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Album: Who's Next
LPs (vinyl) Sampled: Polydor (UK), Decca (USA), MCA-reissue (USA), MCA Masterphile Series-1/2 speed master (Canada), MCA (Canada), Polydor (Germany), Polydor (Greece), Polydor (Japan), First (Taiwan)
CDs (original mix) Sampled: Polydor (Germany), MCA-1st pressing (USA), MCA-2nd pressing (USA), MCA-3rd pressing (USA), MCA (Canada), MCA-Gold Disc (USA), Polydor (Japan)
CDs (remix) Sampled: Polydor (Germany), MCA (USA), MFSL (USA), Polydor (Japan)
CDs (Deluxe Edition) Sampled: Polydor (UK) Promo, MCA (USA)
LP Comments: Sonically, I'd give the edge to the Decca (USA) version. However, the vinyl is overall better quality on the Polydor (UK) & (Germany) versions. The Polydor (Japan) version is a bit duller. The MCA-Masterphile Series (Canada) is hard to track down, and there's really nothing special about it other than the sticker on the front cover. In 1995 MCA issued a "virgin vinyl" on "heavy vinyl" and it has been reported that there are defects on some of the copies (i.e. one channel is dead on certain song(s).) My copy is still sealed and not available for comparison at this time.
CD (original mix) comments: The 3rd pressing by MCA sounds real good. However, the Canadian version sounds even better! If you like the original mix of this album, this is the one to get. The Polydor (Germany) copy was never upgraded from its original issue. Too much unnecessary hiss—obviously made from tapes too far removed from the masters. I find the MCA-Gold disc a bit too bright.
CD (remix) comments: Both Polydor (Germany) and MCA (USA) copies sound identical. The Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs (MFSL) sounds slightly duller than the Polydor (German) or MCA (USA). Whereas the former sounds "crisp" in certain areas, the MFSL version sounds slightly dull - enough to be a bit annoying. The Polydor (Japan) copy has too much extra bass in the mastering that detracts from the sound quality, but ... may sound fine on certain stereo systems.
CD (Deluxe Edition) comments: The first disc (original album & the NY Sessions) is outstanding. Excellent sound quality - nice, smooth mastering. The remix of "Getting In Tune" from the NY Sessions is absolutely wonderful. Unfortunately, the studio versions "Too Much Of Anything" and "I Don't Even Know Myself" which were previously included on the remixed CD were dropped. However, the versions of the NY Sessions that were previously edited on the remixed CD have been restored in length. Disc 2, is an edited performance of the 1971 Young Vic concert. Some of these performances were included on the previously issued remixed CD, but they have been remixed again (similar to "Live At Leeds -see track listing below) are incredible. Unfortunately, the mastering utilizes excessive noise reduction and compression - this causes the sound and feel to be somewhat sterile.
Disc 1 of The Polydor (UK) promo has a bit more ambience and sounds more "musical" than Disc 1 of the MCA (USA). Disc 2 of the MCA (USA) sounds a little better than Polydor (UK) promo. There seems to be a little extra bass on the MCA, which improves the overall feel.
CD (Super Deluxe Edition) comments: (See Review Below)
Compare for yourself!
Summary: Until the release of "Who's Next Deluxe", the excellent sound of the original mix of the Canadian CD pressing seems to be the "fans choice". The sound of Disc 1 on "Who's Next Deluxe" (UK promo) supercedes that. Unfortunately, the "Deluxe Edition" is one disc short - you still need to have the remix version in order to have all of the related bonus tracks.
Note: At this time I have not reviewed the UK/German stock copy of "Who's Next Deluxe" and therefore don't know if it will have the same characteristics as the UK promo.
Other Comments: According to Producer, Jon Astley, it was a tough judgment call not to stray too far from the original mix of this album in reissuing it (i.e. leaving off master tape goodies like the extra lead guitar track in "Going Mobile" or the repeated lyrics in "My Wife", etc.) as this album seems to be somewhat of a "sacred cow" amongst fans. While some (like myself) would consider these changes improvements, others might decry, "sacrilege!" Some of the master tapes were lost and not able to be remixed (i.e. Bargain, Song is Over, Won't Get Fooled Again). On the remix version, "Too Much Of Anything" is not the version from "Odds & Sods" as the liner notes indicate, but rather an outtake, previously unreleased.
