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The  Who
Rocking the USA!


The Who have gained a lofty reputation as one of the greatest classic rock bands of all time, and why not? Their music flat out rules! Like any band that has a strong reputation, these guys have released hits compilation after hits compilation over the years. And in the spring of 2004, another one has arrived - the single-disc Then And Now.

After the Who's final studio album in 1982, there were sporadic reunions over the years, but no new songs. Following the death of bassist John Entwistle in 2002, there was a flurry of studio activity, as borne out by the two new tracks that close out the disc. While both "Real Good Looking Boy," a meditation on the vanity of youth, and "Old Red Wine," about the value of maturity, find Pete Townshend writing from the wisdom of age (59 in 2004), the classic Who sound is in full effect. With Roger Daltrey's wailing, rock-god vocals and Townshend's churning guitar powerfully rumbling along, these new tracks show a vital rock band far from ready to put a cap on its career. If you're a casual Who fan -most of the band's big hits made the cut. Among them are I Can't Explain, I Can See For Miles, Pinball Wizard, Bargain, and Won't Get Fooled Again.

The guys continue rocking, and doing a damn good job of it (for those of who are unfamilar with the band, Moon and Entwistle are dead.)

Many of the Greatest works of the Who were played live on this tour., such as "Magic Bus," "Pinball Wizard," and "My Generation." To flesh out the collection, many less-popular, but still great tracks make the cut. "The Real Me," "Join Together," and "My Wife" are all songs less likely to be known by a casual fan, but are all worth knowing. Tommy ,Can You Hear Me, Eminence Front, Goin' Mobile, Long Live Rock, and the band's cover of Elton John's Saturday Night's All Right For Fighting? Also, See Me Feel Me.

Overall I feel The Who Rock’s.


By Randy Cohen

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