Who’s Next

~ Release group by The Who

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Who’s Next 12" Vinyl 9 Decca Records 79182
Who’s Next 12" Vinyl 9 Track Record 2408 102
Who’s Next 12" Vinyl 9 MCA Records (1967–2003; name as in imprint from 1972–1990) MCA-2023 [none]
Who’s Next 12" Vinyl 9 MCA Records (1967–2003; name as in imprint from 1972–1990) MCA 3024 [none]
Who’s Next CD 9 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) 813 651-2 042281365126
Who’s Next CD 9 MCA Records (1967–2003; name as in imprint from 1972–1990) MCAD-37217 [none]
Who’s Next CD 9 Sony DADC (company; use on releases if exact pressing location is not known), MCA Records (1967–2003; name as in imprint from 1972–1990) DIDX-152, MCAD-37217 [none]
Who’s Next CD 9 Polydor (Japanese domestic releases only!) P33P-25009 4988005002549
Who’s Next CD 9 MCA Records Canada (1970–1995) MCABD 37217 076741721726
Who’s Next CD 9 MCA Records (1967–2003; name as in imprint from 1972–1990) MCAMD-37217 076741721726
Who’s Next CD 16 MCA Records (1967–2003; name as in imprint from 1972–1990) MCAD-11269 008811126926
Who's Next CD 9 MCA Records (1967–2003; name as in imprint from 1972–1990) MCAD-11312 008811131227
Who’s Next CD 16 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) 527 760-2 731452776020
Who’s Next CD 16 BMG Direct Marketing, Inc., MCA Records (1967–2003; name as in imprint from 1972–1990) D 113215, MCAD-11269 [none]
Who’s Next CD 16 MCA Records (1967–2003; name as in imprint from 1972–1990) MCAD-11269 008811126926
Who’s Next CD 16 MCA Records Canada (1970–1995) MCASD-11269 008811126926
Who’s Next CD 16 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab UDCD 754 015775475427
Who’s Next (deluxe edition) 2×CD 15 + 14 MCA Records (1967–2003; name as in imprint from 1972–1990) 088 113 056-2 008811305628
Who’s Next (deluxe edition) 2×CD 15 + 14 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) 113 056-2 008811305628
Who’s Next (deluxe edition) 2×CD 15 + 14 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) 113 056-2 008811305628
Who’s Next (200g vinyl) Vinyl 9 Classic Records (audiophile reissues), Track Record 2408 102
Who’s Next 2×SHM-CD 15 + 14 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) UICY-93750/1 4988005535481
Who’s Next SHM-SACD 9 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) UIGY-9022 4988005614346
Who’s Next 12" Vinyl 9 Music on Vinyl MOVLP664 0600753411087
Who’s Next SHM-CD 9 Universal (plain logo: "Universal") UICY-40003 4988005782137
Who’s Next (deluxe edition) Digital Media 29 Geffen Records [none] 602537946006
Who’s Next (hi-res) Digital Media 16 Geffen Records [none] 602547143723
Who’s Next (deluxe edition; hi-res; reissue) Digital Media 29 Geffen Records [none] 602547269669
Who’s Next (2015 remaster) 12" Vinyl 9 Track Record 3715614 602537156146
Who’s Next HQCD 9 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) UICY-40168 4988031277140
Bootleg
The Collector's Who's Next (unknown) 17

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part of: Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 28)
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000022790 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/68469 [info]
Wikidata: Q729387 [info]
Wikipedia: en: Who's Next [info]
lyrics page: http://lyrics.wikia.com/The_Who:Who's_Next_(1971) [info]
other databases: http://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/the_who/whos_next/ [info]
https://www.musik-sammler.de/album/4740/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/98zf [info]

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The Who's fifth album is one of those carved-in-stone landmarks that the rock canon doesn't allow you to bad-mouth. It was pretty rad for its day. Here's the twist: it still sounds ablaze. As C.S.I. fans will vouch, there's not much that isn't thrilling about Won't Get Fooled Again and Baba O'Riley, which howl and kick like they were born yesterday.

Like many near-masterpieces, it wasn't meant to turn out like it did. Pete Townshend had one of his 'futuristic rock opera' ideas, and recordings began on a work called Lifehouse. It wouldn't gel, so The Who made the most of the random songs that did. Upon release in 1971 it blew away critics and fans alike, bar a few Who diehards who thought larking around with things called synthesizers and modified keyboards was, like, selling out. Glyn Johns had replaced Kit Lambert as producer. Still, the sleeve wasn't exactly bland, picturing the foursome pissing on a slagheap. (Other contenders for the cover had included a group of obese naked women and a shot of Keith Moon in black lingerie. Be grateful for small mercies.)

Baba O'Riley makes a spectacular opener, its hypnotic drone disrupted by power chords that are parachuted in off the backs of meteorites. Dave Arbus' subtle then frantic viola solo raises it another gear. There has rarely been a more durably evocative refrain than "teenage wasteland". As ever, Daltrey's ragged voice brings humanity to Townshend's over-thinking. Moon is typically hyperactive: any drummer playing like this today would be ordered to rein it in. Bargain floats on the tension between acoustic guitar and the brave new synth. Like most of the album, it's melodramatic without - as with later Who - fattening into pomposity. The Song is Over oozes poignancy and Getting in Tune and Going Mobile are simply great songs. Behind Blue Eyes is a soul-searching ballad which bursts into belligerence, reflective then urgent.

The climactic (and how) Won't Get Fooled Again stretches itself and chews its restraints until it becomes much more than a riff and a scream. It's on fire. In "meet the new boss, same as the old boss" it nailed the bleeding heart of protest-pop. Who's Next is The Who's best.