Who's Next (Deluxe Edition)

It's rather ironic that one of rock's great albums sprang from an aborted project; in this case, the sprawling Pete Townshend magnum opus Lighthouse.

It's rather ironic that one of rock's great albums sprang from an aborted project; in this case, the sprawling Pete Townshend magnum opus Lighthouse. This remastered two-CD "deluxe edition" brings together the original nine tracks from Who's Next with other cuts from Lighthouse-era sessions and 15 songs from a 1971 South London concert. The extra studio tracks double up on four songs that made it onto the original album but also include a raunchy version of Marvin Gaye's "Baby Don't Do It" and the jangly "Pure and Easy." The live disc—which includes "My Generation" and five songs from Who's Next—is no "tack on" and captures the gutsiness of the Who at its peak. Revisit "Baba O'Reilly," "Behind Blue Eyes," and "Won't Get Fooled Again." Dig the ripping chords, bubbling bass runs, and octopus drumming—and again pay homage to the mighty.—AZ