Face Dances The Who
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- 1You Better You Bet05:37
- 2Don't Let Go The Coat03:45
- 3Cache Cache03:56
- 4The Quiet One03:09
- 5Did You Steal My Money04:17
- 6How Can You Do It Alone05:28
- 7Daily Records03:28
- 9Another Tricky Day04:58
- 10I Like Nightmares03:10
- 11It's In You05:12
- 12How Can You Do It Alone08:12
- 13The Quiet One03:59
Info for Face Dances
The Who's first album since the untimely passing of drummer Keith Moon, Face Dances could have been rejected as a token project by a dated band. Thankfully that's not the case and, never the victims of circumstance, The Who shine in the face of adversity.
Face Dances was not only The Who's debut album of the '80s, it was their first without the manic force of drummer Keith Moon, who passed away in 1978 and you can see the effect it has on the tight-knit, yet disorderly band.
„You Better You Bet“ is hit material from the off, while „Another Tricky Day“ and „How Can You Do It Alone“ pay note to impending middle-age and dreaded responsibility.
And with this new maturity comes Pete Townshend's thoughtful lyrics and Roger Daltrey's emphatic vocal. Meanwhile John Entwistle's bass is heavier than ever and Kenney Jones's drumming fills Moonie's manic void.
While a mood of introspection lurks throughout, it is clear The Who's fire still burns bright and no less furious.
Face Dances went platinum and became the #2 album of 1981.
Roger Daltrey, vocals
Pete Townshend, guitars, keyboards, vocals
John Entwistle, bass, vocals
Kenney Jones, drums
John 'Rabbit' Bundrick, keyboards, synthesiser, backing vocals
Recorded from July to December 1980 at Odyssey Recording Studios, London, UK
Engineered by Allen Blazek
Produced by Bill Szymczyk
Executive producer: Robert Rosenberg
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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