Endless Wire [CD/DVD Combo] [Limited Edition] Limited Edition
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Vinyl, Original recording remastered, March 23, 2015
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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I love the Who in all of its incarnations, even the Kenny Jones years - though I admit they are my least favorite. No fault of Jones, since it was the writing that suffered. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jack
So, they were both in their 60s when they made this album. And John Entwistle was dead. So, a lot of people dismissed or ignored it, either out of some misplaced loyalty to... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Aaron Smyth
I am not at all sure what 'fans' expected this album to sound like. The Who rhythm section is gone. Keith Moon has now been dead longer now than he was alive. Read morePublished 15 months ago by M. Salmestrelli
6 Years later and a couple times a month when I put up a slew of Who songs on my instant queue to listen to I still throw in Endless Wire and We Got a Hit. Read morePublished on February 7, 2014 by Whipple McTeelson the Third