THE WHO - BY NUMBERS * CLASSIC RECORDS 200 GRAM PRESS * NM 9/10
The Who by Numbers functions as Pete Townshend's confessional singer/songwriter album, as he chronicles his problems with alcohol ("However Much I Booze"), women ("Dreaming From the Waist" and "They Are All in Love"), and life in general. However, his introspective musings are rendered ineffective by Roger Daltrey's bluster and the cloying, lightweight filler of "Squeeze Box." In addition, Townshend's songs tend to be underdeveloped, relying on verbosity instead of melodicism, with only the simple power of "Slip Kid," the grace of "Blue Red and Grey," and John Entwistle's heavy rocker "Success Story" making much of an impact. (AMG)
A Note on Classic Records: Acclaimed reissue label specializing in audiophile LP reissues of classic albums; employs its own custom-built tube-based mastering equipment on all of its releases; masters its releases from original master tapes (or the best sources available). Earliest releases were a box set of RCA Living Stereo classical titles and Verve jazz titles (subsequently sold individually).
Classic used 180 gram vinyl until 2001. That year they switched to 180 gram "SV" (Super Vinyl) and added a sticker specifying the type of vinyl to all their LPs. They introduced 200 gram "Quiex SV-P" in July 2002. That was followed by "SV-P II" and, in 2008, "Clarity Vinyl." In the 2000s, they also introduced lower priced versions of many of their LPs, pressed from the same masters but on regular 150, 140, or 120 gram vinyl. Represses were always done on the latest vinyl formulation and can be dated by the sticker.
Classic also produced a line of gold CDs in the 1990s and then 24/96 HDAD digital disks. Mastering was typically done at Bernie Grundman Mastering by Grundman himself or Chris Bellman. Classic's assets were purchased by Acoustic Sounds in 2010. (DSC)
The Who – The Who By Numbers
Label: Classic Records – 2490 129
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Remastered, Reissue, Limited Edition, 200 Gram Press
Country: US Released: 2008
A1 Slip Kid
A2 However Much I Booze
A3 Squeeze Box
A4 Dreaming From The Waist
A5 Imagine A Man
B1 Success Story
B2 They Are All In Love
B3 Blue Red And Grey
B4 How Many Friends
B5 In A Hand Or A Face
Manufactured By – Classic Records
Distributed By – Classic Records
Licensed From – Universal Music Enterprises
Mastered At – Bernie Grundman Mastering
Remastered By – Chris Bellman
2008 US exclusive limited edition 10-track LP pressed on 200gram QUIEX SUPER VINYL, originally released in 1975, mastered by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering from the original analog mastertapes sourced directly from The Who. The lacquers were cut on Classic Records' All Analog Tube cutting system, presented in deluxe picture sleeve with 12" x 12" 8-page booklet, plus repro 'Polydor' labels, housed in sticker-sealed PVC bag
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