Who's Next /
Lifehouse - Version Comparisons (MP3):
When I Was A Boy:
Time Is Passing:
Love Ain't For Keepin':
Baby Don't You Do It:
Demo Alternate Demo (1) Alternate Demo (2) Alternate Demo (3) Original Mix Remix False Start & Studio Chatter NY Sessions Version Live Version (1971) Live Version (1976) Live Version (1979) Pete Townshend Live Version (1986) Roger Daltrey Live Version (1994) Roger Daltrey Live Version (2011)
I Don't Know Myself:
Put The Money Down:
Pure And Easy:
Getting in Tune:
Let's See Action (Nothing Is Everything):
Won't Get Fooled Again:
Demo Original Mix Remix Remix Version (1996) Alternate Version NY Sessions Version Live Version (1971) Live Version (1978) Live Version (1979) Pete Townshend Live Version (1979) Pete Townshend Live Version (1985) Live Acoustic Version (1996) Live w/The Roots & Jimmy Fallon Version (2019)
The Song Is Over:
Notes: Remix versions, NY Sessions versions and live versions
from the Young Vic (1971)
Studios Manchester, UK.
About: Who's Next
About: Who's Next Super Deluxe Edition Box Set
Wow! Wow! And… WOW!!!
While a few fans have criticized the price (~$250 - $300 USD), let me assure you that the San Francisco 1971 concert (Discs (9) nine & (10) ten) is worth the price alone! So… let’s start here. What do concert tickets cost these days? This show is one of those flawless, ultimate Who concerts. The kind of show that if you had Mr. Peabody’s Wayback Machine, it could top your list of Who shows to visit. From start to finish the entire band is on fire. It has a different sound/vibe than Live At Leeds (Leeds) with Pete Townshend (Pete) and John Entwistle (John) dueling each other the entire time to outperform each other. It’s absolutely amazing to listen to them in a way that <perhaps> has never been quite captured like this before (for an entire concert release). In the middle of Pete and John are Roger Daltrey (Roger) (unbelievable power, energy and flawless) and Keith Moon (Keith) drumming non-stop. If you love The Who, these (2) two discs will just blow you away. The value? A concert ticket <barely> buys you (1) one performance. Here, you get to listen to this show as many times as you like (and you will).
Skipping around a bit… Disc (4) Four –
The Record Plant Sessions… While <mostly> previously released before,
there were some surprises included which make these very special. They now
include studio banter (great stuff) and… A previously unreleased version of “Behind
Blue Eyes” (really great) and while not labeled as “new” per se,
“I’m In Tune”
(“Getting In Tune”) which appears to be
noticeably different (and about 21
seconds longer). This material deserves its own disc and finally has one.
Very enjoyable and truly great performances.
Moving on to Pete’s demos
(Disc (2) two and (3) three… First and foremost… I LOVE Pete’s demos. Not just
these ALL of Pete’s demos. His demos represent his raw talent, genius and
creativity. He even plays all the instruments! I can recall the first time I
heard <some of> these demos. They were on a bootleg LP, appropriately titled,
“The Genius Of Pete Townshend”. Even with the crackles (from an acetate source),
the music and performances were just fantastic. Later, I purchased “Who Came
First”, which had more of the same and yada, yada, yada… Some of you may already
own Pete’s “Lifehouse” box from
2000. While the sound quality was flawed (I posted
how to correct it on my
website), the content was endless. This version of “Lifehouse” is
not the same. From what I understood
was that this was a “getting back to basics” featuring the original <yellow> IBC
label acetates as the “starting point” or “core” “Lifehouse”. While those (2)
two discs might be what was pressed/presented at the time, I don’t believe that
was a complete representation. For example, I have a different “Lifehouse”
acetate set on the Master Room label,
which includes… “Classified”!
(The version that was used on the "Glastonbury
Fayre" LP set.) Hence, this song was clearly intended for “Lifehouse”, but
appeared neither on the previous release or this one. My point is that
“Lifehouse” seems to be a big fluid and not necessarily exacting (another
example is “Electronic
Wizardry”, which was defined as an unused Lifehouse track when
released as a bonus on a “Psychoderelict”
single in 1993. We learned subsequently, the song became “Wizardry”, an unused “Quadrophenia”
track. At the end of the day, someone has to make decisions what to include and
what not to include. Some people will be happy, others might scratch their head
trying to figure it all out <again> and that’s OK. So… The released songs ARE
great. You might recognize “There's A Fortune in Those Hills” from the last “Who
Came First” release. Also included is a brand new find, “Finally
Over”. Pete also included some newly mixed tracks, which “freshen” up the
demos a bit and provide extra value (since they are… different than previously
released versions). Great stuff!
