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Wire & Glass: Six Songs From A Mini-Opera EP

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Product details

  • Audio CD (24 July 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: EP
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B000GG493C
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,502 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Sound Round
  2. Pick Up The Peace
  3. Endless Wire
  4. We Got A Hit
  5. They Made My Dreams Come True
  6. Mirror Door

Product Description

THE WHO Wire & Glass (2006 UK CD single featuring a 11-minute 6-track epic taken from their long-awaited 1st album in over 20 years and is itself part of the longer mini-opera The Boy Who Heard Music; it is as you might expect a record that is unmistakably The Who and yet at the same time sounds amazingly contemporary!)

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Format: Audio CD
Irrespective of Iron Mans 'Dig' or the more recent 'Real Good Looking Boy' and 'Old Red Wine', this long awaited product was truly what felt like an official 'new' release by the band. 24 years this bruised and battered Who fan had held out, always believing something truly new would be forthcoming from 'The' Greatest of Rock and Roll bands, not just a single song release but believing also that 'It's Hard' would not be the bands last attempt at a long player.

So, the taster of the Mini-opera, a snapshot of the full blown extravaganza that awaits release within the new album in October, does it stand up? Oh yes! It does indeed. The sound displays a new band that is certain, but therein lies a sound that is instantly recognisable as being The Who. I won't critique each segment of the mini-opera, suffice to say, each part contains something unique, an individual feel that leaves the listener wanting to know the rest of the story, an abridged listening experience it maybe, but it won't leave you disappointed, instead, you will seek out the total story, the unabridged version, and as a precursor to that mouth watering delicacy, it is a first class starter!

Intelligence, passion, guts and innovation, four trademarks of The Who, and there all still here folks, 'Wire and Glass' is a success, I only gave it the four stars simply because it forms part of something greater and more complete.

Buy it! Says the Ether Man.

Andrew Rees
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Like most new Who material it takes several plays, it then just gets better and better with each play. The sound is unmistakably The Who, even after twenty plus years the vocals of Daltry are still as powerful and raw as ever and Townshend still catches your attention with his explosive guitar work.

Although the drums sound great I think Mr Starkey would have stamped his mark on all tracks with authority. Pino on bass... Well having heard him live I grown to respect and admire him as John Entwhistles replacement. A difficult man to fill in for but I must say that the bass on these tracks is just fantastically fresh and seems to fit in well with The Who's unique sound.

All in all I love it; it's a fantastic montage all for the price of a single CD (a bargain). I can't wait for the whole album to come out.

For a greater understanding about the lyrical content of this new material I suggest you read Pete's novella The Boy Who Heard Music.
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This is as raw as the Who have sounded for a very long time. Townshend's melodic, intelligent songwriting makes the music here inherently listenable. Its a fresh, modern Who sound with drum and bass which echo at times the dynamism of Moon/Entwistle.

You miss Daltrey's range at times, which would make these songs soar but he makes up for this with gruff, blood and guts type, vocal, reminicent of early High Numbers, Who material.

The songs, or snippets of songs due out on the full album, are almost all fantastic. Townshend seems to be adopting a deeper, even more nasal tone to his voice which i think suits his elder statesman, godfather type persona. Not surprisingly the one full lenghth song on here, the one which radio stations could only play, is the weakest.I never felt the Who released the strongest songs as singles from their albums. Mirror Door just doesnt maintain the quality of the other songs on here . I feel Daltrey feels stilted by it and cant open up his voice. Not Pete's best writing either.

However this is a tantalising taste of what we can expect from the full album due out in October. I have a feeling its going to be a classic!
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Excellent stuff - much better than what I was expecting, I must admit. Gets better with every listen, and you will catch yourself singing parts of this over and over again to yourself. Some truly rocking sections on this....can't wait to hear the full version of "Sound Round" (great drums to kick it off..wish they could have had Zak on it) and "We Got a Hit"...sounds like Quadrophenia era, great vocals by Roger and the fantastic trademark unmistakeable guitar by Pete. Any Who fan would like this, even those who didn't enjoy Real Good Lookin' Boy and Old Red Wine. This is much, much better. Endless Wire, although slow, is also great and catchy with some punchy guitar work, and Mirror Door ends it nicely. Can't wait to hear it live in September, but mostly, I can't wait for the full length album!!!! Pete is truly one of the most original songwriters of all time, and if you are any kind of fan, you will not be disappointed by this disc!

Unfortunately, you most likely will not be hearing this on your local classic rock station, which is content to play what seems like only Van Halen, Zeppelin, and Pink Floyd.....or if they do play more thoughtful bands like the Who, they never dig any deeper than "Baba O'Riley" (or "teenage wasteland" to the the idiotic masses), "Won't Get Fooled Again" or "Who Are You". So tell everyone you know about this fab new disc!!! If you're truly bold, request it on your local radio station and demand some refreshing new music!
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First, kudos to Amazon UK for their quick shipment to me in the U.S. I pre-ordered this from here since the UK release date was several days earlier than the US release date. I received it in time to listen to and digest it before it officially came out here.

To get right to the point, this reviewer believes this maxi-single contains music better than almost every studio recording made by the post-1978 Who, or at least as good as their best post-Moon music (e.g., "You Better You Bet"), and at times provides powerful echoes of their Keith Moon-era glory days. A casual fan may be somewhat baffled by this recording since it's not a typical single designed for Top 40 radio airplay, and so someone getting into the Who for the first time may wish to start elsewhere before approaching this. For the long-term hardcare fan, though, WIRE AND GLASS is very promising.

WIRE AND GLASS is already being criticized by some for various reasons, and the complaints probably are valid to some degree. But to me, such criticism misses the point at some level. This is, after all, the first attempt to make a cohesive Who album in many years. Yes, Entwistle's bass is sadly gone, Townshend and Daltrey are many years older and have lost some of the range and energy in their voices, the vocals are mixed too low at times, and the loss of Keith Moon continues to be a detriment even after almost thirty years. But to me the SPIRIT of the old Who is more in evidence here than it has been in years. Pete's guitar work muscles through here with far more authority than it did on FACE DANCES or IT'S HARD yet still retains finesse.
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