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Who Are You

Release Date: 8/18/1978
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Track List

  1. NEW SONG
  2. HAD ENOUGH
  3. 905
  4. SISTER DISCO
  5. MUSIC MUST CHANGE
  6. TRICK OF THE LIGHT
  7. GUITAR AND PEN
  8. LOVE IS COMING DOWN
  9. WHO ARE YOU
  10. NO ROAD ROMANCE
  11. EMPTY GLASS
  12. GUITAR AND PEN (Olympic ’78 Mix)
  13. LOVE IS COMING DOWN (Work-In-Progress Mix)
  14. WHO ARE YOU (Lost Verse Mix)

Backgrounder

WHO ARE YOU was released in the UK on 18 August 1978 (Polydor 2490 147 WHOD 5004) where it reached #6, as a CD in the 1980s (Polydor 831 557-2), and as a remixed and remastered CD (Polydor 533 845-2) in 1996. It was released simultaneously in the US (MCA 3050) where it reached #2, and in the 1980s as a CD (MCA MCAD-37003) and a Gold Disc (MFSL UDCD 561 before a remixed and remastered CD (MCA MCAD-11492) was issued in 1996. Keith Moons accidental death, on 7 September 1978, completely overshadowed the release of WHO ARE YOU. Ironically, he is photographed on the cover sitting on a chair with the words Not To Be Taken Away emblazoned on its back. All the tracks on WHO ARE YOU were originally produced by Glyn Johns and Jon Astley, and mixed by Astley at CTS Studios in Wembley. Original sleeve photography by Terry O’Neill. Design by Bill Smith.
 
1. NEW SONG (Townshend) Recorded at Ramport, Battersea, on 24 and 27 October 1977, featuring backing vocals by Andy Fairweather-Low and Billy Nicholls.
 
2. HAD ENOUGH (Entwistle) Unusually, Roger sings a song by John as he also does with TRICK OF THE LIGHT. The track was recorded at Olympic studios in December and the string arrangement by composer Ted Astley, Petes father-in-law, was recorded at Ramport. Rod Argent plays synthesizer with backing vocals by Billy Nicholls.
 
3. 905 (Entwistle) Recorded at Ramport and RAK Studios, St Johns Wood, in March 1978. This song was composed and prepared on one of the first multiphonic Polymoog synthesizers at Johns own studio in Ealing.
 
4. SISTER DISCO (Townshend) Recorded at Ramport and Goring Studios during October 1977. SISTER DISCO was performed regularly on stage when The Who toured with Kenney Jones on drums.
 
5. MUSIC MUST CHANGE (Townshend) Recorded at Petes own studio in Goring-on-Thamas and overdubbed by the Who at Ramport Studios in April 1978. This mix contains different guitar parts than those on the original MCA release.
 
6. TRICK OF THE LIGHT (Entwistle) Recorded at RAK Studios on 13 & 14 March 1978. The guitar-like assault throughout is actually Johns heavily distorted eight-string Alembic bass.
 
7. GUITAR AND PEN (Townshend) Recorded at Ramport and RAK Studios in March 1978. Rod Argent plays keyboards, as does Pete.
 
8. LOVE IS COMING DOWN (Townshend) Recorded at Ramport Studios on 18 October 1977. Ted Astleys strings were added in December.
 
9. WHO ARE YOU (Townshend) Demoed by Pete at his Goring studio in June, and recorded by The Who at Ramport in October 1977. Rod Argent and Pete play keyboards, and Andy Fairweather-Low contributed backing vocals. An edited version of WHO ARE YOU was released as a single in July 1978. It reached #18 in the UK charts and #14 in the US. Bonus tracks on remastered CD  all previously unreleased:
 
10. NO ROAD ROMANCE (Townshend) Petes demo recorded at Goring Studios in April 1978, featuring piano, fretless bass, drums and vocals. Townshend brought the song to the Who Are You sessions but it was deemed surplus to requirements.
 
11. EMPTY GLASS (Townshend) Recorded at Ramport in April 1978. Originally titled CHOIRBOY, this is a rough mix of a group version of a song that eventually became the title track to Petes 1980 solo album. It features John and Keith playing over Petes demo.
 
12. GUITAR AND PEN (Olympic 78 Mix) (Townshend) Recording details as above. An alternate mix featuring a more aggressive guitar track, it was prepared by Glyn Johns and Jon Astley in May 1978 but was rejected in favour of the version that appeared on the album.
 
13. LOVE IS COMING DOWN (Work-In-Progress Mix) (Townshend) Recording details as above. This version of the song features different piano and bass parts and has only a guide vocal.
 
14. WHO ARE YOU (Lost Verse Mix) (Townshend) Recording details as above. This version of the song features lyrics in the second verse which were different from the released version. After consideration, Pete re-wrote that particular verse.