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Number 286

The Who - Who's Next (Track Record 2408 102)

I first became aware of Who's Next via the single Won't Get Fooled Again, which was the rock anthem of 1971, a record played often on the radio at the time, albeit in a shorter version than the epic album track. The album's notorious cover shot of a 2001-styled monolith, which all four members of the band had recently relieved themselves against, brought a certain attitude to the record a good six years before the arrival of Punk. Although the album appears to be a fully formed finished product, it was in fact cobbled together from remnants of Pete Townshend's abandoned Lifehouse project, which included the use of synthesisers, particularly on Baba O'Riley. All the songs on the album were written by Pete Townshend, with the exception of John Entwistle's My Wife. The album remains one of the milestones of British rock and was re-issued in 2003 as a three-disc LP set, which included live performances at the Young Vic as well as a New York Record Plant session.