THE WHO - WHO'S NEXT * CLASSIC RECORDS 200 GRAM PRESS * NM 9/10
Much of Who's Next derives from Lifehouse, an ambitious sci-fi rock opera Pete Townshend abandoned after suffering a nervous breakdown, caused in part from working on the sequel to Tommy. There's no discernable theme behind these songs, yet this album is stronger than Tommy, falling just behind Who Sell Out as the finest record the Who ever cut. Townshend developed an infatuation with synthesizers during the recording of the album, and they're all over this album, adding texture where needed and amplifying the force, which is already at a fever pitch. Apart from Live at Leeds, the Who have never sounded as LOUD and unhinged as they do here, yet that's balanced by ballads, both lovely ("The Song Is Over") and scathing ("Behind Blue Eyes"). That's the key to Who's Next -- there's anger and sorrow, humor and regret, passion and tumult, all wrapped up in a blistering package where the rage is as affecting as the heartbreak. This is a retreat from the '60s, as Townshend declares the "Song Is Over," scorns the teenage wasteland, and bitterly declares that we "Won't Get Fooled Again." For all the sorrow and heartbreak that runs beneath the surface, this is an invigorating record, not just because Keith Moon runs rampant or because Roger Daltrey has never sung better or because John Entwistle spins out manic basslines that are as captivating as his "My Wife" is funny. This is invigorating because it has all of that, plus Townshend laying his soul bare in ways that are funny, painful, and utterly life-affirming. That is what the Who was about, not the rock operas, and that's why Who's Next is truer than Tommy or the abandoned Lifehouse. Those were art -- this, even with its pretensions, is rock & roll. (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. (DSG)
The Who – Who's Next
Label: Classic Records – 2408 102, Track Record – 2408 102
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered, 200 Gram
Country: US Released: 2005
A1 Baba O'Riley Written-By – Pete Townshend 4:59
A2 Bargain Written-By – Pete Townshend 5:33
A3 Love Ain't For Keeping Written-By – Pete Townshend 2:11
A4 My Wife Written-By – John Entwistle 3:35
A5 Song Is Over Written-By – Pete Townshend 6:16
B1 Getting In Tune Written-By – Pete Townshend 4:49
B2 Going Mobile Written-By – Pete Townshend 3:40
B3 Behind Blue Eyes Written-By – Pete Townshend 3:40
B4 Won't Get Fooled Again Written-By – Pete Townshend 8:31
Bass – John Entwistle
Brass – John Entwistle
Design – John Kosh
Drums – Keith Moon
Executive Producer – Chris Stamp, Kit Lambert, Pete Kameron
Guitar – Pete Townshend
Mixed By – Glyn Johns
Organ [Vcs3] – Pete Townshend
Percussion – Keith Moon
Photography By – Ethan A. Russell*
Piano – John Entwistle (tracks: A4), Nicky Hopkins (tracks: A5, B1), Pete Townshend (tracks: A1)
Producer – The Who
Producer [Associate] – Glyn Johns
Producer [Violin] – Keith Moon (tracks: A1)
Recorded By – Glyn Johns
Synthesizer [A.r.p.] – Pete Townshend
Violin – Dave Arbus (tracks: A1)
Vocals – John Entwistle, Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey
Fabulous Music: A1-A3, A,5, B1-B4
Wistle Rhymes: A4
Quiex SV-P 200g vinyl. Classic also released a 140g "Regular Weight" version.
2005 Manufactured and distributed by Classic Records, Inc.
Matrix / Runout (Side 1): TR-2408102-A
Matrix / Runout (Side 2): TR-2408102-B
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