Since their debut in 1964, The Who have graced the music world with a plethora of recordings: 12 studio albums, 16 live sets, 27 compilation records, four intriguing soundtracks, and four EPs.
Yet, amidst this vast ocean of musical contributions, one album emerges as the crowned jewel. As asserted by Roger Daltrey, the charismatic lead singer, it is “the pinnacle of our craft.”
The jewel we speak of is “Who’s Next”, the band’s fifth studio production. This British powerhouse released the album in August 1971 under the meticulous guidance of Glyn Johns, co-producing alongside the band.
The album soared in popularity, primarily riding on the back of timeless anthems like “Won’t Get Fooled Again”, “Baba O’Riley”, and the soulful “Behind Blue Eyes”.
The genius steering this album’s direction was none other than Pete Townshend, the band’s lead guitarist and primary songwriter. Interestingly, Townshend felt that he hadn’t fully actualized his creative vision with this album.
This sentiment was not echoed by Daltrey, who saw the project through a different lens. He believed that the music encapsulated the ethos he aimed to project. Expressing his view, Daltrey remarked, “For me, it was about bridging the energy between the audience and us.
The listeners, in my eyes, were equally pivotal in shaping the music’s essence. And this album stands testament to that belief. It’s unequivocally the best representation of us.”
“Who’s Next” thus not only etched itself in the annals of rock history but also highlighted the band’s dynamic, showcasing how individual perspectives, when harmoniously combined, can create something truly legendary.