By Numbers by The Who
Having to follow four monumental releases in succession, The Who By Numbers is often overlooked and unfairly overshadowed. Produced again by Glyn Johns and released in 1975, the album is a more modest, simple affair, certainly withstanding the test of time by its own merits. In what might be his most personal tell-all collection (outside of some of his future solo albums), Pete Townshend lays it out there in lyrics of brutal honesty regarding battles with alcoholism and womanizing. Probably best known for the radio-friendly ditty Squeeze Box, the set also contains patented Who in the terms of Slip Kid, Blue Red and Grey plus one of bassist John Entwistles best compositions, Success Story. London studio regular Nicky Hopkins adds tasteful keyboard fills throughout. As part of the Classic Who LP reissue series, this title was mastered by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering from the original Ľ analog master tapes sourced directly from The Who. The lacquers were cut on Classic Records ALL ANALOG TUBE cutting system with LPs pressed on Classics Super Vinyl Profile for maximum playback fidelity. Authentic UK artwork and labels are meticulously reproduced making this another MUST HAVE Classic reissue!
1. Slip Kid
2. However Much I Booze
3. Squeeze Box
4. Dreaming From the Waist
5. Imagine a Man
6. Success Story
7. They Are All in Love
8. Blue, Red and Grey
9. How Many Friends
10. In a Hand or a Face
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You Can Count on this One11/09/2013
This often overlooked classic, sandwiched between the groundbreaking Quadrophenia and Who Are You, gets a fresh spin on this 200 gram re-release. Keith Moon's drumming sounds so real and pronounced on vinyl, particularly on Slip Kid, one of my favorite Who anthems. If you are a hardcore Who fan, you can count on this Who By Numbers release to please.
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