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Released: August 25, 1978

Rating: 3.733 (average of 15 ratings)

Genre: classic album rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. New Song (Townshend) - 4:13
  2. Had Enough (Entwistle) - 4:30
  3. 905 (Entwistle) - 4:02
  4. Sister Disco (Townshend) - 4:22
  5. Music Must Change (Townshend) - 4:38
  6. Trick of the Light (Entwistle) - 4:47
  7. Guitar and Pen (Townshend) - 5:58
  8. Love Is Coming Down (Townshend) - 4:06
  9. Who Are You (Townshend) - 6:21


sales in U.S. only 2 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 2 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 2
peak on U.K. album chart 6

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Who Are You (7/14/78) #14 US, #18 UK
  • Trick of the Light (12/2/78) --

Notes: The 1996 CD reissue adds bonus tracks “No Road Romance” and “Empty Glass” as well as alternate mixes of “Guitar and Pen,” “Love Is Coming Down,” and “Who Are You.”

Who Are You
The Who
“On the Who's final album with Keith Moon, their trademark honest power started to get diluted by fatigue and a sense that the group's collective vision was beginning to fade. As instrumentalists, their skills were intact. More problematic was the erratic quality of the material, which seemed torn between blustery attempts at contemporary relevance (Sister Disco, New Song, Music Must Change) and bittersweet insecurity (Love Is Coming Down). Most problematic of all were the arrangements, heavy on the symphonic synthesizers and strings, which make the record sound cluttered and overanxious. Roger Daltrey's operatic tough-guy braggadocio in particular was beginning to sound annoying on several cuts. Yet Pete Townshend's better tunes — ‘Music Must Change,’ ‘Love Is Coming Down,’ and the anthemic title track – continued to explore the contradictions of aging rockers in interesting, effective ways. Whether due to Moon's death or not, it was the last reasonably interesting Who record” (Unterberger).

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Last updated April 5, 2008.