Friday, October 24, 2014
MUSIC REVIEW OF THE DAY: THE WHO - HITS 50!
Still, most everything is here, and if you need a best-of, the two-disc version of this is as good as any they've released. I'd go with that over the single disc, as there are some interesting cuts included that are rarely heard. Postcard comes from Odds and Sods (like Long Live Rock), and unless you don't have that set, it's a fun little number sung by John Entwistle that barely sounds like the band. Join Together and Relay were singles released between Who's Next and Quadrophenia, neither of them big hits and never played on radio these days. Then there's the obscure 1968 single Dogs, basically about people who like greyhound racing, including some spoken-word stuff, very odd and not a hit. It slows down the hit-after-hit pace, but it's fun to have something different to hear from the band.
The new cut here, Be Lucky, is supposed to be the first taste of an upcoming album, to be released sometime in 2015. It has some great Daltry vocals in the verses, but an annoying chorus, and has something to do with the band AC/DC. It's a bit of a meandering mess really, totally Townshend's fault, Roger's doing his job. Doesn't bode well for anything new. As for everything else here, well, it's one of the great canons in rock, ain't it? Call it a bargain.