Classic Albums: The Who - Who's Next
Who's Next is viewed by many as the greatest testament to the songwriting talent of Pete Townshend and the musical power of The Who. When the album was released in 1971 is climbed to the number 1 spot on the British Album chart and remained in the Top 50 for over three months. In the United States, the album went Top 5 on the Billboard chart and remained in the Top 40 for five months.
The story of how The Who came to record the album is told by group members Pete Townshend, Roger Daltry, and John Entwistel, together with contributions by those who were close to the group during the making of this classic album.
Early archive footage of The Who performing classic tracks such as I Can't Explainand My Generation helped to illustrate how the group made the transition from performing in small London clubs, to the rock giants they became upon the release of the pioneering Tommy album.
Peter Townshend explains the difficulties the group faced in trying to bring to fruition the ideas he planned for the group's follow up, the ground breaking "rock opera" Tommy. The original idea, as Roger Daltry tells us, was for a multi-media event that would incorporate a live concert, a film and a soundtrack album. When Townshend's vision proved beyond the grasp of his fellow group members, The Whoset about recording the songs that would have made up the soundtrack to the proposed movie.
The songs recorded for the Who'snext album and featured here, include such classics as Won't Get Fooled Again, <i<Baba O'Riley, and Behind Blue Eyes. We hear from the group members how these songs would have fit into the original concept. We are also given an insight as to the importance of the late, great Keith Moon to the success of The Who~~, and hear how his larger than life personality often overshadowed his musical contribution to the group.