The Who

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The Who are an English rock band 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 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 1996–1997. 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 + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
’60s Music Revolution Various Artists 1
16 Original Superhits of the 60's: My Generation Various Artists 1
20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of 20th Century Various Artists 1
100% Hits: Rock Hits, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
101 Rock Hits Various Artists 1
Air Guitar Various Artists 1
Artefacts From the Psychedelic Dungeon Various Artists 1
Classic Rock Hits! Various Artists 1
Der "alte Ami" Rik DeLisle präsentiert: Das 3. große Super-Oldies-Paket Various Artists 1
DMC Complete Rock Various Artists 1
Festival 06 Various Artists 1
Forty:Forty - The Dr Martens Boxset Various Artists 1
Generation Landslide '73 Various Artists 1
Greatest Hits of the 70s (multi-volume, begins with "Hold On Lonely" and "Day After Day") Various Artists 1
Guitar Greats Various Artists 1
Hifi Visionen: Oldie-CD 6 Various Artists 1
Las 100 Canciones Mas Rolling de la Historia Various Artists 1
Mastermix Classic Cuts 30: Rock Various Artists 1
Mastermix Classic Cuts 79: Beatclub Various Artists 1
Mastermix Classic Cuts 100: Legends Various Artists 1
Mastermix Classic Cuts, Volume 118: Sensational Seventies Various Artists 1
Mastermix Classic Cuts: The Sixties Box Various Artists 1
Mastermix Classic Cuts: The Sixties Box 2 Various Artists 1
Mastermix Professional Engineered for DJs D: 50s 60s 70s Various Artists 1
Mr Nice: A Musical Trip With... Howard Marks Various Artists 1
Musikexpress 5 Various Artists 1
Musikkunde in Beispielen: Entwicklung der Pop Musik 1 Various Artists 1
Return to Fantasy Various Artists 1
Sinfonie der Sterne: Die sechziger Jahre Various Artists 1
Sunday Morning Collection Various Artists 1
The Bands Nicky Hopkins 1
The Best of Woodstock and Flower Power Various Artists 1
The Classic Sixties: Late '60s Various Artists 1
The Sixties Box: Mastermix Various Artists 1
The Summer of Love Goes on Sixties Various Artists 1
The Ultimate 60s Collection Various Artists 1
This Is... Son of Cult Fiction Various Artists 1
TV Theme Songs - KMN Edition Various Artists 1
VH1 Classic Tracks Various Artists 1
While My Guitar Gently Weeps Various Artists 1
Woodstock, the Complete Bootleg Various Artists 1

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 Best of the Best: Welcome to the King Biscuit Flower Hour Various Artists 3
2004 Live Aid Various Artists 1
2008 Later... with Jools Holland: The First 15 Years Various Artists 1
2011 The Best of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum Live Various Artists 2
2011 The Bridge School Concerts: 25th Anniversary Edition Various Artists 2
2016 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: Live, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2017 Iconic Performances From the Monterey International Pop Festival Various Artists 1

Album + Compilation + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1979 Quadrophenia (1979 soundtrack) Various Artists 5
1996 Jerry Maguire: Music From the Motion Picture Various Artists 1
1996 Mr Reliable: An Unbelievably Good Soundtrack to the Motion Picture Various Artists 1
1999 Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Various Artists 3
2003 School of Rock: Music From and Inspired by the Motion Picture Various Artists 2
2004 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Official Soundtrack — Box Set Various Artists 2
2009 The Boat That Rocked Various Artists 5 4

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1981 Concerts for the People of Kampuchea Various Artists 3
1992 Monterey International Pop Festival Various Artists 3
1993 The Easy Rider Generation in Concert: Masters of Rock Various Artists 1
1994 The Best of Woodstock Various Artists 1
1994 Woodstock: Three Days of Peace & Music: The 25th Anniversary Collection Various Artists 2
1994 “Live” in Monterey Festival Pop 1967 Various Artists 1
1995 Self Pollution Radio Pearl Jam 6
1996 The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus The Rolling Stones 3 5
2001 The Concert for New York City Various Artists 3
2007 Monterey International Pop Festival Various Artists 1
2008 An All Star Tribute to Johnny Cash Various Artists 3
2009 Woodstock: 40 Years On: Back to Yasgur’s Farm Various Artists 2
2012 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief Various Artists 2
1973-03-10: Popgala, De Vliegermolen, Voorburg, The Netherlands Various Artists 1
1985-07-13: Live Aid: The Global Jukebox: [various locations] Various Artists 1
1999-10-31: Bridge School Benefit, Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA, USA Various Artists 1
WMMR 93.3: Rare Recordings From The WMMRchives Various Artists 1
Woodstock '69 Various Artists 1

Album + Soundtrack + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1970 Woodstock: Music From the Original Soundtrack and More Various Artists 10

Album + Mixtape/Street

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2012 SnowBall 2012 Official Mixtape Various Artists 1

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2006 Mastermix 240 Mastermix 1
2007 Dance Rocks: Mixed, Remixed and Unmixed Eddy Temple Morris 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1969 Easy Rider Various Artists 5 8
1985 Woodstock (Includes Woodstock Music from the Soundtrack and Woodstock Two) Various Artists 3
1989 The Iron Man Pete Townshend 6
1995 Apollo 13 James Horner 9
1997 Fever Pitch: Music and Moments From the Film Various Artists 1
1997 Our Friends in the North 1964-1995 Various Artists 1
1997 Prefontaine: Original Soundtrack Various Artists 1
1998 From the Earth to the Moon Various Artists 1
1999 Rushmore Various Artists 2
1999 Summer of Sam Various Artists 1
1999 American Beauty: Music from the Motion Picture Various Artists 4 2
1999 Bringing Out the Dead Various Artists 1
1999 The Limey Cliff Martinez 2
1999 Outside Providence Various Artists 1
2000 Almost Famous Various Artists 5
2000 The Filth and the Fury Various Artists 1
2002 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Various Artists 1
2003 Shanghai Knights Various Artists 1
2003 Blackball Various Artists 1
2003 The Royal Various Artists 1
2004 CSI: Miami: The Soundtrack Various Artists 1
2004 Freaks and Geeks Various Artists 1
2004 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Radio Various Artists 2

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