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Endless Wire (Ltd Edition)


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The Who are an English rock band formed in 1964 by Roger Daltrey (lead vocals, harmonica and guitar), Pete Townshend (guitar, keyboards and vocals), John Entwistle (bass guitar, brass and vocals) and Keith Moon (drums and percussion). They became known for energetic live performances which often included instrument destruction.The Who have sold about 100 million records, and have charted 27 ... Read more in Amazon's The Who Store

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  • Audio CD (30 Oct 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B000J3DEI8
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,495 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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
See all 21 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. The Seeker - Live In Lyon
2. Who Are You - Live In Lyon
3. Mike Post Theme - Live In Lyon
4. Relay - Live In Lyon
5. Greyhound Girl - Live In Lyon
6. Naked Eye - Live In Lyon
7. Won't Get Fooled Again - Live In Lyon

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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 21-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 quite 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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4.1 out of 5 stars

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By L. D. Sheldon on 6 Nov 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This actually is a Who album - and a very good one. Now, this is an old fashioned work of art - you have to listen to it more than once - 5 spins you will be "into" it - 10 spins and it will be part of your DNA.

The other reviews on this page mention all the tracks - yes, Mike Post Theme is a classic, yes, The Mini Opera really works, but yes, you must get the deluxe edition which closes with the two extra tracks - they do not seem tacked on, they actually complete the album.

I heard that Roger Daltry said recently that he believed Pete's best work was in front of him. From the evidence here he could very well be right!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Wong on 3 Nov 2006
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The Who, or at least what's left of them show that the magic is still there. From the first moment to the last, you are in no doubt that this is the Who - which is suprising. There's no doubt that Entwistle's thundering bass style is missing although Pino Palladino is a great bass player. For me the biggest shame is that Zak Starkey is only on one track. The drum machines on some of the tracks have no place on a Who album and whilst the chap who did the drumming on the Opera section has done a great job, the couple of fills on Starkeys one track shows for me, why he is Moonies spiritual successor. I'm sorry - Oasis (who Starkey was touring with) are great but Zak should have played on this album from start to finish. I'm guessing Pete Townsend played drums on a few tracks and they do sound reminiscent of the legendary demo's he used to make. Apart from Daltry's voice, it's the guitars that make this instantly recognisable as a Who album. Townsend's rhythm playing has not suffered one bit and is as distinctive as say Claptons lead style.

Anyway, enough negatives. This is a great collection of songs and is more cohesive as an album than I thought it would be. I have never experienced a new Who album having become a fan long after they'd stopped making albums but this is the most exciting thing I've heard since Brian Wilson finally finished Smile.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Whata on 8 Nov 2006
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Album works both musically and artistically. Excellent and powerful sounds woven with some concepts from the band who started the genre and are still innovating. It is The Who but not quite as we know it. Misses the sixth star that would have been due if the drums and to an extent the bass had been allowed to rampage. Fans desire 11 on the amp but unconditionally accept why it was not possible.

You can't hide or escape from the quality from a band who could tour perennially just on the back catalogue. Endless Wire adds to that legend.

Why - because it is good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mystic fred on 29 May 2007
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The group's current line up, mainly Roger Daltrey lead vocals, Pete Townshend guitars, vocals, Zac Starkey Drums, Pino Palladino Bass, with John "Rabbit" Bundrick on Hammond Organ and Simon Townshend backing vocals, have been working on the album for some time. The album includes the typical dramatic Who signatures we all know and love interspersed with some very poignant acoustic numbers from Pete. One or two old Who fans of many years standing i played this album to recently were very enthusiastic about most of the songs, myself included, the band still have a lot to say, dealing with religious, social and political themes just as biting as their writing back in their early days!

The first song "Fragments" starts with what sounds like a speeded-up "Baba O'Riley" intro, a smile of recognition here as the song settles into traditional Who style signatures on vocals and guitar power chords from Pete. The next song "Man in a Purple Dress" is just Pete on acoustic guitar and Roger on vocals, written by Pete after seeing Mel Gibson's "Passion of the Christ". "Mike Post Theme" is a much heavier affair, awash with those dramatic Who crescendos, power chords and Pete's familiar backing vocals. This trackmore than any other reminded me of "Who's Next". "In the Ether" is a much darker song with guitar, piano and Roger's voice is obviously much deeper these days and sometimes growling. "Black Widow's Eyes" another traditional sounding Who song, some amazing Moon-style drum and cymbal crashes from Zac, Keith gave Zac drum lessons many years ago.

"2000 Years" features Pete on mandolin with orchestral backing, and Roger repeating "2000 long long years..i've waited". Another demo-sounding track from Pete "God Speaks of Marty Robbins" is Pete singing with his acoustic guitar.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Megson on 7 Nov 2006
Format: Audio CD
To be honest I bought the album thinking it would be a stones style going through the motions type of album.

It is just the opposite, Townsend has obviously put a lot of heart into his writing and a great solid album has been made which deserves to stand on its own merits and not that of the past
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. P. Secretan on 31 Oct 2006
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Many long term Who fans wondered if the show could go on following the untimely death of John"the ox" Entwistle, but this album is a brilliant return to form being an assortment of songs written by Townsend and delivered by him and Roger Daltrey who is in fine voice throughout.The album starts with 9 completely new songs including the intriguingly titled" Mike Post Theme" There is then the"mini opera" Wire&Glass, containing "Endless Wire" surely one of Townsend`s most beautiful melodies. This track is presented in a short and extended version as is "We Got a Hit". The musicianship and singing throughout is superb.

The Bonus Disc on the Limited Edition contains some recently recorded live tracks including the late 70`s rarity "Greyhound Girl". STUNNING!
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