WHO, THE BRAND NEW ALBUM FROM THE WHO, IS OUT NOW
DELUXE CD, TRIPLE RED, WHITE & BLUE VINYL AND PICTURE DISC ALBUM NOW
THE CRITICS AGREE THAT IT’S THEIR BEST SINCE THE '70S:
“THEIR BEST SINCE QUADROPHENIA” - 9/10 UNCUT
“THE WHO WILL NOT GO QUIETLY” - 4/5 MOJO
“THEIR BEST SINCE WHO BY NUMBERS IN 1975” – THE TIMES
“WHO STANDS UP ALONGSIDE THEIR CLASSICS” - NME
"ALL THESE YEARS ON THE WHO ARE NOT A SAFE PROPOSITION" - LONG LIVE VINYL
"ANGRY MEDITATIONS ON AGEING" - Q
"POTENT YET POIGNANT" - CLASSIC ROCK
"A RETURN TO FORM, REMINDING US WHY THEY DESERVE THEIR PLACE IN ROCK N ROLL HISTORY - CLASH
“THIS MIGHT BE THEIR LAST ALBUM, IF IT IS THEY’RE GOING OUT THE WAY THEY CAME: AS CUSSED, AND AWKWARD AND TROUBLE AS EVER” - THE GUARDIAN
"THE WHO’S DEFIANT POSTSCRIPT” - THE NEW YORK TIMES
“A RESOUNDING MONUMENTAL, MODERN ALBUM FOR ALL WHO FANS” - THE EXPRESS
06 DECEMBER 2019 (TORONTO, ON) - The Who has today released their first new album in 13 years, the defiant and fiery WHO. The album features the three tracks already released "BALL & CHAIN", "ALL THIS MUSIC MUST FADE" and "I DON’T WANNA GET WISE" along with 8 more brand new songs (11 on the deluxe CD and 9 on the deluxe vinyl).
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The bonus tracks for the deluxe versions of the album include two previously thought ‘lost’ tracks from 1966 ‘GOT NOTHING TO PROVE’ and ’SAND’. The former on the deluxe CD and the latter on the triple red, white and blue coloured vinyl edition. The deluxe CD of WHO also features ’THIS GUN WILL MISFIRE’ and ‘DANNY & HIS PONIES’ two tracks recorded and sung by Townshend during the sessions for the album.
The eleven-track album was mostly recorded in London and Los Angeles during Spring and Summer 2019 and was co-produced by Pete Townshend & D. Sardy (who has worked with Noel Gallagher, Oasis, LCD Soundsystem, Gorillaz) with vocal production by Dave Eringa (Manic Street Preachers, Roger Daltrey, Wilko Johnson).
Singer Roger Daltrey and guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend are joined on the album by long-time Who drummer Zak Starkey, bassist Pino Palladino along with contributions from Simon Townshend, Benmont Tench, drummers Carla Azar and Joey Waronker, bass player Gus Seyffert and Gordon Giltrap.
The album cover has been created by famed pop artist, Sir Peter Blake who first met the band in 1964 at a taping of the legendary TV show Ready Steady Go. Sir Peter designed and contributed a painting to the sleeve of The Who’s album Face Dances in 1981.
The songs on WHO cover a myriad of subjects including the Grenfell Tower fire, musical theft, spirituality, reincarnation, the power of memory and ‘an old rock star that has lost his marbles’. Singer Roger Daltrey rates it amongst their strongest “I think we’ve made our best album since Quadrophenia in 1973, Pete hasn’t lost it, he’s still a fabulous songwriter, and he’s still got that cutting edge”.
After their triumphant return to Wembley Stadium in the Summer, the band will be embarking on a UK tour featuring a full orchestra in Spring 2020, the dates are listed below.
WHO - TRACKLISTING
All This Music Must Fade
Ball And Chain
I Don't Wanna Get Wise
Beads On One String*
Hero Ground Zero
I’ll Be Back
Break The News**
Rockin’ In Rage
She Rocked My World
All songs written by Pete Townshend except
*Pete Townshend/Josh Hunsacker **Simon Townshend
Produced by Pete Townshend & D. Sardy
Roger Daltrey Vocal production Dave Eringa
Mixed by D. Sardy
CD Deluxe Edition also includes;
This Gun Will Misfire
Got Nothing To Prove
Danny & My Ponies
LP Deluxe Red, White & Blue coloured vinyl edition includes;
All deluxe edition tracks previously unreleased.
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ABOUT THE WHO
The Who are one of the top three greatest rock legacies in music history with 9 US & 10 UK top ten albums and 14 UK top ten singles.
They have played over well over 2000 gigs in a career spanning over 50 years including venues such as Woodstock, Monterey Pop, Glastonbury (twice), Hyde Park (four times), The Isle Of Wight (three times), the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympics, Desert Trip, Shea Stadium, The Superbowl half time show and Live Aid to name but a very few.
The band is in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, the UK Music Hall Of Fame and has lifetime achievement awards from The Brits and The Grammys and in 2008 were the first rock band ever to be awarded the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors.
Emerging in the mid-1960s as a new and incendiary force in rock n' roll, their brash style and poignant storytelling garnered them one of music's most passionate followings, with the legendary foursome blazing a searing new template for rock, punk, and everything after.
Inducted into the Rock n' Roll Hall Of Fame in 1990, the band has placed 27 top-forty singles in the United States and United Kingdom and earning 17 Top Ten albums, including the 1969 groundbreaking rock opera Tommy, 1971's pummeling Live At Leeds, 1973's Quadrophenia and 1978's Who Are You. The Who debuted in 1964 with a trio of anthems “I Can’t Explain,” “The Kids Are Alright” and “My Generation.” Since then they have delivered to the world hits such as “Baba O’Riley,” “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” “Pinball Wizard,” Who Are You,” and,” You Better You Bet.”
In 2008, they became the first rock band ever to be awarded the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors. The Who has performed all over the world including global music events for the Super Bowl XLIV Halftime Show in 2010 and closing the Summer Olympics in 2012. The Who continued their charity work by playing a concert in January 2011 to raise money for trials of a new cancer treatment called PDT. In December 2012 they performed at the Hurricane Sandy Benefit in New York.
Alongside his groundbreaking work with the Teenage Cancer Trust in the UK, in November 2012 Daltrey, with Townshend at his side, launched Teen Cancer America, $1 from each ticket sold for the 2019 MOVING ON! TOUR which each night features a full orchestra will benefit Teen Cancer America (www.teencanceramerica.org)
With both Roger and Pete delivering their own memoirs in recent years (Pete’s Who I Am was released to much acclaim in 2012, and Roger’s autobiography, Thanks A Lot Mr. Kibblewhite; My Story, was embraced by critics in 2018) it’s fitting that the two remaining WHO members have shared their incredible legacy in literary fashion, for few bands have had a more lasting impact on the rock era and the reverberating pop culture than The Who.