The Who's Masterpiece?

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

  1. tinnox

    tinnox Senior Member

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    Who’s Next but Quad is a very close second imo.
     
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  2. imsjry

    imsjry Forum Resident

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    In terms of artistic growth and impact in the timeline of their career, the answer is "Tommy".
     
  3. CybrKhatru

    CybrKhatru Music is life.

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    Quadrophenia comes SO close, and it is amazing, but if I gotta pick one then it's Who's Next all the way.
     
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  4. siebrand

    siebrand Forum Resident

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    a bit surprised that it is not, here, "TOMMY".....
     
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  5. ARK

    ARK Forum Resident

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    It shouldn’t be that hard to pick
     
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  6. mercuryvenus

    mercuryvenus Forum Resident

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    I voted for Who's Next because Baba O'Riley is the best rock song ever created.
     
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  7. Barolojoe

    Barolojoe Forum Resident

    ............ - Sell Out, no competition. :cool:

    It contains not only several of their very best (and partly underrated) songs but is also soundwise their strongest release.
    Especially if you put the irresistible first British Mono pressing on your turntable.... :righton:

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  8. Mickey2

    Mickey2 Forum Resident

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    I voted "other" because, although I think Tommy, Who's Next and Quadrophenia are all "excellent" albums, they all have enough faults to disqualify them from being called "masterpieces," an overused term (like "genius") that should only be applied to a deserving few IMO.

    If your definition of "masterpiece" is simply an artist's best work, then I'd still have some difficulty picking one of the above because each has something going for it that the others don't. For example, Tommy has more restrained boisterousness and more musicality and variety than Who's Next or Quadrophenia. However, Who's Next has Won't Get Fooled Again and Behind Blue Eyes, which are arguably better tracks than anything on Tommy. Quadrophenia is a bit more consistent, but has a downer woe-is-me vibe that hasn't aged well to this listener, but rocks harder (Moon is insane on it) than Tommy while sharing a similar epic quality due to its double record length.
     
  9. Chemguy

    Chemguy Forum Resident

    Who’s Next is my favourite rock album.

    It’s their greatest achievement, IMO.
     
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  10. holyroller

    holyroller Well-Known Member

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    I think it's funny people put Quad over Tommy when honestly Tommy blows it out of the water. Who's Next still #1 though
     
  11. Tristero

    Tristero Touching from a distance

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    I voted with my heart for Sell Out here, which holds up for me as their most purely enjoyable conceptual effort. By comparison, Tommy seemed to get bogged down in the storytelling despite some great moments. You can make a strong case for Quadrophenia as well. Who's Next features some fantastic songs, though it suffers from over-exposure.
     
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  12. mmars982

    mmars982 Forum Resident

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    4 great great albums. I voted for Who's Next (although Sell Out is my personal favorite).
     
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  13. Jet Age Eric

    Jet Age Eric Forum Resident

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    I think it's funny that you put Tommy over Quad when, honestly, Quad blows Tommy out of the water (and Who's Next.) ;) -E
     
  14. Mark J

    Mark J Forum Resident

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    My favorite Who is early Who so I chose Sell Out, but my real favorites are the My Generation album (UK version with the long Kids are Alright) and the old bootleg Who the F that has the High Numbers sides and some of the best BBC tracks.
     
  15. Bowland

    Bowland Forum Resident

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    Essential Who LPs are "My Generation", "The Kids Are Alright" and the compilation "Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy", and those later compilations containing odd b-sides and EP stuff.

    The 4 LPs in the vote are all big names but rather patchy to me. "Tommy" is about the best, then "Who Sell Out", which is rather fun. "Who's Next" and "Quadrophenia" are vastly overrated.

    "Live t Leeds" is diabolically bad!
     
  16. acetboy

    acetboy Forum Resident

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    ^^^???^^^
     
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  17. Jimmy B.

    Jimmy B. Senior Member

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    Who's Next.
     
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  18. mbrownp1

    mbrownp1 Forum Resident

    Quadrophenia
     
  19. john lennonist

    john lennonist There ONCE was a NOTE, PURE and EASY...

    Who's Next

    But not even listing my 2nd fave, Happy Jack, is a 'orrible dis!
     
  20. Odysseus

    Odysseus Forum Resident

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    Quadrophenia has grown on me over the years but it is slow to start (two out of the first three tracks are instrumentals/ambient noise) and I tend to lose focus whenever "Drowned" comes on... I've just never cared for that song.
     
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  21. Tones

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    I hear you. Drowned was never one of my favorites either. But this gave me a new appreciation of the song. Your mileage may vary.
     
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  22. WhoTapes1

    WhoTapes1 Forum Resident

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    QUADROPHENIA!!!
     
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  23. donmac

    donmac Forum Resident

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    Seeing the mentions of "Lifehouse" in this thread and its well-known connection to (or salvaging into) "Who's Next", I have to admit that for years I knew "Lifehouse" only as a failed project but I did not understand what the whole project was intended to be and why it failed until I saw this video explaining it:

     
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  24. jimmydean

    jimmydean Forum Resident

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    sell out for me...
     
  25. cgw

    cgw Forum Resident

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    I'm personally glad Lifehouse failed because it led to Who's Next.
     
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