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Who Are You Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (Nov. 27 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B000002P2V
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,565 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. New Song
2. Had Enough
3. 905
4. Sister Disco
5. Music Must Change
6. Trick Of The Light
7. Guitar And Pen
8. Love Is Coming Down
9. Who Are You
10. No Road Romance
11. Empty Glass
12. Guitar And Pen (Olympic '78 Mix)
13. Love Is Coming Down (Work-In-Progress Mix)
14. Who Are You (Lost Verse Mix)

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Product Description

Their highest-charting album ever, complete with five unreleased bonus tracks!

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Posited between punk (Pete Townshend's instinctive ethos) and progressive (much of the music), Who Are You is ultimately a failed attempt to conciliate two camps that thrived on their opposition to one another. Neither the insurgent punks of Johnny Rotton's generation nor Townshend's comfortably numb peer group had the least need for one another. Townshend, on the other hand, seemed to want one thing from both forces: their contempt. It was something he could share with them. All of which led to one exceptional song (the title cut) and a handful of lesser statements (the modified minuet "Guitar and Pen," "Music Must Change," "New Song"). John Entwistle fills three song slots with the tactless "Had Enough," the slight but likable "905," and "Trick of the Light," an above-par classic-rock showcase for Roger Daltry. A generous five bonus tracks round out the reissue. --Steven Stolder

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3.6 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By stevedee on June 25 2004
Format: Audio CD
I have a soft spot for this album. It came out in '78 around the time my musical horizons were just starting to progress beyond the Beatles and the Beach Boys and I started getting into Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Stones and Springsteen. I guess I was kind of lucky that all those groups released new albums around then, even though all but one was past their prime.
This album has some real solid stuff on it even though the arrangements are a bit dated, "Who Are You" which became a surprise AM Radio hit, Trick of the Light and Entwistle's "905" are among my favorites. This shouldn't be the first Who album you buy, but it doesn't have to be your last choice either.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike London TOP 500 REVIEWER on Aug. 31 2012
Format: Audio CD
I'm going to go out on a limb here and say WHO ARE YOU stands as on of The Who's best albums and one of my personal favorites. The first real Who album (not counting WHO'S BETTER, WHO'S BEST) I ever heard was WHO ARE YOU, a tape I bought back in 1997 at a pawn shop. (I also bought WHO'S BETTER at the same pawn shop). I immediately fell in love with it.

Another statement I'm probably going to catch a lot of flack for is that I found this much easier to really "dig" than that esteemed classic, WHO'S NEXT. While WHO'S NEXT has three perennial classics which this album has nothing on (Baba, Behind Blue Eyes, Won't Get Fooled Again), I found myself returning to this more than WHO'S NEXT. As time progresses, I can more fully appreciate WHO'S NEXT, although I still think that had been "Pure and Easy," and "Too Much of Anything" been included it would have been a stronger album. Another thing WHO'S NEXT has going for it is the aborted LIFEHOUSE project, but that is neither here nor there. Although I'm coming to the conclusion WHO'S NEXT is better, it took some time.

As for my relationship to The Who, I find it hard to get enthusiastic about their early, punkish material. While I think all the early tracks that always get anthologised are excellent cuts (Substitute, Kids are Alright, etc), their other stuff I'm not that thrilled about. But then again, I find it hard to really like LONDON CALLING by The Clash either. Just not my type of music. So it's only natural I prefer The Who's later work to their early stuff, and as this is a personal bias I must admit it.

Thematically, WHO ARE YOU is an album about trying to revitalise one's art.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Crutcher on Oct. 20 2003
Format: Audio CD
Unfortunately, we never got to experience the direction that the band was heading. However, regardless of the overly critical reviews of this masterpiece, this was an incredible statement to close the end of the '70's, by the greatest rock and roll band of all time.
Roger's singing was never stronger than on this album. He eptomized the anger and the poignance of Townshend's lyrics. One of the main things to realize is that this album came out at the height of the disco era. The playing is contemporary, including great synth parts that never take away from the shear power of the rock and roll this quartet put forth.
Townshend, in fact, made a highly revered statement about the state of popular music in the song "Sister Disco". The late John Entwistle also composed a couple of his strongest efforts: "Had Enough"(sung with wonderful intensity by Daltrey, the highly ironic "905"(with it's Townshend-like symbolism and sarcasm, and a hugely overlooked effort, "Trick Of The Light". Again, Daltrey delivers this one with incredible emotion and feeling.
The whole band shines on this release, even in the face of Townshend's clear statements on society and popular culture. Townshend's writing here is incendiary, and the rest of the band fall right in. This was certainly an amazing comeback after "The Who By Numbers", which was certainly uneven at best.
This disc is a *must have* for anyone that is remotely interested in the band and it's advancement. There's no question to their maturing as a band and as the voice of a generation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Bergeron on June 26 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is not he best release by the original Who, but it's in the top five. However for the remaster, they remixed the disc, sometimes to really, REALLY tragic results. Removing the guitar overdub(s) on Trick of the Light removes so much of the sting of the album's strongest track. They did some tweaking to all of the catalogue during this remaster (I'm sure there will be another in the next few years) but I think this was the most ham-handed of the bunch. Pity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thad Taylor on March 29 2004
Format: Audio CD
Nightmare for fans of the original LP. As has been stated in other reviews, about four or five songs have subtle but extremely disappointing re-mixes. Many of the little things that I had come to know by heart are suddenly gone and replaced.
SACRILEGE! Why do record companies desecrate legendary pieces of work? For shame!
By the way - I rate the original "Who Are You" very highly! It's in my top 20 of all-time favorite rock albums.
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