The Who - Who Are You

180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl Remaster, Reissue

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Who Are You is the eighth studio album by British rock band The Who, originally released in August 1978 by Polydor Records.

On The Who's final album with Keith Moon, their trademark honest power started to get diluted by fatigue and a sense that the group's collective vision was beginning to fade. But despite the doubt, guilt, worry and self-laceration in almost every song, it's a strangely confident album. Again and again, the persona is that of the cripple, the victim of disaster, but Who Are You is not the work of cripples, no matter how many breakdowns and bottles The Who had left on their fourteen-year-old trail.

As instrumentalists, their skills were intact. More problematic was the erratic quality of the material, which seemed torn between blustery attempts at contemporary relevance ("Sister Disco", "New Song", "Music Must Change") and bittersweet insecurity ("Love Is Coming Down"). Most problematic of all were the arrangements, heavy on the symphonic synthesizers and strings, which make the record sound cluttered and overanxious. 

Daltrey's operatic tough-guy braggadocio in particular was beginning to sound annoying on several cuts. Yet Townshend's better tunes - "Music Must Change", "Love Is Coming Down", and the anthemic title track - continued to explore the contradictions of aging rockers in interesting, effective ways.

Who Are You is the album The Who had been working toward all through the Seventies. The fears of aging, irrelevancy and the dissolution of one's self, one's band or one's audience that peeked out of Who's Next and The Who By Numbers finally surfaced whole. Yet there is nothing pathetic about the album. Time seems to be a challenge that left them invigorated, eager to get on with their lives — which is to say, eager to get on with rock & roll. Townshend's wit, his intelligence, is still running wild. Entwistle's work was his best in years. Daltrey's voice had hardened and he'd learned how to use that hardness to convey troubles the earlier songs couldn't reach. Only Moon truly seemed to have lost most of what he had.

This album seemed to have left them ready for the new music they claimed they couldn’t make - a claim that's obviated by what is new and, more importantly, compelling on Who Are You.

Whether due to Moon's death or not, it was the last reasonably interesting Who record.

Check out the tracks: “Who Are You” and “Trick Of The Light”.

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

(602537156306)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

New Song

4:12

A2

Had Enough

4:30

A3

905

4:02

A4

Sister Disco

4:21

A5

Music Must Change

4:37

B1

Trick Of The Light

4:48

B2

Guitar And Pen

5:58

B3

Love Is Coming Down

4:06

B4

Who Are You

6:21

SKU 602537156306
Record Label Polydor Records
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number 3715630
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 23 March 2015
Original Release Date (Year) 18 August 1978
Barcode # 602537156306
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, Plain Inner Sleeve, Remastered Audio, Reissue
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Pop
Genre Pop Rock
Genre Classic Rock
Format VINYL LP

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