This is how it should be peformed! Was this better than any other drummer's? From my perspective, if the album had only these 2 songs, it would still be a great album. Supposedly the vocals are live. Seems almost mono with a double tracked vocal.
Loved it. Such a great recording too. However, in when the remixed Live At Leeds came out — that version blew this one away. Wide stereo mix and an extended ending! Makes you wonder what other gems are sitting on the master reels??? Woodstock is one of my favorite Who performances. When this was edited out of the original released CDs, I laughed.
I never ever liked this. No part of this website may be copied or used for any other purpose without the express permission of the site owner. This page was last updated on Friday May 22, PM. Mini-LP cover. Back cover clear plastic, allowing insert to show through Portugal - Polydor LP Promo back cover Translucent plastic sleeve. Australia - Polydor Cassette. France - Polydor Cassette. Italy - Polydor Cassette. Remastered Single CD. New Zealand - Polydor Cassette. He decided that the group would be ideal to represent the growing mod movement in Britain which involved fashion, scooters and music genres such as rhythm and bluessoul and beat.
Meaden was replaced as manager by two filmmakers, Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp. They were looking for a young, unsigned rock group that they could make a film about,  and had seen the band at the Railway Hotel in Wealdstonewhich had become a regular venue for them.
In Juneduring a performance at the Railway, Townshend accidentally broke the head of his guitar on the low ceiling of the stage. The following week, the audience were keen to see a repeat of the event. Moon obliged by kicking his drum kit over, I Can See For Miles - The Who - The Kids Are Alright (CD,  and auto-destructive art became a feature of the Who's live set. Townshend had written a song, " I Can't Explain ", that deliberately sounded like the Kinks to attract Talmy's attention.
Talmy saw the group in rehearsals and was impressed. He signed them to his production company,  and sold the recording to the US arm of Decca Recordswhich meant that the group's early singles were released in Britain on Brunswick Recordsone of UK Decca's labels for US artists. Immediately on returning to Britain, Daltrey was sacked,  but was reinstated on the condition that the group became a democracy without his dominant leadership.
At this time, the group enlisted Richard Cole as a roadie. The next single, " My Generation ", followed in October. Townshend I Can See For Miles - The Who - The Kids Are Alright (CD written it as a slow blues, but after several abortive attempts, it was turned into a more powerful song with a bass solo from Entwistle. The song used gimmicks such as a vocal stutter to simulate the speech of a mod on amphetaminesand two key changes. Among original material by Townshend, including the title track and " The Kids Are Alright ", the album has several James Brown covers from the session earlier that year that Daltrey favoured.
After My Generationthe Who fell out with Talmy, which meant an abrupt end to their recording contract. Townshend said he wrote the song about identity crisis, and as a parody of the Rolling Stones 's " 19th Nervous Breakdown ". It was the first single to feature him playing an acoustic twelve-string guitar. During "My Generation", Townshend attacked Moon with his guitar; Moon suffered a black eye and bruises, and he and Entwistle left the band, but changed their minds and rejoined a week later.
To alleviate financial pressure on the band, Lambert arranged a song-writing deal which required each member to write two songs for the next album. Entwistle contributed " Boris the Spider " and "Whiskey Man" and found a niche role as second songwriter.
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The group, especially Moon, were not fond of the hippie movement, and thought their violent stage act would stand in sharp contrast to the peaceful atmosphere Album) the festival. Hendrix was also on the bill, and was also going to smash his guitar on stage.
Townshend verbally abused Hendrix and accused him of stealing his act,  and the pair argued about who should go on stage first, with the Who winning the argument. According to biographer Tony FletcherHendrix sounded "so much better than the Who it was embarrassing". They bonded with Moon,  who was excited to learn that cherry bombs were legal to purchase in Alabama.
Moon acquired a reputation of destroying hotel rooms while on tour,  with a particular interest in blowing up toilets. Entwistle said the first cherry bomb they tried "blew a hole in the suitcase and the chair". I never realised dynamite was so powerful. After the Hermits tour, the Who recorded their next single, " I Can See for Miles ", which Townshend had written in but had avoided recording until he was sure it could be produced well. The resulting detonation threw Moon off his drum riser and his arm was cut by flying cymbal shrapnel.
Townshend's hair was singed and his left ear left ringing, and a camera and studio monitor were destroyed. It included humorous jingles and mock commercials between songs,  a mini rock opera called "Rael", and "I Can See For Miles".
