October 3: The Who released The Who By Numbers in 1975

The Who by Numbers pretends to be a series of ten unconnected songs, it’s really only a pose; there’s not a story line here, but there are more important unities — lyrical themes, musical and production style, a sense of time and place. … Townshend has now pulled the fastest one of all, disguising his best concept album as a …

September 4: The Who released It’s Hard in 1982

It’s Hard is the tenth studio album by English rock band The Who. It is the last Who album to feature bassist John Entwistle and drummer Kenney Jones, as well as the last to be released on Warner Bros. Records in the US. It was their last album until 2006’s Endless Wire. It was released in 1982 on Polydor in …

August 23: The late great Keith Moon was born in 1946

  August 23: The late great Keith Moon was born in 1946 We lived the life with Keith Moon. It was all Spinal Tap magnified a thousand times. — Roger Daltrey From Wikipedia: Birth name Keith John Moon Born 23 August 1946 Wembley, Middlesex, England Died 7 September 1978 (aged 32) Westminster, London Genres Rock, art rock, hard rock,power pop Occupations Musician, songwriter, producer, actor …

August 14: The Who released “Who’s Next” in 1971

With its acoustic guitars and drumless bits, this triumph of hard rock is no more a pure hard rock album than Tommy. … And… it uses the synthesizer to vary the power trio format, not to art things up. ~Robert Christgau On Who’s Next, the band crossed that line with power and grace. The album spawned the concert classics “Baba …

July 7: The Who: Tanglewood, Lenox, MA, USA 1970

The fire and passion of the Who in 1970 and the symbiosis that these four musicians achieve here is nothing short of astounding. The Leeds and Isle of Wight recordings will always remain as two of the Who’s landmark 1970 recordings, and deservedly so, but thanks to this spectacular new transfer of Bill Graham’s recordings, Tanglewood is now equally worthy …