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5.0 out of 5 stars Great music, deep thoughts, amazing result.
I think that this is one of the Who's finest moments.
After Who's Next and Quadrophenia, Pete Townshend proves once more that he is a great composer and lyricist, or if I dare say, poet.
His inner pain comes in harmony in the songs 'However Much I Booze', 'Dreaming From The Waist','How Many Friends' and 'They're All In Love'. The more light-hearted 'Squeeze Box'...
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2.0 out of 5 stars One to ignore
This was the LP when I stopped listening to The Who's new releases. To me it was a throw-away album. Songs run off quickly with little originality and at times a painful tweeness. Reading other reviews I must have missed something. Maybe I didn't listen to the lyrics enough. Having followed The Who from the beginning of the ride perhaps I just expected to much of them at...
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2.0 out of 5 stars One to ignore, 29 Mar. 2015
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Jejoma (Hertfordshire, England) - See all my reviews
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This was the LP when I stopped listening to The Who's new releases. To me it was a throw-away album. Songs run off quickly with little originality and at times a painful tweeness. Reading other reviews I must have missed something. Maybe I didn't listen to the lyrics enough. Having followed The Who from the beginning of the ride perhaps I just expected to much of them at that time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Different, but still brilliant, 13 Jan. 2009
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S. Taylor "Sam@ipodclassic" (Derbyshire) - See all my reviews
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held back over buying this who album, even though im a really big fan, because it was not as recognised as the others.
However, far from dissappointed. Exceptionally good. A refreshing new slant by Pete Townshend and The Who, even though the stuff before was amazing.

Very impressed and i would reccomend to anyone who likes The Who, a definite 5 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! One of my favourite Who albums!, 16 Jun. 2013
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This really is a cracker. A wonderfully varied album which might be The Who's best. The different song styles keep the album very interesting and the quality of the compositions is consistently high. This is also a rare occasion where the bonus tracks actually add a lot to the set. Three killer tracks added here including Behind Blue Eyes, sweet!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Who slip gracefully into middle age, 17 Feb. 2001
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I bought this album with some sceptacism, but was pleasantly suprised. It is much mellower and less in your face than other albums and has some imaginative arrangements. "Squeeze Box," and "Slip Kid," are two of the best songs along with the reflective "How many friends," the live tracks round off a superb album.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Portrait of a troubled band, 26 Dec. 2012
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This is by far not the Who's best album - apart from the rather twee "Squeeze Box," The Who By Numbers produced no hit singles at the time (I would personally have chosen "Slip Kid," as it's a much stronger and better track, and still gets plenty of air play on US classic rock radio). They had peaked commercially with the previous 3 studio efforts - Tommy (1969), Who's Next (1971) and Quadrophenia (1973) - and with a hat trick like that, how do you follow it up?

Sadly, it would seem, the Who were never quite able to manage that. The songs here are good, not great, to middling - Townshend's demons were getting harder to hold back, all four members were putting more effort into their solo albums (although Pete was much less prolific than Daltrey or Entwistle, and even Keith Moon had made an album) and other projects - and it really seemed as if the band idea was taking a back seat to everything else. It might honestly be said that the best Who album of the mid '70s was Odds & Sods, which collected non-LP singles and outtakes in a manner rarely seen up to that point and which were, on the whole, better-quality tracks. Still, however, By Numbers should not be completely discounted - if you're a Who completist, you'll want this album, as it is a part of their canon. Just be advised that you may be underwhelmed. But even the most dedicated Who fan can find something of value in this long-player; don't pass it up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the who by numbers, 22 Feb. 2014
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cd arrived on time and proved to be in excellent condition. It was great to hear again sounds that i had first heard decades ago ....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice suprise, 9 Mar. 2015
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Fantastic album, quite mellow for the who but some great tracks on here
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gem, 18 Aug. 2007
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I first bought this album in 1984 on vinyl and I knew nothing about it. If you only buy one Who album then buy this one (well, maybe this or Who's Next). It's the best example of Townsend as a song-writer without drifting into his occasional bouts of pomposity. "How many friends" "Blue, Red and Grey" Slip Kid" are real nuggets. I think this album falls into that "just before punk" limbo sometimes and gets overlooked which is a shame. Buy this album, it's a bargain and you won't be disappointed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 18 Dec. 2014
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not so many favourite numbers on this album, but love the WHO anyway
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good listen at a good price., 28 July 2014
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The who at its peak, a must listen.
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