We live pop art. Later that year, Lambert and Stamp formed a record label, Track Recordswith distribution by Polydor. As well as signing Hendrix, Track became the imprint for all the Who's UK output until the mids. They continued to tour across the US and Canada during the first half of the year. By the Who had started to attract attention in the underground press.
The album went through several names during recording, including Deaf Dumb and Blind Boy and Amazing Journey ; Townshend settled on Tommy  for the album about the life of a deaf, dumb and blind boy, and his attempt to communicate with others. By the end of the year, 18 months of touring had led to a well-rehearsed and tight live band, which was evident when they performed "A Quick One While He's Away" at The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus television special.
The Stones considered their own performance lacklustre, and the project was never broadcast. Woodstock has been regarded as culturally significant, but the Who were critical of the event. Roadie John "Wiggie" Wolff, who arranged the band's payment, described it as "a shambles". Bythe Who were widely considered one of the best and most popular live rock bands; Chris Charlesworth described their concerts as "leading to a kind of rock nirvana that most bands can only dream about".
They decided a live album would help demonstrate how different the sound at their gigs was to Tommyand set about listening to the hours of recordings they had accumulated.
Townshend baulked at the prospect of doing so, and demanded that all the tapes be burned. Instead, they booked two shows, one in Leeds on 14 February, and one in Hull the following day, with the intention of recording a live album. Technical problems from the Hull gig resulted in the Leeds gig being used, which became Live at Leeds. Townshend wrote the song to commemorate the common man, as a contrast to the themes on Tommy. Tommy secured the Who's future, and made them millionaires.
During the latter part ofTownshend plotted a follow up Tommy : Lifehousewhich was to be a multi-media project symbolising the relationship between an artist and his audience. Townshend approached the gigs with optimism; the rest of the band were just happy to be gigging again.
Things deteriorated until Townshend had a nervous breakdown and abandoned Lifehouse. Recording at the Record Plant in New York City in March was abandoned when Lambert's addiction to hard drugs interfered with his ability to produce. After touring Who's Nextand needing time to write a follow-up, Townshend insisted that the Who take a lengthy break, as they had not stopped touring since the band started. Tensions began to emerge as Townshend believed Daltrey just wanted a money-making band and Daltrey thought Townshend's projects were getting pretentious.
Moon's behaviour was becoming increasingly destructive and problematic through excessive drinking and drugs use, and a desire to party and tour. He believed them to be no longer effective managers, which Townshend and Moon disputed. Bythe Who turned to recording the album Quadrophenia about mod and its subculture, set against clashes with Rockers in early s Britain.
The Quadrophenia tour started in Stoke on Trent in October  and was immediately beset with problems. Daltrey resisted Townshend's wish to add Joe Cocker 's keyboardist Chris Stainton who played on the album to the touring band. The show was abandoned for an "oldies" set, at the end of which Townshend smashed his guitar and Moon kicked over his drumkit.
Townshend asked the audience, "Can anyone play the drums? Bywork had begun in earnest on a Tommy film. Stigwood suggested Ken Russell as director, whose previous work Townshend had admired.
David Essex auditioned for the title role, but the band persuaded Daltrey to take it. Moon had moved to Los Angeles, so they used session drummers, including Kenney Jones. Elton John used his own band for "Pinball Wizard". The film premiered on 18 March to a standing ovation. Work on Tommy took up most ofand live performances by the Who were restricted to a show in May at the Valleythe home of Charlton Athleticin front of 80, fans,  and a few dates at Madison Square Garden in June.
InDaltrey and Townshend disagreed about the band's future and criticised each other via interviews in the music paper New Musical Express. Daltrey was grateful that the Who had saved him from a career as a sheet-metal worker and was unhappy at Townshend not playing well; Townshend felt the commitment of the group prevented him from releasing solo material. After the tour, Townshend took most of the following year off to spend time with his family.
A settlement was reached, but Townshend was upset and disillusioned that Klein had attempted to take ownership of his songs.
After leaving, he passed out in a doorway, where a policeman said he would not be arrested if he could stand and walk. The events inspired the title track of the next album, Who Are You. The group reconvened in Septemberbut Townshend announced there would be no live performances for the immediate future, a decision that Daltrey endorsed.
