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What's your favorite The Who album?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by zambon12, Apr 7, 2017.

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  1. bumbletort

    bumbletort Senior Member

    Baltimore, Md, USA
    Okay, bring out the hammer and nails.

    Seriously, though, as much as I love Quadrophenia, I know just what you mean about their 68-71 glory...

    Hmmm. I almost agree with you entirely.
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  2. LandHorses

    LandHorses Forum Resident

    New Joisey
    Meaty Beaty Big, & Bouncy
    A Quick One
    Sell Out
    My Generation

    I only like their early stuff anymore :hide:
  3. SirMarc

    SirMarc Forum Resident

    Cranford, NJ
    Tommy for me, it was one of my first albums in the mid 70's, and I still love it. Runners up would be Live at Leads and Who's Next. Never really got into Quadrophenia, but a lot of the songs are great
  4. laf848

    laf848 Forum Resident

    Sewell, NJ USA
    I am surprised Tommy has only received 19 votes so far.
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  5. HfxBob

    HfxBob Forum Resident

    Quadrophenia by a nose (an average one, not Pete's) over Who's Next.
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  6. SirMarc

    SirMarc Forum Resident

    Cranford, NJ
    Me too
  7. patient_ot

    patient_ot Senior Member

    The first two are my favorites. I voted for A Quick One. I like most of their stuff up through Quad. D0n't really like Tommy at all.
  8. HfxBob

    HfxBob Forum Resident

    I'm not surprised. There's some great stuff but also a lot of questionable stuff on that album.
  9. laf848

    laf848 Forum Resident

    Sewell, NJ USA
    Hard to pick between Tommy, Quad & Leeds for 2nd place among my Who albums.
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  10. Gramps Tom

    Gramps Tom Forum Resident

    Of the albums listed, I voted Quadrophenia. For songwriting, performance, intricate beauty, power, innovation, and one of the most compelling album-ending tracks of rock history-Love, Reign O'er Me.

    My favorite WHO album will forever be Live at Leeds - expanded without the entire Tommy performance.

    My vote for one defining track goes to Naked Eye, the remixed studio version on the 1996 Odds and Sods.

    I agree with some contributors who state their admiration for Odds.. I have loved it for 40+ years.

  11. J_D__

    J_D__ Forum Resident

    Huntersville, NC
    My Wife is great live and I prefer it to Baba live.

    However, it should not have been on Who's Next. Not when you have Pure and Easy, Relay, Join Together or Let's See Action to replace it.
  12. misterdecibel

    misterdecibel Bulbous Also Tapered

  13. J_D__

    J_D__ Forum Resident

    Huntersville, NC
    Out of The Who studio albums, this is how I'd rank my top three:)
  14. DrJ

    DrJ Senior Member

    Davis, CA, USA
    By Numbers. Underrated then, underrated now. Who's Next and Sell Out very close behind. To me those are the three truly great ones.

    Tommy and Quadrophenia have lots of good stuff but too much filler, too long-winded. Sometimes Pete could have used an editor.

    Who Are You is better than it had any right to be, but ultimately down a peg from the above.
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  15. Fender Relic

    Fender Relic Forum Resident

    Who's Next and MBB&B
  16. Mazda

    Mazda The mystic one

    I think Who's Next is as close to being a perfect album as it gets. I put it in my personal triad of absolute rock'nroll albums (Exile and Sgt.Pepper being the other ones).

    However, absurdly enough, I went for Quadrophenia. It's not everyone's favorite, but it is so damn impressive as an art statement to me, I just love it (yes, with all its flaws) every inch of the way. Pete and The Who never reached those heights again, and that's saying something.
  17. Terrapin Station

    Terrapin Station Forum Resident

    NYC Man
    Second Who Are You vote right here. :wave:
  18. wino14

    wino14 Forum Resident

    Edenton, NC
    Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy...In their early years they were a great singles band
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  19. head_unit

    head_unit Forum Resident

    Los Angeles CA USA
    Who Are You and Who's Next are close seconds, and Tommy is, well, Tommy. But really my favorite is The Who By Numbers as I like each of those songs. I particularly love "Slip Kid"-such an edge to the sonics, in a good way!
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  20. pool_of_tears

    pool_of_tears Rare Earth maven

    Eastern Iowa
    I forgot Sell Out
  21. jjjos

    jjjos Forum Resident

    Who's Next, but Quadrophenia has recently become my #2, thanks to the new 5.1 mix. Tommy is a close #3.
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  22. TrifleTooSatanic

    TrifleTooSatanic Well-Known Member

    Bethesda MD
    Who's Next. Not a close call.
  23. CrazyBrown

    CrazyBrown Forum Resident

    Bridgewater, NJ
    Quadrophonia. Although I do wonder if my appreciation for Who's Next would be different if my initial exposure wasn't the 1995 expanded CD.

    I never fell in love with some of the bonus tracks (Water & Naked Eye), which forever tainted my view of the album.
  24. pdenny

    pdenny 19-Year SHTV Participation Trophy Recipient

    Hawthorne CA
    Sometimes logging in here is like stepping into some strange alternate universe :laugh:

    For me, QUADROPHENIA by several orders of magnitude.
    Then BY NUMBERS.
    Then SELL OUT.
    Then WHO'S NEXT, without skipping "My Wife" because I am not insane :angel:
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  25. Dr. Funk

    Dr. Funk Vintage Dust

    Fort Worth TX
    Who's Next for this guy. It was released in 1971, the greatest year for rock n roll.
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