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WHO (Deluxe & Live At Kingston)

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The Who’s golden age has long passed, but this release is nothing short of a miracle. The London group’s magic was shattered upon the death of Keith Moon in 1978; their two 1981 and 1982 albums incidentally drew little interest. Their 2006 album, which came four years after the death of bassist John Entwistle barely raised the bar. It was difficult to expect anything great to come from the remaining duo but then, in 2019, Who was released. The tireless efforts of Pete Townshend, the band’s determined guitarist and composer was ready to do anything to make another album after many long years out of the studio. Produced by Dave Sardy (who we know more for his work with bands like Helmet, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Marilyn Manson and System of a Down), this record goes back to a true and honest form of rock that some more experimental additions (such as some electronic sounds) do not tarnish. Townshend, conscience of his age like his associate Roger Daltrey, recognises the futility of trying to chase after a lost youth. On the contrary, many of the songs seem to articulate the image of inevitability, the aging rocker. Are rockers destined for long-lasting careers? Perhaps not. But they have weathered the winds and here they are. The foundation to many of the songs is his novel Age of Anxiety which was intended to be converted into a musical before Townshend turned his interest onto making a veritable Who album. Who is a not the most full-on rock album and is less energetic than what we are used to. But it is incredibly well written (Rockin’ Rage, Detour), containing beautiful, unifying choruses (Street Song) and some forthright messages as heard on the first words to All This Music Must Fade: “I don’t care, I know you’re gonna hate this song, and that’s fair, we never really got along.” It’s a somewhat indirect way of talking about the relationship between Townshend and Daltrey who don’t compose together. The guitarist writes, the singer performs. After years of a love-hate relationship and recurrent feuds, one might imagine that this bad chemistry would show on the album, especially considering the separate recording sessions. However, the result is clear. It works! The rockers who sang of dying before getting old in 1965 now sing of not wanting to get wise (I Don’t Wanna Get Wise). If getting wise means recording songs like these ones, we won’t complain. The Deluxe version offers a remix by Townshend of Beads on One String and also a live acoustic taken from their unique concert given on Valentine’s Day 2020 at Kingston-on-Thames, 50 years day for day after the recording of the famous Live at Leeds. While it lacks some songs played on this day (notably Pinball Wizard and Behind Blue Eyes), simply listening to classics like Substitute and Won’t Get Fooled Again in this new format is enchanting and hard-hitting despite the lack of saturation. Our old rockers are still going strong and know how to interpret tracks that balance the band’s identity without ever making themselves appear old and frail. A real mark of wisdom despite their refusal to accept so. Rock’n’roll still lives. © Chief Brody/Qobuz 

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1
All This Music Must Fade
00:03:20

Benmont Tench, Organ, Mellotron, AssociatedPerformer - Stephen Marcussen, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cameron Barton, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - D. Sardy, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Tambourine, Recording Engineer, African Percussion, Shaker, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - DAVE ERINGA, Vocal Producer, AssociatedPerformer - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Producer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Daltrey, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Pino Palladino, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Stewart Whitmore, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Myles Clarke, Producer, Engineer, Associate Producer, StudioPersonnel - Simon Townshend, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Zak Starkey, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - James Monti, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rowan McIntosh, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2019 Yearhour Limited

2
Ball and Chain
00:04:29

Stephen Marcussen, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - D. Sardy, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Tambourine, Recording Engineer, Mellotron, Shaker, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - DAVE ERINGA, Vocal Producer, AssociatedPerformer - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Producer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Daltrey, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Pino Palladino, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Stewart Whitmore, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Myles Clarke, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Zak Starkey, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - James Monti, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2019 Yearhour Limited

3
I Don't Wanna Get Wise
00:03:54

Benmont Tench, Hammond Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Stephen Marcussen, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cameron Barton, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - D. Sardy, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Recording Engineer, Shaker, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - DAVE ERINGA, Vocal Producer, AssociatedPerformer - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Producer, Guitar, Tambourine, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Daltrey, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Stewart Whitmore, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Myles Clarke, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gus Seyffert, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Daryl Johnson, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Carla Azar, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Townshend, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - James Monti, Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rowan McIntosh, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nate Haessly, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2019 Yearhour Limited

4
Detour
00:03:46

Stephen Marcussen, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cameron Barton, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - D. Sardy, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Recording Engineer, Clapping, Finger Clicking, Foot Stamping, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - DAVE ERINGA, Vocal Producer, AssociatedPerformer - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Producer, Guitar, Harmonica, Shaker, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Daltrey, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Pino Palladino, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Stewart Whitmore, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dan Monti, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Myles Clarke, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Zak Starkey, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - James Monti, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Josh Tyrrell, Clapping, AssociatedPerformer - Rowan McIntosh, Recording Engineer, Clapping, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2019 Yearhour Limited

