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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Who's Next ranks as one of The Who's top achievements. Offering all-time great rock anthems ("Baba O'Riley" and "Won't Get Fooled Again"), stellar singing by legendary lead singer Roger Daltrey, as well as some of the most distinctive guitar riffs in the history of the instrument, it also shows Pete Townshend's versatility as a songwriter, from the catchy "Mobile" to the tender "The Song Is Over." This remastered version, released in 1995 (the original came out in 1971), includes extra tracks, one of which, "Naked Eye," contains mature strong language. Other songs contain references, usually mild, to violence and sex.
What's the story?
Encompassing a full range of moods -- rage, tenderness, humor, bitterness, cynicism, and more -- WHO'S NEXT was the first studio album after the band's rock opera Tommy (the live album Live at Leeds was in-between). And what it lacks in rock-opera pretensions it makes up for in pure emotion and musical virtuosity. Some of The Who's best work, and the best work in the history of rock, is on this album.
Is it any good?
The Who are considered one of the best rock bands of all time, and its remnants have continued to perform through the new millennium. The four original members, who appear on Who's Next -- songwriter-guitarist Pete Townshend, lead singer Roger Daltry, drummer Keith Moon, and bassist John Entwistle -- are widely regarded among the best at their respective instruments.
If you only get one Who album, you could do a lot worse than this one. Containing the enduring phrases "teenage wasteland" to "Meet the new boss, same as the old boss," Who's Next is one of the most definitive examples of rock 'n' roll -- and rock 'n' roll attitude -- ever recorded. Classic-rock staples and mainstays of every self-respecting garage band to turn it up to 11 are here, along with the sympathy-for-the-bad-man ballad "Behind Blue Eyes."
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the political cynicism of "Won't Get Fooled Again." Is it really true that the new boss is, pretty much, the same as the old boss?
What do you think of the bad man in "Behind Blue Eyes"? Do you feel as sorry for him as he wants you to?
What do you think "teenage wasteland" meant to Pete Townshend in 1971 -- and what did it come to mean in pop culture over the years?
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