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It's Hard [Original recording remastered, Extra tracks]

The WhoAudio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 3, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Mca
  • ASIN: B000002P6S
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
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1. Athena
2. It's Your Turn
3. Cooks County
4. It's Hard
5. Dangerous
6. Eminence Front
7. I've Known No War
8. One Life's Enough
9. One At A Time
10. Why Did I Fall For That
11. A Man Is A Man
12. Cry If You Want
13. It's Hard (Live)
14. Eminence Front (Live)
15. Dangerous (Live)
16. Cry If You Want (Live)

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Who's Final Anthem March 13, 2004
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"I hate it!" was lead singer Roger Daltrey's opinion of "It's Hard," The Who's last studio album to date. This was in stark contrast to Pete Townshend's view; the guitarist/songwriter seemed eager about the album and felt that The Who had been musically born again and revitalized. The same difference between the opinions of Daltrey and Townshend appeared among critics and fans. Rolling Stone called "It's Hard" The Who's best since "Who's Next," while others were less impressed. Some fans ate it up, others quickly spit it out. Whether all of this has anything to do with the fact that The Who hasn't recorded another studio album since then or not, "It's Hard" is a headstrong album that contains as much angst, bitterness, and determination as their most heraled albums.
"It's Hard" is identifiably 80s, considering the synthesizers that fill the album; but it should be noted that The Who were among the first to innovate the use of the synthesizer in the first place (see "Who's Next," recorded eleven years earlier). But the range of emotions overwhelm even the synthesizers. The entire album is an anthem. The Who's instantly recognizable contempt for the fact that they were getting older is obvious; Roger Daltrey belts bassist John Entwistle's words in 'It's Your Turn,' "I was a face in a magazine/When you were still playing with your plasticine." Also evident is the group's disenchantment with the emptiness of the 1982 music scene, as they state in the title track "Any kid can chatter, few can inform. It's hard..." Much of the material here is catchy, even when it gets down to the nitty-gritty, examples being the bar band-like 'One At a Time' and the more accessible 'Why Did I Fall For That,' 'Cooks County,' and 'Eminence Front,' the closest thing to an audience-embraced hit on the album...
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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful
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This was the last Who studio album I purchased, a fact that may have influenced my love for it. I'd been waiting a long time for it, had to specially order it from one of the music stores in my college town after having waited in vain for ages for it to show up on its own, and ended up paying $17.84, which is a rather high price for a CD in one of the music stores in Amherst, MA! After waiting so long, it had better be good. Even after it was in my hands and I was back in my room, I had to spend what felt like fifteen or twenty minutes trying to pry the CD out of the jewel case; it was screwed in so tightly I was afraid it might break. In addition to this long wait, I had already heard all of the negative hype surrounding it and was expecting something at least mediocre, if not outright bad. Therefore I was pleasantly surprised when I fell in love with it upon the very first note. Probably a lot of older fans hated it because they were unfairly comparing it to their great masterpieces which had gone before, and the fact that they didn't like Kenney Jones's drumming. As a younger fan, I had more of a historical perspective on it. (This album was released a few months before I turned three, but I can't recall having heard any of these songs on the radio at the time; it may have been made in my lifetime, but I was a bit too young to remember it and thus was able to come to it in early adulthood with a blank slate.)

This album is a thousand times better than FD. The only song on IH I don't like is "Why Did I Fall for That?" The others are pulsating and alive with energetic music, upbeat, interesting, touching, sometimes political lyrics, top-notch vocals, all-around great quality. It's a great series of statements about some of the things going on in the early Eighties.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very underrated WHO Album July 19, 2005
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This Album was slammed by Roger Daltery himself, who said that other than Eminence Front, it should not have come out. It was not one of the WHO's more successful LPs, reaching only #8 and going gold but not platinum. Still, it is very underrated and has held up very well over the years. First, Eminence Front, one of the 2 or 3 greatest Who songs, is worth the price of admission here. Second, there are several other worthwhile songs, most notably Athena, a top 40 single, the Title track, and John Entwistle's compositions, especially Dangerous. Actually, John Entwistle wrote the best material on the WHO's last three albums, not only because his material is good in its own right, but because Pete was saving the best material for his solo albums- see Empty Glass and All the Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes. Face it, the WHO never made a bad record, and this LP, initially criticized, has aged extremely well. Strongly recommended.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars why was this remixed?! September 8, 2005
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Sadly, the remix/remaster of this fine album is another example of historic revisionism. I thoroughly enjoyed this album, but the remix was a terrible idea. They changed the drum parts on "Cry If You Want"!!! This was one of Kenny Jones' finest drum parts on a Who album...terrible choice in changing it. If you loved this album back in '82, then buy a used copy of the original cd...much cheaper too. Buyer beware!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Disc August 3, 2000
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In my opinion, The Who went out with a bang. I'm tired of people comparing this album to the "Keith Moon era" - it wasn't the same band, how could it be? Standout cuts on this album (for me) include "Eminence Front," "Cook's County" & "Cry if You Want." Pete's guitar absolutely smokes on these tracks in particular! Very well written song structures & great production quality by long-time illustrious producer Glyn Johns. Entwistle contributed some fine tunes as well & the song "I've Known No War" has a nice, simple message to tell without being "preachy." It may not be an easy "first listen," but it will continuosly grow on you with repeated listenings.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Much Better Than It's Given Credit For
If you are a rock fan born after 1960 then you may like this album. It is one of my favorite albums, and certainly my favorite by The Who.
Published 1 month ago by xsurfer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by TERRY KETNER
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A Who LP I needed to complete my coll. of this great band.
Published 3 months ago by beatcall
5.0 out of 5 stars Give it another try.
Not a loved album when it came out, but listening again to it now more than 30 years later, each song stands on it's own.
Published 3 months ago by Joseph A. Borzyn
4.0 out of 5 stars A hit record for being one of the last studio albums by The Who
All of the songs here have a radio friendly sound and production to them, including "Athena" and "Eminence Front". Read more
Published 4 months ago by Marty Mankins
3.0 out of 5 stars Great tracks!
The cover was cracked when it big deal for me. Eminence Front was why I wanted it and there were 2 tracks - one was live!
Published 5 months ago by Terry Milin
4.0 out of 5 stars Still exploring it.
Another Who classic with many experiments featuring "Eminence front". Still filling in the blanks of my rock collection from the seventies.
Published 15 months ago by Daniel Hebert
5.0 out of 5 stars Top post Moon Who!
There are one or two songs here which are absolutely awesome! Most notably "Eminence Front"! I had to have it for my collection!
Published 17 months ago by John R. Drake
5.0 out of 5 stars The Who
The CD arrrived in perfect condition and am happy to say, I am jammin as we speak!!
Will be ordering more in the future!!
Published 19 months ago by Todd Haats
4.0 out of 5 stars Heard better
I bought the album for a specific song. I listened to it and there was only 1 other song I liked. I thought it would convert me to a fan. Nope.
Published 20 months ago by John Hancock
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