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on 25 August 2014
Who's Next rose phoenix like from the flames of what was Pete Townshend's abandoned rock opera "Lifehouse." Classic songs that were used are "Baba O'Reily," "Bargain," "Behind Blue Eyes" and of course "Won't Get Fooled Again." All fans know these songs so well some are used in well known crime drama's. All are written by Pete Townshend except for "My Wife" which is a John Entwhistle composition. This 1995 reissue also includes the bonus tracks; "Pure and Easy," "Baby Don't You Do It" (shorter version from New York record plant sessions) "Naked Eye" and "Water," live tracks from the Young Vic '71 gig, "Too Much Of Anything," "I Don't Even Know Myself" (the b side of WGFA) and "Behind Blue Eyes" again from New York. Other songs that were recorded for Lifehouse but didn't make it to this album were; "Time is Passing" and "Put The Money Down" both found on Odds and Sods, and the excellent "Relay." Other songs that were used on later albums were; "Slip Kid," "Sister Disco," "Music Must Change" and the great "Who Are You." Those keen to find out more just google; Lifehouse project, there is a particularly good site over at bbchron blogspot where he has painstakingly put together his version, well worth a look! The sound on this '95 issue is good, there is a deluxe version from 2003 which some say doesn't sound as good. Both are remastered by John Astley some people like his work some don't, remasters can be overly bright and compressed, and miss detail due to noise reduction, (thats why some people prefer vinyl and first pressing rips, a truer sound to the master). The 2003 version includes a great bonus disc of live material done at the Young Vic in april 1971 and recorded on the Rolling Stones mobile unit. My advice would be to get the 1995 edition and the 2003 version second hand off a certain auction site maybe?
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on 6 March 2018
This reissue was a replacement for a vinyl copy that has been played to death. The original Who in their creative prime, the sublime Nicky Hopkins and Townshend's early experiments with an ARP synthesizer all combine to make the original nine tracks on this essential listening for me . Not a bad track on it - even the weakest track, Entwistle's "My Wife",has an odd kind of charm. I find it strange how " Won't get fooled again" seems as relevant now as it was so long ago when this first came out,
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TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 5 June 2011
This review is specifically of the 2-disk `deluxe' edition of `Who's Next' and not of the original 1971 album, which is a 5-star classic and contender for the greatest rock album ever recorded by any band.

The first disk of this set is the original album material in the original running order with a few extra tracks: alternative recordings of some of the material with the addition of `Baby Don't You Do It' and `Pure and Easy'. The problem with this particular remix is the overall sound is clearly inferior to the excellent 1995 CD issue: it's harsh, and lacks the richness and depth of the 1995 version, which is closer to the original 1971 vinyl release from the multitrack studio masters. If you have the 1995 CD and you also buy this new `deluxe' offering, you'll notice the difference straight away and will almost certainly prefer the earlier mix which, in my view, is vastly superior as a listening experience.

The second CD is, however, the saving grace of this package. It features onstage material from the WN album together with `Young Man Blues', `My Generation', `Pure and Easy', `Water' and a couple of other gems from the `Lifehouse' period performed by the band to an appreciative live audience at The Young Vic in April 1971 - i.e. prior to the release of the original WN later the same year.

The presentation of the set is also excellent, with a good booklet insert and sleeve notes and some fine photo images.

All in all it's a fine package for Who fans. It would, however, have been better if the superlative 1995 mix of WN with its rich depth of sound had been chosen for inclusion instead of the poor, inferior remix chosen for this issue. My advice would be that if you want to hear WN as it should be heard, go for the 1995 single CD issue - which also has more and better extra studio material in the package.
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on 31 August 2009
`Pick up my vinyl and play, just like yesterday'

Have collected so many versions of this album over the years (CD & vinyl) as it is one of my favourite albums. Even after 38 years I still enjoy hearing it, a true sign of a timeless, classic album. I still have my original vinyl copy from 1971 on the Track label (total 122g weight pressing). I wanted a new vinyl version as I suspected after all the years playing it had lost significant audio quality. I first purchased the 2003 Deluxe Edition; re-mastered box set vinyl (3 discs) but was very disappointed and sent it back. It exhibited very high surface noise, several loud audible clicks and very poor sound quality for vinyl (certainly not recommended). The CD version is much better and recommended for the extra tracks available and excellent booklet.

