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Appreciating the legendary band's deeper cuts in advance of its live show

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Pete Townshend continues to rock.
PHOTO BY RICK DIAMOND

The plucked acoustic strings throughout the song serve as metaphor for his own heavy heartstrings. He turns down the possibilities of love as he's haunted by his visions, unable to move beyond them. When he does awake, it's hopeless. "Then again you'll disappear/my morning put to shame." Singing in a haze, or in the tone of a lullaby, he fears everyday will be unfulfilling, just as the last. Meanwhile, his lament for the object of his desire consumes him.

It's no surprise this feel-bad theme is repeated in the appropriately-titled "Melancholia" (a bonus track from the album's reissue). The imagery couldn't be clearer or more succinct when Daltrey and Townshend deliver a call-and-response vocal of one line in particular. Townshend taunts Daltrey in a sing-song voice posing as life itself, singing, "The sun is shining". Daltrey, the embodiment of depression, screams out in response his tortured realization, "but not for me!"

If MacDonald was critical of Townshend's acid phase for not producing hits, he should have listened to some of these deeper cuts for content. Unfortunately not every album had the ability to emerge from Tommy's shadow, but the Who's sound and focus always remained intact.

THE WHO

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Comments

Personally, I think The Who Sell Out is the best who album. Great songwriting, amazing musicianship (that still trumps anything currently released by any of the current groups), fabulous sing and harmonies!! Onstage, no one could touch them for sheer excitement. I attended a show on the Sell Out tour and was stunned. i've seen the band several times since including the "farewell tour" and they are always amazing, but that first one was the best.

Posted by Guest Tom McCarter on Jan. 30, 2013 @ 11:24 am

Do I really want to know? Who, who? Who who.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 01, 2013 @ 8:33 am

Not sure that The Who is anymore, but a couple of years ago I was at Daly's bar for lunch and he played "Who's Next" in its entirety. There are no bad songs on that LP.

Interestingly enough, it is not Daltrey but Entwistle who sings the best song on the record, "My Wife." I don't even have a wife and this song rocks it. Perhaps it is the singular drumming of Keith Moon that drives it over the top. It is absolute bedlam, madness, chaos:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jfopg-ZB7A

For my money, The Who would have made the best three piece ever if they'd dumped Daltrey and had Pete do most of the singing with Entwistle helping out.

Posted by marcos on Feb. 01, 2013 @ 9:58 pm

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