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Anthology [Import]

John Entwistle Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (3 April 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Repertoire
  • ASIN: B00000013A
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 338,231 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. My Size
2. What Are We Doing Here
3. I Believe in Everything
4. Ten Little Friends
5. Apron Strings
6. I Feel Better
7. I Wonder
8. Window Shopper, The
9. My Wife
10. Rollerskate Kate
11. Peg Leg Peggy
12. Made in Japan
13. Drowning
14. Mad Dog
15. Fallen Angel
16. Dancing Master
17. Too Late the Hero
18. Red Red Robin

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars not just a bass player a god among men 25 July 2005
Format:Audio CD
john entwistle the qiuet one from the who he made quite a few solo albums over the years and this cd is a EXCELLENT introduction too the comedy and wit and pure genius of a true musician who had fun with the songs here are some of his best some of these sre better than the ones he did with the who and john himself telling you the story behind the songs in the booklet is funny
my favorites are my size, what are we doing here, i believe in everything, ten little friends apron strings rollerskate kate, and the funniest song i've ever heard peg leg peggy
this cd is worth the price amazon is asking and much more i can't praise it enough thankyou john we love you
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Holy Moly! 6 Mar 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
If you've ever seen The Who live you know who really makes the noise on stage, John stands on stage like a giant alien from another galaxy his fingers as aggressive and angry as Pete's violently swinging arm, this album does not convey the incredible on stage talent but it is by and far one of the best rock and roll albums you could ever buy, like john it creeps up on you and floors you, most of all it IS John, great education, great fun!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth getting even if you own the material... 12 July 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Lemme justify my rating. Y'see, firstly, this CD covers John's solo output pretty damn well, if I do say so myself, featuring (IMO) a better track selection than Rhino's comp. The addition of the slight, but unreleased, "Red Red Robin" is also kinda nice.
But that isn't all! Unlike Rhino's comp, all of the songs here are, to some degree, remixed, and while I can't tell whether some of the changes are due to extreme mix differences or (the horror) revisionism, they do provide interesting listening, thus making this Best Of even more appealing; even if you own most of the songs, you don't have *these* versions. Consider this both a bonus and a "buyer beware;" "Antholoy" is excellent, but it isn't, to an extent, representitive of John's actual solo albums. Which are excellent.
Oh, just buy the thing...;)
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good cross-section 10 July 2007
By A Hermit - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Entwistle's writing style is completely different from Pete Townshend's, as everyone probably knows, but The Who were the perfect vehicle for Townshend's writing, and this vehicle includes Entwistle's bass playing.

This "Anthology" is a choice mix of the five solo efforts he released between 1971 and 1981. Here, one gets to observe how his writing style and tastes in music have changed over those years. The set opens with "My Size," a heavy metal crunch, with his unique perspective about various things as seen from a spider's point of view. The listener is treated to several early efforts with a variety of styles, from the hard rock (circa 1971) of "My Size," to the ethereal "What Are We Doing Here?," the vocal overdubs showing what perfect pitch he had at the time, a talent that gradually faded over time, as some of The Who's later live work and Entwistle's post 1980 solo material shows. But you get tastes of the five major works by him in the 70's, and the meticulous treatment he gave his own music in this time.

There is some very beautiful sounding stuff here. The overall sound of tracks like "Apron Strings" sound compressed, by accident or design, but it gives it a special feel. And, "Apron Strings" features a guitar solo by Peter Frampton, possibly the most beautiful sounding solo I've heard in a very long time.

Of course, there is a very dark humor in a lot of the material, some would say morbid, as in "Roller Skate Kate," a song about a woman being killed in an accident, skating into a truck loaded with ball bearings. "Peg Leg Peggy" features people who look like circus freaks, and so on. The wit is very esoteric in spots, as in "Drowning," a sweet sounding song about writing a sweet sounding song, a love ballad, and avoiding the old, trite phrases like "I love you," and "I need you," but by citing those phrases, he is using them as the premise says he was avoiding. "Made in Japan" is a racy song about everything being made in Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Racy, because in the last verse, the protagonist finds out his new wife is made in Japan as well; the logo is on a part of the body not normally seen by people, unless you are with her in your Honeymoon Suite.

"Dancin' Master" is Entwistle's parody of late 70's disco, featuring an incredible instrumental break, played mostly on an 8-string bass, double tracked, and at times sounding like TV's "Seinfeld" theme music. It continues with a duet between him and Joe Walsh, Pete Townshend's favorite guitarist.

Of course, the standout track is "Too Late The Hero," the title track of his 1981 effort. This is one of those numbers that just gets better with every listen. Heavy keyboard arrangements, tympani, eloquent lyrics, probably Entwistle's most eloquent, and a slow fadeout, drifting into infinity. This track is chill inducing. But, this effect is belied by the final track, a joke recording of "Red Red Robin." If nothing else, it's funny. Technically terrible, but very enjoyable.

This is an ideal disc for the seasoned fan and the newbie alike. New mixes will jolt the person already familiar, and if you aren't familiar, this WILL make you a new fan. It's that good.
4.0 out of 5 stars Must Have 9 Oct 2013
By DVS56 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Good selection of Entwistle's solo body of work. Peg Leg Peg is a real gem on this CD. Long Live the OX.
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