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Its Hard (Remixed/Rm)

Who Audio CD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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13. It's Hard (Live)
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16. Cry If You Want (Live)

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5.0 out of 5 stars ...eminently exceptional Who... June 15 2004
By D. Pike
Format:Audio CD
Ten reasons why you should own this much maligned and misunderstood Who album.
1. Incredible song writing...some of Townshend's most insightful lyrical work...on par with Quadrophenia, and even the legendary "Lifehouse/ Who's Next" stuff. Remember..."Empty Glass" and "...Chinese Eyes" were from this period, and "It's Hard" surely completes the package.
2. John Entwistle's incredible bass playing...his tone and style are extremely well defined.
3. Townshend finally learned how to play leads on the Telecaster!
4. The song "Eminence Front"...well worth the entire purchase price...but, on this CD you recieve not only the studio track, but a live version from Toronto as well.
5. The last Kenny Jones album...(but, I am kind of fond of the ex-Faces "new WHO" drummer)
6. Pete Townshend never talks about "It's Hard", so you should buy it just to spite him...he'd appreciate that!
7. Nice 80's Atari artwork.
8. If you want to know what the 80's were really all about, then you need this album.
9. Did I mention "Eminence Front" ?
10. This is the last real try from The Who...cry if you want...or better yet, listen...
best wishes,
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2.0 out of 5 stars "It's Soft" - The Who's weakest album Oct. 13 2006
By fraz
Format:Audio CD
Sadly, The Who's "final" album ("Endless Wire" changes this in 2006) is a failure. The Who's usual power, passion, and vision are absent from this 1982 offering which sounds muddy, poorly produced, hastily assembled, and rudderless. Yes, part of the problem is Kenney Jones (the late Keith Moon's replacement on drums)- he proved to be the wrong drummer for the group. But most of the songs here just aren't that good. Pete Townshend had written and used his best songs on his solo albums of this period ("Empty Glass" - 1980 and "All the Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes" - 1982). The Who albums in the 1980s got stuck with Townshend's mostly uninspired leftovers. He just didn't like The Who anymore (beyond the financial rewards the group still gave him) and it shows in his songwriting and commitment to the band. Still, "It's Hard" has a few good tracks: "Eminence Front", "I've Known No War", and "Cry If You Want" (the latter getting new life on The Who's 2006 World Tour) are the best from this otherwise forgettable assemblage. If you took the best songs from "Face Dances" (1981) and "It's Hard" (1982) you would have a very good record. As it stands, these albums are the weakest efforts from an otherwise mighty rock and roll band.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable March 10 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album came out in 1982. I was in diapers at the time; the first time I listened to this album was yesterday, and I really liked it.
The fact of the matter is, I bought this album because I loved the song "Eminence Front" from the first time I ever heard it on a local radio station, and I wanted to see what the rest of the album behind it sounded like. 23 years after the fact, this album rocks. I enjoyed every moment of it because I was listening to what they were saying in the songs, not what some useless "professional critic" wrote in a magazine 20 years ago.
The title song, "It's Hard" is great... it isn't about the band worrying about its own relevance in the quote "modern" rock era of the 80's. Take it at face value and it puts a smile on your face: "Any kid can fly, few can land"; "Everyone complains but few can state"; "Anyone can stop but few can wait." One of the metaphors is that life is playing poker with a hard hand, and you're bluffing. "Anyone can do anything if they hold the right cards, so I'm thinking about my own life very very hard. Deal me another hand, Lord, this one's very very hard."
"Eminence Front" is a tune about hypocrisy that's a lot of fun to listen to. "I've Known No War" has the underpinings of the Cold War to it but it makes sense today more than ever: veterans are aging and dying and their legacy is lost on their grandkids (People who are my age now. Do you pause for the moment of silence every November 11?) Pete's lyrics, "And if I ever know it the glimpse will be brief: fireball in the sky..." You know that's not that far off today either.
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I have a theory that a great rock band has approximately 10 years from the time of their first record until the point at which they are washed up and spent. Not that they can't produce decent material after that, but it becomes inconsistent and more of a hit or miss type scenario. Some bands, like the Beatles know when to call it quits, and thereby preserve an incredible legacy. Other bands like the Rolling Stones don't know when to quit and become a parody of themselves. Then there are the bands like Led Zeppelin, in which fate intervenes and they quit after a member dies which happens to coincide with their decline, thus making their decision to give it up a bit easier. The Who could've fallen into this later category but chose not to, and the result of which is a legacy that includes mediocre releases like It's Hard.
If the Ten Year Rule were applied the Who would've quit after By Numbers in '75, which was the first sign of their downfall. They should have most definitely quit by '78 with the death of Moon, however they chose to soldier on with a new drummer releasing Face Dances and It's Hard. The only bright spot on this album is the intro groove of Eminence Front, the rest of the song and the rest of the album is pretty unremarkable. Only buy this CD if you've purchased every other Who album and simply want to complete you're collection.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Should I stay or should I go?
Listening to Pete Townsend's lyrics 20 years on from the release of 'It's Hard,' it's clear he felt the Who had run its course. Read more
Published on June 26 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably not their worst hour , (but very close)
22 years ago this sorry collection of music was served up to the public.
The following quotes from Roger Daltrey should set the tone for this total abortion of an album. Read more
Published on May 31 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Makes this Who fan cringe -- retitle it
Or call it "It's Hard... To Listen To."
The Who is my favorite band, but I find this album almost unlistenable. It's as if it was made by a different band. Read more
Published on March 24 2004 by The Wild One
5.0 out of 5 stars The Who's Final Anthem
"I hate it!" was lead singer Roger Daltrey's opinion of "It's Hard," The Who's last studio album to date. Read more
Published on March 13 2004 by Bud Sturguess
3.0 out of 5 stars Uneven but enjoyable
The Who have been one of my favorite bands for literally as long as I can remember, as my dad would play the first side of Tommy every time he washed the dishes. Read more
Published on March 5 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars They should have quit 10 years earlier
With all due respect to the fans who've posted glowing reviews of this album, I have to say that it's a rather pathetic finale lacking even one memorable cut. Read more
Published on Feb. 24 2004 by Nuclear Snake
5.0 out of 5 stars it's hard indeed !
if nothing else get this album for one of the great who songs : "cry if you want" !townshend's slamming chords were never better .one of the top who albums .
Published on Dec 23 2003 by August West
5.0 out of 5 stars The most under estimated album ever.
It's Hard was released in a strange time, and I think the events surrounding the band colored everyone's acceptance of the album, even Pete Townshend. Read more
Published on Oct. 29 2003 by Lawrence Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars The Who closes out their career the hard way: by failing
Granted, 1981's FACE DANCES was definitely not the best Who album by any means, but considering the circumstances (Keith Moon's death, solo careers taking more prominence, just... Read more
Published on Oct. 29 2003 by 33-year old wallflower
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