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: 11/7/1995
  • Label: Mca
  • UPC: 008811126926
  • Catalog Number: 11269
  • Sales rank: 417

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)
  10. 10 Pure and Easy (4:22)
  11. 11 Baby Don't You Do It (5:14)
  12. 12 Naked Eye (5:31)
  13. 13 Water (6:25)
  14. 14 Too Much of Anything (4:25)
  15. 15 I Don't Even Know Myself (4:56)
  16. 16 Behind Blue Eyes (3:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Who Primary Artist
John Entwistle Brass, Vocals, Bass, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Piano
Keith Moon Drums, Percussion, Vocals
Roger Daltrey Vocals, Harmonica
Pete Townshend Vocals, ARP, Guitar, Keyboards, Organ, Piano, Synthesizer
Dave Arbus Violin
Technical Credits
Richard Evans Art Direction
Glyn Johns Engineer, Producer
John Atkins Liner Notes
Pete Townshend Liner Notes
Jon Astley Producer, Reissue Producer, Remastering, Remixing
Chris Charlesworth Producer
Bill Curbishley Producer
Pete Kameron Producer, Executive Producer
Kit Lambert Producer, Executive Producer
Keith Moon Producer
Robert Rosenberg Producer
Chris Stamp Producer, Executive Producer
The Who Producer
Andy MacPherson Remastering, Remixing
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A near perfect album made even better with the bonus tracks

    What else can one say? This is one of the greatest albums of all time. The addition of the bonus tracks makes it even better (very happy to hear this version of Pure and Easy).

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The Who at their peak!

    This is the best album by the best band ever!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awe inspering

    I call it a bargin, the best i ever had, the best i ever haaaaaad!!!!!! long live rock!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    35 Years and Going Strong

    It says "release date 1995." I hate when they do that - this CD was remastered and released then, but the album came out in 1971. I can't believe it! This music has held up so well - it's timeless. The original album had the first 9 songs I think... the rest are nice bonus material, including an alternate version of "Behind Blue Eyes." This is truly one of the greatest rock albums of all time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    godly

    this album is why the who are considered gods of rock. IT IS AMAZING! possibly one of the best rock albums ever recorded, up there with dsotm and zoso if not beyond. if you consider yourself a rock fan and don't have this album, shame on you. when i first listened to it i wasn't crazy about it, but i gave it another chance, and am i ever glad i did! it's a masterpiece. rock on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    greatest ''tho who'' album evermade!

    my freind kept insistig that i had to get this cd..telling me that this is the greatest ''the who'' cd ever! so i finally picked it up. he was right...i'm telling you people..if you are in anyway not sure to get this or not, do get it! you'll get your moneys worth!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Who's best album

    This is an incredible album from start to finish and contains some of the best songs of the entire Who catalog. My favorites are ''Baba O'Riley'', ''My Wife'', and ''Behind Blue Eyes''.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    who is next?

    This album holds memories to my teenage years. I always thought this was the best rock album ever written! The music and lyrics are so well done. Keith Moon was the best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Even better than the L.P

    This is a collection of seemingly disparate songs, that are linked in actuality by Townsend's vision of a ''Lifehouse'' opera. With the addition of the bonus tracks, this album becomes richer than ever. ''Naked Eye'' and ''Too Much of Anything'' add depth to the mix- while ''Water'' is an awesome statement of Rock and Roll desire. Recorded live, it features a perfect imitation of The Doors' vocal and musical style- just for one lyric, and as if to prove that no one can out-rock The Who.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    MASTERPIECE!!!

    This is one of the greatest albums in rock history. It's profoundly execeptional lyrics are what masterpieces are made of. From the hypnotic opening of BABA O'REILY', it has your full attention and never eases up. 'THE WHO' has created one of the finest written albums to date. Pete Townshend's guitar playing is superb, Keith Moon's drumming is first rate, and, of course, Roger Daltrey's vocals are raw and crisp. The abandoned 'LIFEHOUSE' project would have been great i'm sure, but if we would have never heard this classic because of it, now, that, would have been a crying shame.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the bloody best

    This is probably one of the best rock n' roll albums of all time. Pete Townshend created a masterpiece of epic proportions. Every song is good, most are truely great. If this album doesn't inspire you to pick up a six string nothing will.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best

    With possibly the exception of Rush and their album entitled ''2112'', no band in rock history has ever equaled the genious and power encapsuled within ''Who's Next''. A rock classic you ask? Not even close. It goes beyond classic. It has and always will speak for a generation which witnessed rock music at its very finest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Majestic Landmark Recording

    The career best for one of the greatest rock and roll bands of all time. This represents the finest work of all members involved. Roger's voice has matured, John's basslines became more involved, Keith's drumming while still wild, became more disciplined, and Pete's songwriting reached a whole new level of sophistication. It all came together on this album, even if it came to life as an aborted concept album. Most of the songs are among the best the group has ever recorded before or since. The remastering job is well done and the addition of relavent bonus tracks would make this a bargain at twice the price. While Pete did release Lifehouse Elements thirty years later, it still does not come close to matching the impact of music performed by the Who.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Reissue Marred Only By What Could Have Been

    When the Who's catalog began being remastered and reissued in 1995, it was inevitable that WHO'S NEXT, the band's greatest album and arguably the best album in the history of rock, would pose problems. The album itself arose out of the aborted LIFEHOUSE project, although a number of great songs from that rock opera, such as

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