It's Hard The Who
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- 2It's Your Turn03:41
- 3Cooks Country03:50
- 4It's Hard03:46
- 6Eminence Front05:40
- 7I've Known No War05:59
- 8One Life's Enough02:21
- 9One At A Time03:03
- 10Why Did I Fall For That03:25
- 11A Man Is A Man03:56
- 12Cry If You Want04:44
- 13It's Hard05:29
- 14Eminence Front05:55
- 16Cry If You Want07:05
Info for It's Hard
The tenth studio album from British institutions The Who is their second release with Small Faces drummer Kenney Jones who wielded the sticks after Keith Moon died in 1978.
It's Hard could so easily have been critically mauled, but it actually won rave reviews and this remixed version proves why.
The Who's second release following the death of Keith Moon retains the lyrical and musical strength the boys have become known for.
Although it's easy to dismiss releases following the death of a founding member, with 1981's Face Dances and this follow-up, it is clear the band are as hungry as ever.
Pete Townshend said himself he had developed as a musician, 'I'm starting to play better now and so I should because I've been playing a long time!'
The experimental theatrical pop of tracks like 'Athena' and 'Eminence Front' prompt renewed appeal while the Entwistle penned 'It's Your Turn' sees the band at their most Who-like.
Roger Daltrey, vocals, rhythm guitar
Pete Townshend, guitars, vocals
John Entwistle, bass, brass, backing vocals
Kenney Jones, drums
Andy Fairweather-Low, rhythm guitar
Tim Gorman, electric piano, organ, synthesizer
Recorded on June 1982 at Turn Up-Down Studio at Glyn Johns' home in Surrey, England, UK
Engineered by Glyn Johns
Produced by Glyn Johns
There are four names always on or near the top of the list of all time great Rock ‘n’ Roll bands: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and The Who.
The Who was formed by sheet-metal worker Roger Daltrey in 1963. The the line up, after a couple of adjustments, established itself with Daltrey on lead vocals, Keith Moon on drums, John Entwistle on bass and Pete Townshend on lead guitar. Townshend, honouring his art student credentials, wrote (and still writes) music famous for having an ‘edge’, complemented by the wildly creative performance techniques of each member of the band.
It is generally acknowledged among rock aficionados that The Who in their heyday were the most exciting live band on the planet, with their Live at Leeds album (1970) hailed as the greatest live album of all time. The compositional skills of Townshend have always been way beyond the conventional, as is proven not only in classic songs like ‘My Generation’ and ‘Baba O’Riley’ but also in his two great rock operas (a form he more or less invented single-handed) Tommy and Quadrophenia.
Today, despite the deaths of Keith Moon and John Entwistle, The Who remain a potent force on the rock music scene. Their Concert for New York City appearance after the tragedy of 9/11 was a classic, as have been their annual performances at the Royal Albert Hall in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. In 2006, Pete Townshend wrote The Who’s first studio album for the new millennium, Endless Wire and the band toured Europe and the U.S. during 2006 and 2007.
The Who are still highly active, with Townshend continuing to write and seek new musical challenges and Daltrey still the charismatic frontman he’s always been. The Who have recently launched their very first official website, www.thewho.com.
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