14 Songs, 1 Hour 2 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The death of drummer Keith Moon left the Who without one of its key components. The Who were that rare band that depended on each member equally and adding Kenney Jones of the Faces changed things forever. Where the band once went for near anarchy, they now had to settle for disciplined, scripted pop. Which is why Face Dances is a brilliant Pete Townshend album. Moon’s absence meant Townshend could rethink his relationship with his band of nearly twenty years and he responds with several of his finest songs in years. “You Better You Bet,” “Don’t Let Go The Coat” and “Another Tricky Day” stare down Townshend’s own mortality with an unflinching look. Townshend often replaces death with the quirks of love and sends lead singer Roger Daltrey out there to play the stud to his own more meditational self. Bassist John Entwistle contributes two tough rockers with “The Quiet One” and “You.” The expanded edition of the album contains five bonus cuts, including three studio cuts and two live versions of album tracks.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The death of drummer Keith Moon left the Who without one of its key components. The Who were that rare band that depended on each member equally and adding Kenney Jones of the Faces changed things forever. Where the band once went for near anarchy, they now had to settle for disciplined, scripted pop. Which is why Face Dances is a brilliant Pete Townshend album. Moon’s absence meant Townshend could rethink his relationship with his band of nearly twenty years and he responds with several of his finest songs in years. “You Better You Bet,” “Don’t Let Go The Coat” and “Another Tricky Day” stare down Townshend’s own mortality with an unflinching look. Townshend often replaces death with the quirks of love and sends lead singer Roger Daltrey out there to play the stud to his own more meditational self. Bassist John Entwistle contributes two tough rockers with “The Quiet One” and “You.” The expanded edition of the album contains five bonus cuts, including three studio cuts and two live versions of album tracks.

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