Music

The Who By Numbers

TRACKLIST

  1. SLIP KID
  2. HOWEVER MUCH I BOOZE
  3. SQUEEZE BOX
  4. DREAMING FROM THE WAIST
  5. IMAGINE A MAN
  6. SUCCESS STORY
  7. THEY ARE ALL IN LOVE
  8. BLUE RED AND GREY
  9. HOW MANY FRIENDS
  10. IN A HAND OR A FACE

THE WHO BY NUMBERS was released in the UK on October 3, 1975 (Polydor 2490 129), as a CD in the 1980s (Polydor 831 522-2), and as a remixed and remastered CD (Polydor 533 844-2) in November 1996. It was re-issued on heavyweight vinyl in 2012 (Polydor 3715627). In the US it was released on October 25, 1975 (MCA 2161), then as a CD (MCA MCAD-37002) and as a remixed and remastered CD (MCAD-11493) in November 1996.

Produced by Glyn Johns, all the tracks on The Who By Numbers were recorded on the Shepperton Sound Stage using Ronnie Lane’s mobile studio. Recording began with a jam session on April 4, continued throughout May and overdubs were done in June. Mixing was done by Glyn Johns at Basing Street Studios in London’s Notting Hill during July and August.The Who By Numbers reached #7 in UK and #8 in the US. All songs by Pete Townshend except where noted.

Sleeve design and illustration by John Entwsitle.

1. SLIP KID (Townshend)
Tried on stage during the early stages of The Whos 1975 tour but quickly abandoned, although Pete has subsequently performed the song on his solo appearances.

2. HOWEVER MUCH I BOOZE (Townshend)
Like SLIP KID, HOWEVER MUCH I BOOZE was tried on stage but soon abandoned.

3. SQUEEZE BOX (Townshend)
Often played on stage, SQUEEZE BOX was released as a single in January 1976. It reached #10 in UK charts, and #16 in the US.

4. DREAMING FROM THE WAIST (Townshend)
Aside from SQUEEZE BOX, DREAMING FROM THE WAIST was the only track from THE WHO BY NUMBERS to be played regularly on stage, where it gained eminence as a vehicle for Johns extraordinary bass playing.

5. IMAGINE A MAN (Townshend)

6. SUCCESS STORY (Entwistle)

7. THEY ARE ALL IN LOVE (Townshend)

8. BLUE, RED AND GREY (Townshend)
This track features Pete singing solo, accompanying himself on ukulele, together with John on brass, playing his own silver band arrangement. A group version of BLUE, RED AND GREY was also recorded but sadly the tapes of this have gone missing.

9. HOW MANY FRIENDS (Townshend)

10. IN A HAND OR A FACE (Townshend)

Bonus tracks on the 1996 remastered CD:

11. SQUEEZE BOX (Live) (Townshend)
Recorded live at Swansea Football Ground on June 12, 1976.

12. BEHIND BLUE EYES (Live) (Townshend)
Recorded live at Swansea Football Ground on June 12, 1976.

13.DREAMING FROM THE WAIST (Live) (Townshend)
Recorded live at Swansea Football Ground on June 12, 1976.