Who Are You Original recording remastered
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|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)|
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 ›
At this time in the who's career, their future was questionable. They had not released any new material for three years. There last album, Who by numbers, was by then 3 years old. The last time the who had toured was December of 1976, and the who had only done one show through all of 1977. After this album was released, it was a large hit, before they got to take it to the road, Keith Moon died. The who only did one concert in 1978 as well, this was filmed for the Kids are alright movie. Keith Moon died less than two months after the release of this album and their only concert in 1978.
From the clever cynical opener 'New Song,' Pete Townshend bashes the facelessness of pop music, as Roger Daltrey's throaty roar sarcastically describes the elements of "radio standards." John Entwistle's rage filled 'Had Enough' is anthem-like, and his sci-fi tinged '905' unintentionally expresses creative frustration in the line "Every sentence in my head, someone else has said." (The song was actually part of a bloated concept album idea the bassist had, but never used.) The angry but shapely in form 'Sister Disco' fits perfectly, while 'Music Must Change' and 'Guitar And Pen' express a feeling of lost youthful musical innocence and dreams. The suicidal 'Love Is Coming Down' is an interesting addition to Townshend's credits, but it is the ominous six-minute title track that captures the mood of the album best. It contains one of Daltrey's most fiery vocal performances, and the band's well-established love of studio technology. The song was written by Townshend after a real-life bad escapade after a night of drinking and less-than-casually meeting two members of the Sex Pistols.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'm a Who fan and I was trying to collect some of the songs I like but didn't have on CD. As is often the case, that means buying several more CD's for only 1 or 2 songs on each... Read morePublished on April 27 2011 by From the Musician's Pen
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
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. Read morePublished on June 26 2004 by M. Bergeron
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
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. Read morePublished on March 29 2004 by Thad Taylor
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