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Who Are You [Original recording remastered]

The Who Audio CD
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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 (2 Feb 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B0000247P4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,204 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  3. 905 4:010.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Sister Disco 4:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Music Must Change 4:370.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Trick Of The Light 4:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Guitar And Pen 5:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Love Is Coming Down 4:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Who Are You (Album Version) 6:180.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. No Road Romance (1996 Who Are You Version) 5:080.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Empty Glass (Group Version) 6:220.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Guitar And Pen (Olympic '78 Mix) 6:000.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Love Is Coming Down (Work-In-Progress Mix) 4:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Who Are You (Lost Verse Mix) 6:220.99  Buy MP3 


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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Who Struggle Into A New Age 12 Dec 2001
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The Who were never, ever content to cruise in the comfort zone. Having started the 70s with "Live At Leeds", and then released the cutting-edge "Who's Next", before crowning their own achievements with "Quadrophenia" in 1973, The Who had burnt brighter and better than any other band of the period.
But the edge was being blunted. The sheer slog of re-writing and re-recording the score for the Ken Russell film of "Tommy", filmed in 1974, released in 1975, had taken a heavy toll on the band. Pete Townshend in particular was suffering. His vital working relationship with co-manager Kit Lambert had fallen apart from 71 onwards, and he was already unsure about the relevance of The Who by 1974/75.
He was terrified of them becoming just another bunch of aging rockers, unable to match their younger fire, or to move beyond to something fresh.
Also, the whole band were living lives of excess, especially Keith Moon. Hence the deep pessimism and self-loathing of the ascerbic "Who By Numbers" in 1975. After a proudly defiant series of live gigs in 75/76, The Who had once again slipped into a period of dormancy. In the meantime, younger, stroppier, snottier youngsters had taken the British music scene by the throat. The Sex Pistols, The Clash and all those who followed in their phlegm-flecked wake wanted to erase all memories of fat-cat rock bands grown older and lazy. The Who were still granted respect, but mainly for the danger and drama of their younger days.
By early 78, Moon's health and technical abilities had deteriorated sharply. He was in no great shape when the band reconvened to record this album.
So it's astonishing the album is as good as it is.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Class, but little inspiration 26 Oct 2006
By D. J. H. Thorn TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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The Who's last album to feature the original line-up arrived in 1978, at a time when disco and new wave music were the headlining styles. Some of the song titles betray Pete Townshend's preoccupation with his feelings about music, but if you're going to give opinions on the subject, your credibility depends partly on your own efforts. For once, Townshend's efforts are ineffectual. Attempts to shoe-horn in synthesizers result in them often sounding intrusive and, these days, embarrassingly dated. Ironically, their use on the earlier 'Who's Next' album doesn't suffer from this problem.

John Entwhistle's three songs, musically at least, compare favourably with Townshend's often uninspired efforts. 'Sister Disco' and 'Guitar And Pen' are a slog, while the slushy 'Love Is Coming Down' is okay, but not what you'd expect from the author of 'My Generation'. 'Music Must Change' is more ambitious, a rare success, while the technical gifts of the band shine through as ever. Having heard Townshend's 'Empty Glass' album of a couple of years later, however, I can't help thinking he may have been stockpiling some of his better songs. The inclusion here of a version of the title track as a bonus serves as a nudging reminder in that direction.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite Who albums 17 May 2010
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I have all the Who's studio albums, plus various best ofs, live albums and compilations, and it is my considered opinion that "Who Are You" is the Who's most underrated album. When I first got it, it seemed closest to "Who's Next" (probably The Who's greatest album, for me anyway). The songs have the same muscular rock sound with big climactic choruses, and the synthesizer is quite prominently used.
There are 3 John Entwhistle compositions on "Who Are You", an unusually large proportion. The liner notes include a quote from Entwhistle complaining that the main problem with the Who was that he didn't get to sing enough of his compositions on their albums. The main problem for Entwhistle, maybe, but good for the rest of us. The Who's popularity was based on Daltrey singing Townshend compositions. If people wanted to hear Entwhistle singing his own compositions, his solo albums would have sold better than they did. So the Entwhistle tracks are among the weaker on this album, especially the very heavy and very turgid "Trick of the Light". The best of them is "Had Enough", sung by Daltrey.

