The Who - Who's Next (Vinyl)

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This is the fifth studio album by English rock band the Who. It developed from the aborted Lifehouse project, a multi-media rock opera written by the group's Pete Townshend as a follow-up to the band's 1969 album Tommy. The project was cancelled owing to its complexity and to conflicts with Kit Lambert, the band's manager, but the group salvaged some of the songs, without the connecting story elements, to release as their next album. Eight of the nine songs on Who's Next were from Lifehouse, the lone exception being the John Entwistle-penned "My Wife". Ultimately, the remaining Lifehouse tracks would all be released on other albums throughout the next decade.

This album is fantastic. Every song is great, and a lot of the songs are genuine all-time greats. A lot of albums are called 'masterpiece' and 'classic' these days. This is one of the few that can genuinely use both those terms.
The riffs are mighty, the vocals soar, the bass is danceable and the drum work is, well, sublime. Keith Moon proves on this album why he is often considered one the finest drummers who ever lived. Starting with the epic 'Baba O'Riley', the album rarely drops below perfect. 'Bargain' is a storming rock song, while 'Love Ain't For Keeping' is a masterly crafted pop song. 'My Wife' is a fun and catchy number, while 'The Song is Over' is an excellent half-way ballad that lets you rest after that tremendously loud opening songs. 'Getting in Tune' is perhaps the weakest track on the album but it is still fantastic, and 'Going Mobile' is one of the finest driving songs I've ever heard.
The album ends on an absolute high. 'Behind Blue Eyes' is just one the greatest songs ever written, and 'Won't Get Fooled Again' is rightly seen as The Who's finest moment. Eight and a half minutes of pure rock fury. This album is a classic. It is a masterpiece. Dare I say it, it is very nearly perfect.

By:  birthofthecool

A1 Baba O'Riley
A2 Bargain
A3 Love Ain't For Keeping
A4 My Wife
A5 Song Is Over
B1 Getting In Tune
B2 Going Mobile
B3 Behind Blue Eyes
B4 Won't Get Fooled Again

Catalogue Number:  3715614

Record Label:  Universal

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