5
Beads On One String
00:03:40

Joey Waronker, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Cameron Barton, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - D. Sardy, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - DAVE ERINGA, Vocal Producer, AssociatedPerformer - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Producer, Guitar, Organ, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Daltrey, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Pino Palladino, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Dan Monti, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Myles Clarke, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Simon Townshend, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - James Monti, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rowan McIntosh, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Josh Hunsaker, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2019 Yearhour Limited

6
Hero Ground Zero
00:04:52

Bruce Dukov, Orchestra Leader, AssociatedPerformer - Stephen Marcussen, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cameron Barton, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - D. Sardy, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Chamberlain, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - DAVE ERINGA, Vocal Producer, AssociatedPerformer - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Producer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Daltrey, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Pino Palladino, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Stewart Whitmore, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Myles Clarke, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Peter Rotter, Orchestra Contractor, AssociatedPerformer - Rachel Fuller, Orchestra - James Monti, Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Martin Batchelar, Conductor, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Nate Haessly, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Fox Scoring, Orchestra

℗ 2019 Yearhour Limited

7
Street Song
00:04:47

Stephen Marcussen, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cameron Barton, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - D. Sardy, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Recording Engineer, Mellotron, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - DAVE ERINGA, Vocal Producer, AssociatedPerformer - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Producer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Daltrey, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Pino Palladino, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Stewart Whitmore, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Myles Clarke, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Zak Starkey, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - James Monti, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rowan McIntosh, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2019 Yearhour Limited

8
I'll Be Back
00:05:01

Bruce Dukov, Orchestra Leader, AssociatedPerformer - Joey Waronker, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Stephen Marcussen, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cameron Barton, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - D. Sardy, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - DAVE ERINGA, Vocal Producer, AssociatedPerformer - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Producer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Daltrey, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Pino Palladino, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Stewart Whitmore, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Myles Clarke, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Peter Rotter, Orchestra Contractor, AssociatedPerformer - James Monti, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Martin Batchelar, Conductor - Rowan McIntosh, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Fox Scoring, Orchestra

℗ 2019 Yearhour Limited

9
Break The News
00:04:30

Stephen Marcussen, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cameron Barton, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - D. Sardy, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Clapping, Foot Stamping, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - DAVE ERINGA, Vocal Producer, AssociatedPerformer - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Producer, Guitar, Shaker, Clapping, AssociatedPerformer - Roger Daltrey, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Stewart Whitmore, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Myles Clarke, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gus Seyffert, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Daryl Johnson, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Simon Townshend, Piano, Shaker, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Andrew Synowiec, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - James Monti, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nate Haessly, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2019 Yearhour Limited

10
Rockin' In Rage
00:04:04

Benmont Tench, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Stephen Marcussen, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cameron Barton, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - D. Sardy, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Tambourine, Recording Engineer, Shaker, Clapping, Foot Stamping, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - DAVE ERINGA, Vocal Producer, AssociatedPerformer - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Producer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Daltrey, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Stewart Whitmore, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Myles Clarke, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gus Seyffert, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Carla Azar, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - James Monti, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nate Haessly, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2019 Yearhour Limited

11
She Rocked My World
00:03:22

Joey Waronker, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Stephen Marcussen, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cameron Barton, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - D. Sardy, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - DAVE ERINGA, Vocal Producer, AssociatedPerformer - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Producer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Daltrey, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Pino Palladino, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Stewart Whitmore, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Myles Clarke, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gordon Giltrap, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - James Monti, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2019 Yearhour Limited

12
Beads On One String (Yaggerdang Remix)
00:03:37

David Campbell, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - D. Sardy, Producer, Additional Producer, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Jon Astley, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Monti, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - DAVE ERINGA, Vocal Producer, AssociatedPerformer - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Organ, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Daltrey, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Sardy, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Myles Clarke, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Co-Producer, StudioPersonnel - Martin Batchelar, Programmer - Josh Hunsaker, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2020 Yearhour Limited

13
This Gun Will Misfire
00:03:35

Joey Waronker, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - D. Sardy, Producer, Mixer, Tambourine, Synthesizer, Shaker, Clapping, Foot Stamping, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Pino Palladino, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Myles Clarke, Producer, Associate Producer - James Monti, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2019 Yearhour Limited

14
Got Nothing To Prove
00:03:38

Bruce Dukov, Orchestra Leader, AssociatedPerformer - Stephen Marcussen, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - D. Sardy, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - DAVE ERINGA, Vocal Producer, AssociatedPerformer - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist, Bass (Vocal) - Stewart Whitmore, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - George Fenton, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Rotter, Orchestra Contractor, AssociatedPerformer - James Monti, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Martin Batchelar, Conductor - Fox Scoring, Orchestra

