The Who has been one of my favorite groups since I can remember knowing about rock ‘n’ roll. I can recall the first time I heard Quadrophenia in junior high and it has been in my main listening rotation ever since. In high school “Baba O’Reilly”, from Who’s Next, was still played regularly at school dances and when I got to college my roommate had a GIANT promo picture of the cover art from Who Are You hanging in our dorm room. I’ve seen The Who several times, including a trip to The Forum in the mid-’70s and the Quadrophenia tour just a few years ago. Including this last show, if I close my eyes and just take in the music I don’t feel that the passage of time has diminished their power and musicality at all. Sure, it’s not the same without Keith Moon and The Ox, but with Zak Starkey on drums and Pino Palladino on bass the creative duo of Pete Townsend and Roger Daltrey have found very capable substitutes.
I got home around 1:30am after just leaving a 3:20 long Neil Young show and I wanted to learn a little more about his new backing band, Promise of the Real. I found a great article that went into detail about their relationship with Neil, how the tour came together, and what they did to prepare for it. Then at the bottom I read some of the comments and the one on the top read:
During this vinyl resurgence it is common to find records with all sorts of colors and patterns. However, back in the day it was pretty rare for record companies to put these out and when they did they were fairly limited editions. So these records aren’t that easy to track down, especially in mint condition. All of these LP’s are first editions, play flawlessly and have covers that appear to be brand new.
- The Beatles: ‘62 – ’66 & ’67 – ’70 / USA – Capital (1978)
- Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here / Holland – EMI/Bovema (1975)
- Pink Floyd: Animals / Holland – EMI/Bovema (1977)
- Rolling Stones: Some Girls / Holland – Rolling Stones Records (1978)
- The Who: Who Are You / USA – MCA Records (1978)
- The Clash: London Calling / UK – CBS (1979)
- Starz: Violation / USA – Capital Records (1977)