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Mon, August 12, 2013
The Who - Who Are You
The Who are an English rock band who emerged in 1964 with singer Roger Daltrey, guitarist Pete Townshend, bassist John Entwistle, and drummer Keith Moon. They combined popular singles, such as "My Generation" (1965), "Substitute" (1966), "I Can See for Miles" (1967), "Pinball Wizard" (1969), and "Won't Get Fooled Again" (1971), with critically acclaimed albums such as the rock operas Tommy (1969), and Quadrophenia (1973). They are known for energetic live performances which, since a performance at the Railway Hotel in Wealdstone in June 1964 when Townshend smashed his guitar in anger and frustration, often include smashing their instruments. For much of their career they have been regarded as the third most important British rock act after the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.
The Who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, their first year of eligibility; the display describes them as "Prime contenders, in the minds of many, for the title of World's Greatest Rock Band." TIME magazine wrote in 1979 that "No other group has ever pushed rock so far, or asked so much from it." Rolling Stone magazine wrote: "Along with the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, the Who complete the holy trinity of British rock." They received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the British Phonographic Industry in 1988 and from the Grammy Foundation in 2001, for creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording. In 2008 surviving members Townshend and Daltrey were honoured at the 31st Annual Kennedy Center Honors.
Who Are You is the eighth studio album by English rock band The Who, released on 18 August 1978 through Polydor Records in the United Kingdom and MCA Records in the United States. It peaked at number 2 on the US charts and number 6 on the UK charts. It is The Who's last album with Keith Moon as the drummer; Moon died twenty days after the release of this album.
In 1996, the album was re-released in remixed form. Some of the elements from the original mixes were eliminated, including on the songs "Had Enough", "905" and "Guitar and Pen". However, "Trick of the Light" was restored to its full length of 4:45.
The album was a commercial success, going 2× platinum in the US and Canada, Gold in UK, and peaking at number 2 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart. The soundtrack to Grease prevented Who Are You from achieving number 1 status in the US. The success of Who Are You generated excitement at the prospect of a new Who tour for the album. However, the album is surrounded by tragedy for Who fans due to Moon's death shortly after the album's release. The songs on the album were later performed on tour in 1979 when The Who were joined by new drummer Kenney Jones and keyboardist John Bundrick. Bundrick had been invited to play on the album, but broke his arm falling out of a taxi at the studio door and was unable to participate.
All songs written by Pete Townshend, unless otherwise noted.
No. Title Length
1. "New Song" 4:12
2. "Had Enough" (John Entwistle) 4:30
3. "905" (Entwistle) 4:02
4. "Sister Disco" 4:21
5. "Music Must Change" 4:37
No. Title Length
6. "Trick of the Light" (Entwistle) 4:06
7. "Guitar and Pen" 5:58
8. "Love Is Coming Down" 4:06
9. "Who Are You" 6:21
1996 remastered edition bonus tracks
No. Title Length
10. "No Road Romance" 5:05
11. "Empty Glass (Demo)" (Title Track for Pete Townshend's solo album Empty Glass) 6:23
12. "Guitar and Pen (Olympic '78 Mix)" 6:02
13. "Love Is Coming Down" (Work-in-Progress Mix)" 4:05
14. "Who Are You" (Lost Verse Mix)" 6:22