Who’s Next (CD (1) One)…
Not much to say here. Simply a very fine, newly remastered version of the original album.
The Blu Ray… (to be continued for an update in the near future)
Other <Noteworthy> Comments…
The Almost: One of the initial concepts was to recreate “Lifehouse” by filling in the missing parts/pieces and mixing them in with alternate/unedited “Who’s Next” songs to create something unique onto its own. Using Pete’s “Lifehouse Chronicles” as guide, songs like, “Teenage Wasteland”, “Mary”, “Greyhound Girl”, etc. were going to be recorded in the studio (with Roger and others) to transform the demo versions into “Who versions”. Unfortunately, Covid19 sent us all into isolation and it never happened.
Heroics: A friend in Italy, Alberto Genero donated the use of some of the master tapes in his collection to help with the rarities. That was very generous and kind of him. One of the tapes was “Time Is Passing” (stereo). On the first tape machine, one of the channels played back a bit out of phase, making the tape unusable. However, a different machine was then used and the problem became “manageable”. Eventually, there was a world-wide tape search and they were able to locate a perfect tape (tape warehouse databases change all the time). Few people get to see the “behind the scenes” and often, not enough (and sometimes not at all) credit is given where it is deserved.
I referred to “mostly” above. I wouldn’t be me, if I didn’t point out a
few songs that were not included… You might recall the alternate “Too Much Of
Anything” from the 1995 remixed/remastered “Who’s Next” (which was actually used
in error at the time). That version is not included. “Getting In Tune” (the
previously released version from the NY Sessions) is also not included. The good
news is, you most likely have these already and if you don’t, they are widely
available. As mentioned above, the Pete demos released here in the box are
different than the previously released “Lifehouse Chronicles”. Hold onto that
the bottom line is… If you haven’t bought it already, do it now! It’s truly great and you
will endlessly enjoy it.
about this disc. It’s good, but in my mind, it doesn’t go far enough…
Starting with the
original “Who’s Next” section, you are listening to is
basically… (the original “Who’s Next”). The “new mix” doesn’t
excite me, because the most likely purpose of it was to give the
listener a nice 5.1 (or more) experience of the original album and not
much more (which is perfectly fine). I can see where a lot of
fans would like just that. Me? I would like to see all of the unedited
parts used (i.e. the lead guitar from “Going
Mobile”, the extra 12 seconds from “Baba
O’Riley” (not included in this box set), the extra versus
in “My Wife”,
etc.) If you are going to “remix it”, in my mind, REALLY remix it
– just like the bonus tracks throughout the CD section of the box set
(or perhaps do both – to satisfy both sets of listeners). Again, nothing
“wrong” going on here, but for “2.0 Me”, just another “Who’s
One of the funnier stories that came out of the above, was with “Bargain”. At the time they were prepping for the Atmos mixes, I had coincidentally remixed “Bargain” myself, with alternating Pete vocals from right to left channels. I sent a copy to Jon Astley to see what he thought of it and he somehow mistakenly believed I had a copy of the original multitrack tape (for “Bargain”). The exchange of emails was a little like Abbott & Costello’s “Who’s On First?” (until I was able to clarify exactly what I sent him). Unfortunately, the multitrack for “Bargain” was missing. Since I was working with “demix” software (which takes 2.0 tracks and converts them to multitracks) at the time, I was asked to demix a flat, HD master of “Bargain” to use for the Atmos. Not quite a true multitrack, but much better than nothing at all…
Moving on to the “Bonus Tracks”…. I can appreciate the work that went into these and in many examples, I found them to be interesting and with cool nuances (“Naked Eye” is a good example of that). I probably prefer “When I Was A Boy” here vs. the newly remixed CD version (someone else might prefer the CD version). A few things that bothered me though were… “The Seeker” – it’s the “unedited” version but… it lobs off the ending (which was included on the CD version). On “Join Together” (also unedited), one of the coolest features is Pete’s pennywhistle. However, Steve mixed it out on the bridge, but left it intact throughout the ending (see samples below). Artistic choice? Sure. However, I’m not a fan of it.
