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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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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Fragments
  2. A Man In A Purple Dress
  3. Mike Post Theme
  4. In The Ether
  5. Black Widow's Eyes
  6. Two Thousand Years
  7. God Speaks, of Marty Robbins
  8. It's Not Enough
  9. You Stand By Me
  10. Sound Round
  11. Pick Up the Peace
  12. Unholy Trinity
  13. Trilby's Piano
  14. Endless Wire
  15. Fragments Of Fragments
  16. We Got A Hit
  17. They Make My Dream Come True
  18. Mirror Door
  19. Tea & Theatre
  20. We Got A Hit - Extended Version
  21. Endless Wire - Extended Version

Disc: 2

  1. Intro
  2. Can't Explain
  3. Behind Blue Eyes
  4. Mike Post Theme
  5. Baba O'Riley
  6. Won't Get Fooled Again

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 31, 2006)
  • Ltd ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Republic
  • ASIN: B000IONLN6
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (253 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,609 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By John W. Evans on November 20, 2006
Format: Audio CD
When a popular band does not release a studio album of new material for over two decades, diehard fans can never be sure what to expect. I have been a Who fan since I saw them play "I Can See For Miles" on the Smothers Brothers television program, many years ago. After that moment, I saved my allowance money to buy "The Who Sell Out", which remains one of my very favorite albums to this day. I continued to follow the band closely up through the Kenny Jones years and until "It's Hard", feeling at that time that the Who was producing music that was still vital despite changes in its sound and despite original Who drummer Keith Moon's death.

It wasn't until a few years ago when I saw The Who at the Gorge Amphitheatre at George, WA that I thought of them again as a functioning band. They gave an incredible performance on a wonderful night, on the late bassist John Entwistle's final tour. After that show, I wondered if there would ever be any new studio material, particular after the sad passing of Entwistle. A few years later, I found myself on pins and needles awaiting the release of "Endless Wire".

Not knowing what to expect, when I first listened to this new album I was taken back through the Who's history, but also into the future. While certain parts of "Endless Wire" may recall the earlier Who, some parts incorporate later Who sounds and recall some of guitarist/composer Pete Townshend's best solo work... but this album sounds like it is all here, happening right now. My thought after hearing "Endless Wire":

This is The Who in the 21st Century.

Stripped-down arrangements on songs such as "Tea and Theater", "Man In a Purple Dress" and "God Speaks of Marty Robbins" heighten the sense of intimacy within this music.
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Opening with a synthesizer that deliberately reminds fans of "Baba O'Riley" providing a bridge from the past to the present (and rather tongue-in-cheek), "Endless Wire" demonstrates that Townshend and Daltry aren't just resting on their laurels. This is the most vital sounding Who album since "Who Are You" and producer Pete Townshend dispenses with the bloated sythnesizer sound that dominated "It's Hard" for less straight forward imaginative arrangements. It's hard to pick out favorites at this early stage but "Fragments" that opens the album and "God Speaks of Marty Robbins" are two I've listened to quite a few times already. The latter tune features Townshend playing acoustic guitar and singing sounding as direct as he did on "Who Came First" his first solo album. Daltrey is in good voice throughout.

The "mini-opera" Wire & Glass begins with the tenth opening with a propeling drum roll by Peter Huntington that recalls Moonie when he was a lot more focused. The gourgeous "Trilby's Piano" also has Pete at the mic with some lovely piano playing by Rachel Fuller and a orchestral arrangement by Townshend with help from Fuller. "Mirror Door" closes the album out with a full band and like much of the album proves that Townshend's writing has been re-energized by his collaboration with Daltry. His music within the Who hasn't sounded this vital, energetic or as lyrically interesting since "Who Are You" (which at times sounded fatigued compared to some previous albums). The Who wasn't always the best at choosing Pete's best material (look at the outtakes from "Who Are You" and "Face Dances" which features great material that Pete would record solo)but here both Daltry and Townshend have presented some of Pete's best material in years.
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I bought this yesterday, rushed home, and listened to it all in one sitting. I listened to it again by the end of the day. I can safetly say that this is the best music pete has done since white city, and the best who music since who are you. I know, the competition isn't exactly fierce (the iron man is a joke, psychoderelict sometimes promising but erratic; face dances and it's hard, while being "okay" were very forced) but it's still amazing that the band was able to put out an album this good. It's not as good as Who By Numbers or Who Are You (classics in my book) let alone Quadrophenia or Tommy, but is it fair to expect that? No of course not.

A long time has past since the who's last album. Twenty four years; the entirity of my life! I have lived my whole life without a new who album coming out. Being a fan for the last eight years of my life, I have been rewarded by listening, and relistening to the old classics, but I never expected a new who album. Sure, the stones, dylan, and various oldies were releasing critically acclaimed albums. But I never thought pete would get out of whatever doldrums he had placed himself.

Thirteen years without any townshend music! I mean, Lifehouse Chronicles was fine, but not really a "new" album. Again, I have to ask, is it fair to expect Tommy out of townshend and daltrey?

No; they're in their sixties. They don't have it in them to do another quadrophenia, and by that I mean it's simply beyond their interest. Their focus in life has changed, they've become different people, their lives are vastly different than they were when they were children.

This album eschews most synthesizer experiments, an important part of Townshend's career both with the Who and especially solo.
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