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Who's Next (Original Mix)
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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.Read more ›
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.
From what I was told, this is Steve Hoffman's master. It also clocks in at 43:26.
It sounds fantastic in my opinion, and is worth the price.
Also, from what I've heard, it is sourced from an analog tape copy of Steve Hoffman's master. But it still sounds great regardless. It's supposed to sound very close (if not, just like) the original Japanese release, aside from some fadeouts on certain tracks (which doesn't bother me at all personally).
I highly recommend this particular version of the disc. It might save you time and money tracking down the original Japanese disc.
I'm not sure if these reviews only get applied to that specific disk, rather than the title.
If the younger guys have this interest in 1970s music, then perhaps those of us who were around in the 1970s should put them on to some of that decade's better music.
Here's one contribution from me. The Who's Who's Next is one of the 10 best albums of the 1970s. As such, it should be considered one of the essential albums in any collection of 1970s music.
It's just an excellent album throughout.
For those of you who haven't heard the album, you may be familiar with one track. The CSI TV series franchise has taken tunes by The Who as the theme music for its shows. The song 'Who Are You', for example is the theme for the CSI show based in Las Vegas. CSI: NY uses a song from this album 'Baba O'Riley' as it theme music.
You know you're getting old when the music you listened to in high school becomes elevator music and the theme music for TV shows. What a depressing thought!
Bottom line: Great album. One of the 1970s best albums. If you're collecting 1970s music, this is an essential album for your collection.
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Nice to hear the original mix , sound so alive , best version on cd ? probably .Published 5 months ago by SWINTON LION
The best rock album ever?...subjective I know but it is right there with all of the bestPublished 5 months ago by Jim, Nanaimo
This is the Who at their musical peak in my humble opinion and it is a well recorded CD with some of their very best material which became massive hits!Published 6 months ago by Christopher B.
One of the best . A pefect album.every somg on this is a hit.a must for WHO fans or anyone with a ROCK collection. Legendary album.Published 10 months ago by Trippy MacSHROOM
Considered by many to be the Who's finest album... and with good cause! This expanded issue is a delight to the ears. It's one any serious Rock fan must own!Published 16 months ago by mark