Before getting to the bonus track samples, I want to comment on the sound… The bass seems a bit “boomy”. Fairly easy to fix, but not sure why this happened in the first place…
Bonus Track Samples:
Please note that 30 second samples for detailed, nuanced material
doesn't always give you anything more than just a "taste".
Please note that 30 second samples for detailed, nuanced material doesn't always give you anything more than just a "taste".
Lastly, please don’t
take my comments as “negative”. Critical yes. Me being a bit picky, yes.
But at the end of the day, it’s all good and yours is
the opinion that counts! Enjoy!
Original: Baba O'Riley, Bargain, Love Ain't For Keeping, My Wife, Song Is Over, Getting In Tune, Going Mobile, Behind Blue Eyes, Won't Get Fooled Again
Remix: Baba O'Riley, Bargain, Love Ain't For Keeping, My Wife, Song Is Over, Getting In Tune, Going Mobile, Behind Blue Eyes, Won't Get Fooled Again, Pure And Easy - (previously unreleased), Baby Don't You Do It - (previously unreleased), Naked Eye - (live), Water - (live), Too Much Of Anything (previously unreleased version), I Don't Even Know Myself, Behind Blue Eyes - (previously unreleased)
Deluxe Edition (2003):
Disc 1: Baba O'Riley, Bargain, Love Ain't For Keeping, My Wife, Song Is Over, Getting In Tune, Going Mobile, Behind Blue Eyes, Won't Get Fooled Again, Baby Don't You Do It (NY Sessions), Getting In Tune (NY Sessions), Pure And Easy (NY Sessions), Love Ain't For Keeping (NY Sessions), Behind Blue Eyes (NY Sessions), Won't Get Fooled Again (NY Sessions)
Disc 2: (Live At The Young Vic, 1971): Love Ain't For Keeping, Pure And Easy, Young Man Blues, Time Is Passing, Behind Blue Eyes, I Don't Even Know Myself, Too Much Of Anything, Getting In Tune, Bargain, Water, My Generation, Road Runner, Naked Eye, Won't Get Fooled Again
Super Deluxe Edition (Box Set): :
CD One: Who’s Next (Remastered): Baba O’Riley, Bargain, Love Ain’t for Keeping, My Wife, The Song Is Over, Getting In Tune, Going Mobile, Behind Blue Eyes, Won’t Get Fooled Again
CD Two: Pete Townshend's Lifehouse Demos 1970 - 1971 – Part 1
:Teenage Wasteland, Too Much, Going Mobile, There's A Fortune in Those Hills, Love Ain't For Keeping, Bargain, Greyhound Girl, Mary (Alternate Mix), Behind Blue Eyes, Time Is Passing, Finally Over, Baba O'Riley (Instrumental – Full Version)
CD Three: Pete
Townshend's Lifehouse Demos 1970 – 1971 – Part 2 :
:Pure And Easy (Home Studio Mix), Getting In Tune (Alternate Mix), Nothing Is Everything (Let's See Action), Won't Get Fooled Again, Baba O'Riley (Vocal Version), Song Is Over (2021 Remix), Pure And Easy (Olympic Studios Mix), Mary (Original Mix), Baba O'Riley (First Editing <Instrumental>), Song Is Over (Original)
CD Four: Record Plant,
NYC Sessions March 1971 : :
CD Five: Olympic Sound Studios, London Sessions 1970-72
:Don’t Do It (aka Baby Don’t You Do It) [Take 2, Unedited, March 16, 1971], Won’t Get Fooled Again [Take 13, March 16, 1971], Behind Blue Eyes (Version 1) [Take 15, March 16, 1971], Love Ain't For Keeping [Take 14, March 17, 1971], The Note (aka Pure and Easy) [Take 21, March 17, 1971], I’m In Tune (aka Getting in Tune) [Take 6, March 18, 1971, Behind Blue Eyes (Version 2) [Take 10, March 18, 1971}
:Pure And Easy, I Don’t Know Myself [B-side with Unreleased Count-in], Time Is Passing [Stereo Mix], Too Much of Anything [Original 1971 Vocal], Naked Eye [1971 Remake], Bargain (Early Mix), Love Ain't For Keeping (Unedited Mix), My Wife (Unedited Mix), Getting In Tune (Take 1 with Jam), Going Mobile (Alternate Mix), Song Is Over (Backing Track) [with Nicky Hopkins], When I Was a Boy (Remix), Let's See Action (Unedited Mix), Relay (Unedited Mix) [Alternate Vocal], Put The Money Down [Remix with Original Vocal], Join Together [Unedited Remix]
