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Catalog consists of:

1. Endless Wire
2. A Quick One
3. BBC Sessions
4. By Numbers
5. Faces Dances
6. It’s Hard
7. Kids Are Alright
8. Live At Leeds – DLX ED.
9. Odds & Sods
10. Quadrophenia
11. Sings My Gen – DLX ED.
12. The Who Sell Out
13. Tommy – DLX ED.
14. Who Are You
15. Who’s Next – DLX ED.

About The Who:
The Who stands alone in rock music. The most explosive live act ever to appear on stage, propelled by the most staggeringly brilliant rhythm section in all popular music, layered with deafening power chords and thunderous vocal fury, the Who transcended its original billing as “Maximum R&B” to become the most musically inventive and structurally innovative band of all. Alone among the great bands, the Who has found itself at the center of every major rock event — Monterey, Woodstock, the Isle of Wight, the Concert for Kampuchea, Live Aid, the Concert for NYC. In any era, the Who is a touchstone for rock-and-roll greatness. They have sold over 100m albums and won every award including Grammys/Brit Awards/Lifetime Acheivement. They have been inducted into both the US and UK Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. Their charitable work is legendary with millions of dollars being raised over the years for a variety of causes. This work was recognized by the award of a CBE to Roger Daltrey in 2005.

Together, the four divergent personalities of the Who produced a hurricane. Each of them was a pioneer. Wildman drummer Keith Moon beat his kit with a chaotic elegance; stoic bassist John Entwistle held down the center with the melodic virtuosity of a solo guitarist; raging intellectual Pete Townshend punctuated the epic universality of his songs with the windmill slamming of his fingers across his guitar strings; and Roger Daltrey roared above it all with an impossibly virile macho swagger. They exploded conventional rhythm and blues structures, challenged pop music conventions, and redefined what was possible on stage, in the recording studio, and on vinyl. Never before or since has spiritual and intellectual brilliance sounded so gloriously furious.

Townshend and Entwistle grew up in the Shepherd’s Bush area of London and formed a jazz band together as teenagers. When Daltrey invited Entwistle to join his skiffle and R&B band, the Detours, the bassist suggested bringing Townshend on board as a rhythm guitarist. Soon afterwards, the group added the sixteen-year-old Moon, who had been drumming with the Beachcombers. By 1964, the Detours had changed their name to the Who.
As the group accumulated a local following, Townshend attended the Ealing Art School, where he became exposed to Gustav Metzger’s notions of auto-destructive art. Townshend would soon put these ideas into practice at the Marquee club in London, where he inadvertently smashed his guitar into ceiling and then bashed it into the stage in frustration. Moon later followed suit, and the furious sacrifice of the band’s equipment became a performing signature. Manager Pete Meaden changed the group’s name to the High Numbers in order to appeal to the local Mod audience, but after one single (“I’m the Face”/”Zoot Suit”), the band changed management and reclaimed its prior name. New managers Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp encouraged the group’s explosive approach to soul and rhythm and blues, a style they dubbed “Maximum R&B.” Townshend’s original composition, “I Can’t Explain” became the Who’s first single and quickly reached the British Top Ten. In the fall of 1965, “My Generation” with its refrain of “I hope I die before I get old” became the cry of entire generation.

With Lambert’s encouragement, Townshend began to explore narrative alternatives to the conventional three-minute pop song. The title track to A Quick One (While He’s Away), a ten-minute mini-opera, proved an immediate success. 1967’s concept album The Who Sell Out, a mock radio broadcast complete with commercials, represents a triumph of musical innovation, satire, and searing rock and roll. The brilliant single “I Can See for Miles,” took the band to the Top Ten in America for the first time. Combined with a blistering appearance at the Monterey Pop Festival earlier that year, the album cemented the Who’s status as pop’s most innovative ensemble.

