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Wire & Glass Single, EP, Import

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The Who Wire & Glass UK CD single

1. Sound Round/Pick Up The Peace/Endless Wire/We Got A Hit/They Made My Dreams Come True/Mirror Door - The Who

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  • Performer: The Who, Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey
  • Composer: Pete Townshend
  • Audio CD (August 7, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single, EP, Import
  • Label: Universal Import
  • ASIN: B000GG493C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,600 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By DPK VINE VOICE on August 29, 2006
Format: Audio CD
First thing's first, this new material from the Who probably isn't going to make me dump my copies of Quadrophenia (my favorite Who album) and Who's Next (the best Who album). That said, Wire & Glass is pretty damn good. The musical approach echoes the classic Who sound (see Quadrophenia), but it never comes off as a re-hash. Consequently, I haven't been able to get it out of my head.

Townshend's songs have a kick to them that I haven't felt much since his 1985 album White City (1989's Who reunion song "Dig" from the Iron Man being a rare exception), and then there's Daltrey. I remember a critic commenting on how much better Daltrey is when singing Townshend's songs. It's not just that the songs are better, he himself just sounds more engaged.

Wire & Glass is identified as being songs from a "mini opera", with most if the songs being under two-minutes each leading up to the longer closing piece "Mirror Door," another Townshend tribute to the power of music.

Typically I dislike songs that name check singer after singer, but somehow this one works. I'm sure some of it has to do with the appreciation of the miracle of Townshend's and Daltrey's survival after so many years, but there's more to it than that. Again, it comes back to energy and engagement. "Mirror Door" has drive and kick and something harder to define.

I suppose emotion is the closest description I can manage. You can feel Townshend's love of what he's doing coming through in Daltrey's delivery, and the end result is so much more than the sum of its parts. And that, despite the absence of Keith Moon and John Entwistle, is how I know that this is truly the Who. Welcome back.
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97 of 117 people found the following review helpful By Peterack VINE VOICE on August 3, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I love The Who...seen them in many incarnations...including "The Two" that they are now. That being said, I will give this review based on what I hear on this cd...not how much I love this band.

The cd single announcement at amazon basically said that this single is snippets from songs from an upcoming cd. I believe that is these short tunes are part of one complete short rock opera. The idea that this was song samples at first stopped me from wanting this, but then I decided to go for it (I'm a fan...I just had to).

Now as to realities...I cannot pinpoint it, but my best observation is to take the best of Face Dances and mix that with the worst of Quadrophenia, mixed with the basic Townsend solo demos..and this is the sound you get. Not bad...not always "the Who" but when it is, it works.

Instrumentations are well, but I do miss the distinctive bass of John "The Ox" Entwistle...Palladino does a fine job as any pro could here, but does not add or make any reminder of the traditional Who sound (to this cd's detriment).

Finally...Roger's voice. Like me, Roger is getting older...his voice sounds of the strain of toomany "yeaaaaah's" during "Wont' Get Fooled Again." Not only is Roger's voice raspy/hoarse, but the deep gravely bass is at a point where the listener will recognize the heights to which it will not go again.

As a Who fan, I gave this a 4, if I was not this would be a2.5-3.0. The Who is awesome, and we should enjoy them how they are today, but for the uninitiated...beware this is not the classic band from the top 40.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Richard Pachter on August 3, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I must have listened to these songs a couple of dozen times by now (8/3/06) and I'm truly astonished how well they hold up. Pete's production is spot-on and Roger sounds terific, too. Nice to hear a more typical Pino Palladino sound here; he's just the right bassist for The Who in the absence of The Ox. Pete's guitar playing is energetic, as always, and the acoustic-electric mix is quite effective. I'm really looking forward to hearing the rest of this when the complete album is available. BRAVO!!!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By L. Walz on September 14, 2006
Format: Audio CD
It was just Pete and Roger, with Pete on acoustic guitar. For those of us long time fans who are still mourning Keith and John, this was appropriate and touching; it acknowledged what was lost, but also showed the strength of what remains. They performed a new song: "Man in a Purple Dress." It was fantastic -- a great song, with meaningful lyrics that reflect this troubling time. Art of this caliber after all these years! -- an artist can only survive if he remains relevant and truthful, otherwise, he just belongs in a museum or enshrined in yet another "Greatest Hits" compilation -- with new work like this, they still have full Who Attitude and renew themselves as vital contemporary artists. Pete was like an old lion, who will *never* lose his teeth or his ability to use them, and Roger showed that he still has the best pipes of them all, and has the heart and guts to sing the song of an older man with the same power he brought to the best of the Who's earlier work. I will cherish the memory of this performance, alongside the wonderful memories I have of seeing them perform Tommy, Who's Next, and Quadrophrenia. I can't WAIT for the full release of Wire and Glass to come out....
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Brian J Hay on September 2, 2006
Format: Audio CD
There's good news and bad news on this release. The good news is that the material is excellent. There's more life in it than there was in most of what was found on both "Face Dances" and "It's Hard". The bad news is that a couple of key elements aren't what they should or could be.

[Roger] Daltrey has been saying their best work is coming and he may be right. The longer this CD is here the more frequently it's finding it's way to the CD player. Townshend's gift for melody is as strong as it ever was. The best of his work has always challenged the listener while remaining melodically accessible. His ability to intertwine multiple musical threads into single songs while staying within a framework has always set his work apart from much of the pop world and it continues to do so. Every snippet here contains one solid musical thread and a variation on that thread that's close to solid enough be written into a song on its own merits. The only complete song presented (Mirror Door") shows several variations on the central idea along with one unrelated idea that fits the song like a glove. The first two thirds of the first idea is given three times before the final part of it is shown. That's just one example of what's going on. It's things like this that keep Townshend's work interesting and concise. It's also what's going to insure that his songs are played long after all of us are gone.

There are problems. Daltrey can't roar like the golden Rock God of old. It's not that he can't sing anymore--he can. And he can do it well. But when he tries to roar he croaks. There's no need for it. His voice is deeper and thicker and has acquired a touch of gravel with age. Some of the old high notes are elusive but he's still capable of enormous volume without having to scream.
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Absolutely agree with you. I saw them in Madrid and Zaragoza and they were... beyond words!!
TREMENDOUS shows as you put it.
Go see them in the States and good flight.
Jul 31, 2006 by Ion Duandicoechea Yurrebaso |  See all 5 posts
you don't get it, man
Well said! Cheers!
Aug 15, 2006 by Michael Ways |  See all 2 posts
The greatest live band
I wasn't fortunate to see the Who in their time, but their albums and remaining music videos were enough to blow my mind. As much as I love the Who, I am somewhat worried about this upcoming album. Does Mr. Daltry still have that energetic voice? I don't doubt Mr. Townshend's amazing talent,... Read More
Jul 19, 2006 by PScavenger |  See all 3 posts
WHO history lesson?
Main albums in sequence (ignoring live albums):
My Generation, A Quick One, The Who Sell Out, Tommy, Who's Next, Quadrophenia, The Who By Numbers, Who Are You, Face Dances, It's Hard.

My Generation is youth angst, sloppy but incredibly powerful and fun. A Quick One is basically the Who finding... Read More
Jul 23, 2006 by W. Caravaggio |  See all 2 posts
Not first new studio recordings in 23 years...
The new studio album is the first ALBUM released in 23 years, not the first recording. Wire and Glass, in case ya didn't know, is composed of parts of six songs form the studio album. Real Good Looking Boy/Old Red Wine were singles that were relased on the NOW AND THEN greatest hits... Read More
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