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Monday 11/30/2002 11pm ET: Feature LP: The Who – Who’s Next (1971)

Who’s Next (is the fifth studio album by English rock band the Who. It developed from the aborted Lifehouse project, a multi-media rock opera written by the group’s Pete Townshend as a follow-up to the band’s 1969 album Tommy. The project was cancelled owing to its complexity and to conflicts with Kit Lambert, the band’s manager, but the group salvaged some of the songs, without the connecting story elements, to release as their next album. Eight of the nine songs on Who’s Next were from Lifehouse, the lone exception being the John Entwistle-penned “My Wife”. Ultimately, the remaining Lifehouse tracks would all be released on other albums throughout the next decade.

The Who recorded Who’s Next with assistance from recording engineer Glyn Johns. After producing the song “Won’t Get Fooled Again” in the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio, they relocated to Olympic Studios to record and mix most of the album’s remaining songs. They made prominent use of synthesizer on the album, particularly on “Won’t Get Fooled Again” and “Baba O’Riley”, which were both released as singles. The cover photo was shot by Ethan Russell; it made reference to the monolith in the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey, as it featured group members standing by a concrete piling protruding from a slag heap, apparently having urinated against it.

Who’s Next was an immediate success when it was released in August 1971. It has since been viewed by many critics as the Who’s best record and one of the greatest albums of all time. It was reissued on CD several times, with additional songs originally intended for Lifehouse.

1. “Baba O’Riley” 5:08
2. “Bargain” 5:34
3. “Love Ain’t for Keeping” 2:10
4. “My Wife” 3:41
5. “The Song Is Over” 6:14

1. “Getting in Tune” 4:50
2. “Going Mobile” 3:42
3. “Behind Blue Eyes” 3:42
4. “Won’t Get Fooled Again” 8:32

Roger Daltrey – vocals
John Entwistle – bass, brass, vocals, piano on “My Wife”
Keith Moon – drums, percussion
Pete Townshend – guitar, VCS 3, organ, ARP synthesizer, vocals, piano on “Baba O’Riley”
Dave Arbus – violin on “Baba O’Riley”
Nicky Hopkins – piano on “The Song Is Over” and “Getting in Tune”
Al Kooper – Hammond organ on alternate version of “Behind Blue Eyes”[78]
Leslie West – lead guitar on Record Plant sessions including “Baby, Don’t You Do It” and “Love Ain’t for Keeping” (electric version)

Saturday 11/28/2020 6:30pm ET: Feature LP: The Who – Who Hits 50! (2014)

The Who Hits 50! is a compilation of singles by the English rock band The Who, released in 2014 by Polydor Records. The two-disc set contains every single released by the band in the United Kingdom, with the exceptions of: “A Legal Matter” and “La-La-La-Lies” from 1966; and “Long Live Rock” and the remake of “I’m One” from 1979. At the same time it also contains every single by the band released in the United States throughout their career, with the exceptions of: “The Real Me” from 1974; the reissue of “Substitute” from 1976; and “Long Live Rock” from 1979. A condensed single-disc standard edition appeared as well, both versions in conjunction with the band’s 50th anniversary and associated tour of the same name. The album is notable for containing singles generally not included on other compilation albums, such as the band’s Rolling Stones cover “The Last Time” done as an act of solidarity while Mick and Keith were facing jail time, along with other lesser-known singles “Dogs” and “Call Me Lightning”.

The first disc includes every song from the compilation Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy with the exception “A Legal Matter”, and the second disc includes “Be Lucky”, a track released as a single in support of the compilation and recorded during 2014 sessions for a proposed new studio album. The song is the first new material released by The Who since their 2006 studio album Endless Wire.

The selections were remastered by Jon Astley, and the cover art and packaging reflects the band’s association with the pop art of the 1960s. On the two-disc set, the liner notes incorrectly list Pete Townshend as the writer of the track “Trick of the Light” when it was in fact written by John Entwistle.

1. “Zoot Suit” 1:59
2. “I Can’t Explain” 2:05
3. “Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere” 2:43
4. “My Generation” 3:18
5. “Substitute” 3:45
6. “The Kids Are Alright” 3:06
7. “I’m a Boy” (mono version) 2:38
8. “Happy Jack” 2:14
9. “Boris the Spider” 2:30
10. “Pictures of Lily” 2:44
11. “The Last Time” 2:59
12. “I Can See for Miles” 4:08
13. “Call Me Lightning” 2:19
14. “Dogs” 3:01
15. “Magic Bus” 4:36
16. “Pinball Wizard” 3:03
17. “I’m Free” 2:41
18. “The Seeker” 3:12
19. “Summertime Blues” 3:22
20. “See Me, Feel Me” 3:30
21. “Won’t Get Fooled Again” 3:40
22. “Let’s See Action” 3:57
23. “Bargain” 5:33
24. “Behind Blue Eyes” 3:42

1. “Baba O’Riley” 5:08
2. “Join Together” 4:22
3. “Relay” 3:52
4. “5:15” 4:48
5. “Love, Reign o’er Me” 5:56
6. “Postcard” 3:27
7. “Squeeze Box” 2:40
8. “Slip Kid” 4:36
9. “Who Are You” 5:14
10. “Trick of the Light” 4:27
11. “You Better You Bet” 5:37
12. “Don’t Let Go the Coat” 3:44
13. “Athena” 3:46
14. “Eminence Front” 5:39
15. “It’s Hard” 3:47
16. “Real Good Looking Boy” 3:55
17. “It’s Not Enough” 4:03
18. “Be Lucky” 3:19

1. “Won’t Get Fooled Again” 8:28
2. “Who Are You” 6:16

Wednesday 7pm ET: Feature Artist – The Who

The Who are an English rock band formed in London in 1964. Their classic line-up consisted of lead singer Roger Daltrey, guitarist and singer Pete Townshend, bass guitarist John Entwistle and drummer Keith Moon. They are considered one of the most influential rock bands of the 20th century, selling over 100 million records worldwide.

