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Monday, November 28 2011

The Past Is Calling: Reconsidering The Who’s 'Quadrophenia'

Everything Pete Townshend did up until 1973 set the stage for Quadrophenia. It’s all in there: the pre-teen angst, the teenage agonies and the post-teen despondency.


Sunday, May 22 2011

The 25 Best Progressive Rock Songs of All Time

Put as simply -- and starkly -- as possible, many beautiful babies were thrown out with the bath water by hidebound critics who were content to sniffingly dismiss the more ambitious (pretentious!) works that certain bands were putting out as a matter of course in the early-to-mid-‘70s.


Thursday, December 16 2010

The Best Live Albums of 2010

Successful live albums are challenging things, judged by their ability to adequately portray the power of a performance. 2010 proved that even a strong crop of carefully staged and recorded recent shows could still be overshadowed by legendary sets of the past.


Thursday, December 17 2009

The Best Re-Issues of 2009

PopMatters presents our 20 best re-issues of 2009, highlighted by the long overdue remastering of the Beatles oeuvre, a number of '80s and '90s classics, and one of the most storied catalogues in electronic music.


Sunday, July 27 2008

Part One: The Icons

With DETOURS, the PopMatters staff is celebrating the strange, bizarre, lovely, and funny albums that have emerged from an artist’s desire to try something different. Some of these detours have lead to modern-day classics. Some have lead to laugh-inducing commercial disasters. And others... others are just plain weird.


Columns

Monday, July 17 2006

The Who Know Who They Are and From Whence They Came

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. Warner revisits the Live at Leeds legacy courtesy of the Who.


Reviews

Thursday, July 24 2014

The Who's Pomp and Bombast, Egos and Flaws

The Who FAQ brings some entertaining insight into who the hell those guys are.


Thursday, April 24 2014

'Sensation: The Story of the Who's Tommy' Lives Up to Its Name

What more is there to say about the rock opera, Tommy? Quite a lot.


Tuesday, January 7 2014

The Who: Tommy (Super Deluxe Edition)

An exceptional package and a worthy commemoration of one of the most important rock albums of all time.


Tuesday, January 8 2013

The Who: My Generation (mono remaster)

Well, since you asked: yes, this is necessary.


Wednesday, December 12 2012

'The Who Live In Texas '75': 'Nough Said

By the time they got to Texas, in 1975, The Who had nothing to prove except the undeniable impact they could still make, any place, any time.


Blogs

Thursday, July 18 2013

Who’s Experience – Burning Flames

How a rock opera from the '70s transformed what should have been another calm, neglectful Sunday in my life.


Friday, January 18 2013

Counterbalance No. 113: The Who's 'Tommy'

I thought I was the Bally table king, but I just handed my pinball crown to the 113th Most Acclaimed Album of All Time. Counterbalance goes rock-operatic with a 1969 magnum opus.


Thursday, October 13 2011

Roger Daltrey Offers the Whole Version of 'Tommy'

Tommy is not only one of the most acclaimed and defining works of the rock era, it is an enduring work that resonates on radio to this day where it has found multi-generational appeal.


Friday, May 13 2011

Counterbalance No. 33: The Who’s 'Who’s Next'

In this edition of Counterbalance, Mendelsohn and Klinger play the tape machine, make the toast and tea, and enjoy a spirited debate about the Who’s 1971 tour de force. They’re all wasted!


Monday, September 6 2010

Go to the Mirror, Boy! - 'Tommy' : Blu-ray

Bursting with imagination and aided by the power in Pete Townshend's iconoclastic tunes, Tommy transcends the typical musical ideals to become a piece of pure pop art poetry.


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