Saturday, November 04, 2006

May Your WIRE Be ENDLESS

When I recently walked into my favorite F.Y.E. record store I was only intent on picking up a new copy of the Who classic, "Quadrophenia," when I noticed that the new Who CD, "Endless Wire" was on sale. Not having heard anything on this new release, I was nevertheless intrigued and couldn't resist the temptation to buy.

By the way, I did end up getting "Quadrophenia" also. It is still as powerful and exciting as the day I first heard it, many years ago. The remastered version sounds flawless and is almost as dynamic as the original vinyl.

But what really impressed me was the new work. The mere fact that these "Geezers" can still put out something that's captivating is amazing, in itself, especially after all they've been through. They are now only two. Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey. Two is all they need. The entire album was written over the past four years.

While the entire CD is not fantastic, there are several songs which I already regard as favorites. They include "Mike Post Theme," "It's Not Enough," "Sound Round," "Pick Up The Peace," "Mirror Door," and my very favorite, the title track, "Endless Wire."

The mini-opera, "Wire & Glass" is the foundation upon which the entire work is built. It seems to be an autobiographical piece about the early life of Townshend, but, I'm sure with further listening, it will yield many more insights and inspirations.

As a further bonus, the Limited Edition copy which I purchased also includes a 5-song CD of The Who live in concert in Lyon, Switzerland. This is a sampler of the complete concert DVD available through the record label, with all the proceeds going to The Who's favorite charities. Cheers!

2 Comments:

Blogger Jean Lafitte said...

Heh [snicker] heh. Geezers, yes. The rock & roll generation is finally discovering that you can learn something from working at your craft for thirty years or so.

Historical note, from when I was in my previous job and was researching rock history. The first big wave of rock to hit the pop charts was from New Orleans, and the lead singers were youngsters. This was part of the whole 50s thing, when teenagers and teenage culture rose up and terrified their elders. The big stars were people like the Dixie Cups, in their teens, Lloyd Price, 19 when he hit big, and Fats Domino, early 20s. And the teens at the time thought, yes, this is our music, these are our people.

But they were just the singers, the front men. I once looked up the studio guys, the backup band musicians that really created the sound of the 50s teen revolution. Their names are well known, and they were mostly in their 30s and 40s at the time, seasoned jazz musicians who could come up with anything the gig required.

If the 50s teenagers who thought of this music as "our music" had known the age of the folks who were making it for them, they would have been horrified.

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Blogger Blogdevil9 said...

Actually, my quotationed use of the word "geezers" was in reference to the 60's British slang term which could mean any male and usually referred to rather young men, at that time. However, I did intend a double meaning, but moreso to to accent the fact that this seasoned band has been through some mighty challenges and can still prove itself graceful under pressure.

Having said that I thoroughly agree with your first paragraph.

Interesting, I was not aware of the New Orleans roots of rock and roll. It is not surprising, though, that the city which was the Birthplace of Jazz would be so instrumental in the Birth of Rock and Roll.

I suppose that the teens of the 1950's would have been unpleasantly shocked if they had known the ages of those early studio musicians, but the young people of today would probably not be so alarmed. After all, Dave Matthews, despite his great popularity, is certainly not a twentysomething and have you ever seen the lead singer from the band Strapping Young Lad? No youngster indeed.

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