Tuesday, September 26, 2017
New Who Track?
I needed to listen to "It's Hard," the Who's 1982 release and last with Kenney Jones, for business reasons. "Athena," the opening track and first single, still made me wince, just like it did in 1982 and the few more unfortunate times I've heard it since. But by the end of Side One, which closes with the now classic "Eminence Front," I was gliding around like I had just heard five lost Who classics.
Now, before you think this is going to be some revelation that ends with this writer heaping praise and adulation on what has been known as a stinker for 35 years, don't you worry. "It's Hard" isn't a great record, though Rolling Stone did give it 5 stars back in the day. (What is wrong with them?) Side Two doesn't quite hold up as well as Side One. I'll tell you this, though, "It's Hard" is a lot better than "Face Dances" and for the three Entwistle tracks alone, you need to give this record a new spin.
Check out "It's Your Turn" up top. This track would not have been out of place on "Quadrophenia."
As of 9/26/17, "It's Hard" is no longer the worst record by The Who in this household.
Posted by Sal Nunziato at 5:10 AM