EXPERIENCE ROCK HISTORY!
the WHO – WHO’S NEXT – August 1971
This is one of those albums that immediately clicked with your DNA.
“Who’s next” is on everyone’s Top Rock Album lists and usually in the teens and has been reviewed extensively, so 00individual thought it would be fun to focus on a phenomenon that “Who’s next” is a part of; the “Rock ‘n’ Roll 4 + 4 = 7” equation.
The “Rock ‘n’ Roll 4 + 4 = 7” equation is the Top Four Rock Bands plus their Four Successive Historic and Classic Rock Album Releases equals the Seven Years of the Pinnacle of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
As you can see by the four Titans of Rock successive album releases listed below from the years 1968 through 1975, that there was definitely an incredible creative vibe literally emanating from these world-class talented musicians, singers, composers, performers; Rock Gods.
Live at Leeds (1970)
Who’s Next (1971)
the Rolling Stones
Beggars Banquet (1968)
Let It Bleed (1969)
Sticky Fingers (1971)
Exile on Main St. (1972)
Led Zeppelin (1969)
Led Zeppelin II (1969)
Led Zeppelin III (1970)
Led Zeppelin IV (1971)
Obscured by Clouds (1972)
The Dark Side of the Moon (1973)
Wish You Were Here (1975)
As far as creative output;
the Who reign at the top as two of their four releases were double albums.
The Stones come in second with one double album.
One of the main purposes and attempts of this site is to convey the truly awesome vibe of the 1965 through 1975 era. One way is to show examples like the above; a seven year explosion of album after album of easily the best “Quads” of the 1960s and 1970s Historic and Classic Rock Era
So, in 1971 we were listening to brand new, never-heard-before album releases “Whos next”, “Meddle”, “Sticky Fingers” and “Led Zeppelin IV”. Whew!
And that was just four releases by four bands!
To experience the full Pinnacle of Rock ‘n’ Roll check out these three zenith years of Rock History – the Who is represented in each year:
Third Best Year for Rock Album Releases – 1971
Second Best Year for Rock Album Releases – 1969
#1 Best Year for Rock Album Releases – 1970
It is nearly impossible now for those who hear the Who’s songs weekly on TV themes and countless other media avenues to know that back then the Counter Culture were strongly against Corporate America and their exploitation of our Culture – and “selling out” to the Man was about the lowest thing one could do.
However, times and considerations change and those if us who followed the saying, “Don’t trust anyone over thirty”, one day became thirty and realized that if we had a talent, a song, an idea, a product or a concept that people would pay for – then we wisely took that option – actually many took it much earlier; in their twenties or late teens.
Which is why, nearly thirty years later, the Who wisely “contributed” their songs “Baba O’Reilly” as the theme to the TV series CSI: NY and “Won’t Get Fooled Again” as the theme to the TV series CSI: Miami – both gleaned from their “Who’s next” album – smart business and another source of continued exposure and promotion for concerts, albums, music and Rock.
The original TV series CSI (Las Vegas) had the fortune and insight to acquire the Who’s “Who Are You?” as its extremely-popular and perfectly-branded theme.
In 2009, CSI had a worldwide audience estimated to be over 73.8 million viewers. In 2012, CSI was named the most watched show in the world – for the fifth time!
That’s phenomenally near-priceless once-in-a-lifetime world exposure for the Who and a definite continued show of love for the TV series and its theme.
The Who have always been, ever since their debut ’65 album, “the Who Sings My Generation”, one of 00individual’s All-Time Favorite Bands – and Moon has and will always be his All-Time Favorite Drummer.
1. “Baba O’Riley” 5:08
2. “Bargain” 5:34
3. “Love Ain’t for Keeping” 2:10
4. “My Wife” 3:41
5. “The Song Is Over” 6:14
6. “Getting in Tune” 4:50
7. “Going Mobile” 3:42
8. “Behind Blue Eyes” 3:42
9. “Won’t Get Fooled Again” 8:32
Baptizing the “Monolith”:
Roger Daltrey – lead vocals, backing vocals, harmonica on “I Don’t Even Know Myself”
Pete Townshend – guitars, organ, VCS3 and ARP synthesiser, backing vocals,
piano on “Baba O’Riley”, lead vocals on “Going Mobile” and the original version of
“Love Ain’t for Keeping”, co-lead vocals on “Baba O’Riley”, “Bargain” and “The Song Is Over”
John Entwistle – bass guitar, backing vocals, brass, lead vocals and piano on “My Wife”
Keith Moon – drums, percussion
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