Monday, April 16, 2012

Greatest Rock albums of all times Part. 7

                   THE WHO
WHO'S NEXT & QUADROPHENIA

    Again two albums in this series of posts, this time by 'The Who'.
'Who's Next' was released on August 1971. After the rock opera  'Tommy' (1969), Pete Townsend wanted to make another opera called 'Lighthouse'. It was a very ambicious concept, but after big fights with their producer the project collapsed, giving Pete Townsend a nervous breakdown.
After that insident they changed producer, joined the studio with many unfinished songs and scraps, and started to record new songs or finishing a few older ideas.
   It was the years that synthesizers had just appeared, so they desided to use them in this album. (In the entrance part of Baba O' Riley for example).
  The result of all these, was a very powerfull album, that upon it's release received very good critics and entered the charts instantly. (No.4 in the US Billboard charts, and No.1 in the U.K album charts).
Many songs from this album gained massive air-play in the radio stations, and some of them you can listen from the radios even in our days, 40 years later. Songs like 'Baba O' Riley', 'Behind Blue Eyes', and 'Won't get Fooled Again' among others in this album, left their mark in Rock History and made 'The Who' famous worldwide.
In 2006 TİME Magazine chose 'Who's Next' as one of the best albums of all time.

   But because the idea of another Rock opera was always in their minds, after 'Who's Next' they decided to give it another shot, and this time they made it. The result was 'Quadrophenia' which was released on 19 October 1973, and it was a doulbe album.
   The story is about  the 'Mods movement' and it's taking place mostly in London and Brighton in the years 1964 & 1965.
During the recordings, Pete Townsend spend many hours in the countryside with a small portable recording machine, trying to capture sounds from the nature and outdoors environments. Many of these sounds were used in the album such as the sounds of the sea, the rain etc..
'Quadrophenia' reached No.2 in the States (and that's the highest position that any album by 'The Who' ever reached in America), and again No.2 in U.K.
   On 2011 Roger Daltrey and Pete Townsend received the 'Classic album award' for 'Quadrophenia' from the Rock n' Roll honour awards.

Other Who albums I recommend: Live at Leeds.