Consensus Who album?

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CrankyCranky Frets: 550
I'm kinda new to The Who, particularly when it comes to listening to full albums.  Is there a consensus "best Who album" among us?  Beside whatever Rolling Stone says?

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  • stickyfiddlestickyfiddle Frets: 15366
    Who’s Next
    Tommy
    Quadrophenia
    Live at Leeds 

    Depending on who you ask it’s usually one of those 4.
     
    Personally I like Who’s Next and Live at Leeds, but I’ve never quite got into a single album as any of these ones miss a bit chunk of stuff from somewhere else - you can do a lot worse than any of their recent Best Of complications. 
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  • CrankyCranky Frets: 550
    edited October 16
    ^ Cool.  I have 3/4 of those mentioned, so that's a good sign.  I love all of them, I love the band's energy.  They always remind me, when I'm feeling down or bored by my own playing, to just stfu and put some life into it!

    Tommy's the one I've been coming back to lately, which is weird for me as I'm not normally a "themed album" guy, but it has some great tunes on it.  The acoustic playing on the back end of Overture is awesome.
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  • RandallFlaggRandallFlagg Frets: 11433
    My faves are:
    • Who's Next
    • My Generation
    • Live At Leeds
    • 30 Years of Maximum RnB box set
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  • scrumhalfscrumhalf Frets: 7126
    I prefer Live At Hull to Live At Leeds, it's a seriously good album. 
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  • ronnybronnyb Frets: 1074
    The soundtrack to ‘McVicar’ is worth a listen too. I think it’s a Who album in all but name.
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  • WhitecatWhitecat Frets: 3479
    'Who's Next' is the masterpiece IMO.

    But I'm gonna be controversial and say that my second favourite album of theirs is 'It's Hard'. Love that record, even though it's kinda more 'of its era' than other they've done.
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  • DrCorneliusDrCornelius Frets: 2553
    I'm going to add Who are you to the list too, really like that album.
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 50177
    Who’s Next and Quadrophenia are the two best albums for me. I find most of the others a bit too patchy.

    But you really need a compilation that covers all the eras, because they’re very different and there are great songs in all of them. I’ve got Then And Now, which has most of the well-known classics.

    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone." - Walt Kowalski

    "Just because I don't care, doesn't mean I don't understand." - Homer Simpson

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  • merlinmerlin Frets: 3272
    I revisited The Who By Numbers recently. Love the folky elements. 
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  • pintspillerpintspiller Frets: 917
    Who's Next, Live at Leeds, Quadrophenia, Tommy.

    The latter is quite amazing - bass and drums are underplayed and played quite straight as they wanted to release an album that would cover it's recording costs as I understand it.

    The moment in Almost Famous (mostly shit except for) when it cuts from the kid listening to Sparks from Tommy cutting to an older kid listening to it from Live at Leeds is almost as good as the bit in Kids are Alright movie were Townshend slides across the stage when Daltrey screams at the end of the synth/drum battle in Won't Get Fooled Again.
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  • RedlesterRedlester Frets: 305
    Live at Leeds is their best record because it's the most consistent. The deluxe version is great but the original LP version does the best at capturing what the Who are all about: power, striving, and aggression. Above all aggression. 
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  • stickyfiddlestickyfiddle Frets: 15366
    Redlester said:
    Live at Leeds is their best record because it's the most consistent. The deluxe version is great but the original LP version does the best at capturing what the Who are all about: power, striving, and aggression. Above all aggression. 
    Yes, but it doesn’t have Won’t Get Fooled Again on it...
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  • RedlesterRedlester Frets: 305
    Redlester said:
    Live at Leeds is their best record because it's the most consistent. The deluxe version is great but the original LP version does the best at capturing what the Who are all about: power, striving, and aggression. Above all aggression. 
    Yes, but it doesn’t have Won’t Get Fooled Again on it...
    You don’t need it. 
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  • CrankyCranky Frets: 550
    So one of my favorite Who songs is A Quick One While He's Away, which appears on A Quick One and The Kids are Alright.  Is either of those album worth it?  Nobody's mentioned them yet 
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  • RedlesterRedlester Frets: 305
    I think a great version of a quick one is on the Stones’ RnR Circus. 

    Version on the deluxe Live at Leeds too. 

    Forgot to mention The Who Sell Out. Captures a whole era of pop and pirate radio. 
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  • EmielEmiel Frets: 68
    For early Who, listen to ‘Who Sell Out’, it’s close to a pop masterpiece.

    Then continue with ‘Tommy’ and ‘Live at Leeds’. The latter is properly their best album.

    About ‘Who’s Next’. Look on Youtube for ‘Lifehouse’. That project could perhaps have been the best rock album ever... bits and pieces became ‘Who’s Next’.

