Endless Wire (w/ Bonus DVD) CD (2006)

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The Who: Roger Daltrey (vocals); Pete Townshend (guitar, background vocals); John "Rabbit" Bundrick (keyboards); Pino Palladino (bass guitar); Simon Townshend (drums, background vocals); Zak Starkey (drums).

Neither time, nor the deaths of founding members, nor claims that they'll never play together again seem to stop the legendary Who. On 2006's Endless Wire, the band's first official studio full-length since 1982's It's Hard, Pete Townshend is still folding progressive structures and lofty themes into bombastic, arena-ready rock, while Roger Daltrey belts it out as though it were still 1976. The Who's 2000s-era touring band, including drummer Zak Starkey, bassist Pino Palladino, and keyboardist John Bundrick, lend enough muscle to the musical attack here to recall the Who's glory days, and a host of studio musicians help flesh out and vary the sound.

Surprisingly, all of these elements--Townshend's songwriting, Daltrey's impassioned singing, and the band's tight performances--coalesce to create a remarkably consistent whole. At its best, Endless Wire, resembles the band circaWho's Next (the synth intro to opener "Fragments," which directly references "Baba O'Reily," is a clear tip-off). In addition to nine new songs, the set also includes the EP Wire & Glass (a mini rock-opera from Townsend), which has the band rocking with more vitality than they have in decades. A bonus DVD shows the Who performing live in Lyon, France in 2006, and churning out immortal classics like "I Can't Explain" and "Won't Get Fooled Again." Track Listing
1. Fragments
2. A Man In A Purple Dress
3. Mike Post Theme
4. In The Ether
5. Black Widow's Eyes
6. Two Thousand Years
7. God Speaks To Marty Robbins
8. It's Not Enough
9. You Stand By Me
10. Sound Round
11. Pick Up The Peace
12. Unholy Trinity
13. Trilby's Piano
14. Out On The Endless Wire
15. Fragments Of Fragments
16. We Got A Hit
17. They Made My Dreams Come True
18. Mirror Door
19. Tea & Theatre
20. We Got A Hit - (Extended Version)
21. Endless Wire - (Extended Vesrion)

Specifications

Label Universal Music Group
SKU 203171066
UPC 602517091467
UPC 14 00602517091467
Format CD
Release Date 11/21/2006
Links
Author Who
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Compilation Appearance Easy Rider (2-Disc Deluxe Edition) (Bonus Tracks)
Compilation Appearance Freaks & Geeks Soundtrack
Compilation Appearance Gold:british Invasion
Compilation Appearance Monterey International Pop Festival
Compilation Appearance Now: Classic Rock
Compilation Appearance Jerry Maguire (ost)
Compilation Appearance Best Of Rock Roll Hall Of Fame Plus
Compilation Appearance Bridge School Concerts 25Th Ann Ed
Compilation Appearance 60'S Music Revolution
Compilation Appearance Woodstock:40 Years On Back To Yasgur
Associated Artist/Work Cast, Original
Associated Artist/Work Daltrey, Roger
Associated Artist/Work Hendrix, Jimi
Associated Artist/Work London Symphony Orchestra
Associated Artist/Work On, Pickin'
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Technical Info
Engineer Bob Pridden; Myles Clarke; Matt Hay
Producer Pete Townshend; Bob Pridden; Billy Nicholls
CatalogID 7846
Lable Name Universal Republic
Released 10/31/2006
Original Release 2006
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Length 58m : 46s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00602517091467
Album Notes and Credits
The Who: Roger Daltrey (vocals); Pete Townshend (guitar, background vocals); John "Rabbit" Bundrick (keyboards); Pino Palladino (bass guitar); Simon Townshend (drums, background vocals); Zak Starkey (drums).
Personnel: Pete Townshend (vocals, banjo, mandolin, viol, violin, drum programming); Simon Townshend (guitar); Brian G. Wright (violin).
Additional personnel: Jolyon Dixon (acoustic guitar); Gill Morley (violin); Ellen Blair (viola); Vicky Matthews (cello); Rachel Fuller (keyboards); Stuart Ross (bass instrument); Peter Huntington (drums); Lawrence Ball (electronics); Billy Nicholls (background vocals); Brian Wright .
Audio Mixers: Pete Townshend; Myles Clarke.
Liner Note Authors: Roger Daltrey; Pete Townshend.
Recording information: Eel Pie Oceanic Studios, Twickenham, England (??/??/2002-07/17/2006); Vienne Aphitheatre, Lyon, France (??/??/2002-07/17/2006).
Neither time, nor the deaths of founding members, nor claims that they'll never play together again seem to stop the legendary Who. On 2006's ENDLESS WIRE, the band's first official studio full-length since 1982's IT'S HARD, Pete Townshend is still folding progressive structures and lofty themes into bombastic, arena-ready rock, while Roger Daltrey belts it out as though it were still 1976. The Who's 2000s-era touring band, including drummer Zak Starkey, bassist Pino Palladino, and keyboardist John Bundrick, lend enough muscle to the musical attack here to recall the Who's glory days, and a host of studio musicians help flesh out and vary the sound.
Surprisingly, all of these elements--Townshend's songwriting, Daltrey's impassioned singing, and the band's tight performances--coalesce to create a remarkably consistent whole. At its best, ENDLESSWIRE resembles the band circa WHO'S NEXT (the synth intro to opener "Fragments," which directly references "Baba O'Reily," is a clear tip-off). In addition to nine new songs, the set also includes the EP WIRE & GLASS (a mini rock-opera from Townsend), which has the band rocking with more vitality than they have in decades. A bonus DVD shows the Who performing live in Lyon, France in 2006, and churning out immortal classics like "I Can't Explain" and "Won't Get Fooled Again."
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (pp.121-122) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Daltry and Townshend have made a record as brazen in its way and right for its day as THE WHO SELL OUT and TOMMY were in theirs."
Spin (p.103) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey explore a rustic folk-rock vibe..."
Q (pp.126-127) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's very much Townshend's album....Reassuringly, Townshend still refuses to write about the obvious or mundane."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.98) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's fantastic, arguably the best Who record since 1973's QUADROPHENIA....[With] a couple of stunning, rustic folk songs and enough mind-boggling Townshend cosmology...to elevate this into a challenging piece of conceptual art."
Disc 1
1 Fragments
2 Man In A Purple Dress, A
3 Mike Post Theme
4 In The Ether
5 Black Widow's Eyes
6 Two Thousand Years
7 God Speaks To Marty Robbins
8 It's Not Enough
9 You Stand By Me
10 Sound Round
11 Pick Up The Peace
12 Unholy Trinity
13 Trilby's Piano
14 Out On The Endless Wire
15 Fragments Of Fragments
16 We Got A Hit
17 They Made My Dreams Come True
18 Mirror Door
19 Tea & Theatre
20 We Got A Hit - (Extended Version)
21 Endless Wire - (Extended Vesrion)
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