Endless Wire (Limited Edition With Bonus DVD) Limited Edition
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Tracks 10 19 Comprise the Full Length Mini-opera wire and Glass.
Nearly a quarter-century (and bassist John Entwistle) passed between what had been considered the Who's career-capping album, It's Hard, and this 19-song epic, which at its best has the band of two pining for the days of Who's Next. Built from the triumph of the mini-opera Wire & Glass EP (included here in its entirety), Endless Wire mixes metaphors of music, war, and religion, while showcasing Roger Daltrey's ageless vocal cords and Pete Townshend at his windmilling best. Launching with a "Baba O'Riley"-like synth break in "Fragments," Daltrey asks "Are we breathing out or breathing in?" and Townshend answers with a thrashing, crashing Gibson. When the volume is turned up, there are echoes of three decades ago. "It's Not Enough" and "Mike Post Theme" conjure images of Entwistle and Keith Moon--the latter song, with its quiet verse and thunderous chorus, recalls "Going Mobile" and longs for Moon to whack it into shape. But the linchpin remains Townshend's songwriting, whether he's questioning faith ("Man in a Purple Dress"), showing gratitude for support ("You Stand By Me"), or dreaming of entertaining immortals into eternity ("Out on an Endless Wire"). By the time it wraps up, Endless Wire tells two things. No, it does not rank with the band's best work. But yes, as long as Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey walk the earth in tandem, the Who live on. --Scott Holter
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Troy Parfitt is the author of War Torn: Adventures in the Brave New Canada
The Who are back.
Rock was dead they say........with the who LONG LIVE ROCK
That isn't necessarily a bad thing if, like me, you enjoy Townshend's solo output almost as much as his work with The Who.
My biggest concern before hearing this album was the potential for the duo to be buried under a slew of guest session players.
And that isn't the case. The production is very sparing. Townshend and Daltry are clearly in the forefront. In fact, quite a few of the songs feature just the two of them alone together.
Whereas I felt the two previous studio efforts, Face Dances and It's Hard, were uneven and disappointing, Endlesswire was to me uniformly enjoyable and a very pleasant surprise.
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All good! Met expectations as advertised such as disk quality and delivered within the time promised. Price was much than commercial store costsPublished on Aug. 19 2013 by S. McDonald
Unlike the previous reviewer, who seems to think that power chords were The Who's (only) claim to fame, I love this album. Read morePublished on Nov. 13 2006 by Music Fan
I rate the album 5 stars althhough I waited for this version. This UK version does NOT contain the extended "We got a hit" or the extended "Endless Wire" as the desription states. Read morePublished on Nov. 11 2006 by Alex Muir