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Who's Next (Original Mix)

Who , The Who Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (354 customer reviews)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
As most people know, one of the main selling points of Who's Next: Deluxe Edition is that the original album comes from the original stereo master tapes "for the first time on CD". The story is that only copy tapes have been used all of these years. On the other hand, Steve Hoffman, former MCA engineer, has claimed for a long time that he found the master tapes in a file cabinet at the Mastering Lab in LA in the mid-80s and used them for his CD version, one variation of which is still available in Canada today.
Well, between listening to the two side by side and running the tape box pictures past Steve, it would indeed seem the Deluxe Edition is the *second* time (at the very least) the true masters have been used for CD. There's little doubt in my mind that Hoffman's version also used the tapes. Both forms of the album sound quite good, although there are some differences between the two.
The Hoffman CD has an EQ that favors the vocals, with the side effect of causing the cymbals to sound a bit "midrangy". The Deluxe Edition, on the other hand, goes for a slightly more "smooth" cymbal sound, at the expense of the vocals, causing them to be submerged slightly, if you will. The DE is a bit less "open", IMO.
There are also some minor differences beyond EQ. For his CD, Hoffman essentially played the tapes back "straight", without fading the hiss out between tracks. [side note: the Canadian version has the hiss "blacked" between some tracks. The original US and Japanese pressings don't.] The Deluxe Edition takes a different approach. As the songs come to a close, the entire track is faded out, causing the hiss to fade as well. The side effect of this is that in some cases the very last moments of some songs are lost.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Sept. 29 2006
Format:Audio CD
As a collector of the Deluxe Editions of many bands, I have heard both good and mediocre sets. The mediocre ones suffer from thin extras. WHO'S NEXT however is perfect.

Disc one presents the classic album is high fidelity and a generous bunch of outtakes. Disc two is a great surprise: The Old Vic show where the band honed the songs to, well, perfection. This set is bursting with great music, in quality and quantity.

If you buy only 1 Who CD, this is it.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Canadian disc uses the master tapes on CD April 13 2003
Format:Audio CD
Although the Deluxe Edition hypes that the original version uses the original master tapes for the first time, this is not true. In 1984, Steve Hoffman remastered this disc in the 1980s (a copy of the digital master he made from the original master tape was used on this Canadian budget import version available at hmv.com, absound.ca, cdplus.com and other Canadian music stores). The master tape was found in a file cabinet in The Mastering Lab in LA back in the 1980s and used it for the CD. The Hoffman CD has an EQ that favors the vocals. For his CD, Hoffman essentially played the tapes back "straight", without fading the hiss out between tracks. [side note: the Canadian version has the hiss "blacked" between some tracks. The original US and Japanese pressings don't.]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Once again, MCA re-releases "Who's Next", and once again, MCA misses the opportunity to finally put out the 'definitive' "Who's Next" compilation.
Much like the 1995 re-release, the 'bonus tracks' are a major disappointment to say the least. The accompanying booklet goes into great depth discussing the additional songs recorded during the 'Lifehouse Sessions' that were omitted, so then why aren't any of them included here? Where's "Let's See Action", "Join Together", "Put The Money Down", "Time Is Passing", "Too Much Of Anything", and the definitive take of "Pure And Easy" (from the obscure 'Odds and Sods')?
Instead the consumer is treated to mostly redundant 'alternate take' versions of songs already included on "Who's Next". They might be interesting to hear once or twice, but the 'bonus track' space would have been much better served by including the titles listed above...and would have once and for all reconstructed "Who's Next" close to the original "Lifehouse" as was originally designed.
However, if you're a fan of The Who "Live At Leeds" and "Live At The Isle Of Wight", the second disk is a real treat. The sound quality is excellent, The Who play great, and you get rare 'live' renditions of songs from "Who's Next" that don't show up anywhere else. Disk 2 is reason enough to purchase this set.
Who knows (no pun intended), perhaps there will be yet another re-release of this classic album. And maybe next time it will include the missing 'Lifehouse' songs. For now, disk 2 will have to do as compensation. lr**
June 22, 2003
Seattle,WA
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Who Classic June 18 2004
Format:Audio CD
Many Who fans name 1971's "Who's Next" as the Who's masterpiece, and why not---*every single track* on it is an FM-radio staple. My personal favorite Who album remains "Tommy," but "Who's Next" easily gets the runner-up slot. It's a classic Who album AND a classic rock album in general, no doubt about it. "Who's Next" began life as the Who's follow-up rock opera to "Tommy," which was to be called "Lifehouse." But, to make a long story short, "Lifehouse" turned out to be too complicated a project for guitarist Pete Townshend & company to put together, despite all of their efforts. So, the "Lifehouse" project was abandoned altogether, but Townshend made the wise decision to save some of the songs written for "Lifehouse" for the next Who album, which would NOT be a rock opera, but would just be a "regular" Who album. And "Who's Next" was born. (As for "Lifehouse," it would remain shelved until 1999, when Townshend finally presented it as a BBC radio play.)ALL nine tracks on "Who's Next" are signature Who songs: "Baba O'Riley," "Bargain," "Love Ain't For Keeping," "My Wife," "The Song Is Over," "Getting In Tune," "Going Mobile," "Behind Blue Eyes," and "Won't Get Fooled Again." All of them brilliantly written by Townshend except for "My Wife," which was brilliantly penned by bassist John Entwistle (some fans name "My Wife" as the album's best song---I'm sure that makes Townshend feel really good!). Besides the outstanding songwriting, the Who totally ROCK on this sucker. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars ... 8-9 out of 10 but the reproduction isn't the best for every song
The album is a 8-9 out of 10 but the reproduction isn't the best for every song. There is a large quality difference between My Wife (muffled) and Won't get Fooled Again (Very... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Buddy
5.0 out of 5 stars Best version for the money
Supposedly was mastered by Steve Hoffman and it sounds as good or better than any other copy of this album that I've heard. Highly recommended!
Published 2 months ago by Heathkit
5.0 out of 5 stars vinyl
I don't know what every ones fuss is about the who's next vinyl copy sold here on amazon. I received my new copy today and sounds exactly like my used copy i have as well from... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Tj
2.0 out of 5 stars REISSUE IS DULL
STAY AWAY FROM SIMPLY VINYL REISSUES.AS THIS SOUNDS DULL I DON'T KNOW WHERE THEIR SOURCE
IS FROM BECAUSE THEY REFUSE TO STATE IT I THINK IT MUST BE FROM A CD SOURCE. Read more
Published 7 months ago by GREENHORNET
5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent remaster
I've heard this album hundreds of times, it never sounded this good. I got the Steve Hoffman remaster, which was made by a talented engineer from the original master tapes. Read more
Published 7 months ago by d789
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music & classic cd
One of my favorite cds from my younger years. of course the delivery was excellent & arrived before the given date of delivery.I highly recommend this cd. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Gregory Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Baba O'Reilly
Baba O'Reilly is the anthem of the WHO. The other important song is of course Won't Get Fooled Again. But the whole album is excellent. Everyone should have a copy.
Published 9 months ago by Gary Bowers
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent mix!
I was told that this was the mix by Steve Hoffman. It is so much better than the crappy Who's Next deluxe CD reissue! And only $5!!!
Published 12 months ago by michael politano
4.0 out of 5 stars Who Loves You?
A fine collection of later Who songs that catch Roger at his rocking best before his voice slid and Pete during the height of his creativity. Read more
Published 15 months ago by eeyoore
1.0 out of 5 stars Bait and switch - caveat emptor
Although the description is for 2 discs this is only a 1 disc package. The description refers to a deluxe version that is a completely different item. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Waimarama
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