The Who - It's Hard

180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl Remaster, Reissue

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It’s Hard is the tenth studio album by British rock band The Who, originally released in September 1982 by Polydor Records.

It figures. Just when The Who had ceased to matter much - the members having channelled a lot of their power and volatility and commitment into solo careers, it figures that they'd make their most vital and coherent album since Who's Next. It's fitting that It's Hard is a great record because, given the inverted world of Pete Townshend's mind, it's what you were least expecting.

The measure of worth of a Who album is the passion that Pete Townshend brings to it, and whether that passion translates into songs from which a group voice can emerge, so that it makes sense for The Who to be playing them. That hadn't been the case in too long a time.

It's Hard is a strong affirmation of this band's ability to reach millions with powerful rock & roll and trenchant, galvanizing politics.

The key to the album is "I've Known No War", a song that’s one conscientious objector's statement of defiant opposition, tempered by the realities of the then present day. To wit, that a nuclear war, despite our best pacifistic inclinations, is in the hands of a few men who will simply decide to push a button, and that the ensuing annihilation will be sudden, certain and eternal. Daltrey gives a stirring reading of the lyrics, conveying both thoughtful speculation and outright anger. Just as eloquent is Townshend's guitar playing, which suggests deep reserves of humanity while telegraphing the iconographic dread of holocaust.

Equally meritorious is "Cry If You Want", which harks back to another Who classic, "I Can See For Miles", in that it can be taken at face value, or as something greater. Ostensibly an autobiographical rant about the headstrong, somewhat hypocritical fires of their youth, " Cry If You Want " might also be read as an epitaph for the arrogant, self-important idealism of the generation.

The entire album is vibrant with the palpable energy of rekindled bonds and rediscovered group values. Daltrey sings in as natural a voice as he's ever used, employing his blustery growl more sparingly and, hence, effectively. Entwistle has contributed three numbers that are quintessential Who songs, not merely the darkly witty curios he's generally known for. Jones had found his niche in the Who; with his newfound assertiveness toughening up the band's sound to a pitch it hasn't had since Keith Moon began losing steam.

The anthemic single and album opener “Anthea”, is classic Who with trademark Who intro of roiling acoustic guitar, drums and ping-ponging bass glides into one of Daltrey's most playful vocals.

It's a long road the Who have travelled from the bristling, bare-knuckled fury of their early days, and it would be 24 years before the Who (now down to just Daltrey and Townshend, following he 2002 death of bassist John Entwistle) would release another album, 2006’s Endless Wire.

Check out the tracks: “Athena”; “Eminence Front” and “It’s Hard”.

This LP with remastered audio and reproduced artwork is pressed in Europe on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl.

(602537157136)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Athena

3:46

A2

It’s Your Turn

3:39

A3

Cooks County

3:51

A4

It’s Hard

3:47

A5

Dangerous

3:36

A6

Eminence Front

5:39

B1

I’ve Known No War

5:56

B2

One Life’s Enough

2:22

B3

One At A Time

3:20

B4

Why Did I Fall For That

3:56

B5

A Man Is A Man

3:56

B6

Cry If You Want

5:18

SKU 602537157136
Record Label Polydor Records
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number 3715713
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 23 March 2015
Original Release Date (Year) 04 September 1982
Barcode # 602537157136
Shipping Weight 0.2800kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, Printed Inner Sleeve, Remastered Audio, Reissue
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Pop Rock
Genre Classic Rock
Format VINYL LP

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