Sales rank: 9,271

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Baba O'Riley (5:01)
  2. 2 Bargain (5:33)
  3. 3 Love Ain't for Keeping (2:10)
  4. 4 My Wife (3:35)
  5. 5 The Song Is Over (6:17)
  6. 6 Getting in Tune (4:49)
  7. 7 Going Mobile (3:43)
  8. 8 Behind Blue Eyes (3:42)
  9. 9 Won't Get Fooled Again (8:35)
  10. 10 Baby Don't You Do It (8:21)
  11. 11 Getting in Tune (6:36)
  12. 12 Pure and Easy (4:33)
  13. 13 Love Ain't for Keeping (4:06)
  14. 14 Behind Blue Eyes (3:30)
  15. 15 Won't Get Fooled Again (8:48)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Love Ain't for Keeping (2:57)
  2. 2 Pure and Easy (6:00)
  3. 3 Young Man Blues (4:47)
  4. 4 Time Is Passing (3:59)
  5. 5 Behind Blue Eyes (4:49)
  6. 6 I Don't Even Know Myself (5:42)
  7. 7 Too Much of Anything (4:20)
  8. 8 Getting in Tune (6:42)
  9. 9 Bargain (5:46)
  10. 10 Water (8:19)
  11. 11 My Generation (2:58)
  12. 12 (I'm A) Road Runner (3:14)
  13. 13 Naked Eye (6:21)
  14. 14 Won't Get Fooled Again (8:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Who Primary Artist
Roger Daltrey Vocals
Pete Townshend Guitar, Piano, Vocals, ARP, VCS 3 Synthesizer
Nicky Hopkins Piano
Keith Moon Percussion, Drums
Dave Arbus Violin
John Entwistle Bass, Piano, Vocals, Brass
Technical Credits
Elton John Composer
Pete Townshend Composer, Liner Notes
The Who Producer
Jon Astley Remixing, Mastering, Remastering
John Atkins Liner Notes
Chris Charlesworth Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Bill Curbishley Executive Producer
Kit Lambert Producer
Andy MacPherson Remixing
Bernie Taupin Composer
Vartan Art Direction
Kosh Cover Design
Meire Murakami Booklet Design
Robert Rosenberg Executive Producer
Richard Evans Art Direction, Booklet Design
Andy Neill Liner Notes
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Better than before, BUT....

    It is a shame that a collection of this caliber with the work that must have been poured into its re-mastering was actually a partial waste. If this work would have been done in either DVD-Audio or SACD format it would have been unrivaled by any R&R artist's work of the genre. If only quality was the important issue instead of number of sales. Try comparing any classic work on ANY media to the same work remastered in either of the above-mentioned MULTI-channel formats and you will agree hands down, (Hotel CA, Machine Head, to name a few). It would be incredible. Maybe next year.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the who

    WOW... If you ask me, this album is the greatest classic rock album of all time. The quality and sound is perfect and there are no track that you'd want to skip, right from Baba O'Riley until Daltrey's anguished scream at the end of Won't Get Fooled again. Who's Next deserves Six stars if you ask me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Album of All Time

    There are no weak tracks here, none on the original album, extras, or live performances. The sound quality is the best I've ever heard on any type of musical device, and every note is perfect. This is the Gods of rock at their peak and if you don't already have this edition, go buy it right now!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fih-na-lee! The best Who album and the respect it deserves!

    A classic Who album, remastered & remixed, one mostly unreleased session from the New York Record Plant, a London live performance, essays, track details, wonderful packaging...WHAT MORE DO YOU NEED TO KNOW?!?

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