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« Reply #75 on: June 26, 2019, 10:54:52 AM »

It's Hard...

Years ago a younger relative gave me a mixtape that included eight tracks from this album. I know I fell in love with "Eminence Front" the moment I heard it but I can't remember the others too well, if at all.

I now have the full album on YouTube lined up for the next day or so. To be continued. Grin
For years, I considered "I've Known No War" from It's Hard to be the last truly great Who song(up until "Its Not Enough", but we'll get to that album eventually lol). I loved it from the first time I heard it. I actually really like It's Hard.  I absolutely hate "One Life's Enough" though.  LOL It's one of only two Who songs that I truly don't like at all.
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« Reply #76 on: July 16, 2019, 12:05:07 PM »

I'll get back to It's Hard soon, Jay. But for now I'll link this jaunty song from Tommy. My son recently acquired a puppy of that name and I'll be minding it tomorrow afternoon. It's a Border Collie, described by the lads and lasses at Wikipedia as having "high energy and prodigious stamina". They're not kidding! Grin

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« Reply #77 on: July 16, 2019, 10:47:07 PM »

Congrats on the puppy. Good luck.  Razz  LOL
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« Reply #78 on: July 17, 2019, 06:42:08 AM »

Congrats on the puppy. Good luck.  Razz  LOL

The longest four hours ever. LOL  Actually, it went fine. Smiley

I'd always had trouble with the full-length Tommy so four years ago I unceremoniously reduced it by half:

http://smileysmile.net/board/index.php/topic,5652.msg646647.html#msg646647

I call it the Cassandra Mix, after the good person who asked me what I'd called it. Tongue
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« Reply #79 on: August 29, 2019, 05:20:13 AM »

It's Hard is back on my playlist. To be continued. Wink 
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« Reply #80 on: August 29, 2019, 09:26:44 AM »

It's Hard is back on my playlist. To be continued. Wink 
To be 100% honest, it's actually one of my favorite Who albums. Many people say it's the worst of the post Moon albums, but I think it's the other way around. I've never cared for Face Dances much. But we'll cross that bridge when we get to it.  Grin
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« Reply #81 on: September 02, 2019, 01:57:57 PM »

It's Hard is back on my playlist. To be continued. Wink 
To be 100% honest, it's actually one of my favorite Who albums. Many people say it's the worst of the post Moon albums, but I think it's the other way around. I've never cared for Face Dances much. But we'll cross that bridge when we get to it.  Grin

Exactly! LOL

I got round to listening to It's Hard after taking a break (from Smiley, music, everything really) and loved it. Every track a winner, including "One Life's Enough". (Some beautiful piano on that.) "I've Known No War" is a fantastic anthem!

So far, so incredibly good. Thanks, Jay, for getting me to (re)visit these great albums. Next up? Face Dances. Smokin
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« Reply #82 on: September 02, 2019, 03:14:57 PM »

I loved Its Hard from the first time I heard it. I was familiar with the title song, Dangerous, and Emience Front from the Who Rocks America vhs tape already. I've never understood why I've Known No War was never played live.  It's such an amazing song! It's never been on a compilation either, which is weird.

In my opinion, Face Dances is the only Who album(so far at least) where the best songs aren't by Pete Townshend. John's "You" and "The Quiet One" are the best songs on the album. The three outtakes for the album( "I Like Nightmares", "Somebody Saved Me" and "It's In You"), all written by Pete, are all miles above anything from him that actually ended up on the album. I think the best song he wrote that ended up on "Face Dances" is "Daily Records". I would definitely seek out the three outtakes I mentioned on YouTube.
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« Reply #83 on: September 13, 2019, 01:15:23 AM »

If the rest of the new album is this good, then this is  going to be one hell of an album.  Cool https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeMn3UiMfPA&feature=youtu.be
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« Reply #84 on: September 19, 2019, 01:36:26 PM »

I loved Its Hard from the first time I heard it. I was familiar with the title song, Dangerous, and Emience Front from the Who Rocks America vhs tape already. I've never understood why I've Known No War was never played live.  It's such an amazing song! It's never been on a compilation either, which is weird.

In my opinion, Face Dances is the only Who album(so far at least) where the best songs aren't by Pete Townshend. John's "You" and "The Quiet One" are the best songs on the album. The three outtakes for the album( "I Like Nightmares", "Somebody Saved Me" and "It's In You"), all written by Pete, are all miles above anything from him that actually ended up on the album. I think the best song he wrote that ended up on "Face Dances" is "Daily Records". I would definitely seek out the three outtakes I mentioned on YouTube.

Sorry to get back to you so late, Jay. I listened to Face Dances a couple of weeks back and was pleasantly surprised. Apart from the ones you mention, "Another Tricky Day" stood out for me. There was one song about being robbed or something--now that was really weird! And... you're right--those outtakes are superb!  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #85 on: September 19, 2019, 02:59:28 PM »

I loved Its Hard from the first time I heard it. I was familiar with the title song, Dangerous, and Emience Front from the Who Rocks America vhs tape already. I've never understood why I've Known No War was never played live.  It's such an amazing song! It's never been on a compilation either, which is weird.

In my opinion, Face Dances is the only Who album(so far at least) where the best songs aren't by Pete Townshend. John's "You" and "The Quiet One" are the best songs on the album. The three outtakes for the album( "I Like Nightmares", "Somebody Saved Me" and "It's In You"), all written by Pete, are all miles above anything from him that actually ended up on the album. I think the best song he wrote that ended up on "Face Dances" is "Daily Records". I would definitely seek out the three outtakes I mentioned on YouTube.

Sorry to get back to you so late, Jay. I listened to Face Dances a couple of weeks back and was pleasantly surprised. Apart from the ones you mention, "Another Tricky Day" stood out for me. There was one song about being robbed or something--now that was really weird! And... you're right--those outtakes are superb!  Roll Eyes
That one about being robbed is "Did You Steal My Money?". It's one of my least favorite Who songs. It sounds like a Police/Sting outtake.  LOL One big problem I have about Face Dances is the way the drums sound. I don't know if it's the way they were recorded, or the drum kit used, but I hate the sound of the drums on this record. The beginning of "Don't Let Go The Coat" is a great example. Listen to the initial drum roll after the guitar intro. To me they sound like early 80's electric drums.  Other than the drums, I'd have to say it's one of the better songs on the album. I have a weird love/hate thing with "Another Tricky Day". The studio version is kind of dull  to me, but it was always quite a bit better in concert. The version from the 1981 Rockpalast program is a good example of how much better it was in a concert setting. I couldn't quite tell if you were being facetious about the outtakes with that eye roll emoticon. I have a theory that those songs were left off the album simply because they were to good.  Grin They would have stood out like a sore thumb.
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« Reply #86 on: September 19, 2019, 03:15:25 PM »

I couldn't quite tell if you were being facetious about the outtakes with that eye roll emoticon. I have a theory that those songs were left off the album simply because they were too good.  Grin They would have stood out like a sore thumb.

No, I wasn't being facetious. Those three are super. And your theory sounds plausible!
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« Reply #87 on: October 05, 2019, 01:56:02 AM »

A new Who song is out, and it's glorious. I'm amazed how great Roger sounds. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpKhGNaiS6c&t=0s
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« Reply #88 on: October 16, 2019, 12:02:05 PM »

A new Who song is out, and it's glorious. I'm amazed how great Roger sounds. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpKhGNaiS6c&t=0s

I finally got round to listening to it this evening. Roger does sound great! Indeed, the whole thing sizzles like all the great Who songs.

Thanks, Jay. If the rest of the album is this good... 
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