The Who

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The Who are an English rock band that formed in 1964. Their classic line-up consisted of lead singer Roger Daltrey, guitarist and singer Pete Townshend, bass guitarist John Entwistle, and drummer Keith Moon. They are considered one of the most influential rock bands of the 20th century, selling over 100 million records worldwide and holding a reputation for their live shows and studio work.

The Who developed from an earlier group, the Detours, and established themselves as part of the pop art and mod movements, featuring auto-destructive art by destroying guitars and drums on stage. Their first single as the Who, "I Can't Explain", reached the UK top ten, followed by a string of singles including "My Generation", "Substitute" and "Happy Jack". In 1967, they performed at the Monterey Pop Festival and released the US top ten single "I Can See for Miles", while touring extensively. The group's fourth album, 1969's rock opera Tommy, included the single "Pinball Wizard" and was a critical and commercial success. Live appearances at Woodstock and the Isle of Wight Festival, along with the live album Live at Leeds, cemented their reputation as a respected rock act. With their success came increased pressure on lead songwriter and visionary Townshend, and the follow-up to Tommy, Lifehouse, was abandoned. Songs from the project made up 1971's Who's Next, which included the hit "Won't Get Fooled Again". The group released the album Quadrophenia in 1973 as a celebration of their mod roots, and oversaw the film adaptation of Tommy in 1975. They continued to tour to large audiences before semi-retiring from live performances at the end of 1976. The release of Who Are You in 1978 was overshadowed by the death of Moon shortly after.

Kenney Jones replaced Moon and the group resumed activity, releasing a film adaptation of Quadrophenia and the retrospective documentary The Kids Are Alright. After Townshend became weary of touring, the group split in 1982. The Who occasionally re-formed for live appearances such as Live Aid in 1985, a 25th anniversary tour in 1989 and a tour of Quadrophenia in 1996–97. They resumed regular touring in 1999, with drummer Zak Starkey. After Entwistle's death in 2002, plans for a new album were delayed. Townshend and Daltrey continued as the Who, releasing Endless Wire in 2006, and continued to play live regularly.

The Who's major contributions to rock music include the development of the Marshall stack, large PA systems, use of the synthesizer, Entwistle and Moon's lead playing styles, Townshend's feedback and power chord guitar technique, and the development of the rock opera. They are cited as an influence by hard rock, punk rock and mod bands, and their songs still receive regular exposure.

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Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1969‐10‐22: Fillmore East, New York, NY, USA The Who 1
1970-07-07: Tommy Live at Tanglewood: Stockbridge, Massachusetts, USA The Who 1
1971‐07‐31: Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, Flushing, NY, USA The Who 1
1973-11-20: Our Drummers Out Cold: Cow Palace, San Francisco, CA, USA The Who 1
1981-03-28: Rockpalast, Essen, Germany The Who 1
1997-06-14: House of Blues, Chicago, Il, USA The Who 1
1997-07-26: Deer Creek Amphitheatre, Indianapolis, IN, USA The Who 1
2015‐06‐21: Odyssey Arena, Belfast, UK The Who 1
2015‐06‐23: 3Arena, Dublin, Ireland The Who 1
Amsterdam 1969 The Who 1
BBC Sessions 1967–1968 The Who 1
Bridge School Benefit XIII, 10 The Who 1
Fillmore East The Who 1
High Numbered (More BBC and TV Sessions 1965-1970) The Who 1
Live > Sydney 28-07-04 The Who 1
Winter Time Trip (1969) The Who 1

Album + Soundtrack + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1979 The Kids Are Alright The Who 6

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1972 Tommy (London Symphony Orchestra & Chamber Choir) The Who 4
1993 Tommy: Original Broadway Cast Recording The Who 2
1993 Tommy (1975 Ken Russell film) The Who 3


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1965 I Can't Explain The Who 4 11
1965 Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere The Who 3
1965 My Generation The Who 11
1966 A Legal Matter The Who 3
1966 I'm a Boy The Who 1
1966 Substitute / Instant Party The Who 2
1966 Happy Jack The Who 1
1967 Pictures of Lily The Who 1
1967 I Can See for Miles The Who 1
1967 The Last Time / Under My Thumb The Who 1
1968 Magic Bus / Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde The Who 1
1968 Call Me Lightning / Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde The Who 1
1968 Dogs The Who 1
1970 See Me, Feel Me The Who 1
1970 The Seeker The Who 2
1971 Won't Get Fooled Again The Who 1
1971 Let's See Action The Who 1
1972 Join Together The Who 3
1972 Relay The Who 1
1973 5.15 (1973 album) The Who 1
1978 Who Are You / Had Enough The Who 1
1979 Long Live Rock The Who 3
1979 5.15 (1979 soundtrack) The Who 1
1981 You Better You Bet The Who 1
1984 Pinball Wizard The Who 2 1
1988 Vintage Gold The Who 1
1990 Join Together The Who 1
2004 First Singles Box The Who 1
2006 Wire & Glass: Six Songs From a Mini‐Opera The Who 3
2006 Tea & Theatre The Who 1
2010 My Generation Remix The Who feat. & Slash 1
2012 Music for the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games The Who 1
2014 Be Lucky The Who 4

Single + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1984 Twist & Shout The Who 1
2013 [untitled] (live, 1969) The Who 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1966 Ready Steady Who The Who 1
1976 Substitute The Who 1
1988 Won't Get Fooled Again The Who 1
1988 This Is My Generation The Who 1
2016 Ready Steady Who Two The Who 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Lifehouse & Quadrophenia Demos 1970 & 1973 The Who 1
The Collector's Who Sell Out The Who 1
The Tommy Demos The Who 1
Who's Next Sessions The Who 1

Other + Interview

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 Talkin' 'bout Their Generation The Who 1
2004 Put Downs and Send-Ups The Who 1

Broadcast + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1989-06-27: Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY The Who 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 Life With The Moons The Who 1
2012 Live in Texas '75 The Who 1
Live USA The Who 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2005 2005-07-02: Live8, London, UK The Who 1
1976-03-09: Boston Gardens, Boston, MA, USA The Who 1

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