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Who's Next

Classic Rock album by The Who

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Hard rock masterpiece and the band's finest achievement

  • Apr 27, 2006
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Originally intended to be a sci-fi rock opera titled "Lifehouse", WHO'S NEXT is a classic that ranks amongst the finest rock albums ever recorded. It's also the greatest album from The Who - and that's saying something. This is due in part to the variety of emotions on this album, ranging from scathing anger on the classic "Behind Blue Eyes" to free-spirited love on "The Song is Over". "Baba O'Reilly", as grand a song as The Who ever recorded, opens the album. There's very little time between that song and the subsequent tune, "Bargain" (which is filled with fierce vocals by Roger Daltrey, strong guitar-playing by Pete Townshend, and furious drumming by Keith Moon). In fact, there's very little time between any of the songs; as soon as one is finished, we burst into the next. It's particularly delightful to burst into "My Wife", a fan favorite with extremely funny lyrics by bassist John Entwistle, about a man running for his life away from his wife. This CD is a delight: along with the nine tracks from the original release of the album, the CD includes seven bonus tracks, four of which have never before been released. WHO'S NEXT is a must for anyone's collection.

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review by . March 31, 2010
There's an old saying that advises us to aim for the stars at all times. The idea is that by doing so, even a failure might land you on the moon, at least. Here's an example of that idea in action - "Who's Next" is without a doubt one of the most magnificent records in the magnificent career of the Who, and yet it's really just the debris of a Pete Townshend project that collapsed under its own weight.    Fans of this band already know that in the years after "Tommy", Townshend …
review by . August 01, 2006
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Why is The Who's 'Who's Next' one of the most perennially played CD selections on FM radio? Surely it has retained the richness of sound that hasn't dated the music for over thirty years. With intricate music, spare, yet memorable lyrics, and powerful vocals and guitars, it has all the elements of a worthy classic rock album. 'Who's Next' may or may not be a concept album, but it doesn't really meander ever really. It seems to make a post-sixties statement about the meaning of power and what's essential …
review by . August 18, 2001
Pros: It could be the perfect rock and roll album     Cons: It leaves you wanting more     The Bottom Line: The one album I ALWAYS keep near me to play.     It came from the ashes that was a movie project called Lighthouse. This story by Pete Townshend was a futuristic look at a place where pollution had taken it's toll.    Everyone had to travel in sealed garments or vehicles. All living quarters and public buildings were self …
review by . February 23, 2000
This is one winner of a recording. These songs just dominated FM radio throughout the 70's and I have fond memories growing up to classics like Baba O'Reilly, Bargain, and Won't Get Fooled Gain. Even the lesser tracks like Love Aint For Keeping and My Wife have alot of hidden beauty. And the Bonus Tracks such as Naked Eye, Water, and I Don't Even Know Myself blow away the best recordings of Def Leopard and Whitesnake with the upmost ease.
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A mix of old favorites and buried treasures makes this edition ofWho's Nexta definite must. One of the defining albums of 70s hard rock from one of the 60s most successful bands, the original album includes some of The Who's best-known work, such as the anthemic "Baba O'Riley" and "Won't Get Fooled Again", the by turns sorrowful and angry "Behind Blue Eyes", and perennial favorite "My Wife". The new tracks on this album are equally worth hearing, including "Pure and Easy" (an alternate edition of which is available onOdds & Sods) and the original version of "Behind Blue Eyes". A hard rock classic,Who's Nextis required listening for rock fans of all ages.--Genevieve Williams
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Label: Mca
Artist: The Who
Genre: Classic Rock
Release Date: November 7, 1995
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