THE WHO

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The Who are an English rock band formed in 1964 by Roger Daltrey (lead vocals, guitar, harmonica), Pete Townshend (guitar, vocals, keyboards), John Entwistle (bass, vocals) and Keith Moon (drums, vocals). They became known for energetic live performances which often included instrument destruction. The Who have sold about 100 million records, and have charted 27 top forty singles in the United Kingdom and United States, as well as 17 top ten albums, with 18 Gold, 12 Platinum and 5 Multi-Platinum album awards in the United States alone.

In 1962, influenced by American R&B and skiffle music, Pete Townshend and John Entwistle, school friends from Acton County Grammar School, London, started a Dixieland jazz band called The Confederates. Townshend played banjo and Entwistle played the French horn, which he had learned to play in his school band. Roger Daltrey met Entwistle walking down a street in London with a bass guitar slung
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Who's NextWho's Next
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MCA Records 1995
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The Who Hits 50 [2 CD]The Who Hits 50 [2 CD]
Geffen 2014
$7.41
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Geffen 1996
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Geffen 1996
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THE WHO Discography

THE WHO albums / top albums

THE WHO My Generation album cover 3.02 | 11 ratings
My Generation
Proto-Metal 1965
THE WHO A Quick One album cover 2.89 | 11 ratings
A Quick One
Proto-Metal 1966
THE WHO The Who Sell Out album cover 2.80 | 10 ratings
The Who Sell Out
Proto-Metal 1967
THE WHO Tommy album cover 3.85 | 23 ratings
Tommy
Proto-Metal 1969
THE WHO Who's Next album cover 4.47 | 21 ratings
Who's Next
Proto-Metal 1971
THE WHO Quadrophenia album cover 3.66 | 19 ratings
Quadrophenia
Proto-Metal 1973
THE WHO The Who By Numbers album cover 3.05 | 8 ratings
The Who By Numbers
Hard Rock 1975
THE WHO Who Are You album cover 2.81 | 8 ratings
Who Are You
Hard Rock 1978
THE WHO Face Dances album cover 2.42 | 6 ratings
Face Dances
Hard Rock 1981
THE WHO It's Hard album cover 3.10 | 6 ratings
It's Hard
Hard Rock 1982
THE WHO Endless Wire album cover 2.30 | 7 ratings
Endless Wire
Hard Rock 2006

THE WHO EPs & splits

THE WHO Ready Steady Who album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Ready Steady Who
Proto-Metal 1966
THE WHO Tommy album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Tommy
Proto-Metal 1970
THE WHO Won't Get Fooled Again album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Won't Get Fooled Again
Proto-Metal 1988
THE WHO Wire & Glass album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Wire & Glass
Hard Rock 2006

THE WHO live albums

THE WHO Live At Leeds album cover 3.52 | 7 ratings
Live At Leeds
Proto-Metal 1970
THE WHO Who's Last album cover 3.50 | 3 ratings
Who's Last
Hard Rock 1984
THE WHO Join Together album cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
Join Together
Hard Rock 1990
THE WHO Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival 1970 album cover 3.67 | 3 ratings
Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival 1970
Proto-Metal 1996
THE WHO BBC Sessions album cover 3.67 | 3 ratings
BBC Sessions
Proto-Metal 2000
THE WHO The Blues To The Bush album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
The Blues To The Bush
Hard Rock 2000
THE WHO Live At The Royal Albert Hall album cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
Live At The Royal Albert Hall
Hard Rock 2003
THE WHO Live From Toronto album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Live From Toronto
Hard Rock 2006
THE WHO Live At Hull album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Live At Hull
Proto-Metal 2012
THE WHO Quadrophenia: Live In London album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Quadrophenia: Live In London
Hard Rock 2014

THE WHO demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

THE WHO Tommy (The Who & The LSO) album cover 2.75 | 2 ratings
Tommy (The Who & The LSO)
Proto-Metal 1972
THE WHO Tommy (Soundtrack) album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Tommy (Soundtrack)
Proto-Metal 1975