The Who developed from an earlier group, the Detours, and established themselves as part of the pop art and mod movements, featuring auto-destructive art by destroying guitars and drums on stage. Their first single as the Who, “I Can’t Explain”, reached the UK top ten, and was followed by a string of singles including “My Generation”, “Substitute” and “Happy Jack”. In 1967, they performed at the Monterey Pop Festival and released the US top ten single “I Can See for Miles”, while touring extensively. The group’s fourth album, 1969’s rock opera Tommy, included the single “Pinball Wizard” and was a critical and commercial success. Live appearances at Woodstock and the Isle of Wight Festival, along with the live album Live at Leeds, cemented their reputation as a respected rock act. With their success came increased pressure on lead songwriter Townshend, and the follow-up to Tommy, Lifehouse, was abandoned. Songs from the project made up 1971’s Who’s Next, which included the hit “Won’t Get Fooled Again”. The group released the album Quadrophenia in 1973 as a celebration of their mod roots, and oversaw the film adaptation of Tommy in 1975. They continued to tour to large audiences before semi-retiring from live performances at the end of 1976. The release of Who Are You in 1978 was overshadowed by the death of Moon shortly after.

Kenney Jones replaced Moon and the group resumed activity, releasing a film adaptation of Quadrophenia and the retrospective documentary The Kids Are Alright. After Townshend became weary of touring, the group split in 1983. The Who occasionally re-formed for live appearances such as Live Aid in 1985, a 25th anniversary tour in 1989 and a tour of Quadrophenia in 1996–1997. They resumed regular touring in 1999, with drummer Zak Starkey. After Entwistle’s death in 2002, plans for a new album were delayed. Townshend and Daltrey continued as the Who, releasing Endless Wire in 2006, and continue to play live regularly, with Starkey, bassists Pino Palladino (2006–2017) and Jon Button (2017–present), and guitarist Simon Townshend (Pete’s brother) serving as touring players. A tour with a complete symphony orchestra, along with a twelfth studio album, are both scheduled for 2019.

The Who’s major contributions to rock music include the development of the Marshall stack, large PA systems, use of the synthesizer, Entwistle and Moon’s lead playing styles, Townshend’s feedback and power chord guitar technique, and the development of the rock opera. They are cited as an influence by hard rock, punk rock and mod bands, and their songs still receive regular exposure.  (Rev 4.0)

Friday 12am ET: Feature LP: Two Rooms: Celebrating the Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin (1991)

Two Rooms: Celebrating the Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin is a 1991 tribute album consisting of interpretations of sixteen songs written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin. The title refers to a song on John’s album 21 at 33, “Two Rooms at the End of the World”, and to the duo’s unusual collaborative style; it is also the title of a 1991 film documenting their collaboration.

“Border Song” – Eric Clapton 4:21
“Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going to Be a Long, Long Time)” – Kate Bush 4:57
“Come Down in Time” – Sting 3:38
“Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting” – The Who 4:32
“Crocodile Rock” – The Beach Boys 4:21
“Daniel” – Wilson Phillips 4:03
“Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word” – Joe Cocker 3:57
“Levon” – Jon Bon Jovi 5:27
“The Bitch is Back” – Tina Turner 3:38
“Philadelphia Freedom” – Hall & Oates 5:12
“Your Song” – Rod Stewart 4:49
“Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” – Oleta Adams 6:02
“Madman Across the Water” – Bruce Hornsby 6:10
“Sacrifice” – Sinéad O’Connor 5:12
“Burn Down the Mission” – Phil Collins 6:58
“Tonight” – George Michael 7:23

Tuesday 4pm ET: Sounds of The 80s

This week on the Sounds of The 80s:  Naked Eyes, Ramones, Hooters, Electric Light Orchestra, Van Halen, Def Leppard, Who, Rolling Stones, Juice Newton, Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band, Bauhaus, Lou Gramm and more. . . 

Saturday 12pm / Sunday 6am: Brit Rock with Dominic Forbes

This week on Brit Rock – Michael Schenker Group, Scorpions, Focus, Concrete Kingdoms, Meme Detroit, Survival Code, Green Day, Guns ‘N’ Roses, Foo Fighters, Styx, Procol Harem, Marillion, Dio, Motorhead, Don Henley, Foreigner, Chicago, Queen, Deep Purple, Genesis, Night Ranger, Allman Bros Band, Fleetwood Mac, REM, Joe Cocker, Rolling Stones, Who, Ozzy Osbourne, Mountain, Rembrandts, C.C.S., Rod Stewart, Aerosmith.  Join Dominic Forbes 12pm or the encore Sunday 6am on RadioMaxMusic.