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Vinyl, Original recording remastered, March 23, 2015
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The Bonus DVD is 28:17 in length and features the following tracks:
Mike Post Theme (from the new album Endless Wire)
And 4 classic hits: Won't Get Fooled Again Baba O Reily Behind Blue Eyes Who Are You
Nearly a quarter-century (and bassist John Entwistle) passed between what had been considered the Who's career-capping album, It's Hard, and this 19-song epic, which at its best has the band of two pining for the days of Who's Next. Built from the triumph of the mini-opera Wire & Glass EP (included here in its entirety), Endless Wire mixes metaphors of music, war, and religion, while showcasing Roger Daltrey's ageless vocal cords and Pete Townshend at his windmilling best. Launching with a "Baba O'Riley"-like synth break in "Fragments," Daltrey asks "Are we breathing out or breathing in?" and Townshend answers with a thrashing, crashing Gibson. When the volume is turned up, there are echoes of three decades ago. "It's Not Enough" and "Mike Post Theme" conjure images of Entwistle and Keith Moon--the latter song, with its quiet verse and thunderous chorus, recalls "Going Mobile" and longs for Moon to whack it into shape. But the linchpin remains Townshend's songwriting, whether he's questioning faith ("Man in a Purple Dress"), showing gratitude for support ("You Stand By Me"), or dreaming of entertaining immortals into eternity ("Out on an Endless Wire"). By the time it wraps up, Endless Wire tells two things. No, it does not rank with the band's best work. But yes, as long as Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey walk the earth in tandem, the Who live on. --Scott Holter
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Can't go wrong with The Who! RIP Keith and John!
When the drum cadence starts and the touring unit crashes into "Sound Round," though, The Who is back. All the fire and intellect that suffused the Who's best work is here. "Mirror Door" and "We Got a Hit" rock as hard as anything the Who has put out. The march-like cadence of "Unholy Trinity" just carries us along. The full-length versions of "We Got a Hit" and "Endless Wire" stay in your head, especially the bouncy rhythm of the latter, long after the song is over.
If you haven't attended a Who concert in the last few years, Roger's deeper, more growly, vocals will come as a bit of a surprise. After all, the guy's 65 and a grandfather. He's lost a lot of his range, but he still can power it out. When he hollers "It's not enough" you can hear the pain and frustration in his voice. "Unholy Trinity" is more of a conversational tone. Roger is still one of the best singers in rock 'n roll. Few can keep up with Pete Townshend on the guitar. I have his Scoops" collections, and his playing the instruments on the first songs seems more band-like, like he understands better that each has a different role in the mix. The first nine songs they have much less of a "see what I can do" feel than the "Scoops" demos have. He's still no John Entwistle or Keith Moon, but, then, who is?
The Who have held up well,and this is a worthy addition to the canon. A couple of disappointments. I am sure Entwistle must have left a couple of songs. It would have been nice to include one in his memory. I was interested in hearing Pete's take on The Who's journey through the last 24 years. He comes close in "We Got a Hit" and "Mirror Door."
"Who will walk through the mirror door?" Christine Daie did to meet her Angel of Music. I will, if The Who continues putting out music like this.
Thank you, Pete and Roger, for giving us this music, which didn't need to exist, yet which is a moving and welcome addition to a tremendous body of work.