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Album Review

Following similar volumes of repertory by Yes and The Rolling Stones, Who's Serious: Symphonic Music of the Who presents The London Philharmonic Orchestra running through several of The Who's best-known numbers, including "I Can See For Miles," "My Generation," "Baba O'Riley," and "Pinball Wizard." The release is augmented by a version of "Overture," a medley used by Roger Daltrey to open his solo concerts and recorded here by members of his touring band, including drummer Zak Starkey (Ringo Starr's son) and Simon Townshend (Pete's brother). All told, there are ten tracks here; the interested Who fan will probably find some worthwhile adaptations, but those starting with a negative opinion of the premise are advised to steer clear. And, needless to say, all of the original recordings should be obtained first.


Formed: October 7, 1932 in London, England

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

The London Philharmonic Orchestra, one of the central institutions of the busy London concert scene, has long been recognized as one of the world's great ensembles, an assertion borne out by continued acclaim from audiences and critics alike. When the venerable Royal Philharmonic Society faced a financial crisis in the late 1920s, Sir Thomas Beecham proposed a plan to form a permanent orchestra for the first time in the Society's 115-year history. It was proposed that the ensemble, to be called...
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