This 2008 Polydor version is far superior in sound quality to the 2003 deluxe vinyl version. Pressed on 180g vinyl (this copy 186g total weight) and is part of the `Back to Black Vinyl' series. There is very little surface noise and the sound is very clear, and crisp. It is very difficult to believe the album was made back in 1971. A magnificent example of how vinyl should be re-issued. It just contains the original 9 tracks and is presented in a single sieve cover (identical to the 1971 version). The paper record sleeve has a plastic film inner cover and two corner vents. This is my favourite inner sleeve design for reducing the risk of damaging the disc when removing.

I always benchmark versions of this album by comparing the sound quality of the tracks: Baba O' Riley, Behind Blue Eyes and Won't Get Fooled Again. I think these three tracks test the audio performance of the recording really well. On the 2008 version they sound absolutely amazing. The synthesizer and violin on `Baba O' Riley' sound so fresh, vibrate and alive. The drum patterns are clear and intense pushing the song along perfectly. The bass and vocals give a perfect balance and depth to the song. The acoustic guitar during the intro to `Behind Blue Eyes' sounds so crisp and the dynamic range in the vocals is pure magic. The synthesizer break towards the end of `Won't Get Fool Again' really hits the high frequencies with intense detail, then the drums come thundering in with excellent stereo separation. It overall sounds very much better than my original vinyl version, which in fairness I conclude has lost audio performance with the extensive playing. If you still collect vinyl and you want to hear a real classic rock album in full, glorious audio quality then this is the version for you.
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on 27 May 2009
After I have seen The Woodstock film in 1970, I was impressed by bands like Ten Years After, Santana and The Who. I know that The Who have had records on the charts a long time before the Woodstock festival. But it was in the 70's I was aware of the band. Many people was thinking about The Who as a part of the mods, I was thinking about The Who as a rock band.

Pete Townshend is a good guitarplayer, but I think he is a better songwriter than a guitarplayer. Keith Moon was a great drummer with lots of energy. And the man in the front, mr. Daltrey is a good singer. But today I'm most impressed by John Entwistle's bass playing. What a great bass sound, and the playing... superb. The original vinyl album, "Who's next", was especial and a great album. The album contains many good songs and the cover is cool. Baba O'Riley, Going mobile, Behind blue eyes and Won't get fooled again, have been on The Who's setlist for years, probably the best songs on this album. The CD contains 16 songs including 6 unreleased tracks. This reissue have a very good sound, great.

If you just wanna buy one CD of The Who, it must be this one, "Who's next".
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on 18 October 2014
Having previously only bought a couple of Who compilation albums previously, i bought "Tommy" at an amazingly low price in a local supermarket. Having been so impressed with "Tommy, I have since bought "The Who Sell Out" and "Who's Next" in very quick succession. "Who's Next" is an excellent album. While I initially listened to "Baba o' Riley", "Won't get fooled again (long version)" and "Behind Blue Eyes", I have since got to love the whole package however. The bonus tracks are very good. The remastering of this album is excellent. A very worthwhile purchase - highly recommended.
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on 15 June 2018
this is defiantly not remastered doesn't state it on the record and sounds exactly the same as my 1971 copy and is on a strange label compared to a remastered copy I have seen and listened to very disappointed with this one have returned it and is very unusual for amazon
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on 25 March 2018
If you don't already know that 'Who's Next' isn't one of the greatest rock albums of all time then you've not really been paying attention. I'd say buy it but you should really already have it. Can I just suggest that the vinyl album is the best way to listen to it then?
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on 27 February 2014
The original album still sounds like its being played inside your head baba o riley loops swoops and kicks like a mule bargain is a moon fest and for the duration of the whole orig album your held fixed on its hypnotic volume .baby dont you do it is a brilliant jam.the long version of love aint for keeping is a real bonus and a slightly longer and different version of wont get fooled is amazing.disc 2 is awesome live versions every song a killer play loud and bask in greatness .THE WHO AT THIER PEAK
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on 16 February 2017
180g, sounds nice on my player. Until I get around to purchasing some headphones to replace my elder dying ones it's not possible to listen at its full potential, but nevertheless it's a solid album and a solid purchase.

My only minor criticism is that the inner sleeve isn't an anti-static sleeve but rather some garbage paper promo sleeve. Ditched that as fast as the packaging the LP came in. Would've preferred gatefold too but now I'm just being picky...
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