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Who Are You Original recording remastered

3.6 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Nov. 27 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000002P2V
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,065 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. New Song
2. Had Enough
3. 905
4. Sister Disco
5. Music Must Change
6. Trick Of The Light
7. Guitar And Pen
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)

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Product Description

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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Format: Audio CD
I have a soft spot for this album. It came out in '78 around the time my musical horizons were just starting to progress beyond the Beatles and the Beach Boys and I started getting into Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Stones and Springsteen. I guess I was kind of lucky that all those groups released new albums around then, even though all but one was past their prime.
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.
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Unfortunately, we never got to experience the direction that the band was heading. However, regardless of the overly critical reviews of this masterpiece, this was an incredible statement to close the end of the '70's, by the greatest rock and roll band of all time.
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.
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Format: Audio CD
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?, Sister disco, guitar and pen, had enough and a few others are among the best here. If you want some hardcore who, get Quodrophenia. Although Keith Moon's performance suffers a bit, the rest of the band are exellent. New song opens up the album, this is an excellent way to open the album. 905 is one of the very best songs on the album, this is sung by John Entwistle. The original Who are you is here as well as the version with the lost verse. A very strong stand-out on this album is John Entwistle's, Trick of the light, a very good live version of this song is on Join together.
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.
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Format: Audio CD
Although its original birth came from Pete Townshend's scrapped attempt to resurrect his ill-fated "Lifehouse" project, "Who Are You" pronounces the death of the entire idea of growing older with grace. Though the Who were still young when the album was released in 1978, the paranoid fear of a heyday coming to an end was intensified by the rapidly growing punk and disco movements, both of which were making it hard for bands like the Who to find their feet again. And the exhilirating material within "Who Are You" perfectly articulates the band's scorn and contempt.
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.
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