    ‘Quadrophenia’ is very different... you can call it artrock or even prog rock. Fantastic singing, playing and production. 

    ‘Who By Numbers’ is and ‘Who Are You’ especially are good later Who albums. If you like the folky bits, listen to Townshend’s and Ronnie Lane’s ‘Rough Mix’ collaboration. Fantastic album if you call me. And if you like latter day Who, check out Townshend’s ‘Empty Glass’ and ‘All Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes’. Some say Pete kept the best material for his solo works. The Cowboys album is my favourite Townshend solo work.
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  • WazmeisterWazmeister Frets: 6370
    edited October 17
    Definitely the early stuff for me...

    Meaty, Beaty Big and Bouncy
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  • KDSKDS Frets: 103
    As a few have said, who’s next, quadrophenia live at Leeds
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  • LitterickLitterick Frets: 99
    Live at Leeds, recorded at the Leeds University Refectory.



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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 50177

    Yes, but it doesn’t have Won’t Get Fooled Again on it...
    Or Baba O’Riley and Behind Blue Eyes.

    Or anything from Quadrophenia, which would be my pick for their best album overall, even though it also doesn’t have those.

    Live At Leeds has the interminable version of My Generation which spoils it.

    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone." - Walt Kowalski

    "Just because I don't care, doesn't mean I don't understand." - Homer Simpson

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  • RandallFlaggRandallFlagg Frets: 11433
    Not a lot of love for Tommy? It's not my favourite at all either. It sounds under produced to me, like Beatles tracks before George Martin added strings, the production seems to drag the album down.
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  • EricTheWearyEricTheWeary Frets: 10429
    This has reminded me to go relisten to Live at Leeds. Unfortunately it'll be a while as it's on the local lockdown shelf of my CD collection. 
    When the rich wage war it’s the poor who die. 
    Jean-Paul Sartre 
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  • RedlesterRedlester Frets: 305
    ICBM said:

    Yes, but it doesn’t have Won’t Get Fooled Again on it...
    Or Baba O’Riley and Behind Blue Eyes.

    Or anything from Quadrophenia, which would be my pick for their best album overall, even though it also doesn’t have those.

    Live At Leeds has the interminable version of My Generation which spoils it.
    Don’t talk wet, man. That version of MG is one of THE definitive rock performances. 

    No other band gets close to that. 

    Not to mention packing a whole host of classic guitar tones into 14 mins. 
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  • Simples............Who’s Next.
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  • Philly_QPhilly_Q Frets: 8773
    Who’s Next
    Tommy
    Quadrophenia
    Live at Leeds 

    They're all the ones I've got.  Not a prolific band at all, when you look back.  Who's Next is the one for me.

    The film The Kids Are Alright has some absolutely fantastic live performances from the 1970s.  Townshend likes to portray himself as the boring steady guy in a band full of lead players, but he was bloody amazing in those days.
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  • RobDaviesRobDavies Frets: 2249
    Has to be Live At Leeds..... there’s a moment in Magic Bus (03:22) where the whole band creates the most incredible sonic boom... gives me the chills it’s so perfect.  

    My favourite studio album is The Who By Numbers and as soundtracks go, Quadrophenia takes some beating. 

    Empty Glass is another brilliant Who album that doesn’t feature any of the Who apart from Townshend, if you get my drift.  ;)
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  • stickyfiddlestickyfiddle Frets: 15366
    Philly_Q said:
    Who’s Next
    Tommy
    Quadrophenia
    Live at Leeds 

    They're all the ones I've got.  Not a prolific band at all, when you look back.  Who's Next is the one for me.

    The film The Kids Are Alright has some absolutely fantastic live performances from the 1970s.  Townshend likes to portray himself as the boring steady guy in a band full of lead players, but he was bloody amazing in those days.
    I think they were fairly prolific, they just spread the really best stuff across all their output for a long time
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 50177
    Redlester said:

    That version of MG is one of THE definitive rock performances. 

    No other band gets close to that. 

    Not to mention packing a whole host of classic guitar tones into 14 mins. 
    It marks the point they finally completed the transition from sharp, edgy Mods to overblown self-indulgent Rockers.

    They did plenty of good stuff afterwards (I still think Who’s Next and Quadrophenia are the peak) but the Townshend who wrote My Generation said everything that needed to be said in 3 minutes.

    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone." - Walt Kowalski

    "Just because I don't care, doesn't mean I don't understand." - Homer Simpson

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  • NiteflyNitefly Frets: 3246
    Definitely the early stuff for me...

    Meaty, Beaty Big and Bouncy
    This is the correct answer.

    It's a lovely colour when it's just been washed.
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  • axisusaxisus Frets: 17127
    I'm no Who fan but I bought Who’s Next expecting to love it. I only really liked Won't get fooled again.
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