The Who's Masterpiece?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Scope J, Jan 12, 2020.

  1. Scope J

    Scope J Senior Member Thread Starter

  2. dead of night

    dead of night Forum Resident

    Northern Va, usa
    I say Quadro because nothing is as spectacular as when I Am The Sea segues into The Real Me: "Can you see the real me?"
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  3. tug_of_war

    tug_of_war Sassafras & Moonshine

    The Who Sell Out :love:
  4. YardByrd

    YardByrd rock n roll citizen in a hip hop world

    The Who Sell Out
  5. I'm not going to say that ' By Numbers' is The Who's masterpiece but it is the album I most seriously underestimated.
    It was the follow up to the amazing ' Quadrophenia' and I found it lightweight and slight at first.
    Set it aside for a few years and didn't give it much thought.
    But then one day I put it on and was blown away by how good it actually is.
  6. intv7

    intv7 Forum Resident

    Boston, MA, USA
    All of the above.
  7. humpf

    humpf Allowed to write something here.

    For me the early singles. They really brought something new to the table.
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  8. Uncle Meat

    Uncle Meat Forum Resident

    Houston, Tx, US isn't perfect, but for my money, it has more of an emotional wallop than the other albums....and that is what counts...
    The Who Sells Out and Who's Next are both wonderful, but for depth... is excellent as well
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  9. Diamond Star Halo

    Diamond Star Halo Forum Resident

    Tommy. The Who has many triumphs, but Tommy is the most impressive. The chord progressions/melodies/plot represent Townshend’s peak as a writer IMO. In terms of live performance, Tommy is absolute peak live Who.
  10. Who's Next, but I could have easily gone with Sell Out.
  11. onlyconnect

    onlyconnect The prose and the passion

    Winchester, UK
    There is no one masterpiece.

  12. It isn't perfect but...
    Man , what an album! Big and ambitious and loaded with Townshend guitars and Moon's pounding . Daltrey and Entwhistle ain't slouching either.
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  13. m5comp

    m5comp Classic Rock Lover

    Hamilton, AL
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  14. Uncle Meat

    Uncle Meat Forum Resident

    Houston, Tx, US
    The concept of Tommy doesn't grab me like Quadrophenia's does, BUT I do like listening to Tommy in surround sound, wonderful....!!
  15. Harry Flashman

    Harry Flashman Forum Resident

    Quadrophenia. The greatest double of all time in my opinion as well.
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  16. blair207

    blair207 Forum Resident

    Fife, Scotland
    Who’s Next.
    Townsend couldn’t fully realise his Life house project but it’s a brilliant album.
  17. Man at C&A

    Man at C&A Forum Resident

    Only two votes for Tommy so far? I'm very surprised. I love Tommy and all these albums but I voted for Sell Out. It's my favourite era and 1967 is one of the strongest years for rock music. It captures them as their music was getting more diverse and intricate, a track like Sunrise wasn't on their previous albums, but before the elaborate double concept albums, pretentiousness and arena rock set in. That's all great stuff but The Who become so much more serious and less light-hearted after Sell Out.
  18. Say It Right

    Say It Right Not for the Hearing Impaired

    Niagara Falls
  19. MikeManaic61

    MikeManaic61 Forum Resident

    Live at Leeds for me!

    I know that sounds blasphemous but this was my first exposure to The Who. The live version of Magic Bus is sublime!
  20. tug_of_war

    tug_of_war Sassafras & Moonshine

    Yes, By Numbers is unfairly overshadowed by what came first. I love it too.
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  21. I voted Sell Out, but obviously a case can be made for any of these, plus Leeds.

    Bottom line: What a run of consecutive albums!
  22. Hombre

    Hombre Forum Resident

  23. fishcane

    fishcane Dirt Farmer

    Finger Lakes,NY
    It’s hard
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  24. uzn007

    uzn007 Pack Rat

    Raleigh, N.C.
    Quadrophenia. I love all their original run of albums (with Moon) but it's not even close.
  25. boboquisp

    boboquisp Magic Prism Eye

    NE Ohio
    The Moon years.
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