THE WHO re-issues & compilations

THE WHO Magic Bus: The Who On Tour album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Magic Bus: The Who On Tour
Proto-Metal 1968
THE WHO Direct Hits album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Direct Hits
Proto-Metal 1968
THE WHO Meaty Beaty Big And Bouncy album cover 5.00 | 2 ratings
Meaty Beaty Big And Bouncy
Proto-Metal 1971
THE WHO Odds & Sods album cover 3.83 | 3 ratings
Odds & Sods
Proto-Metal 1974
THE WHO The Kids Are Alright album cover 4.21 | 3 ratings
The Kids Are Alright
Proto-Metal 1979
THE WHO Phases album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Phases
Proto-Metal 1981
THE WHO Rarities Volume 1 album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Rarities Volume 1
Proto-Metal 1983
THE WHO Rarities Volume 2 album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Rarities Volume 2
Proto-Metal 1983
THE WHO The Singles album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
The Singles
Proto-Metal 1984
THE WHO Who's Missing album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Who's Missing
Proto-Metal 1985
THE WHO The Who Collection Volume 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Who Collection Volume 1
Proto-Metal 1985
THE WHO The Who Collection Volume 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Who Collection Volume 2
Proto-Metal 1985
THE WHO Two's Missing album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Two's Missing
Proto-Metal 1987
THE WHO Who's Better, Who's Best album cover 4.12 | 4 ratings
Who's Better, Who's Best
Proto-Metal 1988
THE WHO The Best album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best
Proto-Metal 1988
THE WHO Thirty Years Of Maximum R & B album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Thirty Years Of Maximum R & B
Proto-Metal 1994
THE WHO My Generation: The Very Best Of The Who album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
My Generation: The Very Best Of The Who
Proto-Metal 1996
THE WHO The Best Of The Who album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
The Best Of The Who
Proto-Metal 1999
THE WHO The Ultimate Collection album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
The Ultimate Collection
Proto-Metal 2002
THE WHO Then And Now album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Then And Now
Proto-Metal 2004
THE WHO The 1st Singles Box album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The 1st Singles Box
Proto-Metal 2004
THE WHO View From A Backstage Pass album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
View From A Backstage Pass
Proto-Metal 2007
THE WHO Amazing Journey: The Story Of The Who album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Amazing Journey: The Story Of The Who
Proto-Metal 2008
THE WHO Greatest Hits Live album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Greatest Hits Live
Hard Rock 2009
THE WHO Greatest Hits album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Greatest Hits
Proto-Metal 2009
THE WHO Icon album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Icon
Proto-Metal 2011
THE WHO Icon 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Icon 2
Proto-Metal 2011
THE WHO Pinball Wizard: The Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Pinball Wizard: The Collection
Proto-Metal 2012

THE WHO singles (53)

