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WHO'S NEXT

The Who

 

Proto-Prog

4.36 | 397 ratings

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lazland
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5 stars No, it's not a prog rock LP, but it is one of the finest rock LPs ever released and contains more than enough prog influences and nuances to keep everyone on this site happy. Easily a five star LP.

Baba O'Riley still rocks live even now, and always produces a wry smile of amusement over wasted outdoor gigs and the futility of teenage years by one now in his mid forties. Townsend always was a genius at encapsulating the mood of a generation.

Bargain is a great rock track and Daltrey really does flow on this and all tracks on the album - a great vocalist whose voice and commitment to the band he loves comes across strongly.

I think The Song is Over is fantastic, and the most recognisible leftover from the abandoned Lifehouse project Townsend abandoned for years owing to nobody being able to understand it! The plaintive vocal at the end produces hairs standing up on the back of the neck.

Behind Blue Eyes is a singularly incredible piece of work, plainly autobiographical containing some stunning musicionship and vocals from a band at the top of their game. And that leads into......Won't Get Fooled Again, which with its decrying of the betrayals of left & right wing government's over the years still resonates as strongly in 2009 as it did in 1971. I defy anyone with even half a political brain not to be singing strongly with agreement at Meet the New Boss..Same as the Old Boss at the end. Thunderous bass combine with angry guitars, Moon hammering away on drums, and Daltrey singing as if his life depended on it to produce a seminal rock classic - worth five stars for the LP alone, without the classic tracks that preceded it.

The keyboard effects used by Townsend were vastly influential for many prog rock bands, and the lyrics inspired a generation, including myself, who entered active politics or trade union activities to right many wrongs.

One of the seminal works of the 1970's.

lazland | 5/5 |

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