CD Six: Singles & Sessions 1970-72: The Seeker (Original Single Mix), Here For More [Original Single Mix], Heaven And Hell [Stereo Remix], Water [Eel Pie Sound Studio – New Unedited Mix], I Don't Know Myself [Eel Pie Sound Studio – New Unedited Mix], Naked Eye [Eel Pie Sound Studio – New Unedited Mix], Postcard [Eel Pie Sound Studio – Original 1970 Mix], Now I'm A Farmer [Eel Pie Sound Studio – New Remix], The Seeker (Unedited Version), Water (IBC Version), I Don’t Know Myself (IBC Version), Let's See Action (Original Single Mix), When I Was a Boy (Original Single Mix), Join Together (Original Single Mix), Relay (Original Single Mix), Waspman (Original Single Mix), Long Live Rock (Original Olympic Mix)
CD Seven: Live At The
Young Vic, London – April 26, 1971 : : : :
CD Eight: Live At The Young Vic, London – April 26, 1971
CD Nine: Live At The Civic Auditorium, San Francisco – December 12, 1971
CD Ten: Live At The Civic Auditorium, San Francisco – December 12, 1971
BLU-RAY AUDIO: Steven Wilson Atmos Mix (48kHz 24-bit)** Steven Wilson 5.1 Mix (48kHz 24-bit)** Steven Wilson Stereo Mix (96kHz 24-bit)* Original 1971 Stereo Mix (96kHz 24-bit)
:Love Ain’t for Keeping, Pure And Easy, Young Man Blues, Time Is Passing, Behind Blue Eyes, I Don’t Even Know Myself, Too Much of Anything, Getting In Tune, Bargain
:Pinball Wizard, See Me, Feel Me, Baby Don’t You Do It, Water, My Generation, (I’m A) Road Runner, Naked Eye, Bony Moronie, Won’t Get Fooled Again
:Introduction, I Can't Explain, Substitute, Summertime Blues, My Wife, Baba O'Riley, Behind Blue Eyes, Bargain, Won't Get Fooled Again, Baby Don't You Do It, Magic Bus
:Introduction To Tommy, Overture, Amazing Journey, Sparks, Pinball Wizard, See Me Feel Me, My Generation, Naked Eye, Going Down
O’Riley, Bargain, Love Ain’t For Keeping, My Wife, The Song Is Over, Getting In
Tune, Going Mobile, Behind Blue Eyes, Won’t Get Fooled Again
Bonus Tracks: Steven Wilson Atmos Mix (48kHz 24-bit) Steven Wilson 5.1 Mix (48kHz 24-bit)
The Seeker (Unedited Version), Here For More, Now I'm A Farmer, I Don't Know Myself (Eel Pie Sound Version), Water (IBC Version), Naked Eye (Olympic Sound Version), Pure And Easy, Too Much of Anything, Let's See Action, When I Was a Boy, Join Together (Unedited Version), Put The Money Down, Relay (Unedited Version), Long Live Rock
Disc 1: Baba O'Riley, Bargain, Love Ain't For Keeping, My Wife, Song Is Over, Getting In Tune, Going Mobile, Behind Blue Eyes, Won't Get Fooled Again
Disc 2: Behind Blue Eyes (Record Plant, NYC Sessions – Version 1) [Take 15, March 16, 1971], Getting In Tune (Alternate Mix) (Life House Demo), Mary (Alternate Mix) (Life House Demo), Love Ain't For Keeping (Record Plant, NYC Sessions) [Take 14, March 17, 1971], Pure And Easy (Olympic Studios Mix) (Life House Demo), I Don't Know Myself [Eel Pie Sound Studio – New Unedited Mix], Too Much of Anything [Original 1971 Vocal], Time Is Passing (Live at the Young Vic, London – April 26, 1971), Bargain (Live at the Young Vic, London – April 26, 1971), My Wife (Live at the Civic Auditorium, San Francisco – December 12, 1971), Baba O’Riley (Live at the Civic Auditorium, San Francisco – December 12, 1971), Won’t Get Fooled Again (Live at the Civic Auditorium, San Francisco – December 12, 1971)
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