The Story of Who's Next, the timeless classic of The Who
How many weeks The Who spent at number one on the British album chart since they first appeared there in December 1965? The answer may surprise you greatly, given the band's influence, as well as their catalog of top-notch records: just one. Produced by the band with Glyn Jones, "Who's Next" was the first and last creation, thanks to which the group received such an honor. No wonder that many critics, fans, and the members themselves recognize the greatness of this work! Although it is not about the length of time in the hit parade, of course.
Indisputable: it is. one of the best of albums in The Who's career in particular, and in the history of rock in general. And today we decided to look back at the history of this first-rate, striking classic record, as well as to deal with the question of why it is so often compared to the Beatles?
A parallel with the Beatles
In fact, there are good reasons for the comparison with the Beatles. For example, a review by the not unknown in musical circles American rock critic Dave MarshThe Who were as successful as The Beatles," he concluded, only in their own territory and era. And, of course, Marsh's article included the release in question.
"Who's Next" is a beautiful, very high quality record. It made The Who legends, and it reminds me in some ways of The Beatles' White Album.
Of course, for you and me, there may be nothing similar between the two records. But the comparison with the Beatles was reinforced by the producer himself Glyn Joneswho, for a moment, worked with these Liverpool legends at one time within the same studio walls - he was an engineer at the Abbey Road in 1969! Here's what Jones had to say about it:
"This album by The Who was even more significant in their canon than I thought. When I recorded it, I was thrilled with it! But I never thought it would become so important, because when you make a record, you feel a little insecure. You really never know how the audience is going to take it..."
List of tracks
Total album included 9 tracksThe record opens with a number of songs, about half of which have become classics of the genre for the ages. The record opens with "Baba O'Riley."about which Chris Charlesworth (a journalist who worked as an executive producer for The Who) said the following:
"Pete used his synthesizer not just as a solo keyboard that could make weird underwater sounds, but as a rotating musical loop that reinforced the melody and added a sharp note to the overall rhythm!"
We suggest that you enjoy these compositions, and feel how much Growing up band since its debut!
"Love Ain't for Keeping"
"The Song Is Over."
"Getting in Tune."
"Behind Blue Eyes"
"Won't Get Fooled Again"
Pete Townsend has always been especially proud of this record, calling it "the first band material in a long time to be properly recorded. Shortly after the release of Who's Next, in December 1971, he told reporters:
"I've always felt that rock is capable of more than a three-minute track. But the question is, what can we do with that stretched-out time span? The problem with The Who today is that time on the album and on stage has become so predictable... We feel we have to find a new thread that may not be standard rock, but nevertheless has the same fundamental simplicity. My goal is to free the band from its own shackles!"
Graduation and Success
"Who's next?" (as the album title translates) was their most successful album in the States in terms of RIAA certification - it became triple platinumand also confidently reached the fourth position! Many have dubbed this record "the band's finest hour", and considering the quality sound and the classic tracks - it's impossible to argue with that.
And yet - going back to the question than "Who's Next" reminded Dave Marsh of the Beatles' "White Album"We suggest that we turn to the critic's next phrase:
"For The Who it's the same as 'The White Album' was for The Beatles. In both cases they were studio extensions of brilliant concept records - 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' for one band and 'Tommy' for the other.