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Endless Wire (Limited Edition With Bonus DVD) [Limited Edition]

Who Audio CD
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Disc: 1
1. Fragments
2. A Man In A Purple Dress
3. Mike Post Theme
4. In The Ether
5. Black Widow's Eyes
6. Two Thousand Years
7. God Speaks, of Marty Robbins
8. It's Not Enough
9. You Stand By Me
10. Sound Round
See all 21 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Intro
2. Can't Explain
3. Behind Blue Eyes
4. Mike Post Theme
5. Baba O'Riley
6. Won't Get Fooled Again

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Nearly a quarter-century (and bassist John Entwistle) passed between what had been considered the Who's career-capping album, It's Hard, and this 19-song epic, which at its best has the band of two pining for the days of Who's Next. Built from the triumph of the mini-opera Wire & Glass EP (included here in its entirety), Endless Wire mixes metaphors of music, war, and religion, while showcasing Roger Daltrey's ageless vocal cords and Pete Townshend at his windmilling best. Launching with a "Baba O'Riley"-like synth break in "Fragments," Daltrey asks "Are we breathing out or breathing in?" and Townshend answers with a thrashing, crashing Gibson. When the volume is turned up, there are echoes of three decades ago. "It's Not Enough" and "Mike Post Theme" conjure images of Entwistle and Keith Moon--the latter song, with its quiet verse and thunderous chorus, recalls "Going Mobile" and longs for Moon to whack it into shape. But the linchpin remains Townshend's songwriting, whether he's questioning faith ("Man in a Purple Dress"), showing gratitude for support ("You Stand By Me"), or dreaming of entertaining immortals into eternity ("Out on an Endless Wire"). By the time it wraps up, Endless Wire tells two things. No, it does not rank with the band's best work. But yes, as long as Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey walk the earth in tandem, the Who live on. --Scott Holter

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WHO 2 Nov. 2 2006
Format:Audio CD
The who are two, and while you can find many reviews online, mostly very positive, I will give you a FAN review. Most of the first half of this disc is acoustic. Don't let that scare you. Pete and Roger, are all that are left from this great band, and they have shown on Live DVD's (quadrophenia, and tommy) that just the two of them performing can be enthralling and fresh. Thus these songs are the WHO of new, and they sound great. Daltrey's voice, Townshends guitar. The music that isn't acoustic, is as WHOish as you can be without the rest. Hard in your face, and very easy to get into. This is the new WHO, and this album is fantastic. I hope that if a new one is in the works they tinker with the all acoustic guitar, Daltrey mix more. I feel it works very well.

The Who are back.

Rock was dead they say........with the who LONG LIVE ROCK

Jay
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1.0 out of 5 stars Please give it up before it's too late!! Nov. 7 2006
Format:Audio CD
I have followed The Who for much of their post Who's Next career and understand there are highs and lows to every band. This has to rank as one of the lowest. I have seen live performances of the two remaining members and they are very good in the sense that they are using old material. I had high hopes for this cd as the It's Hard cd was a pretty good album but they have needed some new material for a long time. This sounds very much like a Pete Townshend solo album. When the The Who release an album, is it too much to ask for some power chords, and a little bit of energy? This release has neither, although the skeptics will argue the lyrical value here is the icing on the cake. Sorry, this has to be the worst release ever from the band.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant surprise Jan. 9 2010
Format:Audio CD
As one previous reviewer suggested, the overall sound is very reminiscent of Pete Townshend's solo stuff (the obvious difference being that Roger Daltrey is on board here as the main singer).
That isn't necessarily a bad thing if, like me, you enjoy Townshend's solo output almost as much as his work with The Who.
My biggest concern before hearing this album was the potential for the duo to be buried under a slew of guest session players.
And that isn't the case. The production is very sparing. Townshend and Daltry are clearly in the forefront. In fact, quite a few of the songs feature just the two of them alone together.
Whereas I felt the two previous studio efforts, Face Dances and It's Hard, were uneven and disappointing, Endlesswire was to me uniformly enjoyable and a very pleasant surprise.
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