It’s Hard

It’s Hard was originally released in the UK (Polydor WHOD 5066) on September 4, 1982, and as a CD in the early 1980s (Polydor 800 106-2). It is currently available as a remixed and remastered CD (Polydor 537 696-2) issued in 1997. Also available since 2012 on heavyweight vinyl.

It was released simultaneously in the US (Warner Bros WB 23731), as a CD (Warner Bros WB 23731-2) and reissued by MCA (MCAD-25986). It is currently available as a remixed and remastered CD (MCA MCAD-11635, 1997).


  1. Athena
  2. It’s Your Turn
  3. Cooks County
  4. It’s Hard
  5. Dangerous
  6. Eminence front
  7. I’ve Known No War
  8. One Life’s Enough
  9. One At A Time
  10. Why Did I Fall For That?
  11. A Man IS A Man
  12. Cry If You Want
  13. It’s Hard (Live)
  14. Eminence Front(Live)
  15. Dangerous (Live)
  16. Cry If You Want (Live)

It’s Hard, The Who’s final studio album until Endless Wire in 2006, was released to coincide with what was billed as The Who’s farewell tour of America, which included two nights at Shea Stadium in New York. It reached #11 in UK charts and #8 in US.

Tracks 1-12 recorded and mixed at Turn Up-Down Studio at Glyn John’s home in Surrey in June 1982.

The bonus tracks on the 1997 remastered CD (Tracks 13-16) were recorded live at Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Canada, on 16 and 17 December 1982, and also feature Tim Gorman on keyboards.

Original sleeve design, concept and photography by Graham Hughes.