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Who Are You [Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (November 19, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Mca
  • ASIN: B000002P2V
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,889 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Posited between punk (Pete Townshend's instinctive ethos) and progressive (much of the music), Who Are You is ultimately a failed attempt to conciliate two camps that thrived on their opposition to one another. Neither the insurgent punks of Johnny Rotton's generation nor Townshend's comfortably numb peer group had the least need for one another. Townshend, on the other hand, seemed to want one thing from both forces: their contempt. It was something he could share with them. All of which led to one exceptional song (the title cut) and a handful of lesser statements (the modified minuet "Guitar and Pen," "Music Must Change," "New Song"). John Entwistle fills three song slots with the tactless "Had Enough," the slight but likable "905," and "Trick of the Light," an above-par classic-rock showcase for Roger Daltry. A generous five bonus tracks round out the reissue. --Steven Stolder

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Their highest-charting album ever, complete with five unreleased bonus tracks!

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A changing musical direction August 18, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is one of my favourite Who albums because it's got so much musical energy and excitement pulsating all throughout. It reflects the band's changing musical direction, like it or not; who wants a band or singer to have the exact same style on each and every album? Most music put out in 1978 was like this, very influenced by New Wave and the dawn of the Punk movement. And since I love this album so much, I was shocked to discover that the remastering had taken away some lyrics and instrumentation on the songs, like the first part of the chorus in "Trick of the Light." And the songs are linked together thematically, all about the changing nature of music. The album begins with a jolt of energy and pulls one right in until the final moment, Keith's final moment of glory on his beloved drums before his untimely premature death. His drumming on the other tracks hadn't been the greatest (esp. on the only track I don't really care for, "Music Must Change," where he had to play cymbals because he couldn't master the drumming it required), but on the title track, the closing track on both the original release and the later remaster, he comes back to life with a vengeance, going out in a blaze of glory.

The bonus tracks are kinda skimpy in comparison to the great bonus tracks on many of their other albums which doubled their original lengths, and three are just different versions of songs that were already featured, but what we have is really good. The best ones are the lost verse mix of the title track, "No Road Romance," and the band's version of "Empty Glass," which became the title track of Pete's real first solo album.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So long Keith... November 22, 1999
By Daniel
Format:Audio CD
Yes, The Who were starting to ease into a kinder, gentler point in their career. True, The Who were forever changed when one fourth of it's original, incendiary line up became yet another rock casualty; but what a swan song this was. From the first notes of the muscular opening track "New Song" to the triumphant punch of the album's closer "Who Are You", Pete Townshend's matured outlook and vision remained just as clear as it ever had. With Daltrey's gruff, beefy vocals, Entwhistle's dazzling bass flourishes, Townshend's cranking power chords, and Moon's incredible timing and fills, this 1978 album bristles with all the energy of a band half their age. Rockers like "Had Enough" and "Guitar & Pen" showcase the vocal prowess and power of the man called Daltrey, whilst beautiful gems such as "Love Is Coming Down" and "Music Must Change" remind the listener of the songwriting genius of Pete Townshend. Hearing the bonus tracks at the end of the CD is icing on this already glorious cake, and is essential for any true Who fan (especially hearing some of the last drumming Moon ever put down on tape with "Empty Glass"). Everytime I put on this CD (and it's a lot) I am transported to a wonderful place. There are many reasons for it, and one is the magic in the chemistry of these four individuals... That this CD is the final curtain call for this legendary line up makes "Who Are You" even more important, and sadly, more poignant.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Moon's Last April 2, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Who Are You was the final album made by the original Who quartet. The album is the least consistent of the original lineup's career, but the high quality of several of the songs make up for the lackluster ones. The title track as legend would have it was inspired by a situation where a drunken Pete Townshend got into a fight with some punks and they uttered the line who the f*** are you to him. The song is an instant classic with it's pulsating beat and first rate vocal performance by Roger Daltry. "New Song" is a catchy song about artists recycling their material and "Sister Disco" is a strong rocker in a "Baba O'Reilly" vein. Other songs like "Guitar & The Pen", "Trick Of The Light" & "Music Must Change" fall short. The reissue contains some nice outtakes including an early version of "Empty Glass" and a version of the title track with a lost verse. Sadly, Keith Moon would pass away shortly after the album's release thus extinguishing one of the brightest drumming flames in rock history and ending one of the greatest bands of all-time. The Who would go on, but without Keith Moon, they were never the same.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Overlooked Who Album which gets unfair treatment March 2, 2005
By howzat
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Who Are You (1978.), the Who's eighth studio album

'Who Are You' by far gets the most unfair treatment of all of the Who works. Why it does so always perplexes me - I get sick and tired of seeing this album get called 'a failed attempt'. I'll say first though, that this is not at the levels of 'Who's Next' or the Who's live masterpiece, 'Live at Leeds', but it is a solid, sometimes catchy effort which sees the Who at their most personal and expressive. The fact this album is so revealing in its style and lyrics is probably the reason why many people like to bash this album about and give it a hard time. With this album you are getting a much different perspective of the Who. Gone are the days of the Who singing anthems on a 'Teenage Wasteland' theme but now, with 'Who are You' and the previous album, 'The Who By Numbers' we see a pouring of emotion based around the troubles of mid-life. At the centre of this transition is Townshend, who by this stage was getting pissed of with life in general. Going through very much a mid-life crisis, Townshend was determined to keep the Who up to date, against the tide of up an coming punk rockers who were emerging at the time - as a result with this album, the songs he wrote try to consolidate the punk ethos with the Who's normal rock R+B style and I would not say that it is a totally failed attempt at that either.

However, Townshend and the Who at the time were not in the greatest shape. Townshend had a drink and drugs problem and this was taking its toll on him and the band. The 'Who Are You' studio album took more than 6 months to record - with Townshend often sporadically turning up to recording sessions. Keith Moon was also not faring in the greatest fashion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dam fine !!
Was kicking myself for not buying this album a long time ago .
Every time I watch CSI on TV , I wish I had this album .
Now I have it YAH HOO
Published 2 months ago by steve
5.0 out of 5 stars Who Are You
This version of the WHO's classic Who Are you album is the best yet, having additional alternative recordings for three of the original songs, one being Who Are You itself, and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Robert A. Vondruska
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best
Must say I was looking for more from this disc. Oh well..you win some, you lose some...I wouldn't buy another of their discs.
Published 6 months ago by Milly
5.0 out of 5 stars WHO?
Just like my recent RUN-DMC purchase...this one is a no-brainer. Get the WHO now while supplies last and prices are low.
Published 9 months ago by Paul W. O'Brien
5.0 out of 5 stars one of their best
long time Who fan. have missed the deep cuts on this album which never get played. Has always been one of my favorites.
Published 11 months ago by chcoots
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated, CD sounds great
Love the record. Big Who fan of earlier stuff, finally picked up this one, the last with Moon. Good remastered CD sound quality, especially considering it was done quite a few... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Jim Dixon
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Published 13 months ago by Kathleen
4.0 out of 5 stars A historical document? Yes.
For Who purists, this won't be high on your list of ranked Who albums. However, out of the context of their catalogue, it is a fine late 70s-era album. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Andy Lynch
5.0 out of 5 stars Younger generation loves The Who
My daughter born in 1993 has become a big "The Who" , Freddie Mercury and Queen fan. She loves this CD. It's on her ipod which she listens to in the car and at school. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Denise K. Clements
5.0 out of 5 stars Great version of a classic CD
This CD adds several tracks to the original release. A definite must for any Who fan. Sound quality and song selection is excellent.
Published 15 months ago by M. Moreira
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