The Who soared beyond even the greatest expectations with the double concept album Tommy, the first successful rock opera. An allegorical tale of a “deaf, dumb, and blind” boy traumatized by the murder and cover-up of his mother’s lover, the album constitutes a triumph for all: Daltrey’s vocal characterizations give life to Townshend’s innovative narrative, and the soulfulness of Moon and Entwistle’s rhythm work validates the high art as authentic rock and roll. The band’s stunning live presentation of the songs at Woodstock that year firmly established the Who as the world’s greatest live act.

Momentarily clearing the decks with a teeth-rattling set of older singles and covers, the Who released the staggering Live at Leeds the following year. Still regarded as the greatest live recording ever made, the set documented the evolution of the band’s playing: The Who weren’t simply becoming more cerebral, they were growing rhythmically and sonically as well. Influenced by the teachings of his guru, Meher Baba, Townshend began work on Lifehouse, a futuristic science fiction rock opera that anticipated spiritual decline in a computerized world of virtual reality. Decades ahead of its time, the project stalled, but the resulting songs were reassembled on Who’s Next, critically regarded as the band’s best work yet, a grand and sophisticated collection of tracks featuring a remarkably tasteful mixture of electronics, synthesizers and pounding rock.
Townshend returned to rock opera with Quadrophenia in 1973. Eschewing fantasy and choosing to look backwards into the past instead, Townshend crafted a portrait of a ’60s mod, a lad with a personality divided into four equal parts, each represented by one of the bandmembers. Taking advantage of the recent advent of quadraphonic sound, the band left its contemporaries behind once and for all, charting musical territory that has still yet to be fully explored three decades later.

As the band members began to pursue their own individual projects, the Who recorded with less frequency. The surprisingly personal The Who By Numbers appeared in 1975, with Townshend revealing more about his own struggles than ever before, and Daltrey finding the vocal subtlety to match it. After a three-year hiatus, the Who reemerged in 1978 with the stunning Who Are You, an unapologetic sweeping away of any suggestions that the band might no longer belong at the top of the heap. But in the midst of this triumphant comeback, tragedy struck when Keith Moon died in his sleep of an Heminevrin overdose on September 7, 1978. The band continued on with former member of the Small Faces, Kenny Jones, taking over on drums and John “Rabbit” Bundrick on keyboards, In 1981 the Who released Face Dances, featuring the hit, “You Better, You Bet,” and followed with It’s Hard and a farewell tour in 1982. The live Who’s Last (1984) documented what were t
hen thought to be the final Who shows. The group reunited to play Live Aid in 1985, and in 1989, the Who embarked on a massively successful 25th anniversary tour of America.
The band reunited again in 1996 to perform the Quadrophenia at the Prince’s Trust concert in Hyde Park and stayed together to tour their spiritual home the United States the following summer. In October 2001, the Who delivered a rousing performance at the Concert for NYC benefit, providing a joyful, cathartic release for the grieving families of the victims of the September 11 attacks. But tragedy for the band struck again in June, 2002, when, on the eve a North American tour, John Entwistle passed away at the age of 57 in Las Vegas’ Hard Rock Hotel. They completed the tour triumphantly with stand in bassist Pino Palladino and went back to the US in 2004 and followed up with a first ever tour of Japan and Australia

In spite of the loss of Moon and Entwistle, the Who remains the standard-bearer for great live rock and roll and are still one of the most in demand live acts in the business Their music still forms the backdrop to 21st Century life and is all over television in such shows as CSI and in many movies. The 21st century has sparked a resurgence in the creative collaboration between Townshend and Daltrey. The 2004 greatest hits collection, Then and Now features two excellent new songs, “Real Good Looking Boy” and “Old Red Wine. After a stunning sold out tour of Europe in June and July 06 , their first new studio album since 1982, Endless Wire is scheduled for release in October ’06, shortly after the band start a 41 date US Tour to be followed by dates in the Far East, Australia South America and Europe in ‘07. A career spanning documentary on the band produced by Spitfire Pictures is also nearing completion.