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Its Hard (Remixed/Rm)
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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...
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.Read more ›
Listening to some of the songs from the band's 1982 swan song, it's clear he was right.
Several, including 'Cooks County,' 'One at a Time' and 'Cry if you want,' are throwaways. Others like 'It's your turn' and 'Dangerous' are clearly passing the torch to younger bands like the Clash to carry on the rock and roll tradition Townsend believed so vehemently in. (Little did we know at that time that Joe Strummer and company would soon burn out and U2 would assume the Who's stature among band's that mattered).
Still, there is enough of the Who's old firepower smoldering among the ruins to think they had a fighting chance had they continued to solider on into the 1980s.
The title track belies Townsend's anguish amid its double entrande: Does it mean the band is still relevant or that the weight of its past is crushing its future? 'Eminence Front' exposes the hypocritical stance Townsend had battled since the band became superstars and left its audience in the wake. Finally, 'Why did I fall for that' is a vicious indictment of not only the Who, but its fans, who continued to worship the Emperor long after it was clear he had no clothes.
I give this album three stars because I was just coming of age as a Who fan - a mere 12 years old when it was released - and thus look more kindly on it than someone who cut their teeth on obviously superior work like 'Who's Next.'
A must for Who fans who want to study Townsend's haunted psyche. Newcomers may want to familarize themselves with one of the all-too-many hits compilations before diving into this hit-and-miss collection
The Who is my favorite band, but I find this album almost unlistenable. It's as if it was made by a different band. They have all the synth-pop trappings of Loverboy or Duran Duran, muddy production even in the remastering, the clip-clop of Kenny Jones' plain drumming, and Pete Townshend's worst songwriting of his career.
This abum sounds like something put out by an 80s band featured on VH-1's "Where Are They Now" rather the masters of chaos that created Live At Leeds. This album is worse than Face Dances. I only own it as a completist, obsessive fan thing.
Even the Entwistle-less Who that tours today is exponentially better than The Who that made this aural flatulence.
If you're dabbling in Whoville for the first time, buy Live At Leeds (Deluxe Edition), The Who Sell Out, Tommy, Quadrophenia, Odds & Sodds, and the last good --and most underrated -- Who album, The Who By Numbers. Who Are You is not as good as the title song would lead you to believe. Get the title song on a compilation somewhere if you feel you need to have it.
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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... Read morePublished on Oct. 13 2006 by fraz
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. Read morePublished on June 29 2004 by stevedee
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
"I hate it!" was lead singer Roger Daltrey's opinion of "It's Hard," The Who's last studio album to date. Read morePublished on March 13 2004 by Bud Sturguess