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  posted on 1/27/2008 at 01:47 PM
Just put the album on for the first time since I saw the Who(I know not the Who without Enwhistle ) I also acknowledge not the same band without Moonie but with Enwhistle's passing I feel the Who were no more. Regardless this album is very good and worth taking out to listen to once and a while. Townshend may be the greatest writer in the history of Rock. He is definitely in the top 5 for sure.

 

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  posted on 1/27/2008 at 03:37 PM
Could not agree more, saw the Endless Wire Tour in Bridgeport,CT. and the place rocked. They filmed every show for DVD so it's nice watching it now and then. Whether one likes him or not,Pete Townshend is a musical genius. Tommy, Quadrophenia, Who's Next are right up there with classic albums of all time IMHO.
 

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  posted on 1/27/2008 at 03:50 PM
The last tour was by far the weakest Who show I have seen to date. They were still good but just lacked something and I'm not just talking about the absence of Entwistle and Moon. I had seen them after the passing of Entwistle a couple of times before and they seemed to have more energy. The last Who show I saw at Madison Square Garden in Sept. of 2006, it seemed like everyone except Townsend were just going through the motions.

I do agree though that Endless Wire is a pretty good album. To me though it is more of a Townsend solo project with Daltry singing rather than a Who album.

 

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  posted on 1/27/2008 at 03:58 PM
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The last tour was by far the weakest Who show I have seen to date. They were still good but just lacked something and I'm not just talking about the absence of Entwistle and Moon. I had seen them after the passing of Entwistle a couple of times before and they seemed to have more energy. The last Who show I saw at Madison Square Garden in Sept. of 2006, it seemed like everyone except Townsend were just going through the motions.

I do agree though that Endless Wire is a pretty good album. To me though it is more of a Townsend solo project with Daltry singing rather than a Who album.


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  posted on 1/27/2008 at 04:48 PM
I thought the CD sucked worst thing I have bought in years. Only about two good songs on the entire CD very dissapointed in it.

 

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  posted on 1/27/2008 at 05:33 PM
The Who were my first great love of music, and the first gig I ever went to at Glasgow Green's Playhouse back in '71. 2007 was the first time I passed on a Who tour. Reasons - 2006 - a new album, patchy but overall a good album imo, and they only played one new song at the Bristol gig I went to. I enjoyed the gig - the music always exciting to hear - but it was also my worst of 11 Who gigs. So what do they do in 2007, play loads of it at Southampton (my nearest gig on that tour), so guess I'll be back next time. There's talk on their (fee-paying) web site about them jigging the set about and dropping the "singles set" that they tend to work around. Endless Wire - if you are a Who fan, you'll enjoy it, but it won't bring them any new fans.

 

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  posted on 1/28/2008 at 02:57 PM
Interesting to read the various opinions of this album, have really wondered about it -- as a songwriter it's hard not to put Pete Townsend among the best ever IMO -- I really enjoy The Iron Man, his solo one from 1989 which is one of the last things I have on vinyl which is key with that album because it comes with a gatefold-size booklet -- excellent listen -- Daltrey & Entwhistle join him fort a couple of cuts, including a cover of Fire, by the Crazy World of Arthur Brown -- John Lee Hooker is on it also

gosh -- there I go off the subject again -- get a grip Stephen

 

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  posted on 1/28/2008 at 03:17 PM
I'm a huge longtime Who fan...

I will agree that the last tour was the weakest of them all, for me anyway. They were still good, but until then they were on FIRE since the 99 reunion. I mean amazingly good.

I love ENDLESS WIRE, or maybe I should say I love the songs on ENDLESS WIRE. I think I listen to it out of order more than chronologically as the album was intended. Plus I love the 2004 song "Old Red Wine", which I kinda lump in there.

I have always disliked when people say "it's not the Who without Moon". Or now "It's not The Who without Entwistle". The thing is, it's like any band. If they want to be The Who without John or Keith or for that matter Kenney Jones, then they are The Who. - Death is final. There is no bringing those guys back and with the voice of The Who and the songwriting of The Who, they are The Who. That's more than some bands have that keep their original name. A band has the right to carry on, the ABB exists without Duane or Berry. They exist now without Dickey, they have existed without Jaimoe. Gregg & Butch are the only 2 members who have always been in the band.

The thing is Entwistle's death was a huge blow to me as I knew they were ramping up to write and record an album. (well, and for other obvious reasons) And at first I think I thought they shouldn't do it as The Who. But I was wrong. I was very surprised at the tour after Entwistle died. It was way better than expected.

ENDLESS WIRE is a little more like a Townshend solo album with Roger singing, in that Pete sings so many songs on it himself, but, you know, it's really really got a lot of great material and some very "classic" who style material. (I know people are going to disagree and start bitching about how it sucked, that's what always happens. Anyway, I enjoyed it and I'm glad they made.) If you really think about it, every Who album is a little like a Townshend solo album with the other guys playing along! Because he writes most of the material. It's just going to be that way.

Anyway, I can definitely see why people don't like the album. But I think there is much to take in on there and give a chance to. And if you like THE IRON MAN and Pete's writing, there is no reason not to like this album.

Getting back to the tour: Roger's voice is definitely in a major state of decline. Of course for the way he sings and his age, well, that's normal and probably to be expected. When I saw them on the last tour, his voice was weak. (I didn't think it was on the previous tours, where i just thought he sounded older, but was really doing a great job with the material). Then the bonus cd/dvd that came with certain copies of ENDLESS WIRE came out and I really thought he sounded pretty poor. But I saw some more recent shows that a friend gave me and he sounded very good... I guess it's just to the point where he's going to be hit or miss.

 
 


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