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LET'S SEE ACTION / WHEN I WAS A BOY

The Who

 

Proto-Prog

3.07 | 7 ratings

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Einsetumadur
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3 stars This single came into being in the hiatus between the two massive albums Who's Next and Quadrophenia in late 1971.

Let's See Action (9.5/15P.) is a decent Pete Townshend number - a bit poppy in the beginning in a 'protest song' kind of way, but in the middle Townshend brings in some interesting turns from time to time, eventually ending the piece in a quasi-hypnotic way singing nothing is everything, everything is nothing.

More exciting is the fairly unknown John Entwhistle song When I Was A Boy (12/15P.), an energetic glam-rock-like song with some absolutely great singing by a snarling John Entwhistle and a motivated Keith Moon playing a tight groove underneath. From time to time Entwhistle plays a self-penned three or four part brass part into the song with some fairly baroque phrases which remind a bit of some horn or trumpet parts of Bach's Brandenburgische Konzerte. This whole mixture, including what feels like at least seven different ideas packed together in about three minutes, makes an excellent art rock song and one of the finest Entwhistle ever wrote (together with Heaven And Hell and Whiskey Man).

I don't mind the rating of singles a lot, so I'm gonna give the standard single rating (3 stars) to that one - nonetheless pointing out that there's some good stuff hidden on that record!

Einsetumadur | 3/5 |

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