The excellence of the album is, in my view, in the Townshend songs. The opener "New Song" is a full-on rocker, with provocative lyrics: "I sing the same old song with a few new lines, and everybody wants to cheer it." It could come across as a "me fans are stupid pigs"(Simpsons reference)-type rant, but Daltrey doesn't do cynicism or irony, so the mixture of Townshend's thoughtful and acerbic lyrics with the full-throated gusto of Daltrey's singing makes for an excellent hard-rocking opener.
The theme of musical creativity is prevalent throughout the album. "Music Must Change" is another exceptionally insightful, searching and honest lyric from Townshend and a powerful performance from the band.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not their best 24 Oct 2008
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After "Who's Next", Townshend threw himself into producing what would eventually become "Quadrophenia", and couldn't get his head around the fact that the music he had wanted to make for "Who's Next" (originally the "Lifehouse" project)was not forthcoming from his frazzled mind.

"Quadrophenia" went on to have massive success, and the rest of The Who's 70's output was widely regarded as dross until "Who Are You".
On release it was met with a genuine anticipation, and initial reaction was that it was a return to form. But, is it that good?
Ok, so it will be remembered for the fact that it was the last album The Who did before Keith Moon shuffled off this mortal coil, but it should also be remembered for a temporary return to The Who of old. The title track is what this album is all about, a huge bombastic mini-opera all of it's own.
"Who Are You" has become a staple of later-day Who shows, and rightly so as it is probably the last great song Townshen wrote. It is immediate and when Daltrey weighs in with his splendid set of pipes, it really lifts off.
Although there are a number of decent tunes on here, it kinda feels like it was cobbled together from bits and bobs...or should that be Odds n Sods? If you are looking to invest in The Who....try "Who's Next" "Tommy" and the incomparable "Live at Leeds", it's a much better bet.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must
had it on LP, but after hearing it again on CD, I must say that it is even better than I remember, good songs / tunes well produced, great sound.
Published 4 months ago by Kim Dam
1.0 out of 5 stars who are they
what can I say ive been a who fan for a very long time and I bought this on that basis and for the title track but what a mistake im afraid two songs don't make an album the two... Read more
Published 5 months ago by moonshadow
5.0 out of 5 stars What an album
great album by the who. i also like the special features as i feel, that i am listening to a seperate album just by listening to them!
Published 7 months ago by Daniel Simpkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
Probably the Who's best album great songs well produced and instumentaly top class some things get better with age and that applies to the Who
Published 8 months ago by Happy chap
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Published 13 months ago by medd
4.0 out of 5 stars Keith Moon's Swansong - He Went Out On A High Number
To me as a dedicated Who fan, The Who By Numbers was a bit of a let down, following on from Who's Next and Quadrophenia. Then came this album - a true return to form. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mark Syder
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 1/2 Stars: Who's must underrated album by far., October 15, 2001
I'm going to go out on a limb here and say WHO ARE YOU stands as on of The Who's best albums and one of my personal favorites. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mike London
5.0 out of 5 stars whos best without@doubt
on the first play i believed its gunna be same ol who stuff?i was wrong this @lbum is superb the opener kills you wow watatrack alround@super effort@super album worth every rupee... Read more
Published 22 months ago by S. Ditta
5.0 out of 5 stars A Musical Treat
First bought in 1978, it cost me 3.79. This CD version cost 2.99 and has 5 extra tracks. If you only know their music from C.S.I. this is a good album to ease you into the band. Read more
Published on 12 Jan 2012 by alowe49
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Published on 5 Nov 2011 by ROBY
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