℗ 2019 Yearhour Limited

15
Danny And My Ponies
00:04:02

The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Producer, Mixer, Drums, Guitar, Vocals, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist, Bass (Vocal)

℗ 2019 Yearhour Limited

DISC 2

1
Intro (Live In Kingston) Explicit
00:03:48

Stephen Marcussen, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Who, MainArtist - Stewart Whitmore, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Not Applicable, ComposerLyricist - Kevin Vanbergen, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Whittaker, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Yearhour Limited

2
Substitute (Acoustic / Live In Kingston) Explicit
00:04:13

Stephen Marcussen, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, ComposerLyricist - Stewart Whitmore, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kevin Vanbergen, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Whittaker, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Yearhour Limited

3
Squeeze Box (Acoustic / Live In Kingston) Explicit
00:02:55

Stephen Marcussen, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, ComposerLyricist - Stewart Whitmore, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kevin Vanbergen, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Whittaker, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Yearhour Limited

4
Tattoo (Acoustic / Live In Kingston) Explicit
00:03:04

Stephen Marcussen, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, ComposerLyricist - Stewart Whitmore, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kevin Vanbergen, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Whittaker, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Yearhour Limited

5
The Kids Are Alright (Acoustic / Live In Kingston) Explicit
00:06:34

Stephen Marcussen, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, ComposerLyricist - Stewart Whitmore, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kevin Vanbergen, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Whittaker, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Yearhour Limited

6
Break The News (Acoustic / Live In Kingston) Explicit
00:04:51

Stephen Marcussen, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Who, MainArtist - Stewart Whitmore, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kevin Vanbergen, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Simon Townshend, ComposerLyricist - Richard Whittaker, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Yearhour Limited

7
She Rocked My World (Acoustic / Live In Kingston) Explicit
00:03:54

Stephen Marcussen, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, ComposerLyricist - Stewart Whitmore, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kevin Vanbergen, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Whittaker, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Yearhour Limited

8
Won't Get Fooled Again (Acoustic / Live In Kingston) Explicit
00:07:39

Stephen Marcussen, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Who, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, ComposerLyricist - Stewart Whitmore, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kevin Vanbergen, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Whittaker, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Yearhour Limited

Album review

The Who’s golden age has long passed, but this release is nothing short of a miracle. The London group’s magic was shattered upon the death of Keith Moon in 1978; their two 1981 and 1982 albums incidentally drew little interest. Their 2006 album, which came four years after the death of bassist John Entwistle barely raised the bar. It was difficult to expect anything great to come from the remaining duo but then, in 2019, Who was released. The tireless efforts of Pete Townshend, the band’s determined guitarist and composer was ready to do anything to make another album after many long years out of the studio. Produced by Dave Sardy (who we know more for his work with bands like Helmet, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Marilyn Manson and System of a Down), this record goes back to a true and honest form of rock that some more experimental additions (such as some electronic sounds) do not tarnish. Townshend, conscience of his age like his associate Roger Daltrey, recognises the futility of trying to chase after a lost youth. On the contrary, many of the songs seem to articulate the image of inevitability, the aging rocker. Are rockers destined for long-lasting careers? Perhaps not. But they have weathered the winds and here they are. The foundation to many of the songs is his novel Age of Anxiety which was intended to be converted into a musical before Townshend turned his interest onto making a veritable Who album. Who is a not the most full-on rock album and is less energetic than what we are used to. But it is incredibly well written (Rockin’ Rage, Detour), containing beautiful, unifying choruses (Street Song) and some forthright messages as heard on the first words to All This Music Must Fade: “I don’t care, I know you’re gonna hate this song, and that’s fair, we never really got along.” It’s a somewhat indirect way of talking about the relationship between Townshend and Daltrey who don’t compose together. The guitarist writes, the singer performs. After years of a love-hate relationship and recurrent feuds, one might imagine that this bad chemistry would show on the album, especially considering the separate recording sessions. However, the result is clear. It works! The rockers who sang of dying before getting old in 1965 now sing of not wanting to get wise (I Don’t Wanna Get Wise). If getting wise means recording songs like these ones, we won’t complain. The Deluxe version offers a remix by Townshend of Beads on One String and also a live acoustic taken from their unique concert given on Valentine’s Day 2020 at Kingston-on-Thames, 50 years day for day after the recording of the famous Live at Leeds. While it lacks some songs played on this day (notably Pinball Wizard and Behind Blue Eyes), simply listening to classics like Substitute and Won’t Get Fooled Again in this new format is enchanting and hard-hitting despite the lack of saturation. Our old rockers are still going strong and know how to interpret tracks that balance the band’s identity without ever making themselves appear old and frail. A real mark of wisdom despite their refusal to accept so. Rock’n’roll still lives. © Chief Brody/Qobuz 

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