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2.00 | 1 ratings
Zoot Suit / I'm The Face
Proto-Metal 1964
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2.00 | 1 ratings
I Can't Explain
Proto-Metal 1965
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2.00 | 1 ratings
My Generation
Proto-Metal 1965
.. Album Cover
2.00 | 1 ratings
Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere
Proto-Metal 1965
.. Album Cover
2.00 | 1 ratings
Substitute
Proto-Metal 1966
.. Album Cover
2.00 | 1 ratings
A Legal Matter
Proto-Metal 1966
.. Album Cover
2.00 | 1 ratings
The Kids Are Alright
Proto-Metal 1966
.. Album Cover
2.00 | 1 ratings
I'm A Boy
Proto-Metal 1966
.. Album Cover
2.00 | 1 ratings
La-La-La-Lies
Proto-Metal 1966
.. Album Cover
2.00 | 1 ratings
Happy Jack
Proto-Metal 1966
.. Album Cover
2.00 | 1 ratings
Out In The Street
Proto-Metal 1966
.. Album Cover
2.00 | 1 ratings
Bucket "T"
Proto-Metal 1966
.. Album Cover
2.00 | 1 ratings
Pictures
Proto-Metal 1967
.. Album Cover
2.00 | 1 ratings
The Who
Proto-Metal 1967
.. Album Cover
2.00 | 1 ratings
A Quick One, While He's Away
Proto-Metal 1967
.. Album Cover
2.00 | 1 ratings
Number Two
Proto-Metal 1967
.. Album Cover
2.00 | 1 ratings
Whisky Man / Boris The Spider
Proto-Metal 1967
.. Album Cover
2.00 | 1 ratings
Pictures Of Lily
Proto-Metal 1967
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2.00 | 1 ratings
The Last Time
Proto-Metal 1967
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2.00 | 1 ratings
I Can See For Miles
Proto-Metal 1967
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Call Me Lightning
Proto-Metal 1968
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Dogs
Proto-Metal 1968
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Magic Bus
Proto-Metal 1968
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Armenia City In The Sky
Proto-Metal 1968
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Mary Anne With The Shaky Hand / Can't Reach You
Proto-Metal 1968
.. Album Cover
2.00 | 1 ratings
I'm Free
Proto-Metal 1969
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3.50 | 2 ratings
Pinball Wizard
Proto-Metal 1969
.. Album Cover
2.00 | 1 ratings
The Seeker
Proto-Metal 1970
.. Album Cover
2.00 | 1 ratings
Summertime Blues
Proto-Metal 1970
.. Album Cover
2.00 | 1 ratings
See Me, Feel Me
Proto-Metal 1970
.. Album Cover
2.00 | 1 ratings
Won't Get Fooled Again
Proto-Metal 1971
.. Album Cover
2.00 | 1 ratings
Let's See Action
Proto-Metal 1971
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Behind Blue Eyes
Proto-Metal 1971
.. Album Cover
2.00 | 1 ratings
Baba O'Riley
Proto-Metal 1971
.. Album Cover
2.00 | 1 ratings
Join Together
Proto-Metal 1972
.. Album Cover
2.00 | 1 ratings
Relay
Proto-Metal 1972
.. Album Cover
2.00 | 1 ratings
5:15
Proto-Metal 1973
.. Album Cover
2.00 | 1 ratings
Love Reign O'er Me
Proto-Metal 1973
.. Album Cover
2.00 | 1 ratings
The Real Me
Proto-Metal 1974
.. Album Cover
2.00 | 1 ratings
Postcard
Proto-Metal 1974
.. Album Cover
2.00 | 1 ratings
Long Live Rock
Proto-Metal 1974
.. Album Cover
2.00 | 1 ratings
Squeeze Box
Proto-Metal 1975
.. Album Cover
2.00 | 1 ratings
Slip Kid
Hard Rock 1976
.. Album Cover
2.00 | 1 ratings
Who Are You
Hard Rock 1978
.. Album Cover
2.00 | 1 ratings
Trick Of The Light
Hard Rock 1978
.. Album Cover
2.00 | 1 ratings
You Better You Bet
Hard Rock 1981
.. Album Cover
2.00 | 1 ratings
Don't Let Go The Coat
Hard Rock 1981
.. Album Cover
2.00 | 1 ratings
Athena
Hard Rock 1982
.. Album Cover
2.00 | 1 ratings
Eminence Front
Hard Rock 1982
.. Album Cover
2.00 | 1 ratings
It's Hard
Hard Rock 1983
.. Album Cover
2.00 | 1 ratings
Twist And Shout
Hard Rock 1984
.. Album Cover
2.00 | 1 ratings
Real Good Looking Boy
Hard Rock 2004
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2.00 | 1 ratings
It's Not Enough
Hard Rock 2006

THE WHO movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

.. Album Cover
2.75 | 2 ratings
Tommy
Proto-Metal 1975
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4.00 | 2 ratings
Quadrophenia
Hard Rock 1979
.. Album Cover
2.92 | 2 ratings
The Kids Are Alright
Hard Rock 1979
.. Album Cover
4.00 | 1 ratings
Who Rocks America
Hard Rock 1983
.. Album Cover
3.17 | 2 ratings
Who's Better, Who's Best
Proto-Metal 1988
.. Album Cover
4.00 | 1 ratings
Thirty Years Of Maximum R & B Live
Hard Rock 1994
.. Album Cover
4.00 | 2 ratings
Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival 1970
Proto-Metal 1998
.. Album Cover
5.00 | 1 ratings
The Who: Who's Next
Proto-Metal 2000
.. Album Cover
3.58 | 2 ratings
The Who & Special Guests: Live At The Royal Albert Hall
Hard Rock 2001
.. Album Cover
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Who Special Edition Ep
Proto-Metal 2003
.. Album Cover
4.00 | 1 ratings
Live In Boston
Hard Rock 2003
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4.00 | 1 ratings
Tommy And Quadrophenia Live
Hard Rock 2005
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0.00 | 0 ratings
Tangled Up In Who
Proto-Metal 2005
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0.00 | 0 ratings
In Their Own Words
Proto-Metal 2006
.. Album Cover
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Vegas Job
Hard Rock 2006
.. Album Cover
0.00 | 0 ratings
Live From Toronto
Hard Rock 2006
.. Album Cover
0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At Glastonbury 2007
Hard Rock 2008
.. Album Cover
5.00 | 1 ratings
Amazing Journey: The Story Of The Who
Proto-Metal 2008
.. Album Cover
5.00 | 1 ratings
The Who At Kilburn 1977
Proto-Metal 2008
.. Album Cover
0.00 | 0 ratings
Live In Texas '75
Proto-Metal 2012
.. Album Cover
3.00 | 1 ratings
Quadrophenia: Live In London
Hard Rock 2014

