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Endless Wire (Limited Edition With Bonus DVD) Limited Edition

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  • Audio CD (Oct. 31 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000IONLN6
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #36,407 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Disc: 1
1. Fragments
2. A Man In A Purple Dress
3. Mike Post Theme
4. In The Ether
5. Black Widow's Eyes
6. Two Thousand Years
7. God Speaks, of Marty Robbins
8. It's Not Enough
9. You Stand By Me
10. Sound Round
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Disc: 2
1. Intro
2. Can't Explain
3. Behind Blue Eyes
4. Mike Post Theme
5. Baba O'Riley
6. Won't Get Fooled Again

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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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Format: LP Record
With the Endless Wire, The Who, or The Two, given that John Entwistle and Keith Moon had gone to rock and roll heaven before this was recorded in 2006, represents what is almost certainly the band’s swan song – the end of the wire. The group declined in the late ‘70s and “finished” with two weaker albums, Face Dances (1981) and It’s Hard (1982) before sort of kind of disbanding and then getting back every few years to tour and play their hits when someone needed money. So this album, coming 24 years after their “last” one, was something of a surprise. How is it? Well, pretty good. The substance of the songs is better than on Face Dances and the tracks sound much more contemporary than with It’s Hard (too affected by ‘80s synthesizers). It’s not Tommy, Who’s Next, or Quadrophenia, but it’s as good or better than Who’s Last or Who by Numbers. There are great rockers like Mike Post Theme and It’s Not Enough, pretty ballads like God Speaks of Marty Robins, and lots of neat little songs that connect together on “the second side.” The only real issue is that the second and fourth songs are terrible. Townsend tries to sing solo, but doesn’t pull it off. He lowers his already lowered voice and ends up sounding like Tom Waits. Not quite sure why, because when he tackles the ditty You Stand by Me and the longer God Speaks of Marty Robins, he does well. But if you skip over those two numbers, the album is a success – enjoyable and nostalgic. Four stars.

Troy Parfitt is the author of War Torn: Adventures in the Brave New Canada
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Format: Audio CD
The who are two, and while you can find many reviews online, mostly very positive, I will give you a FAN review. Most of the first half of this disc is acoustic. Don't let that scare you. Pete and Roger, are all that are left from this great band, and they have shown on Live DVD's (quadrophenia, and tommy) that just the two of them performing can be enthralling and fresh. Thus these songs are the WHO of new, and they sound great. Daltrey's voice, Townshends guitar. The music that isn't acoustic, is as WHOish as you can be without the rest. Hard in your face, and very easy to get into. This is the new WHO, and this album is fantastic. I hope that if a new one is in the works they tinker with the all acoustic guitar, Daltrey mix more. I feel it works very well.

The Who are back.

Rock was dead they say........with the who LONG LIVE ROCK

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As one previous reviewer suggested, the overall sound is very reminiscent of Pete Townshend's solo stuff (the obvious difference being that Roger Daltrey is on board here as the main singer).
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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This is an excellent Disc for the material that is involved within however the biggest problem I found and I have to be honest here I noticed right away that while each song is worth its weight of Rock and Roll the pair ( meaning Daltry and Townsend ) are definitely showing their age. I say age for I am not at all sure if Kenny Jones ( the drummer ) is on board for this disc if he is then he also is showing the length of his bicuspids. Don't get me wrong here the tunes will most definitely have you wanting to get up and dance ( No not any waltz's ) however there seems to be a little something missing. Gone are the days of Baba O'Reilly, or Who Are You. This might manage to cut a few new icons of its own and if so then I will be eternally happy however I do not feel that will happen. That does not make this a bad disc however, it simply means that the Who are moving into a new phase in their career and we will need to follow along. The music in and of itself is good but do not make the mistake of judging it against its predecessor LP's / CD's for that would be a bad mistake. Endless Wire needs to be viewed as a separate individual item and I think a true fan could do this for the band it isn't too much to ask really....Spigomars
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Been a Who fan since the beginning and I think this disc is excellent! It's another "rock opera" although a mellower one. It took a few years to complete as Townsends other projects have all taken time to produce. Townsend plays most of the instrumentation with a few minor contribution from others. A lot of this is "classic" Who.....unlike another reviewer I think Daltrey can still sing and Pete can still write ear appealing melodies. I was very pleasantly surprised with this disc.....the Who laid back and almost countryish in spots with a few rockers as well. The only draw back is several short tracks. Check it out if you're a real Who fan!
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