Endless Wire [CD/DVD Combo] [Limited Edition]
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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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Endless Wire was the first new album of original material by The Who since their 1982 album It's Hard.
Alot had changed, aside The Who, since 1982. In 1982, most people had LPs, cassette tapes, Atari 2600s, VCRs, cable MTV and New Wave, Metal and soft rock drek ran the charts and the St Louis Cardinals were Major League Baseball's champions. Fast forward to 2006 and now CDs/MP3s were main means of acquiring music, LPs making a comeback, DVDs (and eventually Blu-Ray), satellite TV and HDTV, X-Box and internet games and the music scene was now run by hip hop, country, pretty boys and scantily clad dressed women and the St Louis Cardinals would once again win the World Series for baseball. Also, The Who in that time disbanded, regrouped several times for tours in 1989, 1996/1997 and 2000 and for the 2001 Concert For New York before founding bass player John Entwistle's death in 2002 from an accidental drug overdose almost ended The Who once and for all. The Who has soldiered on since with just original singer Roger Daltrey and guitarist/songwriter Pete Townshend being the sole survivors of the original lineup.
When I first heard The Who were recording a new album, I was nervous and excited at the same time (having been a fan since 1986). The album took four years to create but was worth the wait as you will read ahead.
The opening track "Fragments" starts with a synthesizer that deliberately reminds fans of Baba O'Riley before turning into a full-on throttle rocker. Next is an acoustic number "Man in a Purple Dress" which is another great tune. Next is one of my favorites on the album, the majestic rocker "Mike Post Theme" which is just a killer number and possibly my favorite on the album. Next is the acoustic "In the Ether" and has Pete singing lead and his vocal delivery reminds me of Tom Waits' singing but is a stellar number. "Black Widow's Eyes" is next and is another excellent rocker and Zak Starkey's drumming on this track is top notch as is bass player Pino Palladino's bass fills.
We follow with another acoustic number "Two Thousand Years" featuring Daltrey and Townshend duetting passionately and musically sounds like "Blue Red and Grey" on 1975's The Who By Numbers. "God Speaks of Marty Robbins" is next and is another excellent acoustic number featuring Pete on lead vocal. Following that is the album's first single, the rocker "It's Not Enough" which proves The Who can be competitive with today's "so-called" bands. We end the songs portion of the album with "You Stand By Me" with just Pete and his acoustic guitar.
The album's second half consists of the "mini-opera" entitled Wire and Glass. We begin the Wire and Glass portion with a stellar drum roll by Peter Huntington that recalls the late Keith Moon on the rocker "Sound Round". We continue the rocking with "Pick Up the Piece" and "Unholy Trinity". Then we slow down the opera a bit with "Trilby's Piano" with Pete singing with some lovely piano playing by his girlfriend Rachel Fuller on piano and a orchestral arrangement by Townshend with help from Fuller. The title cut is a short acoustic vignette from Pete and is a great piece (a longer version appears at the end of the CD). Next is a reprise of the album's opener "Fragments of Fragments". We follow it with the rocker "We Got a Hit" (which is repeated at the end of CD as a full length version). "They Made My Dream Come True" follows and is another excellent number. "Mirror Door" is an excellent rocking piece which rocks and we close the album (and now the final encore at all Who shows) with "Tea and Theatre" which is another great number.
Endless Wire proved to me upon its release (and still in 2012) that Townshend and Daltrey have as much right to go on as The Who despite the deaths of John Entwistle and Keith Moon. It also proved that The Who were still a relevant band in 2006 and are as fresh and competent as trash like My Chemical Romance, Evanescence and so on are.
The initial issue of Endless Wire includes a DVD with five tracks recorded live at the Vienne Amphitheatre in Lyon, France from July of 2006 and is a nice bonus to a terrific album from the duo which are spirited renditions of I Can't Explain, Behind Blue Eyes, Mike Post Theme, Baba O' Riley and Won't Get Fooled Again.
Also, Best Buy also offered a similar limited edition version but with a 7 track mini-live album/CD that duplicates two of the tracks and offers spirited versions of The Seeker, Who Are You, Relay (a/k/a The Relay), Greyhound Girl and Naked Eye in place of I Can't Explain, Behind Blue Eyes and Baba O'Riley.
Endless Wire is a welcome addition to The Who's catalog and it peaked at #6 on the US charts which isn't bad considering it was their first new album in 24 years.
The more I listen, the more I hear the evelution of this band. Remember it has been over 20 years for a full realese of new material, so they have not prepared us on how their own changes in life/age/outlook have affected their music. We just get to hear the result from this end of the time warp which begain in 1982.
Having said that, I found this very enjoyable. Man in the Purple Dress is wonderful (even though I am about to be ordained as a clergy person!), and I find the songs really work when they try to be the vintage Who.
Regretably the only stumbling block for me is Roger's voice (and okay, Pete's on "In the Ether" (where he sounds like he is trying to do a Boris the Spider voice), Roger is older...so am I...his vocals are not what they once were...more warbly, tight vocal chords, straining to hit certain notes.
Having said all this, the more I listen, the more it grows on me...and I am happy that I lived to see the day that a new Who cd (new material that is) has come forth!