9-18-12 The Who – “Who’s Next”
Annette Funicello co-star Frankie Avalon born 1940; on 9-18-71 The Who “Who’s Next” LP was No. 1 in England. On 9-16-72 Rod Stewart “Never A Dull Moment” LP was No. 1 in England. On 9-14-74 Mike Oldfield “Hergest Ridge” LP (his 2nd solo album) was No. 1 in England.
This is another album that I have quite a few variants of. Best sounding is still the UK Track Record LP. I can’t explain it, it just sounds better, clearer – with more ‘punch’ than even the SHM-SA-CD version.
DVD WHO’S NEXT (“Classic Albums”) IMAGE ID9075ERDVD
1999 61 min documentary
CDx2 WHO’S NEXT (Deluxe edition) MCA US 113 056.2
1971 29 TRKS (’03 issue)(20 x bonus tracks)
SA WHO’S NEXT (SHM-SA-CD Kami) UNIVERSAL JPN UIGY-9022
1971 9 TRKS non-hybrid SA-CD (’10 issue) kami sleeve
LP WHO’S NEXT (UK) TRACK RECORD UK 2408 102
1971 9 TRKS U.K. original pressing
LP WHO’S NEXT (US) DECCA US DL 79182
1971 9 TRKS U.S. original pressing
CD WHO’S NEXT re-mastered MCA US MCAD 11269
1971 16 TRKS (7 x bonus tracks) ’95 issue
Why did I keep the 1995 re-mastered CD when the Deluxe 2CD edition got released? Different bonus tracks, matey!
The documentary DVD is pretty good, too. It was part of the “Classic Albums” TV series in England, and they pretty much got to everybody involved (that was still living in 1999).
What would they have to do to get me to buy this title again? Well, someone, somewhere (in summertime) could assemble and issue a proper “Lifehouse” CD + DVD + (whatever) boxed set. I do somehow get the feeling that they’re (Townshend & Co.) are not “finished” with the post-Tommy / pre-Quadrophenia material from The Who.
And what of the material? This is the album by The Who that has been flogged to death, mostly by FM radio. In fact, it’s much more difficult to hear the short 45 version of “Won’t Get Fooled Again” than it is to hear the 9 minute LP version. It is the first album by The Who that is recorded really well, too. I was really disappointed by the Japanese SA-CD of it; I thought it should’ve sounded at least as good as the original Track Record LP! (It’s all in the mastering, folks!).