THE WHO Reviews

THE WHO Face Dances

Album · 1981 · Hard Rock
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Panned on release by those who believed that the Who without Keith Moon weren't the Who at all, Face Dances really isn't that much worse than Who Are You - an album on which Moon's participation was incidental at best. The problem is, Who Are You wasn't that great - I consider it to be highly overrated, possibly due to it being Moon's last album before his death. You Better You Bet is a catchy enough song in the vein of Who Are You from the previous album, but like the opening track from the previous album (with its allusions to constantly rewriting "the same old song") the lyrics reveal a bit more than necessary. When you have to namedrop one of your own best albums (Who's Next, in this case) in order to remind people that you're the same band that recorded it, that speaks to a severe lack of confidence in your own current material - and Face Dances isn't an album the Who should have been proud of. It doesn't stink, but it's just incredibly mediocre.

THE WHO Who Are You

Album · 1978 · Hard Rock
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Supposedly, Who Are You was Pete Townshend's stab at fusing art rock and punk. It didn't really work; the opening track, New Song, is symptomatic of this, consisting of a proggy bit here, a punk-lite bit there, the two flavours never really merging to form a cohesive new sound. It might be a ballsy move to kick off an album with a song about rehashing "the same old song with two new lines", but it's also embarrassing if it turns out you're actually doing that - and not hitting the standards of the old song in question either.

The best track on the album is probably Who Are You, which is most famous these days for being the soundtrack for a cop show. It really does sound like cop show soundtrack material too. If you want hard-edged art rock with raw punkish energy lurking under the surface from The Who, you'll find it on Quadrophenia, not here.

THE WHO The Who By Numbers

Album · 1975 · Hard Rock
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After producing a string of influential hit albums, nobody could begrudge The Who the opportunity to kick back a bit and just play some straightforward rock numbers - especially considering that lead songwriter Pete Townshend was mired in alcoholism and, if songs like How Many Friends are anything to go by, mired in depression with it. A few more upbeat numbers like Squeeze Box mix up the pace a bit but there's no changing the fact that The Who By Numbers is exactly what it says on the cover: the band going through the motions for the sake of getting new product out there. Sadly, it would seem that the high points of Who's Next and Quadrophenia represented a peak the band would never be able to reclaim, and Who By Numbers is the album which made that obvious.

THE WHO Quadrophenia

Album · 1973 · Proto-Metal
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The Who's second great rock opera at points blows Tommy out of the water, but its double album format means that it's a less lean and compact prospect than its predecessor. Incorporating the muscular hard rock approach and synthesiser experiments of Who's Next into a narrative structure based around a confused teenage Mod trying to integrate the different aspects of his personality (each of whom is based on a member of the Who), I found the album both more musically rewarding than Tommy, where occasionally the musical quality took a back seat to the demands of the narrative, as well as simply telling a better story - though one which relies a little too much on mythologising and hyping up the mod scene in question.

Quite simply, on a lyrical and narrative level Quadrophenia makes Tommy look like juvenile, shallow hippy nonsense. Taking a universal human dilemma - trying to work out which of the differing personas we present to the world best reflects our real selves - and weaving it into a semi-autobiographical story looking back on the Who's Mod roots, Townshend creates a story with more depth and genuine literary merit than Tommy or Tommy's many imitators, whilst the other band members give their all to this performance. The use of synthesisers are carefully and tastefully judged, and together with Who's Next this album contains some of the band's most powerful rock anthems.

In the wake of this album, it is difficult to see Tommy as anything other than an experimental prototype, a cobbled-together blueprint that was more successful in pointing the way to Quadrophenia than as a musical piece in its own right. It's on this album that the Who reached their peak in terms of producers of rock opera. At the same time, there's strands of filler here and there - particularly on the second disc, which is significantly less tight than the first disc - and the emphasis on telling a more coherent story does sometimes overpower the music.

THE WHO Who's Next

Album · 1971 · Proto-Metal
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As well as being a widely-acknowledged masterpiece of early 70s hard rock, Who's Next is also a Who album offering a lot to fans of the Who's more progressive side - not least, the capable inclusion of synthesisers into the Who's instrumentation, and in particular the experiment synth line in opening track Baba O'Riley. The rest of the tracks show a new muscle to the group, a forcefulness honed on the Tommy tour and also captured on the best parts of Live at Leeds. Behind Blue Eyes, in particular, manages to shift between the quieter, more contemplative style of the band and their full-on rocking mode at a moment's notice. Whilst it is a shame that the Lifehouse project didn't come to fruition at the time, the band can at least be proud of producing such a quality set of songs. I'd say it's the best studio album of their career up to that point, and could be argued to be their best album full stop.

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