16 Songs, 1 Hour 10 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Who's decision to soldier on after Keith Moon's death sparked controversy among the group's hardcore fans and put Moon's replacement on drums— The Faces' Kenney Jones—in the awkward position of trying to fill the shoes of one of rock 'n' roll's most individual stylists and one of very few drummers whose work deserved a songwriting credit. Jones was an affable fellow, and he locked in well with bassist John Entwistle (whose own lyrical style filled in far more space than the usual bassist). 1981's Face Dances had been driven by Townshend's fine writing. It's Hard wasn't quite as inspired a batch. Only "Eminence Front" has remained a staple of the remaining Who's live show, though pieces of "Cry If You Want" have appeared from time to time. "Athena" was a hit single, reaching No. 28 on the Billboard pop chart. Entwistle's "It's Your Turn" gave an active rhythm guitar part to Andy Fairweather-Low, while Tim Gorman slotted some memorable keyboard lines. Bonus live tracks of the album's highlights fill out the remastered edition.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Who's decision to soldier on after Keith Moon's death sparked controversy among the group's hardcore fans and put Moon's replacement on drums— The Faces' Kenney Jones—in the awkward position of trying to fill the shoes of one of rock 'n' roll's most individual stylists and one of very few drummers whose work deserved a songwriting credit. Jones was an affable fellow, and he locked in well with bassist John Entwistle (whose own lyrical style filled in far more space than the usual bassist). 1981's Face Dances had been driven by Townshend's fine writing. It's Hard wasn't quite as inspired a batch. Only "Eminence Front" has remained a staple of the remaining Who's live show, though pieces of "Cry If You Want" have appeared from time to time. "Athena" was a hit single, reaching No. 28 on the Billboard pop chart. Entwistle's "It's Your Turn" gave an active rhythm guitar part to Andy Fairweather-Low, while Tim Gorman slotted some memorable keyboard lines. Bonus live tracks of the album's highlights fill out the remastered edition.

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