By this point, Moon was so unhealthy that the Who conceded it would be difficult for him to cope with touring. Moon's playing was particularly lacklustre and he had gained a lot of weight,  though Daltrey later said, "even at his worst, Keith Moon was amazing. Recording of Who Are You started in January Daltrey clashed with Johns over the production of his vocals, and Moon's drumming was so poor that Daltrey and Entwistle considered firing him.
This performance was strong, and several tracks were used in the film. It was the last gig Moon performed with the Who. The album was released on 18 August, and became their biggest and fastest seller to date, peaking at No. Returning to his flat, Moon took 32 tablets of clomethiazole which had been prescribed to combat his alcohol withdrawal. The day after Moon's death, Townshend issued the statement: "We are more determined than ever to carry on, and we want the spirit of the group to which Keith contributed so much to go on, although no human being can ever take his place.
Jones officially joined the band in November The Quadrophenia film was released that year. John Lydon was considered for Jimmy, but the role went to Phil Daniels.
Sting played Jimmy's friend and fellow mod, the Ace Face. The Jam were influenced by the Who, and critics noticed a similarity between Townshend and the group's leader, Paul Weller. The Kids Are Alright was also completed in It was a retrospective of the band's career, directed by Jeff Stein. The film contains the Shepperton concert,  and an audio track of him playing over silent footage of himself was the last time he ever played the drums.
In December, the Who became the third band, after the Beatles and the Bandto appear on the cover of Time. The article, by Jay Cockssaid the band had outpaced, outlasted, outlived and outclassed all of their rock band contemporaries.
On 3 Decembera crowd crush at a Who gig at the Riverfront ColiseumCincinnati killed 11 fans. Some fans waiting outside mistook the band's soundcheck for the concert, and attempted to force their way inside. As only a few entrance doors were opened, a bottleneck situation ensued with thousands trying to gain entry, and the crush became deadly. The Who were not told until after the show because civic authorities feared crowd problems if the concert were cancelled. The band were deeply shaken upon learning of it and requested that appropriate safety precautions be taken in the future.
Daltrey took a break in to work on the film McVicarin which he took the lead role of bank robber John McVicar. Townshend wanted the Who to stop touring and become a studio act; Entwistle threatened to quit, saying, "I don't intend to get off the road Townshend spent part of writing material for a Who studio album owed to Warner Bros. Records from a contract in but he found himself unable to generate music appropriate for the Who and at the end of paid for himself and Jones to be released from the contract.
Townshend had announced in that he suffered from tinnitus   and alternated acoustic, rhythm and lead guitar to preserve his hearing. It was the last studio recording to feature Entwistle. The shows included guest spots by Entwistle and Townshend. Although all three surviving original members of the Who attended, they appeared on stage together only during the finale, "Join Together", with the other guests.
Daltrey toured that year with Entwistle, Zak Starkey on drums and Simon Townshend filling in for his brother as guitarist. Despite technical difficulties the show led to a six-night residency at Madison Square Garden and a US and European tour through and In latethe Who performed as a five-piece for the first time sincewith Bundrick on keyboards and Starkey on drums.
Andy Greene in Rolling Stone called the tour better than the final one with Moon in Cocaine was a contributing factor. Entwistle's son, Christopher, gave a statement supporting the Who's decision to carry on.
Townshend dedicated the show to Entwistle, and ended with a montage of pictures of him. The tour lasted until September. He decided their friendship was important, and this ultimately led to writing and recording new material. To combat bootleggingin the band began to release the Encore Series of official soundboard recordings via themusic.
An official statement read: "to satisfy this demand they have agreed to release their own official recordings to benefit worthy causes".
The Who announced in that they were working on a new album. The album reached No. Amazing Journey was nominated for a Grammy Award. He experimented with an in-ear monitoring system that was recommended by Neil Young and his audiologist. In OctoberTownshend announced the Who would stage their final tour inperforming in locations they have never played before. Townshend suggested to Mojo that it could be the group's last UK gig. Then Townshend promised the band would come back "stronger than ever".
The Who embarked on the Back to the Who Tour 51! In Januarythe band announced the Moving On! The tour began on 7 May in Grand Rapids, Michigan, but was interrupted during the September Houston show due to Daltrey losing his voice. The pandemic has placed resumption of the tour on hold. A new album titled Who was released on 6 December The Who have been regarded primarily as a rock band, yet have taken influence from several other styles of music during their career.
