Who’s Next (Part One) - ECLECTIC ALBUMS 3RD EDITION
Hello everyone! My name is Trish Kohut, and I am a lover of all things music. One of my favorite things about music is when you find an album where every song is an amazing piece of a great collection. I am starting a new series here to talk about my favorite albums, track-by-track, and why you should check them out. This week’s album: “Who’s Next” by The Who.
One of The Who’s most famous songs, guitarist Pete Townshend wrote it based on what he witnessed at Woodstock when the band performed. The title is inspired by two of Townshend’s mentors at the time, Meher Baba and Terry Riley. With the rocking harmonica solo by singer Roger Daltrey, this is a true teenage anthem.
This song is a love song, with lyrics such as “I’d gladly lose me to find you” and “I know I’m worth nothing without you.” This song is popular in a lot of Who live sets, and it picks up once Keith Moon chimes in with the drums. Daltrey’s powerful vocals shine through, making this a fan favorite.
“Love Ain’t For Keeping”
This track is the shortest on “Who’s Next,” but it’s still an awesome addition to the record. It is a lighter song, which is a change from The Who’s rowdy nature. Townshend plays acoustic on this track and multi-tracks the chords to give the number a larger feel. Even though it isn’t one of their biggest hits, it is still a song worth checking out.
Bassist John Entwistle penned this number, which is a change because Townshend wrote the majority of the music for the band. Entwistle takes on lead vocals, and also plays bass guitar, piano and a horn section on the track. One of the Who’s more unique songs, it is a song you'll want to listen to again and again.
“The Song Is Over”
One of my favorite Who songs, this track starts out slowly, with Townshend’s vocals creating a saddened vibe at first. However, once Keith Moon’s drum beat starts, Daltrey’s raspy vocals come blasting through, kicking off this amazing number. With the lyrical content describing the end of a relationship, I recommend this one for when you need the strength to move on.
“Getting In Tune”
A song describing what music can do, this track is nothing less than stellar. With multiple tempo changes and a beautiful piano introduction, Daltrey’s soothing vocals lead you through to a kickoff thanks to Moonie’s drumming. Entwistle’s bass work here is also on par, making for an all-around great track.
Need a new road trip song? “Going Mobile” is a track to add to that playlist. This number is all about traveling the road to see where life takes you. Townshend takes over on vocals and delivers the creative lyrics with ease. All in all, this song will make you want to roll down your windows and drive wherever life takes you.
“Behind Blue Eyes”
In my opinion, this is one of Townshend’s greatest lyrical achievements. Listening to the words, you truly feel the pain behind the character’s words, and Daltrey’s growling vocals add to the angst and rawness of the track. With words such as, “but my dreams aren’t as empty as my conscious seems to be,” it is the band’s most covered and influential tracks.
“Won’t Get Fooled Again”
At a whopping eight and a half minutes, this is also one of the band’s most famous tracks. With lyrics going against the ideas of power and revolution, Townshend’s wind-milling guitar has never been better. With a synthesized chord progression, leading into some amazing drum playing by Moon, and capped off with a killer Daltrey scream, this song has it all.
That’s all for this week’s edition of Eclectic Albums. Tune in next week for our next album review! Also, if there are any albums you would like me to review, don’t hesitate to let me know! Keep rocking, Raiders!