Who Are You Original recording remastered
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Their highest-charting album ever, complete with five unreleased bonus tracks!
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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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
While looking on Amazon I was worried by the various Who CD's and the negative comments many were given. Some people feel that The Who's CD's have been badly remastered, and that more recent versions are worse than the older versions from the 1980's through the early 1990's. I can say that I bought a remastered "Quadrophenia" and it sounds fantastic!, a remastered "Odds 'n' Sodds" which also sounds good, and the older, original versions of "The Who By Numbers" and "Who Are You" which sound good but not as loud, bright or punchy as the other remastered CDs. Since I never heard or owned the original LPs or earlier CD versions, I cannot compare the sound and mixes.
I CAN say that I am picky about sound and all 4 of my purchases sounded good to me, so I wouldn't worry about buying either version. In all cases, the remastered versions cost more. The older, original versions were only $7 each, so it was a price I was willing to pay, just in case I didn't like any other songs on the CDs, which leads me to another worry I had.
Several people criticize "Who Are You" and "The Who By Numbers" as not being great Who albums, lacking energy (especially Keith Moon's drumming on his last Who LP), and being loaded with filler songs. I don't think it's fair to expect every album to be as good as "Who's Next" or "Tommy".Read more ›
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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. Read morePublished on Aug. 31 2012 by Mike London
I've been a Who fan for 20 years now. In all this time I have managed to steer clear of this one. Until this morning that is. Yep. Curiosity killed the cat BIG TIME!!!! Read morePublished on April 21 2006
Do you not recognize an awesome rock and roll record when you hear it ? Who Are You is every bit as raucus and edgy as anything the Who ever recorded. Read morePublished on June 23 2004 by Mark T. Matranga
The title track alone and the "lost verse" bonus track version of it are incentive enough to buy this album. Read morePublished on June 13 2004 by Trevor Thatcher
As an answer to someone who said that Keith Moon was terrible and should not be considered the greatest drummer in the world...well...he might not be the "Greatest. Read morePublished on April 13 2004 by L. DeMaria
My being a drummer has a slight influence on the rating of this album, since this is Keith's weakest and most sluggish performance I give it three stars. Who are you? Read morePublished on April 5 2004 by Gus fogle
Note: This is not a review of the album.
I can't for the life of me understand why Keith Moon is considered "The greatest drummer in the world". Read more
This album is flat out UNDERRATED. Every track on here is brilliance. I'm a hardcore Who fan. I love Tommy, Who's Next, Quadrophenia... And this album is right up there with them. Read morePublished on Jan. 18 2004