InTownshend coined the term " power pop " to describe the Who's style. In the studio, they began to develop softer pieces, particularly from Tommy onwards,  and turned their attention towards albums more than singles. From the early s, the band's sound included synthesizers, particularly on Who's Next and Quadrophenia. Townshend and Entwistle were instrumental in making extreme volumes and distortion standard rock practices.
The group used feedback as part of their guitar sound, both live and in the studio. Throughout their careers, the members of the Who have said their live sound has never been captured as they wished on record. Daltrey initially based his style on Motown and rock and roll,  but from Tommy onwards he tackled a wider range of styles.
Group backing vocals are prominent in the Who. After "I Can't Explain" used session men for backing vocals, Townshend and Entwistle resolved to do better themselves on subsequent releases, producing strong backing harmonies. Who's Next featured Daltrey and Townshend sharing the lead vocals on several songs, and biographer Dave Marsh considers the contrast between Daltrey's strong, guttural tone and Townshend's higher and gentler sound to be one of the album's highlights.
Daltrey's voice is negatively affected by marijuana smoke, to which he says he is allergic. On 20 Mayduring a Who concert at Nassau Coliseumhe smelled a joint burning and told the smoker to put it out or "the show will be over".
The fan obliged, without taking Pete Townshend's advice that "the quickest way" to extinguish a joint is "up your fucking arse". Townshend considered himself less technical than guitarists such as Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck and wanted to stand Album) visually instead.
His rhythm playing frequently used seventh chords and suspended fourths and he is associated with the power chordan easy-to-finger chord built from the root and fifth  that has since become a fundamental part of the rock guitar vocabulary. In the group's early career, Townshend favoured Rickenbacker guitars as they allowed him to fret rhythm guitar chords easily and move the neck back and forwards to create vibrato.
A distinctive part of the original band's sound was Entwistle's lead bass playing, while Townshend concentrated on rhythm and chords.
Moon further strengthened the reversal of traditional rock instrumentation by playing lead parts on his drums. He avoided the hi-hatand concentrated on a mix of tom rolls and cymbals. Jones' drumming style was in sharp contrast to Moon's. The Who were initially enthusiastic about working with a completely different drummer,  though Townshend later stated, "we've never really been able to replace Keith.
Starkey has been praised for his playing style which echoes Moon's without being a copy. Townshend focused on writing meaningful lyrics  inspired by Bob Dylanwhose words dealt with subjects other than boy—girl relationships that were common in rock music; in contrast to Dylan's intellectualism, Townshend believed his lyrics should be about things kids could relate to.
Entwistle's songs, by contrast, typically feature black humour and darker themes. The Who are perceived as having had a poor working relationship. In the original band, Sandom had been the peacemaker and settled disputes. Moon, by contrast, was as volatile as Daltrey and Townshend. Entwistle was too passive to become involved in arguments. The only genuine friendship in the Who during the s was between Entwistle and Moon. The pair enjoyed each other's sense of humour and shared a fondness for clubbing.
Journalist Richard Green noted a "chemistry of playfullness that would go beyond playfullness". The group regularly argued in the press,  though Townshend said disputes were amplified in print and the group simply found it difficult to agree on things.
Entwistle's death came as a shock to both Townshend and Daltrey, and caused them to re-evaluate their relationship. Townshend has said that he and Daltrey have since become close friends. The Who are one of the most influential rock bands of the 20th century. The group's contributions to rock include the power chord windmill strum  and the use of non-musical instrument noise such as feedback.
Pink Floyd began to use feedback from their early shows ininspired by the Who, whom they considered a formative influence. The loud volume of the band's live show influenced the approach of hard rock and heavy metal. The Who have inspired many tribute bands; Daltrey has endorsed the Whodlumswho raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust. During the Who's hiatuses in the s and 90s, Townshend developed his skills as a music publisher to be financially successful from the Who without recording or touring.
He countered criticism of "selling out" by saying that licensing the songs to other media allows a wider exposure and widens the group's appeal. The New York Times Magazine has listed The Who among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the Universal fire. The Who have received many awards and accolades from the music industry for their recordings and their influence. The band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in where their display describes them as "prime contenders, in the minds of many, for the title of World's Greatest Rock Band",   and the UK Music Hall of Fame in For a complete list, see former touring members.
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